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Encyclopedia > 1986 National League Championship Series

The 1986 National League Championship Series pitted the New York Mets against the Houston Astros. 1986 is regarded as one of the greatest years of Major League Baseball, and this series contributes to the year's stature. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ... In Major League Baseball, the National League Championship Series (NLCS) determines who wins the National League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series, facing the winner of the American League Championship Series. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ...


Umpires: Doug Harvey, Lee Weyer, Frank Pulli, Dutch Rennert, Joe West, Fred Brocklander Harold Douglas Harvey (born March 13, 1930 in South Gate, California) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the National League from 1962 to 1992. ... Lee Howard Weyer (September 3, 1936 – July 4, 1988) was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the National League from 1963 to 1988. ... Laurence Henry Dutch Rennert, Jr. ... Joseph Henry West (born October 31, 1952 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League in 1976 and from 1978 to 1999, and throughout both major leagues since 2002. ...


Television: ABC (Keith Jackson and Tim McCarver announcing) The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Keith Jackson (born October 18, 1928, in Roopville, Georgia) is a former American sportscaster, known for his long career with ABC Sports television and his coverage of college football. ... James Timothy McCarver (born October 16, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former Major League and minor league baseball catcher, and a current broadcaster for FOX Sports. ...


Series MVP: Mike Scott, Houston Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and - most notably - the Houston Astros. ...


Managers: Davey Johnson (New York Mets), Hal Lanier (Houston Astros) David Allen Johnson (born January 30, 1943) in Orlando, Florida is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Harold Clifton Lanier (born July 4, 1942 in Denton, North Carolina) is a former infielder and manager in Major League Baseball. ...

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Background

Coming off an 108-54 regular season record, the Mets were favored over the 96-66 Astros, and after some trouble, the Mets would win the best-of-seven series 4-2. The Astros were not expected to do much in 1986 at all, let alone battle the Mets for a chance to go to the World Series. But they did, and they would fall short in this great series, capped off by a 16-inning game, the longest game by innings in playoff history until the 2005 National League Division Series when the Astros beat the Atlanta Braves in 18 innings, also to clinch the series. Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship... The 2005 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2005 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Sunday, October 9, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston...


The series was notable for containing one of the most outstanding pitching performances in any postseason, that of Houston right-hander Mike Scott. Scott would win both of his starts against the Mets in dominating fashion, but the Astros were unable to win any of the games he didn't start, and the Mets managed to wrap up the series in six games, leaving Mike Scott waiting on the sidelines for a Game 7 (which some believe, the Mets had no chance to win with Scott on the opposition) start that never took place. Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and - most notably - the Houston Astros. ...


The Mets would also go on to beat the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, 4 games to 3. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship...


Game 1

October 8 (Astrodome, Houston, Texas) is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Reliant Astrodome, previously known as the Houston Astrodome or simply the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium, the first of its kind, located in Houston, Texas. ... “Houston” redirects here. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Houston 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 7 1
WP: Mike Scott (1-0)  LP: Dwight Gooden (0-1)
HR: NYM – None.; HOUGlenn Davis (1)

Game 1 was a nailbiter as Game 1's often are, which featured an excellent pitching duel between Mike Scott and Dwight Gooden. Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and - most notably - the Houston Astros. ... Dwight Eugene Gooden (born November 16, 1964 in Tampa, Florida), also known as Doc Gooden or Dr. K, is a former major league baseball player. ... Glenn Earle Davis (born March 28, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played with the Houston Astros (1984-90) and Baltimore Orioles (1991-93). ... Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and - most notably - the Houston Astros. ... Dwight Eugene Gooden (born November 16, 1964 in Tampa, Florida), also known as Doc Gooden or Dr. K, is a former major league baseball player. ...


Mike Scott was far and away the best pitcher in the National League in 1986. Gooden was the Mets' ace, so this game was predicted to be great. In the end, Scott and the Astros would prevail 1-0. The Mets only got 5 hits throughout the game. Scott struck out 14. The game was complete in 2 hours, 56 minutes. The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... The hour (symbol: h) is a unit of time. ... A minute is a unit of time equal to 1/60th of an hour and to 60 seconds. ...


Astro first baseman Glenn Davis hit a long home run leading off the second inning, producing the only run the Astros would get and all they would need, as the Astros took the series lead 1 game to none. Glenn Earle Davis (born March 28, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played with the Houston Astros (1984-90) and Baltimore Orioles (1991-93). ...


