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The Ulti-Met World Series (Game 2)

With the 1969 Mets winning game one, Game Two begins….. 

 

GAME TWO (1986 Shea)

Jerry Koosman vs Ron Darling

Game Two starts off with Ron Darling giving up a leadoff double to Tommie Agee. Wayne Garrett strikes out and the next batter is Cleon Jones who works out a walk. With runners on first and second, Darling gets Donn Clendenon to ground into a double play working his way out of trouble. The next five innings go by quietly as Darling settles down and Koosman is able to keep the 86’ers at bay. In the bottom of the sixth, Keith Hernandez takes a Koosman fastball the opposite way for a single. Gary Carter is the next batter, and he splits the outfielders and lines a double into right-center field. Hernandez has to hold at third as Agee catches up to the ball. Darryl Strawberry is up now and he hits one deep to right field. Ron Swoboda catches the ball at the warning track but Hernandez tags up and scores. 1-0 ’86. After striking out  Mookie Wilson, Koosman walks Ray Knight. With runners on corners and two out, Gil Hodges comes out of the dugout to give his starter a quick break. The eight hitter is Rafael Santana and Koosman is coming right after him. After getting in front of Santana 0-2, Koosman quickly falls behind 3-2. He then throws a changeup low and away. Strike Three. Inning over. In the top of the seventh, Darling begins to tire and walks the first two batters. Davey Johnson consults with Mel Stottlemyre and they decide to pull Darling. Ronny leaves the mound to a standing ovation from the 1986 Shea Faithful. Rick Aguilera enters the game and gets Bud Harrelson to ground into a 6-3 double play. With a man on second and two out, Hodges pinch hits for Koosman with Art Shamsky, who strikes out on four pitches.  Pinch hitter Kevin Mitchell leads off the bottom of the seventh with a pop out to third baseman Wayne Garrett. Lenny Dykstra is the Centerfielder and next batter. Nolan Ryan, who came out of the bullpen to relieve Koosman at the beginning of the half inning hangs a slider up and away and Dykstra takes advantage of it. Swoboda chases back but there is no chance. Home Run. Dykstra who only hit 8 homers in 1986 took the ball 20 feet over the right field wall. 2-0 ’86. That was all the scoring that was needed. McDowell came in to close out the game and the series was even at one. With an off day tomorrow, the Ulti-Met World Series continues on Thursday with Game 3 at 1969 Shea (Orange and Blue Tiles along the outer wall of the stadium and all.)

  

Winner: 1986 Mets (2-0)

Winning Pitcher: Rick Aguilera

Losing Pitcher: Nolan Ryan

Save: Roger McDowell

HR: 1986: Dykstra- 7th inning off Ryan (1) 

Series- 1-1 

Written By Matt Grasso

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