May 1, 1984: Gooden Fans 10 in First Shea Win

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Date: May 1, 1984
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 8
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Rusty Staub, Keith Hernandez, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Staub’s single, Hernandez’s homer, Brooks’ two-run single

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday night. The teams played the first of two games in a mid-week series. Dwight Gooden struck out ten batters and recorded a win at Shea Stadium for the first time in the Mets’ 8-1 victory over Chicago.

Gooden and the Cubs’ Dick Ruthven each pitched five scoreless innings to start the game. Dwight yielded two hits and chalked up eight strikeouts while Ruthven held the Mets to a second-inning double by Darryl Strawberry. To begin the top of the sixth, Gary Matthews singled and advanced to second base on Bill Buckner’s ground out to second baseman Wally Backman. Matthews stole third and Ron Cey went down on strikes. Mel Hall hit a double to drive home Matthews with the first run of the game. Gooden then got Jody Davis to fly out to right fielder Strawberry and end the inning.

Mike Fitzgerald hit a single to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Gooden lined out to first baseman Buckner and a single by Backman ensued. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub singled to drive home Fitzgerald. On the hit, Backman came around to score on right fielder Hall’s error as Staub moved to second base. Keith Hernandez followed with a two-run homer for a 4-1 Mets lead. George Foster singled and went to third on a double by Strawberry. Chicago reliever Tim Stoddard issued an intentional walk to Mookie Wilson that loaded the bases and Hubie Brooks hit a single to score Foster and Strawberry. Fitzgerald was walked intentionally to reload the bases and Gooden hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Wilson with the Mets’ seventh run of the inning. Stoddard then retired Backman on a fly ball to left fielder Matthews for the third out.

With one out in the top of the seventh, pinch-hitter Richie Hebner and Bob Dernier drew back-to-back walks. Gooden got Ryne Sandberg for his tenth strikeout and threw a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third base. Dwight retired Matthews on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson to close out the inning and Hernandez got a one-out single against Cubs’ reliever Dickie Noles in the bottom half. Foster hit a force play grounder to Buckner and scored the Mets’ eighth run on Strawberry’s ensuing double. Noles then got Wilson to ground out to shortstop Larry Bowa and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Noles shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Hebner grounded out to Backman to start the top of the ninth inning. Dernier grounded out to shortstop Ron Gardenhire and a single by Sandberg followed. Sisk then retired pinch-hitter Gary Woods on a fly ball to Strawberry to end the game. The Mets had begun the month on a positive note as Gooden got his first Shea win.