Game 2

October 9 (Astrodome, Houston, Texas) is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Reliant Astrodome, previously known as the Houston Astrodome or simply the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium, the first of its kind, located in Houston, Texas. ... “Houston” redirects here. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 5 10 0
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 10 2
WP: Bob Ojeda (1-0)  LP: Nolan Ryan (0-1)
HR: NYM – None.; HOU – None.

An amazing game like Game 1 wouldn't be seen again in Game 2. The Mets blew by the Astros and won 5-1. Keith Hernandez hit a two-run triple in the 5th inning to break the game wide open. The Astros would eke out one run in the 7th and lose by 4. Robert Michael Ojeda (born December 17, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who pitched for five different MLB teams over fifteen seasons including the 1986 World Champion New York Mets. ... Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. ... Keith Hernandez (born October 20, 1953 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, who played for the St. ...


After the game, Hernandez commented. "It was a big win for us -- obviously" said Hernandez. "But to say that we have the edge now, I disagree. Houston is a fine team, and this is the best matchup in the playoffs since Philadelphia and Houston in 1980." The 1980 National League Championship Series was played between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros from October 7 to October 12. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin Phils... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...


Bob Ojeda got the win for the Mets, pitching a gem. The Mets won in a smooth 2 hours, 40 minutes. Robert Michael Ojeda (born December 17, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who pitched for five different MLB teams over fifteen seasons including the 1986 World Champion New York Mets. ...


Game 3

October 11 (Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York) is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... Several landmarks from two New York Worlds Fairs still stand in Flushing Meadows, including the US Steel Unisphere Flushing is a neighborhood within the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 8 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 6 10 1
WP: Jesse Orosco (1-0)  LP: Dave Smith (0-1)
HR: HOUBill Doran (1); NYMDarryl Strawberry (1), Lenny Dykstra (1)

Game 3 would be another historically great game, with an amazing comeback that was hugely important in deciding the series. Jesse Russell Orosco (born April 21, 1957 in Santa Barbara, California) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who holds the major league record for career pitching appearances. ... Dave Smith (born January 21, 1955 in Richmond, California) was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher. ... William Donald Doran (born May 28, 1958, Cincinnati,Ohio) played Major League Baseball (second base)from 1982 to 1993. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well-known for both his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ... Leonard Kyle (Lenny) Dykstra (born February 10, 1963 in Santa Ana, California, also known as Nails[1]) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. ...


In a game that lasted 5 minutes under 3 hours, Houston broke through first with 4 runs in the first two innings. Ron Darling was pitching for the Mets and settled down after that, which gave them time to get back into the game. They scored a run in the bottom of the 6th and had two men on base, then tied the game on a three-run home run by Darryl Strawberry. The Astros would strike again right away, however, as an error by Ray Knight in the top of the 7th led to an unearned run, putting the Astros up 5-4. It would be the only error committed by the Mets defense in the series. Ronald (born August 19, 1960) is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets, Oakland Athletics and Montreal Expos. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well-known for both his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ... Ray Knight (born December 28, 1952 in Albany, Georgia) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball player in the 1970s and 80s. ...


One of the most historic playoff home runs of all time would come off the bat of Lenny Dykstra, one of the last guys people expected to hit a home run. It was the bottom of the 9th and the Astros still held the lead. The Astros closer, Dave Smith came in to close the Mets out. Wally Backman bunted his way on against Smith in the first real controversial play of the series. Leonard Kyle (Lenny) Dykstra (born February 10, 1963 in Santa Ana, California, also known as Nails[1]) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. ... Dave Smith (born January 21, 1955 in Richmond, California) was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher. ... Walter Wally Wayne Backman (born September 22, 1959 in Hillsboro, Oregon) is a retired baseball player. ...


Backman ran and slid out of the first-base line to avoid the tag of first baseman Glenn Davis, who had to come up the line and field the bunt. Astros manager Hal Lanier argued that Backman should have been called out. But first base umpire Dutch Rennert ruled that Backman was allowed in that case to leave the baseline because he already had passed Davis, and was still close enough to the base to reach out and tag it with his hand. Glenn Earle Davis (born March 28, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played with the Houston Astros (1984-90) and Baltimore Orioles (1991-93). ... Harold Clifton Lanier (born July 4, 1942 in Denton, North Carolina) is a former infielder and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Laurence Henry Dutch Rennert, Jr. ...


