On this Monday night Davey Johnson's second place Mets (35-31) were only 1 ½ games behind the division leading Chicago Cubs.
Their opponent was manager Buck Rogers' third place Montreal Expos, just 1/2 game behind the Mets. The Expo starting pitcher was Kevin Gross. A good crowd of 40,064 came out to Shea for the event.
|Montreal Expos||New York Mets|
|1||Dave Martinez||CF||1||Juan Samuel||CF|
|2||Tom Foley||2B||2||Dave Magadan||1B|
|3||Andres Galarraga||1B||3||Howard Johnson||3B|
|4||Tim Raines||LF||4||Darryl Strawberry||RF|
|5||Hubie Brooks||RF||5||Kevin McReynolds||LF|
|6||Tim Wallach||3B||6||Gregg Jefferies||2B|
|7||Nelson Santovenia||C||7||Barry Lyons||C|
|8||Spike Owen||SS||8||Kevin Elster||SS|
|9||Kevin Gross||P||9||Dwight Gooden||P|
Gooden wasn't perfect tonight, as he allowed a 1st inning HR to Andres Galarraga. But the Mets came back quickly, as Howard Johnson hit a two run HR, his 17th of the year in the bottom of the 1st inning.
In the 2nd inning, Dave Magadan drew a walk. Then Howard Johnson homered again, #18 for him, his second two run shot of the game, making it 4-1 Mets. HoJo's numbers were amongst the leagues best sluggers.
In the 4th inning Magadan drove in Juan Samuel with a base hit for a 5-1 Mets lead. In the top of the 6th, the Expos put up two runs, as center fielder Dave Martinez doubled to score Spike Owen. Then a Gooden wild pitch eventually scored Martinez, cutting it to a 5-3 Mets lead.
Gooden went seven innings, striking out nine Expos. He allowed three runs on five hits, while walking two. It was enough for a 23 year old Dwight Gooden to earn his 100th win. Rick Aguilera came in relief, in the 8th inning for two perfect innings, earning his sixth save.
The win put Gooden at 9-2 on the year with a 2.56 ERA amongst the league’s best.
Trivia: Unfortunately for the Mets, Gooden wouldn’t win another game for the rest of the season. A shoulder injury shut him down at the start of July. Gooden would not return until September, finishing up at 9-4.