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October 15, 2006

Mets Win NLCS After Sixteen Inning Thriller

by @ 5:35 am. Filed under 1986 NLCS

National League Championship Series Game Six
October 15, 1986 at the Astrodome
Mets 7, Astros 6  Mets Win Best of Seven Series 4-2

It was hard to beat game five as far as excitement goes, but game six did it.  Rather then summarize it, it’s best to go through this game as it happened.

Bob Ojeda got the start against Bob Knepper in this one.  The Mets went down in order but the Astros jumped all over Ojeda.  Bill Doran led off with a single and he was forced by Billy HatcherPhil Garner then drove home Hatcher with a double and Garner scored on Glenn Davis’ single.  Kevin Bass walked and then Davis scored on Jose Cruz’s single.  So in the blink of an eye, the Mets were down 3-0. 

Bob Knepper then completely shut down the Mets at least through eight innings.  In the meantime, Bob Ojeda calmed down and he didn’t a yield a run through his next four innings.  He was replaced by Rick Aguilera and he gave up only one hit through the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.  The Mets entered the ninth still down by three runs and time was running out. 

Lenny Dykstra led off the ninth with triple and he scored on Mookie Wilson’s single.  Wilson moved to second on Kevin Mitchell’s ground out and then he scored on Keith Hernandez’s double.  Dave Smith came in to pitch for Knepper and he walked Gary Carter and Darryl Strawberry.  Then Ray Knight came up huge with a fly ball deep enough to score Hernandez.  Wally Backman was given a free pass but Danny Heep struck out to end the inning with a 3-3 score.

Roger McDowell then pitched five innings of one hit ball to hold the Astros to their three runs through the thirteenth inning.  The Astros needed three relievers to get that far and when the top of the fourteenth came around, Aurelio Lopez was throwing for the Astros and Jesse Orosco had reliever McDowell.

Gary Carter led off the fourteenth with a single and Strawberry walked.  Knight then failed to bunt the batters over and Carter was forced out at third.  Then Backman singled and he gave the Mets their first lead of the game, al beit by a single run.

Orosco struck out Doran to start the bottom of the fourteenth but then Billy Hatcher came up huge with a solo shot to tie the game.  Orosco got out of the inning with no further damage but the game continued.

Neither team threatened in the fifteenth, but in the sixteenth, all hell broke lose.  Strawberry led off the inning with a double and he scored on Ray Knight’s single.  Jeff Calhoun replaced Lopez and he then threw a wild pitch that moved Knight to third.  Backman walked, but then another wild pitched scored Knight and pushed Backman to second.  Orosco moved Backman to third on a bunt and Lenny Dykstra singled home Backman to give the Mets a three run lead.  They’d need every single one of those three runs.

Orosco got into trouble early. He did strike out Craig Reynolds to start things but Davey Lopes then walked and he moved to second on Doran’s single.  Lopes scored on Hatcher’s single and Doran moved to third when Denny Walling forced Hatcher out at second base.  Glenn Davis singled home Doran to cut the lead to one, but Orosco buckled down and struck out Kevin Bass to end the game and the series.

The Mets would go up against the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

October 14, 2006

Mets Edge Astros in Twelve Innings, Now One Win Away From 1986 World Series

by @ 5:29 am. Filed under 1986 NLCS

National League Championship Series Game Five
October 14, 1986 at Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Astros 1  Mets Lead Best of Seven Series 3-2

This was one of those classic and defining games that made the 1986 Mets truly special.  In a pivotal game five, the Mets and Astros played to a 1-1 draw through eleven innings before the Mets finally put the game away in the twelth.  With that, they were only one win away from the franchise’s second World Series appearance.

Nolan Ryan actually outpitched Dwight Gooden in this game.  Ryan threw nine innings and gave up only two hits with twelve strikeouts.  One of those two hits though was a solo homerun by Darryl Strawberry.  That one run was all the Mets needed to send the game into extra frames.

The Astros had scored their lone run in the top half of that fifth inning.  Alan Ashby scored on Bill Doran’s groundout.  Gooden was almost as good.  he threw ten innings and gave up that one run on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

The Astros got two men on in the tenth but couldn’t bring one across while the Mets went down easily in both the tenth and eleventh innings.  The Astros didn’t do anything in the eleventh or twelth and that set up one of those memorable moments.

Wally Backman singled with one out in the twelth.  He was picked off of first base but Astros reliever Charlie Kerfeld threw the ball away.  Keith Hernandez was given a free pass and then Gary Carter made the Astros pay for their mistake with a walk off RBI single to win it.

One more game, and the Mets would be headed to the World Series.

