August 28, 1987: Gooden Blanks Giants on Four Hits

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Date: August 28, 1987
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Howard Johnson, Keith Hernandez, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Johnson’s home run, Hernandez’s single, McReynolds’ triple

The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night in San Francisco. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Dwight Gooden pitched a four-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win.

Giants’ starter Mike LaCoss gave up only a single to Lenny Dykstra in the top of the first inning. Chris Speier drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Mike Aldrete singled to advance Speier to third base and Candy Maldonado lined out to third baseman Howard Johnson. Chili Davis drew a walk to load the bases. Gooden then retired Will Clark on a ground ball to first baseman Keith Hernandez for the third out.

LaCoss hurled a perfect top of the second. Bob Brenly walked to lead off the bottom of the inning. Jose Uribe singled and LaCoss laid down a bunt on which Gooden threw to Johnson for an out at third base on Brenly. Howard threw to second baseman Wally Backman (covering first) to complete a double play. Robby Thompson grounded back to Gooden to end the inning and LaCoss set down the Mets in order in the top of the third. Dwight then yielded only a single to Aldrete in the bottom half.

LaCoss and Gooden each pitched perfect fourth and fifth innings. Leading off the top of the sixth, Johnson hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rafael Santana and Gooden were retired on infield ground balls and Dykstra flied out to left fielder Aldrete to finish off the inning. To begin the bottom half, Aldrete hit a single and stole second base. Maldonado went down on strikes and Davis grounded out to shortstop Santana. Gooden then got Clark on a grounder to Backman to close out the inning.

LaCoss shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Gooden hurled a perfect bottom half and San Francisco reliever Scott Garrelts gave up just a single to Johnson in the top of the eighth. Dwight retired the Giants in order in the bottom of the inning and Dykstra singled against Garrelts to open the top of the ninth. Backman was retired on a foul pop-up to third baseman Speier. With the Giants’ Craig Lefferts on the mound facing Hernandez, Dykstra stole second base. Hernandez hit a single to score Dykstra and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Lefferts retired Darryl Strawberry on a grounder to first baseman Clark. Kevin McReynolds followed with a triple against San Francisco’s Don Robinson to drive home Hernandez. Gary Carter hit a double to score McReynolds for a four-run New York lead. Johnson was given an intentional walk. Robinson then struck out Santana to end the inning.

Maldonado drew a walk to begin the bottom of the ninth. Davis followed with a force play grounder to Santana. Clark was retired on a fly ball to left fielder McReynolds. Gooden then got Brenly to hit a force play ground ball to Johnson for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory on Dwight’s four-hitter.