April 8, 1991: Mets Defeat Phillies in Opener
|Date: April 8, 1991|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Dwight Gooden|
|Key play: Jefferies' double, Brooks' steal of home|
The Mets began the new season at Shea Stadium against the Phillies. The crowd of 49,276 watched Dwight Gooden hold the Philadelphia batters to six hits in eight innings. The Mets came out with a 2-1 win.
Gooden set down the Phils in order before the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Vince Coleman doubled off Phillies' starter Terry Mulholland and scored on Gregg Jefferies' single. Dwight followed up with three shutout innings, allowing only two hits.
Hubie Brooks started the bottom of the fourth with a double off Mulholland. Later in the inning, Brooks was at third base when Tommy Herr drew a walk with two out. Charlie O'Brien was at the plate when Brooks and Herr put on a double steal. Both runners were safe and the Mets' lead was increased to two runs. However, the Phils got a run back in the top of the fifth on John Kruk's home run off Gooden.
In the sixth, Dwight got Kruk on a fly ball to left fielder Mark Carreon to end a Philadelphia scoring chance. He then retired the Phils 1-2-3 in the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth. Meanwhile, Mulholland threw perfect fifth, sixth and seventh innings. In the bottom of the eighth, the Mets failed to score against reliever Joe Boever.
John Franco came in to relieve Gooden in the ninth. Franco started off by retiring Von Hayes on a ground ball to second baseman Herr. He then struck out Dale Murphy and got Kruk on a grounder to shortstop Howard Johnson to end the game. The Mets' season had begun with a victory.