May 2, 1993: Gooden Outduels Andy Benes

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Date: May 2, 1993
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 3
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Dave Gallagher, Todd Hundley
Key play: Hundley’s single, Gooden’s double, Gallagher’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Dwight Gooden and the Padres’ Andy Benes each pitched a complete game in the finale of a weekend series. Gooden and the Mets came out on top with a 3-2 win.

Benes held the Mets to a single and a stolen base by Vince Coleman in the top of the first inning. Gooden hurled a scoreless bottom half and Dave Gallagher doubled with one out in the top of the second. Jeff Kent grounded out to third baseman Gary Sheffield and a single by Todd Hundley drove home Gallagher. Gooden followed with a double that scored Hundley for a 2-0 Mets lead. Coleman got an infield single and Benes retired Tony Fernandez on a grounder to second baseman Jeff Gardner to end the inning. Gooden then shut down the Padres (despite singles by Gardner and Bob Geren) in the bottom half.

Benes yielded only a single to Bobby Bonilla in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Tony Gwynn singled and moved to third base on a single by Fred McGriff. Sheffield drew a walk to load the bases. Derek Bell hit a sacrifice fly that scored Gwynn and advanced McGriff to third. With Gardner at bat, McGriff came home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2. Gooden then struck out Gardner to finish off the inning.

Gooden and Benes each hurled two-hit scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Joe Orsulak was hit by a pitch to open the top of the eighth. Bonilla singled to send Orsulak to third base and Howard Johnson went down on strikes. Gallagher followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Orsulak and put the Mets ahead by a run. Benes retired Kent on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Gwynn. Gooden then set down all three San Diego batters in the bottom half.

Benes pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ricky Gutierrez grounded out to second baseman Kent to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Phil Clark was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Gallagher. Gooden then struck out pinch-hitter Guillermo Velasquez for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory as Dwight outdueled Benes.