October 10, 1988: Game Five of the NLCS
|Date: October 10, 1988|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Tim Belcher|
|Key player(s): Rick Dempsey, Kirk Gibson, Len Dykstra|
|Key play: Gibson's home run, Jefferies hit by batted ball|
The Mets and Dodgers vied for the Series lead in an afternoon game at Shea Stadium. Sid Fernandez was tagged for six Dodger runs, leading to a 7-4 win for Los Angeles and a three-games-to-two deficit in the Series for the Mets.
The Dodgers' runs off Sid came in the fourth and fifth innings. Run-scoring doubles by Rick Dempsey (for two) and Alfredo Griffin plated three in the fourth. Kirk Gibson's home run with two on in the fifth doubled the Los Angeles lead to 6-0. Immediately following the homer, Fernandez was replaced by Terry Leach.
In the eighth, Dykstra doubled and scored on a single by Gregg Jefferies to make it 6-4. Later, Kevin McReynolds came up with the tying runs on base against reliever Brian Holton. Kevin hit a grounder that hit Jefferies running from second base for an out, halting the Mets' comeback attempt.