July 2, 1988: Gooden Five-Hits Astros
|Date: July 2, 1988|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Howard Johnson, Mookie Wilson|
|Key play: Strawberry’s and Johnson’s home runs, Wilson’s single|
Gooden set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson drew a walk against Astros’ starter Bob Knepper to begin the bottom half. Tim Teufel grounded out to third baseman Buddy Bell and a pop-up by Kevin McReynolds was caught by catcher Alex Trevino. Darryl Strawberry hit a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Knepper then retired Gary Carter on a ground ball to shortstop Rafael Ramirez for the third out.
Gooden hurled a perfect top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Howard Johnson homered to increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. Dave Magadan grounded out to second baseman Bill Doran and a walk to Kevin Elster ensued. Gooden’s sacrifice bunt advanced Elster to second base and Wilson was called out on strikes to end the inning. Louie Meadows drew a walk to open the top of the third. Meadows stole second and Trevino walked. Knepper laid down on bunt on which Gooden threw to third baseman Johnson for an out on Meadows. Billy Hatcher popped out to shortstop Elster and a wild pitch moved Trevino to third and Knepper to second. Gooden threw a called third strike past Ramirez to close out the inning. Knepper then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
After a scoreless fourth, Gooden retired all three Houston batters in the top of the fifth. Dwight got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Wilson hit a double and Teufel flied out to left fielder Meadows. McReynolds singled to score Gooden and send Wilson to third base. Strawberry reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to bring home Wilson for a 5-0 Mets lead. Carter followed with a force play grounder to Doran. Knepper then retired Johnson on a pop-up to Doran that ended the inning.
Pinch-hitter Gerald Young singled to open the top of the sixth. Hatcher was struck out and Young stole second base. Ramirez got an infield single and Doran went down on strikes. With Kevin Bass at bat, Ramirez stole second. Bass grounded back to Gooden for the inning’s final out and consecutive singles by Magadan and Elster against Astros’ reliever Ernie Camacho began the bottom half. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Gooden grounded out to first baseman Craig Reynolds. Wilson singled to score both Magadan and Elster, extending the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Teufel flied out to Meadows and a double by McReynolds ensued. Strawberry was walked intentionally to load the bases. Camacho then got Carter to fly out to right fielder Bass and finish off the inning.
Gooden retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Camacho yielded only a single to Elster in the bottom half. Trevino reached on Elster’s error to lead off the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Terry Puhl singled and Hatcher reached on an error by first baseman Magadan to load the bases. Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Trevino. Doran grounded out to second baseman Teufel to plate Puhl with the Astros’ second run. Bass hit a single on which center fielder Wilson threw to catcher Carter for an out at home on Hatcher to end the inning. Houston reliever Dave Meads then gave up just a double to Teufel in the bottom half.
Jim Pankovits doubled for the Astros’ fifth hit to open the top of the ninth. Reynolds flied out to Strawberry and a fly ball by Meadows was caught by Wilson. Gooden then got Trevino to fly out to Strawberry and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.