April 9, 1989: Elster's Double Beats Expos

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Date: April 9, 1989
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 2
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Gregg Jefferies, Kevin Elster, Randy Myers
Key play: Jefferies’ and Elster’s doubles

The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Kevin Elster hit a run-scoring double in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win.

Dwight Gooden and the Expos’ Dennis Martinez each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Dennis Martinez gave up five scattered hits and recorded four strikeouts while Gooden yielded just a single to Nelson Santovenia and faced the minimum twelve batters. Elster tripled to lead off the top of the fifth. Gooden was retired on a ground ball to first baseman Mike Aldrete. Mookie Wilson followed with a grounder on which Aldrete threw to catcher Santovenia for an out at home on Elster. Gregg Jefferies hit a double to drive home Wilson for a 1-0 Mets lead. On the play, Jefferies advanced to third base via an error by right fielder Hubie Brooks. Dennis Martinez retired Keith Hernandez on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Tim Raines. Gooden then shut down the Expos in the bottom half.

Both teams were set down in order in the sixth inning. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Gooden hit a double to left field. Wilson grounded out to third baseman Tim Wallach to end the inning and Gooden fanned the first two batters in the bottom half. Brooks followed with a home run to tie the game at 1-1. Wallach drew a walk and Tom Foley lined out to left fielder Kevin McReynolds to finish off the inning. Dennis Martinez yielded only a double to Hernandez in the top of the eighth. Gooden then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Gary Carter drew a walk against Montreal reliever Andy McGaffigan to begin the top of the ninth. Dave Magadan’s sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Lenny Dykstra to second base. Elster came to bat and delivered a double that brought home Dykstra, putting the Mets ahead by a run. Pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli grounded out to second baseman Foley. McGaffigan then got Wilson to fly out to center fielder Dave Martinez and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Randy Myers struck out Raines to start the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Damaso Garcia also went down on strikes. Myers then fanned pinch-hitter Andres Galarraga for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-closing victory.