Then, up came Dykstra. Dykstra had struck out in his previous at bat as a pinch hitter in the 7th inning. He didn't start the game because Houston's starter that day was left-hander Bob Knepper, and Dykstra never started games against lefties. Though Dykstra was not known as a power hitter, he would get hold of one off Smith, and the Mets would take the series lead 2-1 in New York. Dykstra was as shocked as anyone. "I wasn't thinking about going up there to hit a home run to win the ballgame", he said. "I was just thinking base hit. I saw the pitch real well and hit it real well. Don't get used to this. You're not going to see too many more game-winning home runs from me." Robert Wesley Knepper (born May 24, 1954 in Akron, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball with a 15-year career from 1976 to 1990. ... Several landmarks from two New York Worlds Fairs still stand in Flushing Meadows, including the US Steel Unisphere Flushing is a neighborhood within the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ...


Lanier explained his decision to bring Smith in after a scoreless 8th inning by reliever, Charlie Kerfeld. "When I've got a man pitching who saved me 33 games, I'll bring him in" said Lanier. In Game 6, Lanier would be criticized for making the exact opposite decision. Charles Kerfeld is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. ...


Game 4

October 12 (Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York) is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... Several landmarks from two New York Worlds Fairs still stand in Flushing Meadows, including the US Steel Unisphere Flushing is a neighborhood within the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0
WP: Mike Scott (2-0)  LP: Sid Fernandez (0-1)
HR: HOUAlan Ashby (1), Dickie Thon (1); NYM – None.

Houston would strike back in Game 4 and tie the series at 2, with a smooth 3-1 win behind ace, Mike Scott, who was going on 3 days rest. It was another complete game for him, and 2 home runs from the Astros was all the offense they would need. Scott would not pitch again in the series. Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and - most notably - the Houston Astros. ... Charles Sidney Fernandez (born October 12, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii) was a Major League Baseball player from 1983-1997. ... Alan Dean Ashby (born July 8, 1951 in Long Beach, California) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, and Houston Astros. ... Richard William Dickie Thon (born June 20, 1958 in South Bend, Indiana) is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball. ... In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ...


"God couldn't have pitched better than Scott did tonight", said second baseman Wally Backman, who (along with first basemen Keith Hernandez) maintained that Scott threw an illegally defaced ball. This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


"We knew what had to be done", said Astros manager Hal Lanier. "We had to win tonight. We knew if we didn't win, we'd be down 3-1 and we'd be seeing Dwight tomorrow."


Scott had kept them in the series, but the all important Game 5 was in just 2 days. The game lasted only 2 hours, 23 minutes.


Game 5

October 14 (Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York) is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... Several landmarks from two New York Worlds Fairs still stand in Flushing Meadows, including the US Steel Unisphere Flushing is a neighborhood within the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Houston 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
WP: Jesse Orosco (2-0)  LP: Charlie Kerfeld (0-1)
HRs: HOU – None. NYMDarryl Strawberry (2)

Game 5 was scheduled to be played on Monday, October 13, but was postponed a day due to rain. This meant that the teams would have to play on Tuesday, a scheduled off day, and then immediately board a flight to Houston for Game 6 the very next day. The last thing either club wanted was a long extra-inning affair, but that was exactly what took place. Though it would be overshadowed a day later by Game 6, Game 5 was still one of the best games in the history of the playoffs, a tense 12-inning pitcher's duel that ended with a game-winning RBI single by slumping Gary Carter in the bottom of the 12th. The Mets won the game 2-1 and took the series lead 3-2. Jesse Russell Orosco (born April 21, 1957 in Santa Barbara, California) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who holds the major league record for career pitching appearances. ... Charles Kerfeld is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well-known for both his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In baseball, a single is the most common type of base hit, accomplished through the act of a batter safely reaching first base by striking the ball and getting to first before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put... Gary Edmund Carter (born April 8, 1954), nicknamed Kid, is a former Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame catcher from 1974-1992. ...


It's not a comfortable feeling," said Mets manager Davey Johnson, talking about a return to Houston. "The Astros don't give up. They fight tooth and nail. They'll have two fine pitchers going against us, who are each able to beat us. We'll have to play real well to beat them." David Allen Johnson (born January 30, 1943) in Orlando, Florida is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ...


