October 9, 1988: Game Four of the NLCS

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Date: October 9, 1988
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 5
Winning pitcher: Alejandro Pena
Key player(s): Mike Scioscia, Kirk Gibson
Key play: Scioscia's & Gibson's home runs

The Mets looked to go two games up on the Dodgers. They had a two-run lead in the ninth, but Los Angeles tied it up and then went on to win, 5-4, in twelve innings. The Series was knotted at two games apiece.

Dwight Gooden got off to a bad start in the game. In the first inning, he allowed two runs and two hits along with a walk, a balk and a wild pitch. The two Dodger runs were scored when John Shelby single home Steve Sax and Mickey Hatcher.

In the fourth inning, the Mets came back to grab a 3-2 lead against Los Angeles starter John Tudor. Keith Hernandez led off with a single and Darryl Strawberry hit a two-run homer to tie the game. Kevin McReynolds immediately followed with a home run of his own to put New York ahead.

McReynolds led off the sixth with a ground-rule double. Gary Carter then tripled to score McReynolds to make it a 4-2 Met lead. Tudor was then removed from the game.

Gooden had settled down after his rough first inning. He held the Dodgers to only one more hit through the eighth inning. To start the ninth, he had an 0-2 count on Shelby, but walked him. Mike Scoscia then lined a two-run homer into the Mets' bullpen in right to tie the game. Randy Myers relieved Gooden to end the inning.

The game went on into the twelfth inning. With Roger McDowell on in relief of Myers, Kirk Gibson hit a home run with two out to give Los Angeles a 5-4 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, ex-Met Tim Leary came on for the Dodgers. Mackey Sasser and Lee Mazzilli started the inning with singles. After an out, Leary was removed for another former Met - Jesse Orosco. After walking Keith Hernandez to load the bases, Orosco got Strawberry to pop out to second. Orel Hershiser, who had started the previous day, then came in to get McReynolds to fly out and give the Dodgers the Series-tying win.