20: Times in franchise history the Mets have played a game of at least 17 innings. Which one do you remember best?
My favorite was the July 4th game against the Braves in the 80s. I listened to it at a high school party. When I got home that morning I asked my Dad about the Met game and he thought it had been rained out. I said, “Well, have I got a story for you!”
I have DirectTV and was listening to the Houston announcers gon and on about extra inning games that these two teams have been involved with. And you know the one I figured they had to bring up? 1986 Mets v. Astros game 6 of the NL playoffs. They never did. Exciting game. Maybe they were worried about jinxing the game for the Astros?
Anyway—that’s my most exciting game even though it was only 16 innings the fact that it was in playoffs should allow me to use it here.
I remember listening to the 25-inning game in 1974, falling in and out of sleep during it. The Cards eventually won when Bake McBride scored from first on an errant pick-off throw. Jerry Cram, a short reliever in more ways than one, pitched eight shutout innings, and Wayne Garrett went 0-for-10.
The other one was in 1985, when Rusty Staub was pressed into outfield service during an 18-inning game against the Pirates. Davey Johnson attempted to hide Rusty by having him flip flop between right and left field, depending on whether it was a righty or lefty hitter at the plate. If I remember correctly, Rick Rhoden, a righty hitter, hit a shot down the rightfield line that Rusty was able to corral.
In addition to the Beltran catch, last night will also be remembered for Lo Duca’s unprecedented 0 for 8, in which he didn’t get the ball out of the infield.
Game 6, 1986….Period….
23 inning game against San Francisco in the second game of a Memorial Day double header. Mets pulled a triple play in the 14th. Gaylord Perry threw the spitter for the first time, umpires ignored Casey Stengel’s protests. But the 1986 NLCS was the most nerve racking game ever.
What is the Mets’ record in those 20 games?
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