May 20, 1983: Neil Allen Shuts Out Dodgers

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Date: May 20, 1983
Mets starter: Neil Allen
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Neil Allen
Key player(s): Neil Allen, Ronn Reynolds, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Brooks’ two RBI singles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. Shifted from his normal role as a reliever, Neil Allen made the start for the Mets. Allen pitched a complete game shutout as the Mets defeated Los Angeles, 4-0.

Allen and the Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss each began the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Neil set down all three Los Angeles batters in the top of the third and Ronn Reynolds singled to open the bottom half. Reynolds advanced to second base on Jose Oquendo’s ground out and to third as Allen reached on Reuss’s error. Mookie Wilson flied out to right fielder Ron Roenicke and a single by Hubie Brooks brought home Reynolds. Reuss then struck out Darryl Strawberry to end the inning.

Following a scoreless fourth, Allen held the Dodgers to a single by Bill Russell in the top of the fifth. Reynolds hit a double to lead off the bottom of the inning. Wilson singled with two outs to score Reynolds and reached second on an error by first baseman Greg Brock via a pickoff attempt. Brooks singled to drive home Mookie for a 3-0 Mets lead. Reuss fanned Strawberry for the third out of the inning and Allen retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. Reuss then hurled a perfect bottom half.

In the top of the seventh inning, Pedro Guerrero led off with a single to left field. Brock hit a grounder to first baseman Dave Kingman for a double play. Allen got Roenicke on an inning-ending pop-up to third baseman Brooks and a singles by Reynolds and Oquendo started off the bottom half. Allen hit into a force play and Oquendo moved from second to third on Wilson’s fly out to Roenicke. Reuss threw a wild pitch to score Oquendo with the Mets’ fourth run. Brooks then flied out to left fielder Dusty Baker to finish off the inning.

Allen shut down the Dodgers in the top of the eighth. Los Angeles reliever Tom Niedenfuer retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. Baker drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch to begin the top of the ninth. Guerrero and Brock were retired on consecutive pop-ups to second baseman Brian Giles. Allen then got Roenicke on a ground ball to Giles to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Neil came out of the bullpen to record his first major league shutout.