April 5, 1993: Gooden Welcomes Rockies with Shutout
|Date: April 5, 1993|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Dwight Gooden|
|Key play: Galarraga’s strikeout in 3rd, Bonilla’s homer in 5th, Orsulak’s throw in 9th|
The Mets played host to the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 53,127 was on hand to see the first game ever for the National League's new Denver-based team. Dwight Gooden pitched a four-hit shutout for the Mets in a 3-0 win.
Gooden and Colorado starter David Nied escaped bases loaded situations in the third inning. Dwight struck out Andres Galarraga for the third out after allowing a single, a walk and a hit batsman to fill the bases. Nied gave up a single and two walks before Jeff Kent to hit into force play to end the inning. Threats averted, it was still a 0-0 game.
The Mets did their scoring in the middle innings. Gooden and Vince Coleman got singles with one out in the fourth before Dwight came home from third on a ground out by Tony Fernandez. Bonilla homered off Nied in the fifth and Coleman scored on Eddie Murray’s single off Butch Henry in the sixth. Meanwhile, Gooden retired all nine Colorado hitters he faced in the same three innings.
In the top of the ninth, Dante Bichette got a one-out single for Colorado’s third hit off Gooden. Galarraga followed with another single, but was out at second base on a throw by right fielder Joe Orsulak. Gooden then got Jerald Clark to fly out to Orsulak, sealing the Mets’ victory and ending the first game in Rockies’ history.