Tuesday, October 25, 2016

thirty years ago tonight

game six of the 1986 world series produced one of the more infamous errors ever witness, and for Red Sox fans - painful. the game went into the 10th inning tied at three a piece. top 10th, Dave Henderson hits a home run to put the Sox up 4-3. Spike Owen strikes out for the first out. Calvin Schiraldi, who pitched the 8th and 9th, pitched for himself and struck out. Wade Boggs doubled, then scored when Marty Barrett singled him home. Bill Buckner was hit by a pitch. Rick Aguilera got Jim Rice to fly out to end the top of the 10th. Schiraldi came out to start the 10th and also left Buckner out at first. normally Buckner was replaced in the later innings, having chronic ankle injuries. Schiraldi got Wally Backman to fly to left and Keith Hernandez to fly to center to get the first two outs. Gary Carter started the rally with a base hit. Kevin Mitchell pinch hit for Aguilera and got a base hit, advancing Carter to second. Ray Knight came up and down to his last strike got a base hit, scoring Carter from second. Red Sox manager John McNamara saw enough and got Bob Stanley to replace Schiraldi. Stanley face Mookie Wilson. Stanley kept Wilson missing and fouling off pitches. Wilson worked the count to two balls and two strikes after seven pitches. the Sox were again one strike from victory when Stanley's 8th pitch got past Gedman (almost hit Wilson as he was jumping out of the ball's way). Wilson waved Mitchell home to tie the game. Knight moved to second on that pitch. on the 10th pitch of the at bat, Wilson hit a grounder down the first base line. Buckner moved to play the ball, but he never fielded it cleanly as the ball got by his glove into shallow right field. Knight watching the grounder as he was heading for third and seeing the ball get through Buckner's legs scampered home to score the winning run. Mets win 6-5 to even the series at three and eventually won game seven 8-5 two nights later.

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