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October 27, 2006

Mets Win 1986 World Series

by @ 4:37 pm. Filed under 1986 World Series

1986 World Series – Game Seven
October 27, 1986 at shea Stadium
Mets 8, Red Sox 5  Mets Win Best of Seven Series 4-3

Rain delayed this game by one day and that appeared to be a boon for the Red Sox as Bruce Hurst, who had won his other two games in the World Series, would be ready to pitch over Oil Can BoydRon Darling took the mound for the Mets.

Neither team scored in the first inning but the Red Sox pummelled Darling in the second.  Dwight Evans and Rich Gedman led off with back to back homeruns and then Wade Boggs singled home Dave Henderson to give the Red Sox an early 3-0 lead.

In the meantime, Bruch Hurst was cruising.  He gave up only one hit in the first five innings.  The Red Sox threatened in the fourth inning and put two men on, but Sid Fernandez relieved Darling and got out of the jam.

The Mets finally figured out Hurst in the fifth inning.  Rafael Santana grounded out to lead things off and then Lee Mazillli singled to left.  He moved to second on Mookie Wilson’s single and then Tim Teufel loaded the bases when he drew a walk.  Keith Hernandez then drove home Mazzilli and Wilson with a single and Wally Backman scored on Gary Carter’s fielders choice to tie the game at 3-3. 

Roger McDowell put the Red Sox in order in the seventh inning.  Calvin Schiraldi came in to pitch for Bruce Hurst and then the flood gates opened.  Ray Knight led off with a homerun and gave the Mets their first lead of the game.  Lenny Dykstra then singled and then he moved to second on a wild pitch.  Rafael Santana singled home Dykstra and then Santana moved to second on McDowell’s bunt.  Joe Sambito relieved Schiraldi and he gave Mookie Wilson a free pass.  he then walked Wally Backman to load the bases before Keith Hernandez hit a fly ball far enough to score Santana.  The Mets had a 6-3 lead with only two innings to go.

The Red Sox did make things interesting in the eighth.  Dwight Evans doubled home Bill Buckner and Jim Rice to cut the lead to 6-5 but Evans was stranded at second base despite getting their with nobody out.  This was the closest the Red Sox would get.

Darryl Strawberry hit a solo homerun and then Jesse Orosco singled home Ray Knight to give the Mets an 8-5 lead.  Orosco put the Red sox down in order in the ninth inning and struck out Marty Barrett to end the game.

The Mets were the World Champions.  Little would Mets’ fans know they’d still be waiting 20 years for another one.  This team appeared to be a dynasty but they never got over the hump again.

October 25, 2006

Error by Bill Buckner Costs Red Sox World Series Game Six

by @ 4:27 pm. Filed under 1986 World Series

1986 World Series – Game Six
October 25, 1986 at Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Red Sox 5  Best of Seven Series Tied 3-3

The Mets evened up their series with the Red Sox in a classic game.  We’ve all seen the end of this one.  Roger Clemens got the start against Bob Ojeda.

It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to get to their former pitcher.  Bob Ojeda gave up an RBI double to Dwight Evans in the first inning and an RBI single by Marty Barrett in the second.  The 2-0 Red Sox lead would stand until the fifth when the Mets finally began to hit Roger Clemens.

Darryl Strawberry led off the fifth with a walk and then he stole second.  Strawberry then scored on Ray Knight’s RBI single and then Knight moved to third on Mookie Wilson’s single and an error by Dwight Evans.  Ray Knight then scored when Danny Heep grounded into a double play.  The Mets had tied the game up at 2-2 though.

Roger McDowell came in to relieve Ojeda in the seventh and in that inning, an error by Ray Knight cost the Mets a run.  Dwight Evans eventually grounded out but Barrett scored the go ahead run on the play.

