October 5, 1988: Game Two of the NLCS

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Date: October 5, 1988
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 6
Winning pitcher: Tim Belcher
Key player(s): Mike Marshall, Tim Belcher
Key play: Griffin's unassisted DP, Hatcher's 2-run double

Following an exciting come-from-behind win in the previous game, the Mets aimed to go two games up in the Series. Twenty game winner David Cone got the start against the Dodgers. The Los Angeles hitters rocked Cone for five runs and five hits, knocking him out of the box after two innings. The Dodgers evened the Series with a 6-3 win.

The Mets had a chance at an early lead in the first inning. Darryl Strawberry came up with two on and one out against Tim Belcher. Darryl lined to shortstop Alfredo Griffin for an unassisted double play to end the inning.

Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Mike Marshall hit a single that scored Mickey Hatcher. The Dodgers got four more runs in the second on a run-scoring single by Steve Sax, a two-run double by Hatcher and another RBI single by Marshall. The outburst ended Cone's night early.

The Mets' three runs were driven in by Keith Hernandez. In the fourth inning, his two-run homer after a walk to Gregg Jefferies cut the Dodger lead to 5-2. Keith also singled in the ninth to score Len Dykstra to make it a 6-3 final (the Dodgers had scored again in the fifth.)

The Los Angeles bullpen finished it off to preserve the win for Belcher.


  • This game began at 10:00PM Eastern Time (7:00PM Pacific) because of national television coverage of the Vice Presidential debate.