Seattle Mariners 0 at New York Yankees 2, F -- Amid ongoing mound troubles and worries back home over his father's impending heart surgery, Dwight "Doc" Gooden was the one operating that night in Yankee Stadium. In the first inning, Seattle shortstop Alex Rodriguez smashed a drive to center field, but Yankee outfielder Gerald Williams made a sensational over-the-shoulder grab. The play would loom large as Gooden piled up the outs, striking out five while walking six. Facing the heart of the Mariners' lineup in the ninth and way past a reasonable 100-pitch count, some folks wondered whether Gooden would have enough gas to get over the finish line. Manager Joe Torre left him in, and Doc got Ken Griffey, Jr. to bounce out, Jay Buhner to strike out, and Paul Sorrento to pop up. Finally, 135 pitches deep, his teammates carried the emotional and exhausted former Rookie of the Year and Cy Young winner off the field to the cheers of the more than 31,000 fans at Yankee Stadium.moreless
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