May 25, 1984: Chapman's Throw to the Plate
|Date: May 25, 1984|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Kelvin Chapman|
|Key play: Foster's home run, Hernandez's single, Chapman's throw|
The Mets and Dodgers began a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Friday night. Dwight Gooden dominated the Los Angeles lineup with 14 strikeouts in eight shutout innings. Still, it took a relay throw from Kelvin Chapman in the ninth to nail down the Mets' 2-1 victory.
Gooden retired the Dodgers in the top of the first. Mike Scioscia led off the second with a double and Dwight set down the next eleven Los Angeles batters before Bob Bailor singled with two out in the fifth. The only Dodger runners against Gooden from the sixth to the eighth came on walks to Pedro Guerrero and R. J. Reynolds.
For the Mets, George Foster hit a home run off Rick Honeycutt to open the bottom of the second. The Mets got another run in the third when Keith Hernandez singled to score Mookie Wilson. Honeycutt then held the Mets to two more hits and reliever Pat Zachry got through the eighth without a run.
In the ninth, Guerrero hit a leadoff homer for the first Los Angeles run of the game. Jesse Orosco came in to relieve Gooden and retired the next two Dodger batters. Pinch-hitter Jose Morales then singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Dave Anderson. Reynolds followed with a hit to deep right-center field. Wilson retieved the ball and made a throw to second baseman Chapman. From the outfield grass, Chapman threw home and catcher Mike Fitzgerald put the tag on a sliding Anderson for the final out of the game. The Mets had held on for an exciting win.