June 19, 1985: Gooden Blanks Cubs on Six Hits

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Date: June 19, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 1
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Howard Johnson
Key play: Johnson’s force play grounder in 4th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 51,778 fans on hand. Dwight Gooden pitched a six-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over Chicago.

Gooden gave up neither a run nor hit from the first inning to the third. Chicago starter Scott Sanderson responded with a trio of scoreless bottom halves and Ryne Sandberg hit a single to lead off the top of the fourth. Leon Durham singled to send Sandberg to third base and Richie Hebner went down on strikes. Thad Bosley followed with a ground ball to Gooden for an inning-ending double play and Keith Hernandez walked to open the bottom half. Gary Carter hit a double and Danny Heep grounded out to third baseman Hebner. Clint Hurdle was walked intentionally to load the bases. Howard Johnson hit a force play grounder to shortstop Chris Speier to drive home Hernandez with the game’s first run. Sanderson then retired Rafael Santana on a fly ball to center fielder Darrin Jackson to close out the inning.

Gooden yielded only a single to Speier in the top of the fifth. Sanderson surrendered just a walk to Lenny Dykstra in the bottom half and Dwight set down the Cubs in order in the top of the sixth. Carter singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Heep flied out to left fielder Bosley and a walk to Hurdle ensued. Johnson was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Chico Walker. Santana hit a force play grounder to second baseman Sandberg to end the inning and Gooden pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Sanderson then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Gooden held the Cubs to a leadoff single by Speier in the top of the eighth. Chicago reliever Lee Smith hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Keith Moreland singled to open the top of the ninth. Sandberg hit a single and Durham flied out to center fielder Dykstra. Hebner was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Santana. Gooden then struck out Bosley to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Dwight’s six-hitter.