Remembering Mets History (1985) Doc Gooden K's 16 To Reach 200 K Milestone


Tuesday August 20th, 1985: The excitement of Dwight Gooden- "Dr. K" was really amazing in this his Cy Young Season. At this point in time Gooden had won 12 straight games, he came into the game at 18-3 with 1.82 ERA & 192 strike outs. 

He was the best pitcher in the  game & having one of the best seasons any pitcher has ever had. Gooden had already had seven games with ten or more strike outs & his season high was 14.

Coming into the game, Davey Johnson's Mets were in first place (71-45) with a half game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. Tonight the Mets hosted the last place San Francisco Giants (45-72) led by Jim Davenport. 31,758 fans came out to Shea to see Dwight Gooden pitch another of his best games of the season.

Gooden's 1st inning was a bit shaky as he walked two &gave up two singles. Chili Davis was caught stealing & Gooden struck out former Met, Joel Youngblood to end the inning & any scoring.

In the 2nd, he struck out two, retiring the side in order. In the 3rd, Chili Davis collected his second hit off Gooden, but Gooden struck out two more & retired Dan Driessan to end the inning.

In the 4th inning, Doctor K, struck out the side, with the exception of a Dan Gladden walk. He ended the inning when Bob Brenly went down looking. It was Gooden's 200th strike out on the year.

Trivia: Gooden became the first pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters in his first two seasons.

Gooden struck out the side in the 5th inning as well. He now had 11 strike outs through five innings. The K corner was putting up the K's & the fans were on their feet every time there was a two strike count.

In the 6th, Chili Davis led off with his third hit off Gooden, Gooden would also aloow a single to Youngblood but left the runners stranded when Bob Brenly flew out. Gooden had one strike out in the inning.

In the 7th, Gooden struck out the first two batters & retired Gladden on a pop up. In the 8th, there were two more Giants singles. Gooden retired the other three batters & it was his only inning where he did not strike out a batter.

The 9th inning was certainly exciting, with the shut out in tact, he struck out Bob Brenly to start the inning. Jose Uribe then grounded out for the second out. 

Slugger Rob Deer pinch hit & struck out as the final out, the 16th strike out of the night for Gooden a new season high. It was also the most strike outs any pitcher had in all of baseball that season.

Gooden got to 19-3 with a 1.74 ERA on the year, his 13th straight winning decision & 5th shut out of the year, on his way to the Cy Young Award.

The Mets scoring started in the 2nd, Darryl Strawberry walked & stole second. With one out Howard Johnson walked. Rafael Santana singled in Straw with the first run & Lenny Dykstra singled in Hojo with the second run.

In the 5th, Wally Backman doubled & was brought in by Gary Carter's base hit. The Mets won it 3-0 & took a 1.5 game lead over S. Louis.


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