Nov 24, 2015

Remembering Mets History: 2000 NLDS Game #4: Bobby Jones Tosses A One Hitter

Sunday,October 8th, 2000- NLDS Game #4: 56,245 fans packed Shea Stadium on this Sunday evening hoping to see the Mets advance to the NLCS. Tonight, they would witness one of the best post season pitching performances in Mets history.

The Mets have always been a strong pitching organization. The club has seen just one no hitter & 37 one hitters.The names Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Dwight Gooden, Jerry Koosman, Ron Darling & Tug McGraw have all pitched great post season games for the Mets.

In 1973 Jon Matlack had tossed a two hitter in the NLCS against the Cincinnati Reds & on this night, a lesser known name; Bobby Jones  would throw the only one hitter in Mets post season history. 

Mets Manager Bobby Valentine gave Bobby Jones (11-6 / 5.06 ERA / 85 Ks) the start in this NLDS Game #4. It was his first post season start. Jones went up against the San Francisco Giants; Mark Gardner (11-7 / 4.05 ERA / 92 Ks).

Jones rolled along until the top of the 5th, the only inning where he would have any trouble. Jeff Kent led off with a double, then Ellis Burks flew out. Jones issued a walk to JT Snow & Doug Mirabelli after he retired Rich Aurillia.

Giants Manager; Dusty Baker chose to stick with his pitcher & Jones got Mark Gardner to pop up ending the inning. The Giants would not get another base runner the rest of the way.

Robin Ventura
For the Mets, their big bats put them on the board right away, in the 1st inning. Mike Piazza drew a two out walk and then Robin Ventura followed with a HR over the right center field fence.

In the 5th inning, Bobby Jones struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch. Timo Perez followed with a double, then Edgardo Alfonzo doubled to center, scoring both runners to cap off the 4-0 victory.

Jones shut down the Giants over the next three innings & the fans were on their feet for the 9th. Marvin Benard grounded out to first base, Bill Mueller then grounded out to Alfonzo for out number two. Jones then got Barry Bonds to line out to center field & end the game.

The Mets advanced to the their second consecutive NLCS as Jones completed his one hit master piece, striking out five Giants & walking two, while throwing 116 pitches over the nine innings.

Remembering Mets History: 2000 NLDS Game #3: Benny Agbayani's 13th Inning Walk Off HR

Saturday October 7th, 2000 NLDS Game #3- Shea Stadium, New York: It was a classic afternoon for an epic playoff game, that began with former Mets reliever, the great; Tug McGraw throwing out the ceromonial first pitch.

The crowd of 56,270 was pumped up for the first home playoff game of the 2000 post season. Centerfieldmaz was there in the Mezzanine section after a great tailgate in the old Shea parking lot.

Bobby Valentine sent Rick Reed (11-5 / 4.11 ERA / 121 Ks) to the mound against Russ Ortiz ( 14-12 / 5.01 ERA / 167 Ks).

Starting Lineups

The Mets would go through six pitchers Rick Reed (six innings, two runs, 7 hits, 7 Ks) Dennis Cook (0.2 innings) Turk Wendell (1.1 scorless) John Franco (one scoreless) Armando Benitez (two scoreless) & Rick White (two scoreless). The Giants would go through  six pitchers as well.

The Giants struck first, in the 4th inning Ellis Burkss & JT Snow singled. Bobby Estalella & Mark Benard both contibuted with RBI singles, making it 2-0.

In the Mets 6th inning,  Mike Bordick walked & Daryl Hamilton got a pinch hit single, leading the way for rookie Timo Perez base hit scoring the first Mets run. Perez would tie Benny Agbayani with an NLDS leading five hits. Perez three RBIs were second to only Eduardo Alfonzo’s five.

In the home 8th, Doug Henry hit Mike Bordick with a pitch to start out the inning. lenny Harris came in to pinch run & stole second base with two outs. Edgardo Alfonzo then doubled to left field tying p the game, as Shea went crazy.

John Franco, Armando Benitez & Rick White struck out eight batters, allowing no runs on four hits over the next five innings. The game became a real nail bitter, as it went into the extra innings. The crowd remained on their feet for the entire rest ofthe game.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the 13th inning when Benny Agbayani connected off of pitcher; Aaron Fultz, blasting a walk off, game winning HR over the left field wall. Shea Stadium erupted with a deafening roar, in the classic post season moment.