The Mets went down quietly in the bottom of the seventh and the Red Sox threatened in the eighth and loaded the bases up but Jesse Orosco got Bill Buckner to fly out to center to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Lee Mazzilli led off with a single.  Lenny Dykstra then laid down a bunt and they tried to get Mazzilli out at second but failed.  Wally Backman then moved both baserunners over and Keith Hernandez was given a free pass before Gary Carter hit a fly ball far enough to score Mazzilli.  Darryl Strawberry then flew out to end the inning and the game entered the ninth inning 3-3.

Kevin Elster’s fielding error gave the Red Sox a baserunner in the ninth but Rich Gedman grounded into a double play to end the inning.  The Mets then got the first two hitters on base in the bottom of the ninth but failed to bring either on home.  The game then headed into extra frames.

Dave Henderson led off the tenth with a homerun to make it 4-3.  Rick Aguilera then struck out Spike Owen and Calvin Schiraldi, but Wade Boggs kept the inning alive with a double.  Marty Barrett then singled home Boggs to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.

Things looked very grim for the Mets in the tenth.  Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez both flew out to start the inning and the Mets were down to their last out.  Gary Carter kept things alive with a single and Kevin Mitchell followed that up with a single and then Ray Knight drove home Carter with a single to make it 5-4.  Bob Stanley then replaced Schiraldi on the mound to try to stop the damage.

Stanley then threw a wild pitch.  Mitchell scored to tie the game up, and now the Mets had the winning run in scoring position.  Mookie Wilson then hit what appeared to be a routine ground ball to first baseman Bill Buckner, but the ball scooted between his legs and Ray Knight came around to score from second base to end the game.

The Mets were pretty much done, but they found new life somehow.  Now things would come down to a game seven that would decide the 1986 World Series.

October 23, 2006

Red Sox Edge Mets to Take 3-2 Lead in World Series

by @ 4:20 pm. Filed under 1986 World Series

1986 World Series – Game Five
October 23, 1986 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 4, Mets 2  Red Sox Lead Best of Seven Series 3-2

The Red Sox avoivded a sweep at Fenway and won a pretty good pitchers dual between Bruce Hurst and Dwight Gooden.  The game saw the Red Sox jump to an early lead and then the Mets come up short in an attempt at a comeback late in the game.

The Red Sox drew first blood when Dave Henderson tripled in the second inning then scored on Spike Owen’s sac. fly.  An error by Rafael Santana in the third inning put Bill Buckner on in the third inning and he eventually came around to score on Dwight Evans RBI single.

The fifth was the toughest inning for Gooden.  He gave up a lead off triple to Jim Rice and then a single to Don Baylor to make it 3-0.  Dwight Evans followed that up with a single to put runners at first and third and Davey Johnson went to the pen and brought in Sid Fernandez.  Fernandez was able to strike out Rich Gedman but then Dave Henderson doubled home Baylor to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead.

It wasn’t until the eighth inning when the Mets finally got to Bruce Hurst.  Tim Teufel hit a one out solo homerun to put the Mets on the board.  Then in the ninth, Mookie Wilson doubled with two outs and scored on Rafael Santana’s single, but Lenny Dykstra struck out to end the game.

The Mets now had to go back to Shea Stadium and win both games.  Not an insurmountable task, but they’d have to face Roger Clemens in game six.

October 22, 2006

Gary Carter Homers Twice as Mets Even World Series

by @ 6:16 pm. Filed under 1986 World Series, Uncategorized

1986 World Series – Game Four
October 22, 1986 at Fenway Park
Mets 6, Red Sox 2  Best of Seven Series Tied 2-2

Just yesterday, the Mets were playing for their lives.  Now after a solid outing by Ron Darling and a big fourth inning, the Mets now find themselves tied at two game a piece in the World Series.

Neither team did much in the first three innings but the Mets jumped all over Al Nipper in the fourth.  Wally Backman led off with a single and then he moved to second on Keith Hernandez’s ground out.  Then Gary Carter hit a huge two run shot to make it 2-0.  Darryl Strawberry followed that up with a double and then Ray Knight singled him home to give the Mets and Darling a nice comfortable 3-0 lead.

