New York Mets: Bruce Hurst
October, 23, 2011
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
A.P. PhotosWhy did the Red Sox win Game 5? Because Bruce Hurst (left) rose to the occasion against Mets ace Dwight Gooden (right).
Over the next few days, Mark Simon will reminisce here about the 1986 postseason. The 1986 Mets won the World Series in an exhilarating fashion. Here's a capsule look at Game 5 of the 1986 World Series, played on this date, 25 years ago.
Game 5, Fenway Park: Red Sox 4, Mets 2
Red Sox lefty Bruce Hurst proved to be every bit the problem in the World Series that Mike Scott was for the Mets in the NLCS, minus any accusations of scuffing the baseball.
Hurst's win in Game 5 put the Mets on the brink of losing out on what they thought was meant to be their championship.
Mets starter Dwight Gooden was fortunate to escape the first inning undamaged, getting out of a bases-loaded jam via a Dwight Evans flyout.
He wouldn’t be as fortunate in the second as Dave Henderson tripled with one out (helped when rightfielder Darryl Strawberry couldn’t come up with the ball and centerfielder Lenny Dykstra fell down on the warning track) and Spike Owen drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
Evans added to that lead with a two-out RBI single in the third inning, a run made possible by a Rafael Santana error on a ground ball.
The Red Sox tacked on two more runs in the fifth, chasing Gooden with a triple from Jim Rice and back-to-back singles from Don Baylor and Dwight Evans. Henderson’s double brought in Boston’s fourth run.
Reliever Sid Fernandez was able to stall the Red Sox offense after that and the Mets managed a late comeback after doing little against Hurst through the first seven innings.
Dave Tannenbaum/A.P. PhotoLenny Dykstra was frustrated by the Mets results in Game 5.
The Red Sox had griped during the series, wondering as the Astros did if Dykstra was using a corked bat. But Hurst made sure Dykstra wouldn’t make contact on a two-strike fastball up around the eyes, one Dykstra whiffed on with a meek checked swing to end the game.
With two on and one out in the visiting third, with the Mets down 1-0, fly balls by Teufel and Keith Hernandez into a stiff New England wind were caught in left field by Rice. The Mets missed out on an early chance to score, and the Red Sox had the game's momentum the rest of the way.
What They Wrote
“Perhaps the most noteworthy development of Game 5, however -- even more so than Smokey Robinson's two-minute, 30-second rendition of the National Anthem (just seven seconds shy of the record held by Jose Feliciano) -- was another failure by Dwight Gooden.
"Remember Dwight Gooden? Dr. K? It seems like only yesterday when he was baseball's latest prodigy.
"Now, at the tender age of 21, he has become just another pitcher who can be beaten.”
-- Rick Talley, Los Angeles Daily News
“One of the hottest plays on Broadway right now is 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood.' But without a doubt, the hottest subject in all five boroughs of New York today is the mystery of Dwight Gooden. It is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions whose latest act was played out Thursday night at Fenway Park. And when the curtain fell on Game 5 of the World Series, Hamlet had nothing on Gooden in the problem department.”
-- Fran Blinebury, Houston Chronicle
Quote of the Day
“It seems like there's divine intervention from somewhere. Being able to come back when we were down to our last strike, our last swing, well, there must be a reason. I think we have to win it. If you sat down and told this story, I don't think anybody would believe it.”
-- Red Sox DH Don Baylor
Stats To Remember
1) Hurst dominated the Mets in the regular season as well. He would go 9-1 against them in his career, including 4-0 with an 0.51 ERA and three complete games in 1992. His .900 winning percentage is tied with Wade Blasingame for second-best against the Mets, trailing only Larry Jackson, who was 21-2 (.913 winning percentage) against them for his career.
2) Gooden made nine postseason starts in his career without winning one, the most starts by a pitcher who failed to win a postseason game. Gooden is also one of only two pitchers in major league history to go 0-3 in the postseason for a team that won the World Series. He’s joined by Jack Morris of the 1992 Blue Jays.
3) Fernandez foreshadowed his appearance in Game 7 of the World Series by pitching four scoreless innings in relief in this one. Only one pitcher has thrown four scoreless relief innings in a World Series game since -- Kirk Rueter for the 2002 Giants.
October, 18, 2011
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Ray Stubblebine/A.P. PhotoTim Teufel, now a Mets coach, took the heat for the Mets loss in Game 1 of the 1986 World Series.
