May 1, 1988: Gooden and Four Homers Romp Reds

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Date: May 1, 1988
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 11
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Tim Teufel, Keith Hernandez, Howard Johnson
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. With the support of four home runs (three of which were hit consecutively), Dwight Gooden pitched a shutout for an 11-0 Mets win.

Tim Teufel hit a double against Reds’ starter Dennis Rasmussen with one out in the top of the first inning. Keith Hernandez doubled to drive home Teufel and a foul pop-up by Darryl Strawberry was caught by third baseman Chris Sabo. Kevin McReynolds reached on Sabo’s error that allowed Hernandez to advance to third base. McReynolds stole second and Rasmussen retired Howard Johnson on a ground ball to shortstop Barry Larkin for the third out. Gooden then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Gooden and Rasmussen each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Mookie Wilson hit a single to begin the top of the fifth. Teufel slugged a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Hernandez followed with a home run and Rasmussen was replaced on the mound by Cincinnati reliever Pat Perry. Strawberry greeted Perry with the Mets’ third straight homer, extending their lead to five runs. McReynolds flied out to center fielder Eric Davis and a double by Johnson ensued. Barry Lyons was struck out and Johnson moved to third base on a balk. Kevin Elster was walked intentionally and Perry struck out Gooden to end the inning. Dwight then retired the Reds on three consecutive infield grounders in the bottom half.

Wilson doubled against Perry to lead off the top of the sixth. Mookie went to third base as Teufel reached on Larkin’s error and came home on Hernandez’s sacrifice fly. Strawberry flied out to Davis and a walk to McReynolds followed. Johnson hit a three-run homer to lengthen the Mets’ lead to 9-0. Reds’ reliever Frank Williams retired Lyons on a pop-up to second baseman Jeff Treadway to close out the inning. Gooden then surrendered just a walk to Lloyd McClendon in the bottom half.

Elster drew a walk to open the top of the seventh. Kevin advanced to third base on a single by Gooden and scored the Mets’ tenth run as Wilson grounded to Larkin for a double play. Teufel flied out to left fielder Leo Garcia to end the inning and Gooden pitched a perfect bottom half. Dave Magadan reached on an error by Larkin to begin the top of the eighth. Lenny Dykstra flied out to Davis and a walk to Lee Mazzilli ensued. Johnson hit a single to bring home Magadan for an eleven-run New York lead. On his own hit, Howard was out at second base via a relay throw by Sabo to Larkin. Lyons drew a walk and Williams retired Elster on an inning-ending line drive to Treadway. Gooden then yielded only a single to Treadway in the bottom half.

Cincinnati reliever Jose Rijo set down all three batters in the top of the ninth. Larkin grounded out to second baseman Teufel to begin the bottom of the inning. Sabo hit a double and Davis flied out to right fielder Wilson. Garcia then grounded back to Gooden for the game’s final out. The Mets had an easy victory on Dwight’s shutout.