Oct 15, 1986: Mets & Astros go 16
Submitted by BTGrimes on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 10:00am
Punch for Punch
HOUSTON, TEXAS - The National League Championship Series in '86 ended with two nail-biting marathons between the New York Mets and Houston Astros. Game 5 in Houston went 12 innings with the Mets winning 2-1.
In game 7 the Astros entered the 9th inning up 3-0. The Mets tied the game 3-3. Both teams fought on punch for punch. After neither team scored in the 10th, 11th, 12th or 13th, both scored a run the 14th, so they played on.
The Mets scored 3 in the 16th inning. Houston got a rally going in their half of the 16th (will the game ever end?), and scored 2 to make it 7-6, but Mets reliever Jesse Orosco struck out Kevin Bass with the tying run on second. The Mets advanced.
It would have been hard to top that series, but the Mets and Red Sox pretty much did in the '86 World Series. It was won by the Mets with the help of a ball going through Billy Buckner's legs to tie the Series at three games apiece. The Mets won game 7, a game that saw the lead change hands four times.
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