September 1, 1984: Mets Down Padres With 12-Hit Attack

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Date: September 1, 1984
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 7
Padres: 4
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Brooks’ RBi single, Strawberry’s home run, Hernandez’s three hits

The Mets faced the Padres in a doubleheader on a Saturday evening. The teams played a two-hour and forty-eight-minute first game of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. The Mets collected twelve hits in a 7-4 win over San Diego.

Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Keith Hernandez singled against the Padres’ Andy Hawkins with two outs in the bottom half. George Foster drew a walk and Hubie Brooks singled to drive home Hernandez. Hawkins struck out Darryl Strawberry to end the inning and Graig Nettles walked to lead off the top of the second. Terry Kennedy flied out to center fielder Mookie Wilson and a double by Kevin McReynolds ensued. Bobby Brown went down on strikes and Garry Templeton was walked intentionally to load the bases. Gooden then fanned Hawkins for the final out of the inning.

Ray Knight and Mike Fitzgerald got back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the second. On Gooden’s ensuing grounder, the ball made contact with his bat in front of the plate for an out. Wally Backman singled to score Knight and a strikeout of Wilson followed. Hernandez hit a single to bring home Fitzgerald and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Hawkins then retired Foster on a fly ball to right fielder Tony Gwynn to close out the inning.

Alan Wiggins singled to open the top of the third. Gwynn drew a walk and Wiggins stole third base. Gwynn stole second and came around to score (with Wiggins in front of him) on a single by Steve Garvey. Gooden struck out the next three San Diego batters to finish off the inning and Brooks got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Strawberry flied out to left fielder Brown. Knight grounded out to shortstop Templeton and an intentional walk to Fitzgerald ensued. Hawkins got Gooden on a grounder to second baseman Wiggins that ended the inning. Dwight then retired the side in order in the top of the fourth.

Backman hit a double against Hawkins to begin the bottom of the fourth inning. Wally advanced to third base on Wilson’s ground out to Wiggins and scored on a double by Hernandez. Foster singled to drive home Hernandez with the Mets’ fifth run and Padres’ reliever Greg Booker retired Brooks on a fly ball to Brown. Strawberry followed with a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Booker then issued a walk to Knight and got Fitzgerald on a force play grounder to Nettles that ended the inning.

Gooden and Booker each pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth innings. Dwight shut down the Padres again in the top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom half, Knight singled against San Diego reliever Floyd Chiffer for the Mets’ twelfth hit of the game. Ray went to second base on a wild pitch and Fitzgerald went down on strikes. Gooden then grounded back to Chiffer for the inning’s third out.

Mario Ramirez drew a one-out walk in the top of the eighth. Bruce Bochy doubled to score Ramirez and moved to third base on a single by Kurt Bevacqua. Brown followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Bochy with the Padres’ fourth run. Gooden struck out Templeton to finish off the inning. Chiffer then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Luis Salazar singled against Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco to begin the top of the ninth. Tim Flannery was struck out and Eddie Miller singled. Ron Roenicke went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Carmelo Martinez drew a walk to load the bases. Orosco then retired Bochy on a ground ball to third baseman Knight for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.

Notes

  • The save for Orosco was his 28th of the season, breaking the Mets' team record of 27 set by Tug McGraw in 1972.