October 4, 1988: Game One of the NLCS

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Date: October 4, 1988
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Randy Myers
Key player(s): Gary Carter
Key play: Carter's 2-run double

The National League Championship Series started at Dodger Stadium on a Tuesday night. Trailing 2-0 in the ninth, the Mets scored three runs to pull out a 3-2 victory for the initial Series lead. It was the Mets' first win in a post-season series opener since the NLCS against the Braves in 1969.

The game did not start well for the Mets. Dwight Gooden gave up a run-scoring single to Mike Marshall that put the Dodgers ahead, 1-0. The score remained that way until the 7th inning when Alfredo Griffin singled home another run. Despite ten strikeouts, Gooden left the game after the seventh with the Mets behind, 2-0.

In the top of the 9th, things changed for the Mets. Gregg Jefferies led off with a single to center. Jefferies advanced to second on Keith Hernandez's ground out to first. Darryl Strawberry then stepped up and hit a double to center to score Jefferies and remove Los Angeles pitcher Orel Hershiser from the game.

Against reliever Jay Howell, Kevin McReynolds walked and Howard Johnson struck out swinging. With the Mets down to their final out and runners on first and second, Gary Carter hit a double to center scoring Strawberry and McReynolds for a 3-2 lead. Randy Myers, who had pitched a perfect eighth inning, stayed in to pitch a perfect ninth, nailing down the win for himself and putting the Mets up, one game to none.