August 20, 1985: Gooden Strikes Out 16 Giants

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Date: August 20, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 3
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden
Key play: Gooden's strikeouts, Santana's single in 2nd

The Mets began a nine-game homestand on a Tuesday night against the Giants. A Shea Stadium crowd of 31,758 watched Dwight Gooden pitch a shutout and strike out 16 San Francisco batters. The Mets came out with a 3-0 win.

In the first inning, the Giants had a scoring chance against Gooden. Brad Wellman and Chili Davis singled to put runners at first and third base with one out. Davis was caught stealing, but Gooden walked Dan Driessen and Chris Brown to load the bases. Dwight struck out Joel Youngblood to end the inning and then fanned two more batters in retiring the side in order in the second.

Giants' starter Jim Gott walked Darryl Strawberry to lead off the bottom of the second. Strawberry stole second base and Howard Johnson drew a one-out walk. Rafael Santana followed with a single to score Strawberry for the first run of the game. Later in the inning, Len Dykstra's single brought home Johnson to make it a 2-0 Met lead.

Gooden dominated the San Francisco hitters in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Dwight recorded eight strikeouts (including five in a row) to raise his total for the game to eleven. The Mets added another run off Gott on Gary Carter's single that scored Wally Backman in the bottom of the fifth.

The Giants got two hits off Gooden in both the sixth and eighth innings, but did not score. Dwight got Bob Brenly to fly out to end the sixth and Youngblood on a pop up to catcher Carter for the final out in the eighth. Gooden also struck out Driessen in the sixth and retired the first two San Francisco hitters on strikes in the seventh.

To begin the ninth, Brenly became Gooden's 15th strikeout victim. Jose Uribe then grounded out and Rob Deer came up to pinch hit for Giants' reliever Greg Minton. Dwight struck out Deer for No. 16 to end the game. The Mets' homestand got started with a well-pitched victory from Doctor K.