Dwight Gooden continued his outstanding pitching in the LCS for the Mets, allowing only one run in 10 innings, the longest outing of his career. Once again, however, his efforts would not earn him a victory, as Astros starter Nolan Ryan matched him pitch for pitch, allowing only a single run himself. Both teams scored a lone run in the fifth inning. Bill Doran drove in Alan Ashby with an RBI fielder's choice to put the Astros up 1-0, but the Mets evened the score in the bottom of the inning on Darryl Strawberry's second home run of the series. Neither team would score again for seven more innings. Dwight Eugene Gooden (born November 16, 1964 in Tampa, Florida), also known as Doc Gooden or Dr. K, is a former major league baseball player. ... Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. ... William Donald Doran (born May 28, 1958, Cincinnati,Ohio) played Major League Baseball (second base)from 1982 to 1993. ... Alan Dean Ashby (born July 8, 1951 in Long Beach, California) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, and Houston Astros. ... In baseball, a fielders choice is the act of a fielder, upon fielding a batted ball, choosing to try put out one runner while in so doing allowing the batter to advance to first base. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well-known for both his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ...


In the 11th inning, Gooden was relieved by Jesse Orosco, who came in and shut down the Astros for two innings. Then in the bottom of the 12th, the Mets finally broke through. Wally Backman opened things with an infield single to third, then went to second on an errant pickoff throw by Charlie Kerfeld. The Astros elected to walk Keith Hernandez intentionally to face Gary Carter, who was batting .048 (1-21) in the series so far. Carter ended the game with a single to center, sending the series back to Houston with the Mets one win away from earning a trip to the World Series. Jesse Russell Orosco (born April 21, 1957 in Santa Barbara, California) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who holds the major league record for career pitching appearances. ... Charles Kerfeld is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. ... Keith Hernandez (born October 20, 1953 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, who played for the St. ... In baseball statistics, an intentional base on balls (denoted by IBB), often called an intentional walk, is used in baseball to count the number of times a walk was issued with no intent of ever allowing a hit. ...


Game 6

October 15 (Astrodome, Houston, Texas) is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Reliant Astrodome, previously known as the Houston Astrodome or simply the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium, the first of its kind, located in Houston, Texas. ... “Houston” redirects here. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 11 0
Houston 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 11 1
WP: Jesse Orosco (3-0)  LP: Aurelio Lopez (0-1)
HRs: NYM – None. HOUBilly Hatcher (1)

Game 6 was one for the ages, in more ways than one. The game went 16 innings with the Mets coming out on top 7-6. It was the highest scoring game of the series; in fact, the 16th inning alone featured more runs than three of the previous five games had in their entirety. Jesse Russell Orosco (born April 21, 1957 in Santa Barbara, California) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who holds the major league record for career pitching appearances. ... Aurelio Alejandro Lopez Rios (born June 17, 1948 Tecamachalco, Puebla, Mexico - died September 22, 1992 Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico) was a pitcher with an 11 year career from 1974, 1978-1987. ... William Augustus Billy Hatcher (born October 4, 1960 in Williams, Arizona) is a former baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Texas Rangers, and current coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ...


The Astrodome hosted what some consider to be one of the greatest games of all time that October and it will forever be remembered. Reliant Astrodome, previously known as the Houston Astrodome or simply the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium, the first of its kind, located in Houston, Texas. ...


The big story of Game 6 was that both teams needed the game. The Astros obviously had to have it because they were facing elimination. Even though they were up 3-2 in the series, the Mets regarded it as a must-win because they were scheduled to face Mike Scott again in Game 7. Scott had given up a grand total of 1 run in his first two starts of the series, and had dominated the Mets so completely that even the most optimistic Mets fans knew their chances of beating him in a potential Game 7 were small. The end result was one of the greatest Game 6 scenarios ever seen. Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and - most notably - the Houston Astros. ...


The Astros broke through first, and for a low scoring series like this, they broke through big, scoring three runs off a possibly tired Bob Ojeda in the bottom of the first. He settled down after that, however, and the Astros wouldn't score again for the next 12 innings. Meanwhile, Astros starter Bob Knepper was brilliant from the very first pitch, and the game headed to the 9th still 3-0. Robert Michael Ojeda (born December 17, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who pitched for five different MLB teams over fifteen seasons including the 1986 World Champion New York Mets. ... Robert Wesley Knepper (born May 24, 1954 in Akron, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball with a 15-year career from 1976 to 1990. ...


