May 2, 1989: Mets Win 2,000th Game
|Date: May 2, 1989|
|Mets starter: Bob Ojeda|
|Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda|
|Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Darryl Strawberry, Gregg Jefferies|
|Key play: Strawberry's home run, Jefferies' two-run single|
The Mets and Braves played on a Tuesday night in Atlanta. Bob Ojeda pitched eight innings of five-hit ball as the Mets came out with a 7-1 win. The victory was the 2,000th in regular season play for the Mets in their history.
In the first inning, the Mets got off to a 2-0 lead. Howard Johnson drew a walk and Darryl Strawberry homered off Braves' starter Pete Smith. Ojeda followed up by retiring the side in order in the bottom half and doing so again in the second inning.
In the top of the third, Pete Smith walked Keith Hernandez and Strawberry with two out. Kevin McReynolds followed with a double that brought home Hernandez. Gregg Jefferies then singled to score Strawberry and McReynolds. The Mets added another run in the fourth when Ojeda scored on Hernandez's single to increase the lead to 6-0.
From the third inning to the sixth, Ojeda continued to shut down Atlanta. Two singles by Geronimo Berroa and a walk to Pete Smith were all the Braves got against Bob. The Mets then got a run in the seventh when Jefferies doubled off reliever Jim Acker and scored on a single by Barry Lyons.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Jeff Blauser got a one-out single off Ojeda. Lonnie Smith later got a two-out double to score Blauser for the Braves' first run. Ojeda then got Gerald Perry on a fly ball to center fielder Len Dykstra to end the inning.
Reliever Don Aase retired the Braves in order in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets had a victory to give them an all-time franchise total of 2,000. The milestone win also put the team into a first place tie with the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League East Division.