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Our Special Bonds: 1986 NLCS Game 6 (Answers)

Answers to the Game 6 quiz posted October 15, 2007

Questions here:

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2007/10/our-special-bonds-1986-nlcs-game-6.html

1) Astros final out, Kevin Bass, who trailed Tony Gwynn (.404), Mike Schmidt (.373), Robby Thompson (.364), and Von Hayes (.357), had the best batting average against the Mets among those on his team, .347.

2) Craig Reynolds had 2 walk-off hits against the Mets in his career, though he couldn't get one in the bottom of the 16th, since his team trailed by 3 runs at the time of his leadoff AB. Reynolds is also the batter who hit into a double play (although he was actually safe at first on replay) in the 2nd inning of Game 5, denying the Astros an early run.

3) The two hits that the Mets had through the first eight innings against Bob Knepper were by the starting DP combo of Tim Teufel and Rafael Santana. The finishing DP combo was Wally Backman and Kevin Elster.

4) We're referring to the 19-inning game between the Mets and Braves, better known for many other pieces of minutiae. Sometime close to 4 am, Knight drove in the run that put the Mets ahead for good, a double that scored Gary Carter in the top of the 19th.

5) Billy Hatcher, who homered off Jesse Orosco to tie the game in the bottom of the 14th, hit a go-ahead 9th-inning homer against Orosco the next season.

6)Roger McDowell's five-inning stint in this game is oft forgotten. His previous longest relief stint as a Met came the previous season, and he got the win, relieving someone who would pitch in another Game 6 of note, Calvin Schiraldi. As far as the hint goes, Schiraldi did pitch that day, for the Red Sox, who clinched their ALCS with a Game 7 win against the Angels.

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