#6 1986 NLCS Game 6
The pivotal game in a battle for a World Series berth was played under the roof of the Astrodome, where both teams gave all they had to reign victorious. The game spanned sixteen tumultuous innings in which thirteen total runs were scored. The key was that the Mets were dreading a matchup against Mike Scott, who had utterly dominated the Mets previously in the series, guiding the Astros to two wins.
His ability to perplex the entire Mets lineup had them worried and desperate to conclude matters in game 6. However, that was nowhere near an easy task on this night.
The previous night was a long affair in Queens, where the Mets were able to work out a win in twelve innings by a score of 2-1. This obviously made the team a touch weary and that feeling was amplified with the 3-0 first inning deficit and the sudden realization that Mike Scott was on tap for the next and final game of the series.
The Mets were battling throughout but did not fully storm back until the ninth inning. A triple from Lenny Dykstra, a single by Mookie Wilson, double by Keith Hernandez, and a sacrifice fly by Ray Knight were the highlights of the three-run rally to tie the score at three.
A Wally Backman single broke the tie in the fourteenth inning, but unfortunately, Billy Hatcher launched a home run over the left field wall to once again even the game up in the bottom frame. Resilience exuded from every member of that indelible Mets club, but the Astros were a fair match on this night.
Then came the sixteenth inning, the decisive one. A double from Darryl Strawberry started the rally, which included a pair of wild pitches by Jeff Calhoun. By the time three outs were recorded, the Mets lead 7-4.
The Astros came to the plate hoping to launch a last-ditch effort to save their season. They reached distance from which they could strike when scored two runs, bridging the gap to a single run. Kevin Bass came to the plate but was fanned by Jesse Orosco with a pitch that propelled the Mets to the World Series.
This might be the most enthralling game in Mets history, however, in terms of moments there are others from that 1986 run that proved more memorable. They loomed around the corner, as 1986 World Series proved to something sprouting out of fiction more so than reality.