June 5, 1988: Mets Rout Cubs with 18 Hits

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Date: June 5, 1988
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 11
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden
Key play: Mets' four runs in 5th, Gooden's homer

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The crowd of 47,243 watched as ten different Mets players got at least one hit for a total of 18 in the game. Dwight Gooden kept Chicago hitless for seven innings and hit a home run in an 11-3 Mets win.

Gooden and the Cubs' Jeff Pico each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Dwight got through the first inning without a run despite errors by himself and shortstop Kevin Elster. He set down Chicago in order in the second and retired the Cubs without a run or a hit again in the third. Meanwhile, Pico shut down the Mets with Dave Magadan's second-inning single being the only hit allowed.

In the top of the fourth inning, Gooden retired the Cubs on three consecutive ground ball outs. Darryl Strawberry doubled to begin the bottom half. Kevin McReynolds grounded out to advance Strawberry to third base. Pico struck out Gary Carter and walked Magadan intentionally. Elster followed with a single to score Strawberry for the first run of the game. Gooden then flied out to end the inning.

After Gooden pitched a perfect top of the fifth, Lenny Dykstra singled to start the bottom of the inning. Dykstra went to third base on a single by Wally Backman and scored on another single by Keith Hernandez. Chicago reliever Frank DiPino struck out Strawberry and yielded a single to McReynolds that brought home Backman. Carter singled to score Hernandez for the Mets' fourth run. DiPino struck out Magadan and Elster got the Mets' sixth single of the inning to bring home McReynolds for a 5-0 lead. Trying to advance to third on Elster's hit, Carter was out on a throw from right fielder Rafael Palmeiro.

Gooden retired the Cubs 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth inning. Dwight singled to open the bottom half and Chicago's Bill Landrum retired the next two batters. Hernandez singled and Strawberry walked to load the bases for the Mets. McReynolds singled to score Gooden and Hernandez as Strawberry advanced to third base. Darryl was then thrown out on an attempted steal of home to end the inning.

In the seventh, Gooden struck out two batters in pitching another perfect inning. Magadan singled in the bottom half and Dwight hit a two-run homer with two out, extending the Mets' lead to 9-0. Dykstra followed with a single and Keith Miller (pinch-hitting for Backman) tripled to bring home Lenny. Hernandez singled to score Miller for the eleventh Mets run of the game. Landrum then retired Strawberry on an infield grounder for the third out.

Damon Berryhill singled to end Gooden's no-hit bid in the top of the eighth inning. Shawon Dunston hit a one-out double to move Berryhill to third. Pinch-hitter Darrin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Berryhill for the Cubs' first run. Dave Martinez followed with a single that scored Dunston. Palmeiro then grounded out to end the inning.

McReynolds got the Mets' eighteenth hit with a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Cubs' reliever Pat Perry recorded outs on the next two batters. After a wild pitch, Perry walked Elster and retired Gooden for the final out of the inning.

Dwight yielded one-out singles to Ryne Sandberg and Mark Grace in the top of the ninth. Berryhill's sacrifice fly scored Sandberg from third base. Gooden got Manny Trillo on a line drive to right fielder Strawberry to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory with an 18-hit attack.