April 14, 1988: Ojeda and Dykstra Beat Expos

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Date: April 14, 1988
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 1
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Lenny Dykstra
Key play: Dykstra’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Bob Ojeda pitched a two-hit shutout and Lenny Dykstra hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets win over Montreal.

Ojeda retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Dave Magadan and Darryl Strawberry drew consecutive walks against Expos’ starter Dennis Martinez with two outs in the bottom half. Kevin McReynolds flied out to left fielder Tim Raines to end the inning and Ojeda gave up only a double to Andres Galarraga in the top of the second. Martinez hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Ojeda set down all three Montreal batters in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom half, Dykstra singled and advanced to second base on a balk. Lenny moved to third on Tim Teufel’s ground out to second baseman Casey Candaele. Magadan then grounded back to Martinez for the inning’s third out.

Ojeda and Martinez each pitched perfect fourth and fifth innings. Bob retired the side 1-2-3 again in the top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom half, Dykstra slugged a homer to put the Mets ahead by a run. Teufel and Magadan were retired on outfield fly balls and Strawberry drew a walk. McReynolds lined out to center fielder Mitch Webster to finish off the inning and Ojeda hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Martinez then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Mike Fitzgerald singled for the Expos’ second hit with one out in the top of the eighth. Luis Rivera reached on an error by Ojeda. Pinch-hitter Dave Engle grounded out to Ojeda and a walk to pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson loaded the bases. Raines grounded back to Ojeda for the final out of the inning. Montreal reliever Andy McGaffigan then surrendered just a walk to Teufel in the bottom half.

Webster went down on strikes to open the top of the ninth. Hubie Brooks was retired on a line drive to left fielder McReynolds. Ojeda then got Tim Wallach to fly out to McReynolds and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Bob’s two-hitter and Dykstra’s home run.