The Mets padded that lead in the seventh when Lenny Dykstra hit a two run shot to make it 5-0.  In the meantime, Ron Darling was shutting down the Red Sox.  When Roger McDowell replaced him in the eighth, Darling had given up only five hits through seven shutout innings.

In the top of the eighth, the Mets added one more on a solo shot by Carter. It was his second homerun of the game and that made it 6-0.  The Red Sox did tag McDowell for two runs in the bottom of the eighth but the Red Sox never got closer then 6-2.

October 21, 2006

Gary Carter, Bob Ojeda Lead Mets to Game Three Win

by @ 6:16 pm. Filed under 1986 World Series, Uncategorized

1986 World Series – Game Three
October 21, 1986 at Fenway Park
Mets 7, Red Sox 1  Red Sox Lead Best of Seven Series 2-1

The Mets gave their fans some hope tonight as their lineup jumped all over Oil Can Boyd and Bob Ojeda gave them a nice performance on the mound.  They still had a long road to win this one, but they took the first step with this win.

This one was effectively over after the first inning.  Lenny Dykstra led off the game with a solo shot and then Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez hit back to back singles.  Gary Carter then drove home Backman with a double and Danny Heep drove both Carter and Hernandez home with a single to make it 4-0.

The Red Sox scored their one run in the third inning when Marty Barrett singled home Dave Henderson.  The Red Sox would have their only run and two of their five hits in that inning.

Boyd actually settled down and didn’t up another run until the seventh inning.  Gary Carter’s two run single in that game blew the game open.  The Mets did add another run in the eighth on an RBI double by Ray Knight, but this one was pretty much in hand by then.

Ojeda gave up only one run on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in seven innings of work.  Roger McDowell closed out the game with two perfect innings.

October 19, 2006

Red Sox Head Back to Fenway With Commanding 2-0 World Series Lead

by @ 2:00 am. Filed under 1986 World Series

1986 World Series – Game Two
October 19, 1986 at Shea Stadium
Red Sox 9, Mets 3  Red Sox Lead Best of Seven Series 2-0

The Red Sox took a commanding 2-0 lead in the 1986 World Series in a blow out win over the Mets in game two.  Dwight Gooden took a pounding while the Red Sox bullpen was nearly flawless when Roger Clemens came out of the game in the fifth inning.

The Red Sox scored three in the second and the Mets seemed to respond nicely in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own.  Unfortunately, the Mets kept piling on the runs and by the middle of the fifth inning, it was 6-2.  Rick Aguilera and Sid Fernandez both gave up runs in relief of Gooden, who came out after five innings.

Wally Backman singled home Rafael Santana and then Dwight Gooden scored on Keith Hernandez’s ground out in the second inning.  The Mets scored their third and final run of the game in the fifth when Gary Carter singled hom Backman.

The Mets’ backs were definitely against the wall now.  They needed to win four of their next five games, which included three at Fenway Park, to win it all.

October 18, 2006

Bruce Hurst Out Duels Ron Darling In Game One Win

by @ 5:48 pm. Filed under 1986 World Series

1986 World Series – Game One
October 18, 1986 at Shea Stadium
Red Sox 1, Mets 0  Red Sox Lead Best of Seven Series 1-0

Ron Darling was about as good as you’d want in a World Series opener, but unfortunately 13 game winner Bruce Hurst was even better.  Hurst held the Mets to four hits and four walks and he struck out eight in a 1-0 pitchers dual.

The Red Sox scored their only run in the seventh inning.  Jim Rice led off with a walk and he moved to second on Ron Darling’s wild pitch.  Dwight Evans grounded out to Darling before Rich Gedman came to the plate.  Gedman then reached first when Tim Teufel misplayed a ball hit to him and Jim Rice came around to score the unearned run.  oddly, Teufel was the hitting star.  He had two of the Mets four singles.

Darling gave up the unearned run along with three hits and three walks with eight strikouts.  55,076 were in attendance at Shea Stadium for the pitching battle.

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