April 19, 1986: Gooden Strikes Out 10 in Win Over Phillies

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Date: April 19, 1986
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Kevin Mitchell, Gary Carter
Key play: Mitchell’s double in 6th, Carter’s single in 8th

The Mets played the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams faced each other in the second part of a three-game weekend series. Dwight Gooden struck out ten batters and pitched a complete game as the Mets defeated Philadelphia, 3-2.

Gary Redus doubled to lead off the top of the first inning. Milt Thompson and Von Hayes went down on strikes and Mike Schmidt singled to advance Redus to third base. A single by Glenn Wilson scored Redus for a 1-0 Phils lead. Gooden struck out Darren Daulton to end the inning. Phillies’ starter Shane Rawley then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Gooden and Rawley each pitched perfectly from the second inning to the fourth. Dwight fanned three more Philadelphia batters while Rawley recorded six of his nine outs on infield ground balls. Gooden set down the Phils in order again in the top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Gary Carter drew a walk to become the Mets’ first baserunner. Darryl Strawberry flied out to left fielder Redus and a single by Ray Knight moved Carter to third base. Gary came home on Barry Lyons’ ground out to Rawley to tie the game. Rafael Santana then hit a grounder on which third baseman Schmidt tagged out Knight to end the inning.

Redus flied out to left fielder Carter to begin the top of the sixth. Thompson reached on an error by second baseman Tim Teufel. With Hayes at bat, Thompson stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw by catcher Lyons. Hayes hit a single to drive home Thompson and give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Hayes stole second base and Schmidt grounded out to shortstop Santana. Gooden then struck out Wilson to finish off the inning.

A single by Gooden opened the bottom of the sixth. Kevin Mitchell followed with a double to bring home Dwight with the tying run. Rawley set down the next three Mets hitters and Luis Aguayo hit a one-out double in the top of the seventh. Steve Jeltz drew a walk and a sacrifice bunt by Rawley put Philadelphia runners at second and third base. Gooden threw a called third strike past Redus to end the inning. Rawley held the Mets to a single by Knight in a scoreless bottom half. Thompson singled to begin the top of the eighth. Gooden then set down three straight Philadelphia hitters to close out the inning.

Mitchell got a one-out single against Rawley in the bottom of the eighth. Teufel flied out to center fielder Thompson and a single by Keith Hernandez moved Mitchell to second base. Carter singled off Phillies’ reliever Steve Bedrosian to score Mitchell and put the Mets ahead by a run. Bedrosian then issued a walk to Strawberry and retired Knight on an inning-ending line drive to second baseman Aguayo.

Daulton grounded out to first baseman Hernandez to start the top of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Greg Gross drew a walk and Jeltz went down on strikes. Gooden then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Joe Lefebvre for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory as Dr. K chalked up ten strikeouts.