It was one of those games where everything clicked in all departments.
Keith Hernandez (5-for-5), Gary Carter (3-for-5) and Darryl Strawberry (2-for-5) went a combined 10-for-15 with seven runs scored and seven RBI in a 12-4 rout at San Diego on this date in 1985.
The Mets lashed 18 hits, including homers from Ray Knight and Hernandez to back Sid Fernandez’s complete-game effort.
With the victory, the Mets closed within one game of St. Louis in the NL East.
Special reached a milestone on this date in 1985 when Dwight Gooden became the youngest pitcher in major league history to win 20 games in a season.
GOODEN: Super nova.
At 20 years, nine months and nine days, he was a month younger than Bob Feller when he won his 20th game in 1939.
Gooden won 17 games in 1984, then had his best season in 1985 when he went 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA and 268 strikeouts.
It was a wet, dreary day that Sunday afternoon at Shea against San Diego, but backed by Darryl Strawberry’s homer and four RBI and three hits from Gary Carter, as the Mets prevailed, 9-3, to give Gooden his 14th straight victory and improve his record to 20-3.
Roger McDowell worked three innings for the save.
Gooden helped pitch the Mets to the World Series the following season, but his career derailed because of substance abuse.
When the consider the event, it was shocking that only 13,000 were in attendance on this day in 1973 at San Francisco.
MAYS: Always popular at Shea.
The Giants beat the Mets, 4-1, in what was Willie Mays’ last appearance as a player in Candlestick Park. Mays went 0-for-4.
Five days later, against Cincinnati’s Don Gullet at Shea Stadium, Mays hit his 660th and final home run of his career.
This was Mays’ last season, and it was a disappointing way to go out, even if he played in the World Series. In 66 games, Mays hit .211 with six homers and 25 RBI.
The Mets traded for Mays in May of 1972 in a public relations coup for the franchise. At the time, the Giants were in financial distress and owner Horace Stoneham couldn’t guarantee a position after retirement.
On this day in 1988, Gary Carter hit his 300th career home run in a 9-6 victory at Chicago.
Carter finished that season with 11 homers and just 46 RBI, and was released after the 1989 season.
In five seasons with the Mets, Carter hit 89 homers with 349 RBI.
After leaving the Mets, Carter played single seasons for San Francisco, Los Angeles and retired as an Expo in 1992.
NOTE: Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers reports his brain tumors have improved, but the condition remains inoperable.