This Sweet 16 matchup features the #23 seed New York Mets vs the #2 Boston Red Sox. The Mets finished 66-96 and 6th in the NL East, while the Red Sox finished 99-64 losing the famous one game playoff to the Yankees to finish 2nd in the AL East.
The Mets would start left Jerry Koosman (3-15 3.75 Grade 8) against right hander Dennis Eckersley (20-8 2.99 Grade 14).
What a first game of the series as BOTH starters throw 10 shutout innings. Koosman allows only 5 hits while striking out 10, and Eckersley only allows 4 hits while striking out 4. The bullpen would continue the pitching mastery until the bottom of the 12th. Carl Yastrzemski would walk, Fred Lynn would single and Dwight Evans would double to bring home the game winner. What a game as the Red Sox win 1-0.
Final Score: Red Sox 1, Mets 0 (12)
WP: Bob Stanley (1-0)
LP: Kevin Kobel (1-2)