July 16, 1987: Gooden Shuts Out Reds

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Date: July 16, 1987
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 9
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Kevin McReynolds, Gary Carter
Key play: McReynolds' double in 3rd, Carter's home run in 7th

The Mets began a four-game series with the Reds on a Thursday night. The crowd of 42,101 at Shea Stadium watched Dwight Gooden pitch a shutout over the National League West Division leaders. The Mets defeated Cincinnati, 9-0.

In the first inning, the Mets took a 1-0 lead on Reds' starter Bill Gullickson. Wally Backman got a one out single and came around to score when Cincinnati left fielder Eric Davis made an error after Keith Hernandez's single. Gooden then kept the Reds scoreless in the second and third innings.

Dwight led off the bottom of the third with a single. Len Dykstra also singled and Gullickson retired the next two batters. Gary Carter drove home Gooden with a single before Darryl Strawberry was walked intentionally to load the bases. Kevin McReynolds then delivered a three-run double to extend the Mets' lead to 5-0.

Gooden got double play grounders to highlight scoreless fourth and fifth innings. He also retired the Reds in order in the sixth. In the seventh, Dwight walked Davis with one out, but then got Dave Parker to hit into Cincinnati's third double play of the game for the final two outs of the inning.

Reds' reliever Bill Landrum walked Dykstra to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Landrum committed a balk to advance Dykstra to second before giving up a single to Backman on which Lenny scored. Hernandez drew a walk and Carter followed with a three-run homer. Landrum was later replaced by Bill Scherrer - the third pitcher named Bill to pitch for Cincinnati in the game.

Gooden limited the Reds to three singles in the eighth and ninth innings with no runs. The Mets had a victory on Dwight's first shutout of the season.