Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11, 1985: Tudor Outlasts Gooden

On September 11, 1985, in a battle of aces at Shea Stadium in New York, John Tudor picked up his third consecutive shutout as he went the distance in a 1-0 ten inning Redbird win. The Cardinals lefty struck out seven, walked two, and allowed just three hits in the extra inning pitching gem. The Mets countered with Dwight Gooden who pitched a gem of his own, striking out seven, while allowing five hits and three walks. All three of Gooden's walks came in the eighth inning, he started the inning with back-to-back free passes before working his way around the jam. Gooden's day ended after being lifted for a pinch hitter in the ninth which failed to produce a run. The Mets skipper Davey Johnson went to Jesse Orosco to pitch the tenth  and he would find himself trailing after Cesar Cedeno led the top of the inning off with a solo shot. Cedeno was only in the game after pinch running in the eighth and the tenth inning blast was his only at bat of the game. The Mets threatened briefly in the bottom of the tenth after Tudor gave up a hit to leadoff the inning. The runner was quickly erased with a double play off the bat of Keith Hernandez. With one more out to go Tudor walked Gary Carter and had Darryl Strawberry who could have won it for the Mets with one swing of the bat. Tudor made quick work of Strawberry by picking up his seventh and final strikeout of the game. Cedeno was acquired for a bag of potato chips in late August and proved to be a truly great acquisition, he was 10 for 23 with three home runs since coming over to the Birds and his bat would stay hot as the club made a charge at the National League Pennant.

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