Bobby Valentines man Benny Agbayani would have 16 hits and six RBIs in the 2000 post season; he had hit .289 during the season with 15 HRs & 60 RBIs.

Remembering Mets History: (2000) NLDS Game #2: Mets Even Series With the San Francisco Giants

2000 NLCS Game #2- October 5th, 2000 
at Pac Bell Park, San Francisco, California.

The 2000 NLCS opened up with San Francisco Giants beating the Mets 5-1. Livan Hernandez was the winning pitcher as Mike Hampton took the loss. The Mets regrouped after losing Game #1, Manager; Bobby Valentine sent Al Leiter to the mound  face the Giants; (& former Met) Sean Estes in Game #2 of the 2000 NLDS. 

New York got some help from Estes in the top of the 2nd, Robin Ventura was hit by a pitch & then Benny Agbayani & Mike Bordick both walked. In stepped the hot hitting little Mets outfielder; Timo Perez. Perez continued his amazing hot streak, as he singled, bringing in the first two Mets runs. 

In the bottom of the 2nd, Ellis Burks doubled home Jeff Kent putting the Giants on the board; 2-1 Mets.

The score remained 2-1 until the 9th inning.  Estes had been knocked out after three innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Kirk Rueter pitched 4.1 scoreless innings & Doug Henry 0.2 innings.

In the top of the inning, with two outs & facing Felix Rodriguez, Timo Perez got his third hit of the night. Next, Edgardo Alfonzo blasted a two run HR over Barry Bonds head in left center field, making it 4-1 New York. 

In the bottom of the 9th, Al Leiter exited with a runner on first and the 4-1 lead. Through eight innings, Leiter had only allowed one run, on five hits with six strikeouts. The unreliable Armando Benitez then came in & the drama began. First Jeff Kent doubled & then Benitez served up a three run HR to JT Snow, tying the game 4-4.

But these Mets didn’t go down so easy, in the top of the 10th inning, with two outs, pinch hitter Daryl Hamilton doubled off Felix Rodriguez. Jay Payton stepped in driving a single to center field scoring Hamilton with was to be the winning run.

In the bottom of the 10th, Benitez gave up a lead off single, to pinch hitter Armando Rios. Bobby Valentine came out & yanked him in favor of John Franco. 

The veteran Franco retired the side in order, including striking out Barry Bonds to end the game. The Mets went back to New York tied at one game each.

Nov 23, 2015

Remembering Mets History: 1986 NLCS Game #6- Mets Beat Houston In 16 Inning Epic to Win Pennant

Wednesday October 15th, 1986 - NLCS Game #6 - Houston Astrodome: 

Game six began in the late afternoon New York time with Davey Johnson's Mets up three games to two over Hal Lanier's Astros. 

The game would end four hours and forty five minutes later in one of the greatest post season games ever. This epic began with New York's Bobby Ojeda facing off against Houston's Bob Knepper. 

The Astros ace; Mike Scott was already 2-0 in the Series & he was looming to start for Game Seven. The Mets bats had been baffled by Scott's split finger fastball, a fairly new pitch that had only been around a few years at the time. It was a big game for both teams.



The Mets; Bobby Ojeda, got roughed up for three runs in the first inning,  Bill Doran led off with a base hit & scored on Phil Garner's double. Glen Davis then drove him in with a base hit. Ojeda walked Kevin Bass, then Jose Cruz singled bringing in Davis, making it a quick 3-0 lead to the delight of the Texas fans in a loud Astrdome. Kevin Bass attempted to steal home but was tagged out by Ojeda on what turned out to be a huge play.

But Ojeda settled down and would pitch five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, two walks & two strike outs. Rick Aguilera came on to throw three scoreless innings, getting to the 8th. But the Mets were still down 3-0 by the 9th inning. 

Houston’s Bob Knepper was outstanding through eight innings, he shut out New York allowing just two hits. But in the top of the 9th with the Astrodome awaiting a celebration, the Mets woke up. 

Pinch hitter; Lenny Dykstra sparked the team with a lead off triple to center. He quickly was brought home as the next batter; Mookie Wilsons singled. Kevin Mitchell grounded out, but the Mets most clutch hitter; Keith Hernandez doubled, scoring Mookie & bringing the Mets to with in a run, down 3-2. 

Houston’s manager brought in reliever; Dave Smith who quickly was in trouble, as he walked Gary Carter & Strawberry to load the bases. Ray Knight hit a sac fly scoring Hernandez to tie the game. The city of Houston went silent but New York was just waking up.

