Gooden Hits First Homer Since ’93
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Dwight Gooden, who had a team-record seven homers during his career with the New York Mets, hit a two-run homer Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds.
Gooden, the leading home-run hitter among active pitchers, got his first since 1993 and put the Cleveland Indians ahead 3-0 in the second inning.
Gooden set a Mets record with his seventh homer on July 1, 1993, off Florida’s Charlie Hough. Tom Seaver had held the previous Mets’ record for homers by a pitcher with six.
Gooden had a .196 career average when he came to bat Friday night and pulled a 2-1 pitch from Steve Parris over the wall in left-center for his eighth career homer. Parris angrily yanked off his own cap and muttered to himself after the ball cleared the wall.
The homer extended a notable Indians’ streak. Their last homer by a pitcher also came in Cincinnati, where Dave Burba hit one off Scott Klingenbeck last June 7.
In 1997, Bobby Witt hit the only other homer by a pitcher in interleague play.