May 22, 1993: Gooden Homers in Victory

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Date: May 22, 1993
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 6
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Vince Coleman, Dwight Gooden, Jeff Kent
Key play: Coleman's, Gooden's, and Kent's homers

The Mets faced the Braves at Shea Stadium on a Saturday afternoon. Dwight Gooden pitched eight innings in picking up his fifth win of the season. Gooden also had three hits, including a home run, to lead the Mets to a 6-1 victory.

For the Mets, Vince Coleman led off the game with a home run against Atlanta starter John Smoltz. Gooden homered off Smoltz in the second for another Met run. Dwight also shut down the Braves with three scoreless innings before allowing a home run Dave Justice in the top of the fourth.

Howard Johnson doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth for the Mets. Johnson moved to third base on an out and Jeff Kent followed with a two-run homer to extend the Met lead to 4-1. Gooden added a single, but was forced out at second for the final out of the inning.

Dwight held the Braves scoreless from the fifth inning to the eighth. Meanwhile, Doc contributed a single that scored Tony Fernandez and Todd Hundley in the bottom of the sixth. Kent Mercker came in to relieve Smoltz immediately following Gooden's third hit of the game.

In the ninth, Anthony Young recorded the final three outs to seal the win for the Mets. The crowd of 32,563 went home happy after watching a solid team effort. In the midst of a dismal season, the game was reminiscent on the Met teams of the 1980s.