May 21, 1990: Eight Runs in 3rd Bury Dodgers

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Date: May 21, 1990
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 12
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Kevin McReynolds, Daryl Boston
Key play: Strawberry’s and Boston’s homers, McReynolds’ grand slam

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Monday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the first of two games in a series at Dodger Stadium. The Mets scored eight runs in the third inning and came away with a 12-3 win.

Dodgers’ starter Mike Morgan pitched a perfect top of the first. For the Mets, Dwight Gooden set down the side in order in the bottom half. Darryl Strawberry led off the top of the second with a home run. Morgan retired the next three New York batters and Eddie Murray drew a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. Hubie Brooks singled and a pop-up by Lenny Harris was caught by catcher Todd Hundley. Mike Scioscia lined out to shortstop Kevin Elster. Gooden then struck out Alfredo Griffin to end the inning.

A walk to Hundley opened the top of the third. Hundley advanced to second base on Gooden’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Gregg Jefferies. Elster singled to drive home Hundley and a double by Howard Johnson scored Jefferies. Strawberry was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Kevin McReynolds followed with a grand slam to extend the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Mike Marshall singled and Daryl Boston homered for eight runs in the inning and a 9-0 New York lead. Morgan was replaced on the mound by Los Angeles reliever Mike Maddux, who retired Hundley on a ground ball to second baseman Juan Samuel. Maddux then fanned Gooden for the inning’s final out.

Stan Javier tripled with two outs in the bottom of the third. Kal Daniels hit a single to score Javier and moved to third base on an error by third baseman Johnson. Murray walked and Brooks flied out to center fielder Boston to finish off the inning. To begin the top of the fifth, Jefferies doubled and went to third as Elster reached on Samuel’s error. Johnson hit a double play grounder to Samuel on which Jefferies came home for a 10-1 Mets lead. Strawberry was hit by a pitch and McReynolds grounded out to third baseman Harris to end the inning. Gooden then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Maddux set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Gooden issued a leadoff walk to Samuel in the bottom of the inning. Samuel moved to second base on a balk and to third on Javier’s ground out to first baseman Marshall. Daniels walked and Murray hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Samuel. Gooden retired Brooks on an inning-ending fly ball to Boston. Maddux pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Mets’ reliever Jeff Musselman then yielded only a bunt single to Harris in the bottom half.

Johnson singled to begin the top of the seventh inning. Strawberry was called out on strikes and Mark Carreon hit a single to center field. Pinch-hitter Tom O'Malley doubled to score Johnson and Carreon, increasing the Mets’ lead to 12-2. Boston singled and Maddux got Hundley on a grounder to shortstop Griffin for an inning-ending double play. Mets’ reliever Wally Whitehurst then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Dodgers’ reliever Don Aase gave up only a single to Dave Magadan in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Jose Gonzalez homered for the third Los Angeles run of the game. Harris hit a single and Rick Dempsey popped out to third baseman O’Malley. Harris went to second base on defensive indifference and Mike Sharperson was retired on a ground ball to Elster that ended the inning. Aase then held the Mets to a single by Whitehurst in the top of the ninth.

Brian Traxler flied out to Boston to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter John Shelby went down on strikes. Whitehurst then struck out Javier to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an easy victory to start the series.

Notes

  • Whitehurst’s single was the first hit of his major league career