August 30, 1988: Ojeda Blanks Padres

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Date: August 30, 1988
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 1
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Gary Carter, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: McReynolds’ throw, Carter’s single

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Bob Ojeda pitched a shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over San Diego.

Ojeda set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Padres’ starter Dennis Rasmussen hurled a scoreless bottom half and Bob retired all three batters in the top of the second. Barry Lyons singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. On Kevin Elster’s ensuing single, Lyons was out via a throw by right fielder John Kruk to third baseman Randy Ready to end the inning.

Ojeda and Rasmussen each hurled scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Ready hit a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Roberto Alomar went down on strikes and Gwynn drew a walk. Carmelo Martinez hit a single on which left fielder Kevin McReynolds threw to catcher Lyons for an out at home on Ready that closed out the inning. Ojeda drew a walk to open the bottom half. Mookie Wilson hit a force play ground ball back to Rasmussen and a single by Gregg Jefferies followed. Tim Teufel reached on an error by Ready. On the play, Wilson was out at home via first baseman Keith Moreland’s throw to catcher Benito Santiago. Darryl Strawberry then grounded out to Rasmussen to finish off the inning.

Ojeda held the Padres to a single by Santiago in the top of the seventh. McReynolds doubled to open the bottom half. Gary Carter hit a single to score McReynolds for a one-run Mets lead. Lyons’ sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Keith Miller to second base and Elster was struck out. Ojeda grounded back to Rasmussen for the inning’s third out and retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. San Diego reliever Lance McCullers then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Alomar was retired on a fly ball to McReynolds to lead off the top of the ninth. Gwynn also flied out to McReynolds and a single by Martinez ensued. Ojeda then got Moreland to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Elster for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory on Bob’s shutout.