 The game went on for seven more innings of nail biting drama. It was baseball at it's best.

The Mets; Roger McDowell pitched five shutout innings allowing only one hit along the way in a stellar relief performance.

Houston's Larry Anderson matched him with three shut out innings as well. In the 14th, Aurelio Lopez came in to pitch for the Astros. Gary Carter led off with a single, then Straw walked. Ray Knight attempted a sac bunt but Carter got nailed at third base. Backman then singled to right field putting the Mets ahead in what looked like the game winner. 

But in this epic,t he Astros would not go quietly. Houston came right back, as Billy Hatcher blasted a HR off reliever; Jesse Orosco tying it again in a wild crazy scene at the Astrodome.

In the top of the 16th with a depleted bullpen, Lopez came out & started the inning. Darryl Strawberry hit a lead off double to center field. Ray Knight then delivered with a single, scoring Strawberry putting the Mets ahead 5-4.

Jeff Calhoun was brought in for Houston and threw a wild pitch advancing Ray Knight to third. Calhoun then walked Wally Backman. 
Jesse Orosco got a rare plate appearance and wouldn’t ya know it, Calhoun threw another wild pitch scoring Ray Knight. Orosco then bunted Backman over to third base. 

Lenny  Dykstra then singled as well, bringing home Knight in what would be the all important game's winning run.

Davey Johnson stuck with his relief ace Jesse Orosco through another intense drama filled bottom of the 16th. 

Craig Reynolds struck out to start out the inning, but then veteran; Davey Lopes drew a walk. Bill Doran singled, and then Billy Hatcher struck again, with a single to center driving in Lopes.

Denny Walling then grounded out for out number two. But the Astros refused to die, Glen Davis then singled bringing home Doran & the score to within one 7-6 Mets. 

Next up was the dangerous Kevin Bass who kept fouling off Orosco’s curve balls. In a now famous conversation, first baseman; Keith Hernandez visited the mound and told Jesse if he threw another curveball they were going to fight. 

Orosco agreed, he reared back & struck out Bass for the final out. The 1986 New York Mets won the National League pennant. It was the clubs first World Series appearance since 1973 , thirteen years earlier.

New York City had come to a stop the past few hours following the excitement of the game, and now it celebrated and went wild. They advanced to the World Series for the third time in their history to face the Boston Red Sox.



Remembering Mets History: 1986 NLCS Game #5: The Kid's RBI Single Wins A Thriller In Extra Innings

Tuesday October 14th 1986- NLCS Game #5- Shea Stadium, New York

from center field: It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon when my boss "Big Dom" asked me if I wanted to go to the big game. Sure enough he had three free tickets, Paulie, Artie the Hat & myself flew out to Shea Stadium in my burgundy Monte Carlo for Game #5. I had attended the Game #4 loss to Mike Scott, so I was looking forward to a win. We arrived late due to the weather as most of the crowd did. But it turned out to be one of the best pitchers duels & exciting endings I have ever been to at a live game.

 Starting Lineups

A crowd of 54,986 finally arrived at Shea with the series tied at two games each, this was a big game. Two of the games best pitchers went head to head as Hal Lanier sent Hall of Famer; Nolan Ryan to the mound (12-8 / 197 Ks / 3.34 ERA) against the Mets Dwight Gooden (17-6 / 200 Ks / 2.84 ERA).

Today both pitchers were once again outstanding. Nolan Ryan went nine innings surrendering only a 5th inning HR to Daryl Strawberry. Straws HR went down the right field line & barely edged the foul pole in fair territory. 

It was the first hit had given up on the afternoon & one of only two hits Ryan gave up on the day. The other a Keith Hernandez single in the 7th. Ryan struck out 12 Mets along the way & walked only one. He exited in a 1-1 tie.

For New York, Dwight Gooden went ten strong innings, he only allowed one run,which came in the 5th inning. Alan Ashby led off with a double & advanced on a Craig Reynolds single. Ashby came home on Bill Dorans grounder to second base. Gooden did allow nine hits, walked just two & struck out four batters. He exited in the 10th in a 1-1 tie as well.

The game was finally up to the bullpens. For the Mets, Jesse Orosco was perfect for two innings, striking out two batters. 

For Houston; Charlie Kerfeld a rather chubby fellow, with dark sun glasses & a cheekful of tobacco, came on to pitch. He go through two innings retiring the Mets in order. The crowd began to grow restless on the edge of their seats more & more in this thriller.

