Wednesday, April 25, 1984

Doc Gooden strikes out 10

In a 2-1 win over the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium, Mets rookie Dwight Gooden became the first teenager to strike out 10 batters in a big-league game since Bert Blyleven accomplished the feat in 1970 with the Twins. Gooden got the 10th strikeout by fanning Tim Wallach to end the seventh inning. The hard-throwing righthander let up just two hits and an unearned run in seven innings. Rusty Staub, pinch-hitting for Gooden, hit an RBI double to tie the score at 1 and the Mets won on George Foster's single to score Keith Hernandez in the 11th. The 19-year old became the youngest player ever selected to the All-Star team and went on to lead the National League with 276 strikeouts en route to National League Rookie of the Year honors.

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