June 23, 1990: Gooden Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: June 23, 1990
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 3
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Mark Carreon, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Carreon’s single, Strawberry’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 45,661 fans on hand. Dwight Gooden pitched a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Gooden and the Phils’ Pat Combs each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Dwight gave up only a pair of walks while Combs limited the Mets to two walks and a single by Gooden himself. John Kruk doubled to lead off the top of the fifth. Gooden set down the next three batters to close out the inning and Kevin Elster hit a leadoff single in the bottom half. Orlando Mercado popped out to second baseman Tommy Herr and a sacrifice bunt by Gooden advanced Elster to second. Mark Carreon singled to drive home Elster for a 1-0 Mets lead. Carreon stole second and Combs retired Dave Magadan on a fly ball to right fielder Von Hayes for the inning’s third out.

Gooden hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Gregg Jefferies drew a walk against Combs to open the bottom half. Darryl Strawberry slugged a homer to increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. Kevin McReynolds and Howard Johnson drew consecutive walks and Philadelphia reliever Darrel Akerfelds got Elster to foul out to third baseman Charlie Hayes. Mercado was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra. Akerfelds then got Gooden on a pop-up to shortstop Dickie Thon to end the inning.

Ron Jones reached on third baseman Johnson’s error with one out in the top of the seventh. Kruk singled for the Phillies’ second hit and Charlie Hayes went down on strikes. Thon hit a force play grounder to shortstop Elster that ended the inning and Akerfelds retired the side in order in the bottom half. Gooden set down all three batters in the top of the eighth and McReynolds got a one-out single against Philadelphia reliever Roger McDowell in the bottom of the inning. Johnson hit a single on which McReynolds was out at third via a throw by left fielder Jones to Charlie Hayes. Elster singled and McDowell struck out Mercado to finish off the inning.

Herr grounded out to second baseman Jefferies to lead off the top of the ninth. Von Hayes was called out on strikes. Gooden then threw a called third strike past Jones to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Dwight’s shutout.