July 21, 1991: Double Duty

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Date: July 21, 1991
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 9
Dodgers: 4
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Charlie O'Brien, Mark Carreon
Key play: Mets’ five doubles in 3rd

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series in front of 43,204 fans on hand. The Mets hit a total of six doubles in a 9-4 win over Los Angeles.

Dwight Gooden and Dodgers’ starter Bob Ojeda each retired the side in order in the first inning. Darryl Strawberry hit a single to lead off the top of the second. Chris Gwynn drew a walk and Lenny Harris singled to drive home Strawberry. Mike Scioscia hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Gregg Jefferies and a walk to Alfredo Griffin loaded the bases. Ojeda hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Harris. Brett Butler followed with a single that plated Scioscia for the third Los Angeles run. Gooden then got Juan Samuel on a fly ball to left fielder Kevin McReynolds to end the inning.

Ojeda issued a walk to Howard Johnson with one out in the bottom of the second. Hubie Brooks drew a walk and Mark Carreon reached on an error by third baseman Harris to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Charlie O'Brien scored Johnson with the Mets’ first run of the game. Gooden singled to drive home Brooks and cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-2. Ojeda retired Keith Miller on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Gwynn. Gooden then hurled a scoreless top of the third.

McReynolds got a two-out single in the bottom of the third inning. Johnson followed with a double and Brooks was walked intentionally to load the bases. Carreon doubled to score McReynolds and Johnson, putting the Mets ahead by a run. An ensuing double by O’Brien brought home Brooks and Carreon. Gooden doubled to score O’Brien and extend the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Mike Hartley came in to pitch for Los Angeles and surrendered a double (the Mets’ fourth in a row and fifth of the inning) to Miller that plated Gooden for the eighth New York run of the game. Hartley then struck out Dave Magadan to end the inning.

Gooden and Hartley each pitched scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth, Dwight set down the Dodgers in order. Jefferies and McReynolds drew back-to-back walks to begin the bottom half. Dennis Cook replaced Hartley on the mound and retired the next three Mets batters to close out the inning. Griffin singled to open the top of the seventh. Gary Carter lined out to second baseman Miller and a force play grounder by Butler to shortstop Johnson ensued. Samuel hit a triple to score Butler and reduce the Mets’ lead to 8-4. Gooden fanned Eddie Murray for the third out of the inning. Cook then held the Mets to a double by Miller (the Mets’ sixth of the game) in a scoreless bottom half.

For the Mets, Tim Burke pitched a scoreless top of the eighth inning. Los Angeles reliever Kevin Gross issued a walk to Jefferies to begin the bottom half. Jefferies advanced to third base on a single by McReynolds and scored the Mets’ ninth run on Johnson’s ensuing single. On his own hit, Johnson was out at second base via a throw by right fielder Strawberry to shortstop Griffin. Gross then struck out Brooks and retired Carreon on a ground ball to third baseman Dave Hansen to end the inning.

Burke threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Stan Javier to start the top of the ninth. Carter was retired on a fly ball to McReynolds. Burke then got pinch-hitter Mitch Webster to line out to Miller and end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory that featured six doubles.