April 20, 1988: Gooden Four-Hits Phillies
|Date: April 20, 1988|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Kevin Elster, Darryl Strawberry|
|Key play: Elster’s and Strawberry’s home runs, Gooden’s single|
Gooden set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Tim Teufel singled against Phils’ starter Shane Rawley with one out in the bottom half. Teufel advanced to third base on Keith Hernandez’s double and came home on Darryl Strawberry’s sacrifice fly for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rawley then retired Kevin McReynolds on a fly ball to left fielder Phil Bradley for the third out.
Gooden hurled a perfect top of the second. Howard Johnson drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Kevin Elster followed with a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Gooden grounded out to third baseman Mike Schmidt and a fly ball by Mookie Wilson was caught by right fielder Chris James to end the inning. Gooden retired all three batters in the top of the third. Rawley then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Gooden and Rawley each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Dwight retired all six Philadelphia batters while Rawley surrendered only a pair of two-out walks to Johnson and Teufel. With one out in the top of the sixth, Steve Jeltz singled for the Phillies’ first hit and baserunner of the game. Rawley’s sacrifice bunt moved Jeltz to second base and Gooden struck out Milt Thompson to finish off the inning. To begin the bottom half, Strawberry homered for a 4-0 Mets lead. McReynolds flied out to center fielder Thompson and a double by Gary Carter ensued. Johnson hit a ground ball on which Rawley threw to Schmidt for an out at third on Carter. Elster then hit a force play grounder to shortstop Jeltz for the inning’s final out.
Bradley got a leadoff double in the top of the seventh. Juan Samuel went down on strikes and Schmidt hit a home run to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Von Hayes singled for the Phils’ fourth hit and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Lance Parrish grounded out to shortstop Elster and a passed ball by catcher Carter sent Hayes to third. Gooden fanned James to close out the inning. Rawley then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Gooden retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Carter got a one-out single against Philadelphia reliever Greg Harris in the bottom of the inning. Johnson lined out to Thompson and a walk to Elster ensued. Carter and Elster advanced on a wild pitch and scored the Mets’ fifth and sixth runs on a single by Gooden. Harris then retired Wilson on a pop-up to second baseman Samuel that closed out the inning.
Bradley was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson to open the top of the ninth. Gooden fanned Samuel for his eleventh strikeout. Dwight then got Schmidt to ground out to third baseman Johnson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid series-closing victory.