October 19, 1986: Game Two of the World Series

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Date: October 19, 1986
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 3
Red Sox: 9
Winning pitcher: Steve Crawford
Key player(s): Red Sox hitters
Key play: Henderson's & Evans's home runs

The Mets and Red Sox played the second game of the World Series on a Sunday night at Shea Stadium. After losing the opener, the Mets looked to get even in the Series. A total of eighteen Boston hits led to a 9-3 win for the Sox.

Dwight Gooden and the Red Sox’ Roger Clemens each hurled two scoreless and hitless innings to start the game. Spike Owen drew a walk to lead off the top of the third. On a bunt, Clemens reached first base with Owen safe at second via an error by first baseman Keith Hernandez. An ensuing double by Wade Boggs scored Owen and sent Clemens to third. Consecutive singles by Marty Barrett and Bill Buckner brought home Clemens and Boggs, respectively, for a 3-0 Boston lead. Jim Rice flied out to right fielder Darryl Strawberry to advance Barrett from second to third base. Gooden then struck out Dwight Evans and Rich Gedman to end the inning.

Rafael Santana singled to open the bottom of the third. Gooden followed with a bunt single and a sacrifice bunt by Lenny Dykstra moved the runners to second and third base. Wally Backman hit a single to score Santana with the Mets’ first run. Hernandez grounded out to drive home Gooden and a ground out by Gary Carter to third baseman Boggs ended the inning. To begin the top of the fourth, Dave Henderson homered to make it a 4-2 Sox lead. Owen hit a single and moved to second base on Clemens’ sacrifice bunt. Boggs hit a grounder on which shortstop Santana threw to third baseman Ray Knight for an out on Owen. Barrett singled to send Boggs to third and Gooden retired Bill Buckner on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Danny Heep. Clemens then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Rice led off the top of the fifth inning with a single to left field. An ensuing home run by Evans extended the Boston lead to 6-2. Gooden fanned to next three Boston hitters and Backman drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Hernandez singled to advance Backman to third base and Clemens was replaced on the mound by Steve Crawford. Carter hit a single to score Backman with the third New York run. Crawford then threw a called third strike past Strawberry and got Heep on a ground ball to second baseman Barrett for the third out.

Mets’ reliever Rick Aguilera shut down the Red Sox in the top of the sixth. Crawford pitched a perfect bottom half and Rice singled to open the top of the seventh. Back-to-back singles by Evans and Gedman loaded the bases and Henderson singled to score Rice. Owen got the fifth consecutive Boston single off Aguilera to plate Evans for an 8-3 Sox lead. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco set down the next three batters to close out the inning. Boston’s Bob Stanley then shut down the Mets despite leadoff singles by Dykstra and Backman in the bottom half.

Buckner hit a single to start the top of the eighth inning. Rice singled to move pinch-runner Dave Stapleton to second base and Evans hit a grounder to Santana for a double play. Orosco threw a called third strike past Gedman for the third out and Stanley pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. Henderson and Owen got back-to-back singles off Mets’ reliever Sid Fernandez to begin the top of the ninth. Fernandez struck out Stanley and yielded a double to Boggs (the Sox’ eighteenth hit) that drove home Henderson. Reliever Doug Sisk came in to pitch and issued an intentional walk to Barrett to load the bases. Sisk then retired Stapleton on a fly ball to left fielder Mookie Wilson and struck out Rice to end the inning.

Wilson flied out to left fielder Rice to start the bottom of the ninth. Dykstra drew a walk and Backman grounded out to first baseman Stapleton. Stanley then got Hernandez on a game-ending fly ball to center fielder Henderson. The Red Sox had a win that put the Mets two games behind in the Series.