September 16, 1985: Gooden Hurls Two-Hit Shutout

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Date: September 16, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 9
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Carter’s home run, Wilson’s triple, Gooden’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Dwight Gooden pitched a two-hit shutout in a 9-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Gooden retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson singled against Phils’ starter Kevin Gross to lead off the bottom half. Wilson stole second base and moved to third on a single by Wally Backman. Keith Hernandez went down on strikes and Gary Carter singled to drive home Wilson. On the play, Backman was out via a throw by left fielder Jeff Stone to third baseman Rick Schu. Gross struck out Darryl Strawberry to end the inning and Gooden surrendered only a walk to Darren Daulton in the top of the second. Gross then gave up just a single to Rafael Santana in the bottom half.

Gooden held the Phillies to a walk to Schu in the top of the third. Wilson hit a single to open the bottom of the inning. Backman hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Tom Foley and stole second base. Hernandez walked and Carter slugged a three-run homer for a 4-0 Mets lead. Gross then got Strawberry to ground out to Foley and retired George Foster on a fly ball to center fielder Von Hayes for the inning’s third out.

Gooden yielded only a double to Mike Schmidt in the top of the fourth. Howard Johnson got a leadoff double against Gross in the bottom half. Santana grounded out to Schu and a single by Gooden advanced Johnson to third base. Wilson tripled to bring home Johnson and Gooden, increasing the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Philadelphia reliever Rocky Childress retired Backman on a ground ball to first baseman Schmidt. Childress then got Hernandez to ground out to second baseman Juan Samuel and finish off the inning.

Gooden struck out the side in order in the top of the fifth. Strawberry hit a one-out double against Phils’ reliever Freddie Toliver in the bottom half. Foster singled to score Strawberry for a 7-0 Mets lead. Johnson went down on strikes and Santana hit a single. Gooden followed with a double that plated Foster and Santana with the eighth and ninth New York runs of the game. Toliver then got Wilson to ground out to Schu and end the inning.

Gooden set down the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Philadelphia reliever Dave Rucker gave up only a single to pinch-hitter Tom Paciorek in the bottom half. Dwight hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Rucker shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Gooden retired the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the top of the eighth. Phils’ Dave Stewart pitched a perfect bottom half and Stone singled for the Phillies’ second hit to begin the top of the ninth. Luis Aguayo was retired on a fly ball to left fielder John Christensen. Hayes grounded out to first baseman Paciorek. Gooden then struck out Alan Knicely to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Dwight’s shutout.

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