Sep 1, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (1988) Ron Darling Shuts Out L.A As Magic Number To Clinch Gets Closer

Friday September 2nd, 1988: Davey Johnson's New York Mets were getting closer to clinching the NL East title as they had a comfortable 8 1/2 game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tonight the Mets hosted Tommy Lasorda's first place Los Angeles Dodgers (77-56) in what was to be an NLCS preview. The Mets dominated the Dodgers on the regular season, as they did this night, but the NLCS wasn't as good for New York.

Starting Lineups

Mets started Ron Darling breezed along with a five hit, complete game shut out. Darling struck out eight on the evening & walked just one as he won his 14th game of the season (14-9) lowering his ERA to 3.15.

In the 3rd the Mets got two solo HRs off Dodger pitcher, Tim Leary as Kevin Elster started off his big night & promising rookie Greg Jefferies hit his second of the year. Jefferies would play in just 29 regular season games after being promoted but still earned a staring spot in the post season where he hit .333.

In the 5th Elster connected again, this time with Gary Carter on first base, as the Mets went up 4-0 on Elster's 9th HR of the year. The .219 hitting Elster was batting 8th that night.

In the Mets 7th, Mookie Wilson hit a two run HR following Elster's base on balls. Jefferies then singled & advanced on a Dodger error. He quickly scored on Keith Hernandez's base hit.

It was Hernandez 46th RBI of the year, since he had missed mots of time due to his bad back. Hernandez played in just 95 games for the NL Eastern Champs that season. He would score when Kevin McReynolds reached on another Dodger error making it 8-0.

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