June 1, 1984: Brooks Sets Hitting Streak Record

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Date: June 1, 1984
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 1
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Joaquin Andujar
Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Art Howe, Tito Landrum
Key play: Brooks’ single in 7th, Landrum’s single in 9th

The Mets and Cardinals played the second of a four-game series on a Friday night. Dwight Gooden and Joaquin Andujar dueled on the mound while Hubie Brooks extended his hitting streak to a Mets’ record 24 games. However, the Cards came up with four runs in the ninth inning for a 5-1 win.

Gooden pitched seven innings for the Mets, allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven batters. The only St. Louis run came in the third on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Herr. For the Cardinals, Andujar allowed six hits and struck out eight Mets’ hitters in eight innings pitched. The only run scored off him came when Mookie Wilson crossed the plate on a double play grounder in the fourth.

Brooks led off the seventh inning for the Mets. Hubie hit a ground ball up the middle for a single off Andujar. The hit gave him a 24-game streak for a new team record, breaking the 23-game mark shared by Cleon Jones in 1970 and Mike Vail in 1975.

In the ninth, Art Howe led off for St. Louis with a double off Jesse Orosco. Howe moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before Tito Landrum singled him home to put the Cardinals in front, 2-1. Orosco got tagged for three more St. Louis runs on a two-run single by Andy Van Slyke and Darrell Porter’s sacrifice fly. The Mets were retired in the bottom half by Jeff Lahti to close out the game.