Remembering Mets History (1986): World Series Games Three & Four Mets Take Two At Fenway Park

Tuesday October 21st, 1986 World Series Game #3: After losing the first two games of the World Series at Shea Stadium, the heavily favored Mets were shocked being down two games to none.

The World Series moved to Boston for the next three games, starting Tuesday night a sell out of 33,595 filled Fenway Park. 

Davey Johnson's winningest pitcher of 1986; Bobby Ojeda (18-5 / 2.57 ERA / .783 Win % (best in the NL) got the ball against his old team, facing Red Sox pitcher; Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd (16-10 / 129 Ks / 3.78 ERA). 

Starting Lineups

The Met bats finally woke up, in the 1st inning Lenny Dykstra lead off the game with a HR. Ironically it was the third time a Mets  player led off a World Series Game #3 with a HR. Tommie Agee did it in the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Shea & Wayne Garrett did it off Catfish Hunter & the Oakland A's in the 1973 World Series. 

Next, Wally Backman & Keith Hernandez both singled, then "the Kid"; Gary Carter blasted a double off the left field Green Monster, driving in Backman, making it 2-0 Mets.

Ray Knight grounded to third and Hernandez broke for the plate, he was caught in a run down play. Wade Boggs blew the tag, then missed Carter at second and everyone was safe. Danny Heep was getting a rare start as he became the first official Mets Designated hitter. He then singled brining in two more runs, making it 4-0 New York.

Gary Carter had gone 2-4 in the first two Series games at Shea Stadium. He drove in a run in the 9-3 Game #2 loss as well. He had been the hero of Game # 3 in the NLCS with a walk off RBI base hit.

In the 6th inning of World Series Game #3, the bases were loaded as Rafael Santana & Lenny Dykstra singled. Wally Backman then drew a two out walk.

Next, Gary Carter continued his big night, as he drove in two more runs with his second double of the night. Straw singled in the 8th to be driven in by Ray Knights double for the seventh run.

Bobby Ojeda rolled along going seven innings, allowing just one
run on five hits, while striking out six Red Sox. Roger McDowell came in relief & pitched two perfect innings, as the Mets won it 7-1. They were now back in the Series two games to one.

Wednesday October 22nd, 1986 -World Series Game #4:

 Starting Lineups

The next night, in Game #4, Local boy; Ron Darling (15-6 / 2.81 ERA / 184 Ks) got a chance to pitch in the region he grew up in, against the team he rooted for.

Another Fenway sellout of 33,920 came out on a cool New England night, as Manager John McNamarra sent Al Nipper (10-12 / 5.38 ERA) to the mound for the Red Sox.

After taking a rough 1-0 loss in Game #1, Darling would get offensive support in Game #4.

It was another big night for " the Kid"- Gary Carter. Carter would collect three hits & blast a pair of HRs, driving in three runs. These nights were the icing on the cake for his spectacular Hall of Fame career.

His first HR was a two run shot (bringing in Wally Backman who singled) coming off Al Nipper in the 4th inning. Daryl Strawberry followed with a double & Ray Knight drove him in with a base hit, making it 3-0. Knight himself was just hot on his way to the Series MVP Award.

In the 7th inning, Lenny Dykstra hit his second HR of the Series, a two run shot off Steve Crawford.

In the 8th inning, Carter hit his second HR of the evening, a solo shot off also off Sox pitcher; Steve Crawford. Up to this point Carter had seven hits in the Series, (7-17 with 2 HRs & 7 RBIs).

Ron Darling went seven shut out innings, allowed just four hits, he struck out four but walked six. He was relieved by Roger McDowell who gave up two runs in the Red Sox 8th inning.

Jesse Orosco closed the game out, as the Mets won it 6-2 & evened up the World Series two games each. 

Trivia: The 1986 World Series games at Fenway Park, was where & when the famous  "Daaaaaaryl" chants actually started. 

The Fenway Park, right field Red Sox fans, began taunting Daryl Strawberry with those haunting “Daaaaaryl” chants. He responded by tipping his cap in sarcasm. 

The Met fans responded by taunting reliever (former Met) Calvin Shiraldi in Games Six & Seven.


Anonymous said…
"Ironically it was the third time a Met has led off a Game #3 with a HR"

What's ironic about that? Seems like it is part of a clear pattern, and so should have been expected.

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