Over the next three weeks, Mark Simon will reminisce here about the 1986 postseason. The 1986 Mets won the World Series in an exhilarating fashion. Here's a capsule look at Game 1 of the 1986 World Series, played on this date, 25 years ago.
Game 1, Shea Stadium: Red Sox 1, Mets 0
After the Red Sox and Mets had two days off following draining wins in their respective League Championship Series, the two teams convened at Shea Stadium for the Fall Classic, in a great game with an unfortunate ending.
Those who like pitcher’s duels would have loved this contest, a matchup of Red Sox lefty Bruce Hurst and Mets right-hander Ron Darling.
Hurst gave the Mets the same kind of troubles that Astros lefty Bob Knepper did in the early part of Game 3 and Game 6 of the NLCS. Though Hurst walked four and allowed four hits, he was able to sidestep trouble when he needed to do so.
Darling, who was very shaky and fortunate to get a no-decision in Game 3 of the NLCS, pitched very well in his World Series debut. He would allow just one run and three hits, but would be hurt by his own doing.
With the score tied in the top of the seventh, Darling walked Jim Rice, and allowed him to advance to second base on a wild pitch. Darling got Dwight Evans to ground out, but having a runner in scoring position proved painful when Rich Gedman’s grounder to the right side went through the legs of Tim Teufel. Rice scored for the only run the Red Sox would need.
The Mets got the leadoff man on base in the seventh inning against Hurst and in the ninth inning against Red Sox closer Calvin Schiraldi, but failed to score both times. The Red Sox won 1-0 and led in the series by that same margin.
In the third inning, the Mets had two on and one out for Keith Hernandez. But Hernandez flied out and Gary Carter grounded out to end that scoring threat. They’d put two on with nobody out in the home sixth, but their rally was killed by a Darryl Strawberry strikeout and a Ray Knight double play grounder.
The Mets would finish the game 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Red Sox would also make a couple of key defensive plays. Third baseman Wade Boggs made a diving stop to thwart one late rally and first baseman Dave Stapleton, inserted as a late-game replacement for Bill Buckner, got a force play on Knight's bunt attempt in the ninth inning to stymie another Mets comeback bid.
What They Wrote
“Game 1 of a World Series is like the first clash of two great heavyweights, the first spotting of an iceberg by a ship captain, the first across-the-room sighting of a woman by a man.
Who knows what majesty or tragedy might ensue?
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets met Saturday night at Shea Stadium for the first time in a game that counted, and the mixture was intoxicating to the point of causing hallucinations.
-- Kevin Modesti, Los Angeles Daily News
"It was a Little League error. No, worse than that.It was the sort of play your Uncle Ralph makes in the softball game at the family reunion after he`s had a few too many beers. The groundball rolls out to him at second base, and Uncle Ralph draws a crafty bead on it, slyly puts down his glove and . . ."
--Mark Purdy, Knight-Ridder Newspapers
Quote of the Day
“The ball just scooted on me. I didn't get my glove down. It took a big hop just before a small one and I didn't have the glove down low enough. Do I feel terrible? Yes."
-- Tim Teufel
Rusty Kennedy/A.P. PhotoThe Mets could not solve Bruce Hurst in Game 1.
-- Red Sox second baseman Marty Barrett on Shea Stadium’s infield
The Society for Baseball Research is in the midst of its Bioproject, attemping to provide a biography for every major league player. Here's a very thorough look at the life and baseball career of Teufel.
Stats To Remember
1-- The 1986 Mets are the only team in postseason history to lose multiple series openers by a 1-0 score. They also lost Game 1 of the NLCS, 1-0.
2-- This was the Red Sox first 1-0 win since May 3, 1984 against Jack Morris and the Detroit Tigers. The winning pitcher that day? The Mets Game 3 starter, Bob Ojeda.
3-- This was the first postseason game in which the losing team lost 1-0 on an unearned run in 65 years. The last prior to this was Game 8 of the 1921 World Series (a best-of-9) in which the Giants defeated the Yankees, 1-0.
The Mets are the only team with two postseason 1-0 losses on unearned runs. The other such defeat came against the Braves in Game 3 of the 1999 NLCS.
And talk about hard-luck losers: Darling allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. Starting pitchers who allow one run or fewer, and three hits or fewer in seven-or-more innings are 129-11 all-time in the postseason.
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