July 22, 1988: Gooden and Wilson Reach 1,000 Marks

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Date: July 22, 1988
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 6
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Mookie Wilson, Dave Magadan
Key play: Gooden’s strikeout of James, Wilson’s single, Magadan’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Braves in a twi-night doubleheader on a Friday at Shea Stadium. In the opener, the crowd of 37,284 witnessed a double dose of Mets history. Mookie Wilson got his 1,000th career hit and Dwight Gooden recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career. The Mets defeated Atlanta, 6-1.

Gooden and Braves’ starter Tom Glavine each pitched shutout ball over the first four innings. Dwight faced the minimum twelve batters while Glavine allowed only a single to Wilson (Mookie’s 1,000th hit) in the fourth. Gooden fanned two Atlanta hitters, the second of which was Dion James to end the top of the second. This strikeout gave Dwight a total of 1,000 in his career.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead on Bruce Benedict’s two-out double that brought home Andres Thomas in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom half, Gary Carter led off with a single and went to third base on Howard Johnson’s ensuing double. Consecutive ground outs by Dave Magadan and Kevin Elster scored Carter and Johnson, respectively, to put the Mets ahead by a run. Glavine then completed the inning with no further scoring.

In the top of the sixth, Gooden shut down Atlanta despite Ken Oberkfell’s single and a double by Gerald Perry. Glavine retired the Mets in order in the bottom half. Dwight pitched another scoreless inning in the top of the seventh, yielding only a single to Benedict. In relief of Glavine, the Braves’ Jose Alvarez struck out Wilson with two runners on base to end the bottom of the inning.

Gooden pitched a perfect top of the eighth on three fly balls to left fielder Kevin McReynolds. An infield single by Darryl Strawberry brought home Wally Backman in the bottom half. Later in the inning, the Mets loaded the bases with one out against Alvarez. Facing reliever Paul Assenmacher, Magadan hit a single to score McReynolds and Strawberry to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Elster followed with a force play grounder on which Johnson came home from third base. Gooden then struck out to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Gooden threw out Perry on a bunt and struck out Dale Murphy. Thomas followed with a single to left field. Dwight then retired James on a grounder to second baseman Backman for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader with Wilson (hits) and Gooden (strikeouts) both reaching 1,000 career totals.