October 14th 1986- NLCS Game #5: It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon and I was at work as usual, when my boss Big Dom called me in his office asking if I wanted to go to the game. I said sure, he gave us three tickets and let us go, Me, Paulie & Artie the Welder flew out to Shea Stadium in my burgundy Monte Carlo for Game #5. I had attended Game #4 with Pie as Mike Scott scuffed the ball and shut down the Mets, so I was looking forward to a win.
We arrived a bit late as did most of the crowd due to the rainy start. This ended up being one of the best pitched games I ever attended in my life. Two of my all time favs went head to head, Doc Gooden vs. Nolan Ryan. Both pitchers were sensational. Nolan Ryan went nine innings surrendering a 5th inning HR to Daryl Strawberry, it was one of only two hits he gave up while striking out 12 Mets along the way. Gooden went 10 innings, he only allowed one run, on nine hits while striking out four batters.
The game was up to the bullpens. Jesse Orosco was perfect for two innings, striking out two batters. For Houston the chubby guy with a sun glasses & a cheekful of tobacco came on to pitch, he was Charlie Kerfeld. In the bottom of the 13th pesky Wally Backman reached base on an infield hit. He was picked off of 1st base but got to second because Kerfeld threw the ball away. Keith Hernandez was intentionally walked as Gary Carter stepped up to the plate. Carter was in a miserable slump, going 1-21 in the Series up to that point. Carter took Kerfelds pitch up the middle for a base hit scoring Backman with the winning run, sending the Mets back to Houston with a three game to two lead. Quite a game, quite an exciting ending.