May 11, 1984: Gooden's First Shutout
|Date: May 11, 1984|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Dwight Gooden|
|Key play: Brooks' & Fitzgerald's RBI singles|
The Mets and Dodgers played on a Friday night in Los Angeles. The game featured a marquis pitching matchup of super-rookie Dwight Gooden and the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela. Gooden struck out 11 batters in the Mets' 2-0 win for his first major league shutout.
After a scoreless first inning, the Mets got a run against Valenzuela in the top of the second. Mookie Wilson doubled with one out and stole third base before coming home on Hubie Brooks' single. Gooden retired the Dodgers in the bottom of the inning with catcher Mike Fitzgerald throwing out Mike Marshall on an attempted steal of second base for the last out.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Dodgers loaded the bases against Gooden with two out. Dwight then got Rick Monday for his second strikeout of the game to end the inning. The Dodgers then went down 1-2-3 against Dwight in the fifth with Valenzuela fanning for the final out.
Keith Hernandez singled to begin the top of the sixth inning. Valenzuela struck out George Foster, but then gave up singles to Darryl Strawberry and Wilson to load the bases. Brooks struck out and Fitzgerald followed with a single to bring home Hernandez for the Mets' second run. Valenzuela ended the inning with a strikeout of Gooden, who struck out Terry Whitfield and Pedro Guerrero to conclude a scoreless bottom half.
In the seventh, Gooden yielded a one-out single to Monday. He then struck out Candy Maldonado and Steve Yeager for the last two outs. Dwight followed up by getting pinch-hitter Franklin Stubbs for his eighth strikeout to start a perfect eighth inning.
Gooden fanned Whitfield and Guerrero to begin the bottom of the ninth. He then struck out Marshall to end the game. The Mets had beaten the Dodgers on Dwight's four-hit shutout.