Just when it looked like the Mets would have to face the mighty Scott, however, their bats suddenly came to life. After pitching almost perfectly for the first eight innings, Knepper clearly tired in the 9th. He allowed three hits and recorded only one out, and left with the Astros clinging to a 3-2 lead. The decision by Lanier not to bring in Smith to start the inning was talked about for years to come. Smith was their closer, but had blown a save earlier in the series. When Smith finally did appear, he was ineffective, walking two batters to load the bases and then allowing the tying run to score on a sacrifice fly by Ray Knight. In a matter of minutes, the previously raucous crowd of 45,718 had been almost completely silenced and extra innings had soon begun. In baseball, a batted ball is considered a sacrifice fly (denoted by SF) if the following four criteria are met: There are fewer than two outs when the ball is hit. ... Ray Knight (born December 28, 1952 in Albany, Georgia) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball player in the 1970s and 80s. ...


In the 14th, the Mets made their first bid to win. After Gary Carter opened with a single, a walk to Darryl Strawberry put two runners on with nobody out. After Knight forced Carter at third, Wally Backman drove a single to right. When Kevin Bass' throw to the plate sailed high over Alan Ashby's head to the screen, Strawberry scored. It looked like the end for the Astros, as Orosco came in to close them down. Gary Edmund Carter (born April 8, 1954), nicknamed Kid, is a former Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame catcher from 1974-1992. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well-known for both his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ... Walter Wally Wayne Backman (born September 22, 1959 in Hillsboro, Oregon) is a retired baseball player. ... Kevin Charles Bass (born May 12, 1959 in Redwood City, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and Baltimore Orioles. ... Alan Dean Ashby (born July 8, 1951 in Long Beach, California) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, and Houston Astros. ...


With one out in the bottom of the 14th and the Houston fans with their heads in their hands, Billy Hatcher shocked everyone with a line drive home run off the left field foul pole. It was the first earned run allowed by the Mets bullpen in the entire series. Hatcher went 3 for 7 in the game, and his homer meant the Astros would be kept alive for at least one more inning. Both teams failed to score in the 15th, and the game went to the 16th inning, the most innings in playoff history at that time. William Augustus Billy Hatcher (born October 4, 1960 in Williams, Arizona) is a former baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Texas Rangers, and current coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ...


The 16th inning would be the deciding factor, and it was not an easy 16th for either pitching staff. The Mets appeared to take control of the game once again, this time coming up with 3 runs in the top half of the inning. The rally began with Strawberry receiving a gift double when Billy Hatcher and Bill Doran misplayed his towering fly ball with one out. When Knight followed with a single to right, a poor throw to the plate by Kevin Bass allowed the tiebreaking run to score, just as it had in the 14th. A walk, two wild pitches, and a single by Lenny Dykstra brought in two more runs, putting the Mets up 7-4. This sent some of the Houston faithful for the exits; those who stayed, however, almost witnessed the unthinkable. William Donald Doran (born May 28, 1958, Cincinnati,Ohio) played Major League Baseball (second base)from 1982 to 1993. ... Leonard Kyle (Lenny) Dykstra (born February 10, 1963 in Santa Ana, California, also known as Nails[1]) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. ...


Orosco struck out Craig Reynolds to open the inning, but a walk and two singles later, Houston had a run in and the tying run on base. Orosco induced Denny Walling to hit into a force play at second for the second out, but Glenn Davis singled home another run, bringing the Astros within a run. People everywhere were quiet as they watched Orosco face right fielder Kevin Bass with two outs and the tying run on second, and the winning run on first. Gordon Craig Reynolds (born December 27, 1952 in Houston, Texas) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Houston Astros. ... Dennis Martin Walling (born April 17, 1954 in Neptune, New Jersey) was a 61 185 lbs. ... In baseball, a force is a situation when a baserunner is compelled (or forced) to vacate his time-of-pitch base--and thus try to advance to the next base--because the batter became a runner. ... Glenn Earle Davis (born March 28, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played with the Houston Astros (1984-90) and Baltimore Orioles (1991-93). ...


