October 11, 1988: Game Six of the NLCS
|Date: October 11, 1988|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: David Cone|
|Key player(s): David Cone, Kevin McReynolds|
|Key play: Elster's double, McReynolds's home run|
The Series returned to Dodger Stadium with the Mets on the brink of defeat. Rebounding from his disastrous outing six days earlier, David Cone held the Los Angeles lineup to only five hits in an outstanding complete game performance. The Mets evened the Series at three games apiece with a 5-1 win.
Cone was staked to an early lead. Len Dykstra led off the game by reaching first base on an error by Mickey Hatcher. He later scored on Kevin McReynolds's sacrifice fly. In the third, the score became 2-0 when Kevin Elster hit a two-out double to bring home Darryl Strawberry.
A two-run homer by McReynolds in the fifth increased the Mets' lead to four runs. It also forced the departure of Dodger starting pitcher Tim Leary for reliever Brian Holton. In the bottom of the inning, Holton scored the only Los Angeles run on a single by Hatcher. The Mets got another run in the sixth on Keith Hernandez's single scoring Dykstra.
After Hatcher's hit, Cone shut the door on the Dodgers. He retired the next twelve consecutive Los Angeles batters, leaving no doubt about the outcome. The Series would go to the deciding seventh game.