July 30, 1985: Gooden Fans 10 in Shutout

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Date: July 30, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 2
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, George Foster
Key play: Foster’s two RBI singles

The Mets faced the Expos on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Dwight Gooden recorded ten strikeouts in a complete game shutout as the Mets defeated Montreal, 2-0.

Gooden struck out the side in order in the top of the first inning. Expos’ starter Bill Gullickson gave up only a single to Keith Hernandez in the bottom half and Hubie Brooks singled to open the top of the second. Dan Driessen grounded out to second baseman Wally Backman, after which first baseman Hernandez threw to shortstop Rafael Santana for an out on Brooks and a double play. Gooden retired Tim Wallach on a grounder to third baseman Howard Johnson to end the inning and Darryl Strawberry hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Gullickson then set down the next three Mets batters on infield ground balls to close out the inning.

Gooden fanned Herm Winningham to begin a perfect top of the third. With two outs in the bottom half, Backman singled and stole second base. Hernandez grounded out to second baseman Vance Law to finish off the inning and Tim Raines drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth. Law flied out to right fielder Strawberry and a foul pop-up by Andre Dawson was caught by Johnson. Brooks and Driessen got consecutive singles to load the bases and Gooden got Wallach to hit a force play ground ball to Santana that ended the inning. Gullickson then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Gooden struck out all three Montreal hitters in the top of the fifth. Gullickson yielded only a single to Santana in the bottom of the inning and Dwight fanned Dawson for the final out of a perfect top of the sixth. Backman hit a single to begin the bottom half. Hernandez was retired on a pop-up to catcher Mike Fitzgerald. Backman stole second base and advanced to third on Gary Carter’s ground out to third baseman Wallach. Strawberry was walked intentionally and George Foster singled to score Backman for a 1-0 Mets lead. Gullickson then got Johnson to ground out to Law and end the inning.

Gooden fanned Brooks for the start of a scoreless top of the seventh. Gullickson surrendered just a walk to Lenny Dykstra in the bottom half and pinch-hitter U L Washington got a one-out single in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Terry Francona popped out to Santana and a single by Raines sent Washington to third base. Gooden fanned Law for his tenth strikeout to finish off the inning and Strawberry drew a two-out walk against Expos’ reliever Tim Burke in the bottom half. Darryl stole second and came home with the Mets’ second run on a single by Foster. Johnson was given an intentional walk. Burke then got Santana on a force play grounder to shortstop Brooks to close out the inning.

Dawson flied out to center fielder Dykstra to lead off the top of the ninth. Brooks was retired on a fly ball to Strawberry. Gooden then got Driessen to ground out to Santana and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Dwight’s shutout.