In the bottom of the 13th, the pesky Wally Backman reached base on an infield hit. He was suppose to be picked off of 1st base as he got caught off guard, but Charlie Kerfeld threw the ball away. Backman scampered to second as the crowd chanted "Lets Go Mets". 

Keith Hernandez was then intentionally walked to get to a slumping, Gary Carter. Carter was in a miserable slump, going 1-21 in the Series up to that point. Carter stepped in & took a Kerfeld pitch straight up the middle for a base hit. 

Center fielder Billy Hatcher was playing shallow, he threw the ball on the money to home plate, but there was no way to get the fast Wally Backman.  

Backman scored the winning run, as Shea Stadium went wild. Gary Carer was mobbed by his team mates & threw a fist in the air in triumph. It was one of his biggest moments in his Hall of Fame career.

The win sent the Mets back to Houston with a three game to two lead. One more game to win the pennant & get to the World Series. It was quite a game with quite an exciting ending, certainly a Mets classic!

Remembering Mets History:1986 NLCS Game #3: Dykstra Nails HR For Walk off Win

October 11th 1986 NLCS Game#3- Shea Stadium, New York: 

It was a cool overcast fall afternoon in New York City. 55,052 carzed Mets fans filled Shea Stadium, as the NLCS returned to Queens for the first time in 13 years. There was plenty of excitement surrounding this one even before it began.

The Series was tied at one game each, after a split in Houston. Mets manager; Davey Johnson sent Ron Darling (15-6 / 2.81 ERA 184 Ks) to the mound to face Houston’s Bob Knepper (17-12 / 3.14 ERA / 145 Ks).

Starting Lineups

Ron Darling was shaky in the 1st inning, giving up three hits, a wild pitch, a hit batsman and two RBI singles. Bill Hatcher got the first hit & stole second base. He scored on Wallings base hit. With Glen Davis up, Darling threw a wild pitch & then hit Davis. He struck out Kevin Bass but gave up a single to Jose Cruz.

It got worse for him in the 2nd inning, as Bill Doran hit a two run HR making it 4-0 Astros. 

Houston's Bob Knepper rolled along, fustrating the Mets hitters. He allowed no runs on just two hits into the 6th inning. The Mets fans were quiet just waiting for some thing to happen.

To lead off the home 6th, Kevin Mitchell & Keith Hernandez both singled. Next up, Gary Carter reached on a Bill Doran error as Mitchell scored the Mets first run, 4-1 Astros.

The crowd began to get excited & a classic Mets moment followed. Daryl Strawberry delivered with a dramatic high flying three run HR into the right field lodge section that tied the game at four. The shot fired up the Mets team, as Keith Hernandez gave a hard friendly shove to both Ray Knight as well as Strawberry at home plate as Straw touched the plate. The Shea crowd went into a wild frenzy.

In the top of the 7th, Rick Aguilera came in relief and gave up a walk to Bill Doran. Then Billy Hatcher bunted to third base & a Ray Knight error put runners on the corners. Denny Walling then grounded out but scored Doran putting Houston ahead 5-4.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Lenny Dykstra pinch hit for Rick Aguilera & struck out. He would later play an important role in the game.

In the 8th inning, Astros reliever; Charlie Kerfeld retired the Mets in order, setting up a save opportunity for Dave Smith.

In the bottom of the 9th, Wally Backman led off with a bunt base hit down the first baseline. As he slid into first base, the crowd went wild & got loud. 

Astro Manager; Hal Lanier argued Backman slid out of baseline to avoid tag. Home plate Umpire Frank Pulli dismissed Lanier calling Backman safe.

Next, Dave Smith threw a pitch passed catcher; Alan Ashby and Backman advanced to second base. Pinch hitter Danny Heep stepped in but flew out to center for the first out.

Now Lenny Dykstra came to bat as Mets legendary broadcaster said "the man they call Nails" stepped in.  Murphy continued with an excited calssiccall-  "It's a high fly ball hit to right field, its fairly deep its way back, its by the wall .... its a HR a HR, the Mets win the ball game. Dykstra hits a HR"

Yes, Dykstra blasted Smith's pitch down into the right field bullpen, ending the game in dramatic walk off fashion. Shea Stadium went wild, as did the Mets team mates who went to home plate to greet Dykstra.

Quotes: "Lenny Dykstra being mobbed by his team mates"- Bob Murphy.

