Bruce Hurst was outstanding in Game 1 of the 1986 World Series. He shut out the New York Mets in eight innings and the Red Sox won one to nothing.
The Sox were dominant in Game 2 and they cruised to a nine to three win. The Mets then followed this with two straight wins to even the series at two.
In Game 5, Dwight Gooden struggled for the Mets and and Bruce Hurst pitched well once again. The Red Sox won and were one game away from breaking the Curse of the Bambino.
All of this is overlooked because of what happened in Game Six. The Mets were down a run and came back to tie the game on a Gary Carter sac fly in the bottom of the eight.
The game went to extra innings and the Red Sox scored twice in the top of the 10th. After Calvin Shiraldi retired the first two batters, the Red Sox were one out away from their first World Championship since 1918.
Gary Carter and Kevin Mitchell both singled off of Shiraldi. He was left in by manager John McNamara and Ray Knight singled to bring in Carter. Stanley finally replaced Shiraldi with Bob Stanley.
With Mookie Wilson at the plate, Stanley threw a wild pitch that allowed Mitchell to score and moved Knight to second. Wilson worked it to a full count and fouled off two pitches. He hit a slow ground ball down the first base line.
The ball got through Bill Buckner's legs and the winning run scored. There was still Game 7, but the Red Sox were demoralized.
Even so, the Red Sox jumped out to a three run lead. The Mets tied it in the sixth and then scored three more in the seventh. Boston scored twice in the eight, but the Mets matched them in the bottom half of the inning.
The Game 6 comeback by the Mets is one of the greatest moments in baseball history.
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