October 3, 1992: Gooden Four-Hits Pirates

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Date: October 3, 1992
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 2
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Chico Walker, Dave Gallagher
Key play: Walker’s sacrifice fly, Jay Bell’s error

The Mets and Pirates faced each other on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the penultimate game of the regular season. Dwight Gooden limited the division-winning Pittsburgh team to four hits in a 2-1 Mets.

Gooden set down the Bucs in order in the top of the first inning. Ryan Thompson drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Thompson stole second base and moved to third on a single by Dave Gallagher. A sacrifice fly by Chico Walker scored Thompson with the game’s first run and Eddie Murray went down on strikes. Kevin Bass reached on a two-base error by shortstop Jay Bell that allowed Gallagher to come home for a 2-0 Mets lead. Pittsburgh starter Danny Jackson then retired Jeff Kent on a line drive to Bell that closed out the inning.

Gooden hurled a perfect top of the second. Jackson struck out all three Mets hitters in the bottom half and Dwight set down the Pirates 1-2-3 again in the top of the third. Gallagher hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Jackson retired the next two New York batters and Alex Cole singled for the Bucs’ first hit to lead off the top of the fourth. Gooden set down the three ensuing batters and Bass hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Kevin advanced to third base on Kent’s ground out to third baseman Jeff King. With Todd Hundley at bat, Bass was tagged out by catcher Tom Prince on an attempted steal of home. Jackson then got Hundley to ground out to Bell and end the inning.

The Pirates were held to a walk to Prince in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Gooden hit a triple against Pittsburgh reliever Randy Tomlin. Thompson grounded out to King and a called third strike retired Gallagher for the inning’s final out. Bell got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Andy Van Slyke doubled to drive home Bell with the Bucs’ first run. Gooden got Barry Bonds on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Thompson. Tomlin then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Gooden retired the Pirates 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Pittsburgh reliever Roger Mason pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Dwight did the same in the top of the eighth. For the Bucs, reliever Stan Belinda set down both Gooden and Thompson on infield grounders to begin the bottom half. Gallagher followed with a double against Pittsburgh’s Bob Patterson for his third hit of the game. Patterson then fanned Walker for the inning’s final out.

Bell got an infield single to begin the top of the ninth. Van Slyke hit a ground ball to second baseman Kent for a double play. Gooden then retired Al Martin on a ground ball to shortstop Bill Pecota to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Dwight’s complete game four-hitter.