Nails had hit, what became one of the most famous HR’s in Mets history, putting New York up two games to one in the NLCS.

Remembering Mets History: 1986 NLCS Game #2- Bobby O Evens Up Series

Thursday October 9th, 1986: NLCS Game #2- Houston Astrodome, Houston Texas.

After a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in Game #1, where Mike Scott out dueled Dwight Gooden, the Mets seeked revenge to even out the Series. The hostile Astrodome crowd of 44,391 were loud & excited at their chances to go up 2-0 over the hated Mets.

  Starting Lineups

Davey Johnson's Mets, sent their winningest pitcher in 1986 to the mound; Bobby Ojeda (18-5 / 2.57 ERA / .783 Winning %, best in the league) to even it up. Hal Lanier sent future Hall of Famer; Nolan Ryan (12-8 / 194 Ks / 3.34 ERA) to mound.

After three scoreless innings, the Mets struck in the 4th, Len Dykstra & Keith Hernandez both singled with one out. Gary Carter doubled bringing in the Mets first run of the series. Darryl Strawberry hit a sac fly scoring Hernandez making it 2-0 New York & quieting the loud Astrodome.

In the 5th, Rafael Santana & Dykstra both reached base with base hits. With two outs, Wally Backman singled to centerfield making it 3-0. Keith Hernandez then delivered a bases clearing triple on a line drive in the centerfield gap, making it 5-0 Mets.

It was all they needed for the win, tying up the series heading back home to New York.

Bobby Ojeda pitched a one run complete game, he allowed ten hits, walked two & struck out five Astros. Nolan Ryan took the loss allowing all five runs on seven hits, no walks & five Ks. Larry Anderson, Aurelio Lopez & Charlie Kerfeld all pitched for Houston as well.

Bobby Ojeda tags Out Kevin Bass at Home

Nov 22, 2015

Remembering Mets History: 1988 NLCS Mets Force A Game Seven

 Tuesday October 11th, 1988 NLCS Game #6- Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California:

It was do or die for the '88 Mets, as they were getting shocked by the Los Angeles Dodgers. This game would give the Mets life as they forced a Game Seven.

Davey Johnson sent David Cone (20-3 with the NL's best winning percent; .870% / 2.22 ERA / 213 Ks) to the hill to face L.A.'s Tim Leary (17-11 / 2.91 ERA / 180 Ks). 

Starting Lineups

David Cone stepped up big for New York as he continued his fine season. Cone was also writing a column for the New York post that series & angered the Dodgers with some of his comments. But on this night Cone threw a complete game, allowing just one run in five hits. He struck out six & walked three .

The Mets scored in the 1st inning, as Kevin McReynolds hit a sac fly with the bases loaded, bringing in Lenny Dykstra. In the 3rd, Darryl Strawberry & McReynolds both singled. Then with two outs, Kevin Elster doubled in the Mets second run.

In the 5th, Straw led off with a walk & Kevin McReynolds blasted a two run HR, knocking Leary out of the game with a 4-0 Mets lead.

The Dodgers scored their only run in the 5th on a Mickey Hatcher RBI single. In the top of the 6th, Dykstra doubled & Keith Hernandez singled him in to top off the 5-1 Mets win.

Unfortunately, it was the Mets last win of the year & the last post season win for that Mets team of that era. The Dodgers upset the Mets in Game Seven. The next year saw age catch up to Keith Hernandez & Gary Carter. The team that seemed to be destined for a dynasty in 1986 was now on the decline, although no one really saw it coming at that time.

Remembering Mets History: 1988 NLCS Game #3- Mets Go Up Two Games to One On L.A.

Saturday, October 8th, 1988: NLCS Game #3-Shea Stadium in New York.

After a split in the first two games at Los Angeles, the first game back in New York on Friday was postponed due to bad weather. The Mets returned home to play at Shea in front of 44,672 for Game #3 on Saturday afternoon.

In a rematch of Game #1 starters, Davey Johnson sent Ron Darling (17-9 / 3.25 ERA) to the mound for New York & Tommy Lasorda sent Orel Hershiser (23-8 / 2.26 ERA) for L.A. But neither pitcher would figure in the decisions in the end. The Dodgers would use five pitchers & the Mets four.