It was all up to Bass to drive in a run and tie the game. Orosco threw Bass six straight sliders; when Bass swung and missed the last of them, the epic series was over. Orosco was awarded the victory, marking the first time in postseason history a reliever won three games in a series. It would be a long winter for the Astros, but for the Mets, an even bigger trial awaited them. After taking two days off to recover from the exhausting series against Houston, the Mets began a legendary World Series against the Boston Red Sox, a series in which they would pull off one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds...


The Mets had won the series with a .189 batting average, the lowest average ever recorded by a winning team in a postseason series. Their pitching had been the key.


"What we got was the big hit and that's what Houston could never get off our relievers", said Dykstra.


"What can you say?" said Keith Hernandez of the Mets. Keith Hernandez (born October 20, 1953 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, who played for the St. ...


And then, raising a bottle of champagne, he said it all: "I just don't ever want to go through another playoff series like this." The series finale had been the longest postseason game, in terms of innings, of all time, a record it would hold until 2005. It still holds the record for longest League Championship Series game. Baseball historians and fans often regard the series as the greatest series to not reach a deciding game. It was part of one of the most historic baseball seasons of all time, 1986, and featured one of baseball's all-time best performances by a player on a losing team: Mike Scott. The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... The League Championship Series is the official name for a round of playoffs in Major League Baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ...


Mike Scott, who got both Astro wins in the series, would never get another crack at the Mets, and the Mets would be world champions.


Quotes of the Series

3-2 to Bass....struck him out!!!...and the New York Mets have won the 1986 National League Pennant!--Keith Jackson (ABC Sports) calling the final out of the 1986 NLCS.
and a high fly ball into right field it's fairly deep..Gone!! A HOME RUN!!, A HOME RUN!!! Len Dykstra hits a home run!! this ball game is over!!-- Bob Murphy (WHN Mets Radio) calling Lenny Dykstra's game winning 2-run homer in game 3.
High in the air towards the corner, curviing, it iiiiis HOME RUN!!.....watch it closely as it goes hooking towards the foul pole it is so close he knows he put enough wood on it but it some how stayed fair, does that remind you of Carlton Fisk a little? --Keith Jackson (ABC Sports) calling Astros' Billy Hatcher's game tying home run in the bottom of the 14th inning of Game 6.
SWING AND A MISS!!, SWING AND A MISS!!, STRUCK HIM OUT!!, STRUCK HIM OUT!!, the Mets have won it, they're in the World Series, and mobbing all over Jesse Orosco, the Mets have won the Pennant!---Bob Murphy calling the final out of Game 6. (WHN Mets Radio)
Dykstra, lifts one to deep center, drifting, drifting, Bass on the mooove can't get it..Dykstra thumping to third, he will stand at third with a triple!!--Keith Jackson (ABC Sports) calling Lenny Dykstra's lead-off triple in the top of the ninth inning of Game 6.
Bottom of the 12th 1-1 tie, Gary Carter and Charlie Kerfeld dueling here..up the middle base hit!! Backman turns third, Hatcher the throooow no play! easy for Backman, and Carter with his second hit of the series wins it and the mets win it in 12th 2-1--Keith Jackson (ABC Sports) calling Mets' catcher Gary Carter's game winning RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 5.
BRING ON MIKE SCUFF!!--an Astros fan holding a sign to the TV cameras at the Astrodome before the top of the 9th inning of Game 6.
2-1 to Hernandez, the ball is hit to the gap Hatcher is on his horse going, going going, cant get it it's against the wall, here comes Mookie Wilson around third he will score, Hernandez at second with a double, its a 3-2 ball game.--Keith Jackson (ABC Sports) calling the Mets' Keith Hernandez's RBI double in the top of the ninth of Game 6.
2 and 2..high fly ball gap right center, Hatcher goes over makes the....no!! it's Bass cutting off, here comes Hernandez from third, he scores the game is tied on a sacrifice fly to right center by Ray Knight--Keith Jackson (ABC Sports) play by play of the Mets' Ray Knight's game tying sac RBI fly in the ninth inning of Game 6.
He is a tough guy.--Kieth Jackson's comment to Astros' Bob Knepper's brilliant performance in Game 6.