October 12, 2006

Mike Scott Shuts Down Mets Again, Series Now Tied at Two Games Each

by @ 10:33 am. Filed under 1986 NLCS, Uncategorized

National League Championship Series Game Four
October 12, 1986 at Shea Stadium
Astros 3, Mets 1  Best of Seven Series Tied 2-2

Probably the only surprising thing about this game was that the Mets actually scored on Mike Scott.  In the eight inning, Mookie Wilson singled, moved to third in a heads up play on Ray Knight’s ground out and then scored on Heep’s sac. fly.  Outside of that, the Mets produced only two hits and they didn’t draw a single walk.

Sid Fernandez threw a nice game but he was outmatched in this one.  He gave up a two run shot to Alan Ashby in the second inning and then a solo shot to Dickie Thon in the fifth.  In all he gave up only three hits and a walk but those two homeruns were all Scott needed to win his second game of the series.

October 11, 2006

Lenny Dykstra’s Walk Off Homerun Pushes Mets to Victory in Game Three of NLCS

by @ 10:25 am. Filed under 1986 NLCS

National League Championship Series Game Three
October 11, 1986 at Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Astros 5  Mets Lead Best of Seven Series 2-1

The Mets came back to top the Astros in game three of the NLCS and in the process, took their first series lead.  Bob Knepper got the start for the Astros while Ron Darling threw for the Mets.

The Astros jumped out in front early.  In the first inning, the Astros tagged Darling for two runs on three hits.  Denny Walling singled home Billy Hatcher and Jose Cruz singled home Walling to make it 2-0.

Darling didn’t get much of a break because the Astros hit him hard in the second inning as well.  Bill Doran’s two run homerun put the Astros comfortably in the lead 4-0.

While this was happening, Knepper was mowing down the Mets.  New York posed no real threat until they got two men on in the fourth but even that was with two outs and Knepper got Ray Knight to fly out to end the inning.  It wasn’t until the sixth inning that Mets finally got to Knepper and started their comeback.

Kevin Mitchell led off the sixth and he moved to second on another single by Keith HernandezGary Carter then reached base on Craig Reynolds error and Mitchell came around to score.  Then Darryl Strawberry hit a huge three run homerun to clear the bases and tie the game up 4-4.

The Astros answered in the very next inning.  Walling hit into a fielders choice with Bill Doran on third base and Doran scampered home.  The Mets then went down quietly in the seventh and eighth and entered the ninth still down by a run.

Wally Backman laid down a bunt single to put a runner on and then Andy Ashby’s passed ball allowed Backman to move over to second.  Danny Heep flew out to center, and then Lenny Dykstra came through huge with a two run walk off homerun to win it for the Mets.

October 9, 2006

Bob Ojeda Pitches Mets to Win, NLCS Tied at One Game a Piece

by @ 4:31 am. Filed under 1986 NLCS

National League Championship Series Game Two
October 9, 1986 at the Astrodome
Mets 5, Astros 1  Best of Seven Series Tied 1-1

The Mets bounced back to even up their series with Astros behind a strong outing by Bob Ojeda.  Ojeda was touched up for ten hits and two walks but he gave up only one run on Phil Garner’s RBI single in the seventh inning.

The Mets didn’t do much until the fourth inning.  Lenny Dykstra grounded out to first to begin the inning, then Wally Backman singled off of Nolan RyanKeith Hernandez followed that up with a single and then Gary Carter doubled home Backman to make it 1-0.  Darryl Strawberry then flew out deep enough to score Hernandez to make it 2-0 before Mookie Wilson flew out to left.

The Mets struck again in the fifth inning.  Ray Knight led off with an out to second before Rafael Sanata singled.  Bob Ojeda hit into a fielders choice to make it two outs but Lenny Dykstra kept the inning alive with a single.  Wally Backman then singled home Ojeda and Keither Hernandez drove home Dykstra and Backman with a triple to make it 5-0.

The two teams had a day off tomorrow as the scene moved to Shea Stadium.

October 8, 2006

Mets Can’t Figure Out Mike Scott in Game One of NLCS

by @ 4:24 am. Filed under 1986 NLCS

National League Championship Series Game One
October 8, 1986 at the Astrodome
Astros 1, Mets 0  Astros Lead Best of Seven Series 1-0

Mike Scott was by far the best pitcher in 1986 and he had a season that was as good as anyone else’s in the 1980s.  He had only face the Mets once in the regular season and that was on July 19, 1986.  In that game, he was only good and while the Astros pulled out the game, it came down to the ninth inning.  Today, the Mets didn’t have a chance and Scott made the Mets look downright silly.

Dwight Gooden was about as good as you could ask but the one run he gave up was enough for the Astros.  Glenn Davis hit a solo homerun in the second inning and that was the only blemish against Doc.  He gave up the one run on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts in seven innings of work.

The Mets only real threat came in the eighth inning.  Lee Mazzilli struck out but then Danny Heep and Lenny Dykstra both singled.  Mike Scott buckled down though and struck out Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez to end the threat.

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