Mets Pitcher Roger McDowell Confirms Rain Out
Darling was shaky in the 2nd, he walked the first two batters in the inning, then gave up a base hit to Mike Scoscia which brought home the first run. The next run scored on a ground out to short stop, it was quickly 2-0 Dodgers. A Kirk Gibson ground out in the 3rd made it 3-0.

In the home 3rd, Mookie Wilson struck out but reached base on a wild pitch. Darryl Strawberry's double brought in Mookie with the Mets first run.

Both pitchers rolled along until the bottom of the 6th. Keith Hernandez & Strawberry both singled. Kevin McReynolds then reached on an error to load the bases. Gary Carter & Wally Backman both collected RBI base hits to tie the game at three. 

Ron Darling pitcher six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks & five strike outs. In the 8th Roger McDowell was on for the Mets, after getting the first two outs he surrendered two base hits & a walk to load the bases. Randy Meyers came in but walked Mike Sharperson to put L.A. ahead 4-3.

For the Dodgers, Orel Hershiser went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits with four strike outs & four walks. 

In the home 8th, Jay Howell started the inning but walked Kevin McReynolds. Howell was relieved by Alejandro Pena. With two outs, Wally Backman doubled tying the game back up at four. After Len Dykstra walked, Mookie Wilson singled to bring home Backman. Greg Jefferies was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Keith Hernandez then drew a bases loaded walk bringing in another run. Darryl Strawberry followed with a pop fly single, bringing in two more runs to cap off the Mets victory.

In the 9th David Cone was brought in to shut the door with a save. The Mets took a two games to one lead in the series with the 8-6 victory.

Remembering Mets History: (1988) NLCS Game #1 Mets vs Dodgers

Tuesday October 4th,1988 NLCS Game #1 - Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California / Attendance : 55,582

Davey Johnson's Mets had won their second divisional title in three years & were the heavy favorite going into the post season. The Mets had won 100 games (100-60) & dominated the Dodgers in the regular season. 

Darryl Strawberry led the NL in HRs (39) that season as well as slugging %. Wally Backman was the only Met in the starting line up that had hit over .300. Howard Johnson was establishing himself as a true slugger & veterans Gary Carter & Keith Hernandez were entering the twilight's of their careers.

The '88 Mets staff had twenty game winner; David Cone (20-3) as well as Dwight Gooden (18-9) Ron Darling (17-9) Sid Fernandez (12-10) & Bobby Ojeda (10-13). In the bullpen closer Randy Meyers had 26 saves. 

Meanwhile Tommy Lasorda's Dodgers had gone 94-67 finishing seven games ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. This was a team of destiny, as they shocked the Mets & then the might Oakland A's in the World Series. Orel Hershiser was the Cy Young winner (23-8 / 2.26 ERA) & the offense was led by Kirk Gibson 25 HRs 76 RBIs & .290 average. Although his numbers were no where near Strawberry's he won the NL MVP Award that year????

New York Mets
Los Angeles Dodgers
1Mookie WilsonCF
1Steve Sax2B
2Gregg Jefferies3B
2Franklin Stubbs1B
3Keith Hernandez1B
3Kirk GibsonLF
4Darryl StrawberryRF
4Mike MarshallRF
5Kevin McReynoldsLF
5John ShelbyCF
6Howard JohnsonSS
6Mike SciosciaC
7Gary CarterC
7Jeff Hamilton3B
8Wally Backman2B
8Alfredo GriffinSS
9Dwight GoodenP
9Orel HershiserP

The Dodgers began the scoring first; in bottom of the 1st inning, Steve Sax singled & stole second base. He would score on a Mike Marshall base hit. 

Gooden rolled along holding the Dodgers down, striking out ten batters until the 7th inning. Catcher; Mike Scioscia led of with a double & was brought in on Alfredo Griffin's base hit. Gooden went seven innings, allowing the two runs, four hits & just one walk.

Mean while, Orel Hershiser had shut out the Mets, striking out six & allowing just four hits going into the 9th inning.

 But in the 9th the Mets struck. Greg Jefferies led off with a base hit & was moved over to second base. Darryl Strawberry followed with a double to center field, bring home Jefferies making it 2-1. 

Tommy Lasorda removed Hershiser & brought in Jay Howell to pitch. Howell walked Kevin McReynolds & then struck out Howard Johnson . 

With two outs & the winning runs on base, Gary Carter stepped in & delivered with a line drive double to center field. Both runners scored & he Mets now had a 3-2 lead. Carter's runs proved to be the game winner, as Randy Meyers closed out the 9th inning.