Kevin Charles Bass (born May 12, 1959 in Redwood City, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and Baltimore Orioles. ... Keith Jackson (born October 18, 1928, in Roopville, Georgia) is a former American sportscaster, known for his long career with ABC Sports television and his coverage of college football. ... [1] ABC Sports is a division of ABC, responsible for the televising of many sports events on the network. ... Murphy in front of the radio booth named in his honor Robert Allan Murphy (19 September 1924 – 3 August 2004) was an American sportscaster who spent 50 years doing play-by-play of Major League Baseball games on television and radio. ... WHN was a radio station in New York City located at 1050 KHZ. It played country music from 1972 to 1987 when it switched to all-sports formatted WFAN. Today 1050 is New Yorks ESPN radio station. ... Leonard Kyle (Lenny) Dykstra (born February 10, 1963 in Santa Ana, California, also known as Nails[1]) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. ... Carlton Ernest Fisk (born December 26, 1947 in Bellows Falls, Vermont) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for 24 years with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. ... [1] ABC Sports is a division of ABC, responsible for the televising of many sports events on the network. ... William Augustus Billy Hatcher (born October 4, 1960 in Williams, Arizona) is a former baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Texas Rangers, and current coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship... Jesse Russell Orosco (born April 21, 1957 in Santa Barbara, California) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who holds the major league record for career pitching appearances. ... Keith Jackson (born October 18, 1928, in Roopville, Georgia) is a former American sportscaster, known for his long career with ABC Sports television and his coverage of college football. ... [1] ABC Sports is a division of ABC, responsible for the televising of many sports events on the network. ... Leonard Kyle (Lenny) Dykstra (born February 10, 1963 in Santa Ana, California, also known as Nails[1]) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. ... Gary Edmund Carter (born April 8, 1954), nicknamed Kid, is a former Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame catcher from 1974-1992. ... Charles Kerfeld is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. ... Walter Wally Wayne Backman (born September 22, 1959 in Hillsboro, Oregon) is a retired baseball player. ... [1] ABC Sports is a division of ABC, responsible for the televising of many sports events on the network. ... The Reliant Astrodome, formerly just the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium in Houston, Texas, and is part of the Reliant Park complex. ... Bill Buckners error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. ... Keith Hernandez (born October 20, 1953 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, who played for the St. ... Ray Knight (born December 28, 1952 in Albany, Georgia) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball player in the 1970s and 80s. ... Robert Wesley Knepper (born May 24, 1954 in Akron, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball with a 15-year career from 1976 to 1990. ...

Trivia

  • Houston Astros' ace Mike Scott earned the NLCS Most Valuable Player honors. It was the first time in the history of the National League Championship Series that a player from the losing team was honored with the Most Valuable Player Award. He also earned the 1986 National League Cy Young Award with a record 18-10 and 2.22 ERA making him one of the most dominant, feared pitchers of the 1980s.
  • Throughout the course of the series some Mets players collected the pitched balls allegedly scuffed by Mike Scott in an attempt to figure out Scott's untouchable power.
  • After beating the Astros in the 16 inning marathon, the Mets players partied so hard that they damaged the plane that flew them back to New York. The airline charged the Mets organization an unknown amount for the plane damage. Manager Davey Johnson tore up the bill in front of his players and paid for the damages himself as a gift to the players for their hard work in winning the National League pennant.
  • Dwight Gooden's 10-inning start in Game 5 was the only time in his career he pitched more than nine innings in a game. Davey Johnson was criticized for removing Gooden after nine innings during a 0-0 game against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985 at a pivotal moment in a close pennant race. Cardinals ace John Tudor remained in the game and ended up pitching a complete game 10-inning shutout, and the Cardinals went on to defeat the Mets in the division race that season.
  • If played, Game 7 would have featured Ron Darling starting for the Mets against Mike Scott. It would have been impossible for Mets ace Dwight Gooden to start Game 7, as he would have been pitching on only one day of rest after pitching 10 innings in Game 5.
  • This series is considered the best National League Championship Series that never reached a decisive Game 7.
  • Yogi Berra was the Houston Astros' bench coach in 1986.
  • Houston Astros third baseman Phil Garner would manage the Astros and guide the team to the 2005 National League pennant, their first in team history.
  • On July 20, 1986 the Mets and Astros played a preview of their NLCS 16-inning marathon, but this game went 15 innings that lasted 5 hours and 29 minutes as the Astros beat the Mets 9-8.
  • Houston Astros manager Hal Lanier would earn National League Manager of the Year honors for leading the Astros to the 1986 West Division title, their first since 1980 and second in franchise history.

 
 

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