May 10, 1985: Gooden Fans 13 in Shutout

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Date: May 10, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, George Foster, Gary Carter
Key play: Foster’s home run, Carter’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series in front of 46,143 fans on hand. Dwight Gooden struck out thirteen batters and pitched a shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Gooden and the Phils’ Steve Carlton each hurled three scoreless innings to start the game. Dwight fanned four batters and allowed no hits while Carlton chalked up five strikeouts in shutting down the Mets. Gooden struck out all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the fourth. Darryl Strawberry singled with one out in the bottom half. George Foster followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Ray Knight was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Mike Schmidt. Rafael Santana then grounded back to Carlton for the inning’s final out.

Gooden pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Dwight drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Mookie Wilson went down on strikes and Kelvin Chapman reached on an error by shortstop Luis Aguayo. Carlton retired Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter on fly balls to left fielder Jeff Stone to end the inning and Aguayo walked to begin the top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Greg Gross fouled out to third baseman Knight and a strikeout of Juan Samuel followed. Gooden retired Stone on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Strawberry. Philadelphia reliever Larry Andersen then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Gooden struck out Ozzie Virgil to finish off a scoreless top of the seventh. Dwight singled against Andersen with one out in the bottom of the inning. Wilson flied out to center fielder Von Hayes and a bunt single by pinch-hitter Wally Backman ensued. Phillies’ reliever Dave Rucker issued a walk to Hernandez that loaded the bases. Carter followed with a double to drive home Gooden, Backman and Hernandez for a five-run New York lead. Rucker then walked Strawberry and threw a called third strike past Foster to close out the inning.

Gooden struck out the side in hurling a scoreless top of the eighth. Santana drew a one-out walk against Phils’ reliever Charles Hudson in the bottom half. Gooden singled and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Hudson struck out Wilson and retired Backman on a foul pop-up to Schmidt to end the inning. To begin the top of the ninth, Gooden fanned Stone for his thirteenth strikeout. Hayes hit a double and Schmidt flied out to left fielder Foster. Dwight then got Tim Corcoran to fly out to center fielder Wilson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Gooden’s shutout.