Tuesday May 6th 1986: 41,722 fans including centerfieldmaz & his little brother came to Shea Stadium to see two undefeated pitchers go head to head.
The first place Mets (17-4) already running away with the division had the reigning Cy Young Award winner; Dwight Gooden (4-0) on the mound, which was always a special night in those days. His opponent was Bob Knepper & the western division first place Houston Astros. This was an early preview of that years NLCS.
The two pitchers matched zeros along the way until the fifth inning, when George Foster hit his first HR of the year. By this point Foster's days were numbered & he was not the most popular figure on the team.
In the 7th, Foster led off the inning with a walk & Rafael Santana reached on an error that was a possible double play ball. Gooden then gave the crowd a huge thrill as he tripled driving in both runs making it 3-0. Charlie Kerfield was brought in to replace Knepper & gave up a single to Kevin Mitchell scoring Gooden.
Gooden didn't allow any hits until the 5th inning, when Glen Davis led off with a base hit. Kevin Bass walked giving the Astros two base runners, something they only did twice in the game. In the 9th Gooden had the one hitter in tact & the fans were eager to close it out. But Gooden walked the lead off man, then after a ground out, Craig Reynolds singled for the Stros second hit of the night. Then Jose Cruz got aboard, when Tim Teufel booted the ball loading the bases.
Gooden then got Glen Davis to ground into a double play, sealing the two hit shut out & besting his record to 5-0, lowering his ERA to a league best 1.04. On the night he struck out seven & walked two.