May 21, 1988: Gooden Shuts Out Dodgers

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Date: May 21, 1988
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Dwight Gooden pitched a four-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win.

After a scoreless first inning, Howard Johnson singled against Dodgers’ starter Tim Belcher with one out in the top of the second. Mookie Wilson hit a double and Dave Magadan was walked intentionally to load the bases. Gooden followed with a single to drive home Johnson and Wilson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Belcher got Lenny Dykstra on a ground ball to second baseman Steve Sax for an inning-ending double play. Gooden then gave up only a single to Mike Marshall in the bottom half.

Belcher hurled a perfect top of the third. Gooden retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Belcher yielded just a single to Gary Carter in the top of the fourth. Pedro Guerrero got a one-out single in the bottom half. Marshall hit a grounder to third baseman Magadan for a double play that ended the inning and Dykstra doubled with one out in the top of the fifth. Wally Backman went down on strikes and Keith Hernandez singled to score Dykstra. On his own hit, Hernandez moved to second base via a throw. Kevin McReynolds hit a single to bring home Hernandez with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Carter grounded back to Belcher for the inning’s final out. Gooden then shut down the Dodgers in the bottom half.

Los Angeles reliever Brian Holton pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Gooden set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Holton retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. John Shelby hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Mike Scioscia lined out to center fielder Dykstra to finish off the inning and Hernandez got a leadoff single in the top of the eighth. Keith advanced to second base on McReynolds’ ground out to third baseman Guerrero and to third on a single by Carter. Holton got Johnson to hit a ground ball to shortstop Dave Anderson for an inning-ending double play. Gooden then yielded only a single to Anderson in the bottom half.

Magadan hit a single against Dodgers’ reliever Jesse Orosco with one out in the top of the ninth. Gooden went down on strikes and Dykstra singled to right field. Orosco retired Backman on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Mike Davis, who was struck out to begin the bottom half. Kirk Gibson grounded out to shortstop Kevin Elster. Gooden then got Guerrero to ground out to Elster and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Dwight’s four-hitter.