Apr 25, 2020

Remembering Mets History (1988) Keith Hernandez Drives In Seven Runs

Tuesday, April 26, 1988: On this night, Davey Johnson's second place Mets (12-6) visited Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, to face Chuck Tanner's last place Braves (3-14). The pitchers for tonight were Dwight Gooden for the Mets against a young pitcher in his second season, named Tom Glavine.

This game was all about Keith Hernandez, the Met first baseman had a fantastic night one of his biggest ever. Hernandez hit two HRs and drove in seven runs, including a career milestone 1,000th RBI.

He started out the game by going 0-2, but then in the 5th inning with Mookie Wilson aboard, Keith blasted a two run HR off Tom Glavine to tie up the game at four. In the 7th, he grounded out on a force play bringing in Mookie Wilson once again to score. It was his third RBI of the night.

In the 8th inning, with the Mets ahead 6-4, Keith came up with the bases loaded, facing former Met Charlie Puleo. Mex lined a HR over the Center field fence, a grand slam HR blowing the game open.

The four runs have Hernandez seven RBIs on the night. The two HRs on this night, were his first two HRs of the season, capping off a 13-4 Mets win.

Dwight Gooden would get the win & go to 5-0 on the young season, as he pitched the complete game victory.

Gary Carter was off to a great start as he hit his 7th HR of the young season, a solo shot off Glavine. Kevin Elster doubled and drove in two runs, Mookie Wilson doubled, drove in a run & scored three runs. Howard Johnson & Tim Teufel added RBI base hits as well.

Tom Glavine did not get a decision as the loss went to Jack Acker. Glavine got roughed up for four runs, five hits & three walks in just two innings of work. Glavine would go on to lead the NL in losses with 17 in 1988. The Braves used six pitchers that day.

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