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).
|New York Mets||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1||Lenny Dykstra||CF||1||Steve Sax||2B|
|2||Wally Backman||2B||2||Mickey Hatcher||1B|
|3||Keith Hernandez||1B||3||Kirk Gibson||LF|
|4||Darryl Strawberry||RF||4||Mike Marshall||RF|
|5||Kevin McReynolds||LF||5||John Shelby||CF|
|6||Gregg Jefferies||3B||6||Mike Scioscia||C|
|7||Gary Carter||C||7||Jeff Hamilton||3B|
|8||Kevin Elster||SS||8||Alfredo Griffin||SS|
|9||David Cone||P||9||Tim Leary|
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.