Remembering Mets History (1985) Doc Gooden K's 16 To Become First Pitcher to Reach 200 Strike Outs in First Two Seasons
Tuesday August 20th, 1985: The excitement of Dwight Gooden- "Dr. K" was really amazing in his 1985 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 had ever had. Gooden had already had seven games with ten or more strike outs & his season high was 14 Ks up to that point.
In the 2nd, he struck out Bob Brenly & Jim Gott, retiring the side in order. In the 3rd, Chili Davis collected his second hit off Gooden, but Gooden struck out Dan Gladden & Wellman again for strike outs four & five. He then retired Dan Driessen to end the inning.
In the 4th inning, Dr. K, struck out the side getting Chris Brown, Joel Youngblood & Bob Brenly to reach seven K's. It also 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.
In the 6th the Giants collected two the left field "K corner" was putting up the K's along the rafters & the Shea fans were on their feet every time there was a two-strike count.
The 9th inning was certainly exciting for the Shea fans, with the shut out intact they were on their feet cheering for the Doctor. Gooden struck out Bob Brenly to start the inning. Jose Uribe then grounded out for the second out.
Slugger Rob Deer came up to pinch hit, Gooden struck him out for the final out, it was his 16th strike out of the night for Gooden & a new season high.
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 St. Louis. Things were good around Shea Stadium & it was great to be a Mets fan.