July 27, 1991: Gooden Leads Shutout of Padres

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Date: July 27, 1991
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Garry Templeton, Dave Magadan, Charlie O'Brien
Key play: Templeton’s home run, Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Padres on a Saturday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Dwight Gooden pitched eight scoreless innings in a 4-0 Mets win.

Padres’ starter Adam Peterson retired the side in order in the top of the first. Gooden set down all three batters in the bottom half and Peterson surrendered only a walk to Howard Johnson in the top of the second. Dwight shut down the Padres in the bottom of the inning and Garry Templeton homered to lead off the top of the third. Peterson retired the next three Mets hitters to end the inning and Bip Roberts singled with two outs in the bottom half. With Tim Teufel at bat, Roberts stole second base. Gooden then got Teufel to fly out to right fielder Hubie Brooks and finish off the inning.

Johnson and Brooks drew consecutive walks with two outs in the top of the fourth. Dave Magadan hit a single to score Johnson and a strikeout of Templeton ended the inning. Gooden pitched a perfect bottom half and Charlie O'Brien singled to open the top of the fifth. Gooden hit a single to advance O’Brien to third base and Vince Coleman grounded out to third baseman Teufel. Gregg Jefferies singled to bring home O’Brien and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Peterson retired Kevin McReynolds and Johnson on outfield fly balls for the inning’s final outs. Gooden then gave up only a walk to Thomas Howard in the bottom half.

Gooden and San Diego reliever John Costello each pitched scoreless ball from the sixth inning to the eighth. Magadan singled against the Padres’ Rich Rodriguez to begin the top of the ninth. Dave moved to second base on Templeton’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. O’Brien hit a single to drive home Magadan with the Mets’ fourth run. Pinch-hitter Tommy Herr went down on strikes. O’Brien went to second on a wild pitch and to third on Coleman’s single. Rodriguez then retired Jefferies on a line drive to shortstop Craig Shipley to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco got Tony Gwynn on a ground ball to first baseman Magadan to start the bottom of the ninth. Fred McGriff drew a walk and Jerald Clark followed with a grounder to shortstop Templeton for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a shutout victory.