The Dodgers and Mets flew back to LA and the Dodgers attempted to close out the Mets in 6 games as they played at Dodger Stadium 25 years ago today. But this time, David Cone was on his game and the Dodgers could not make any plays as the Mets won 5-1 to take the 1988 NLCS to seven games.
Kirk Gibson was in the lineup but was ineffective, Gibson had a chance to be a hero early but instead popped up a bunt attempt in the first inning and the Dodgers never were in the game after that.
Kevin McReynolds went 4-for-4 including a two-run home run but the star of the night was David Cone. Cone turned in the pitching performance of the series to date, going all the way and giving his team a chance to go back to the World Series and try to win two World Series in three years.
Met second baseman Wally Backman was hoping he wasn't a prophet as he was quoted saying he hoped they could repeat their Game 6 performance in Game 7 as Sam McManis of the LA Times writes his game story:
"We've been in this situation before, as we know we have to come out loose," Backman said. "You are naturally going to be a little nervous, but you can't let that determine your game. We need to get out quick again tomorrow. If we let them lead again, and Hershiser is on, then we dig ourselves a tough hole to come out of."
Game 6 particulars
Home run: Kevin McReynolds (2)
WP - David Cone (1-1): 9 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
LP - Tim Leary (0-1): 4 IP, 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts