1985 Tournament Final – Game 5 – Mets @ Dodgers

1985 Tournament Final – Game 5 – Mets @ Dodgers

1985, 1985 Tournament, Dodgers, Mets
Must win Game 5 for the Mets as they send Ed Lynch (10-8 3.44 Grade 10Z) to the mound against Game 1 hero Jerry Reuss (14-10 2.92 Grade 14Z).   The pitchers would once again come out on point as the would retire the side for 3 straight innings with no runs scored. In the bottom of the 5th it would break lose for Lynch and the Mets. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Bill Madlock would double in Mike Scioscia to make it a 1-0 game. Ken Landreaux would single to center to score another and a boot by Dykstra in center would allow another run to score. After another fielding error this time by Ray Knight the Dodgers would have Reuss at the plate. Reuss would fake the…
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1985 Tournament Final – Game 4 – Mets @ Dodgers

1985 Tournament Final – Game 4 – Mets @ Dodgers

1985, 1985 Tournament, Dodgers, Mets
Mets win Game 3 to get back into the series and they send Ron Darling (16-6 2.90 Grade 15Y) to the mound against Orel Hershiser (19-3 2.03 Grade 20YZG).   The Mets once again get on the board first in the 2nd as Darling would help himself by singling in Rafael Santana. In the 3rd the Mets would get a huge 2 out RBI by Knight to make it 2-0 Mets. The offense wasn't done as they get 2 more off Hershiser in the 4th as Wally Backman would double in Lenny Dykstra and Gary Carter would double in Backman.   The Dodgers would answer in the bottom half of the 4th. A single by Pedro Guerrero would bring Greg Brock to the plate and he would take Darling out…
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1985 Tournament Final – Game 3 – Mets @ Dodgers

1985 Tournament Final – Game 3 – Mets @ Dodgers

1985, 1985 Tournament, Dodgers, Mets
When rotations where set this matchup was the one everyone pointed to. The Mets in an almost must win game send 20 yr old Dwight Gooden (24-4 1.53 Grade 25XYZG) to the mound against Fernando Valenzuela (17-10 2.45 19XG).   The Mets losing both games at home and in desperate need of a win get on the board first. In the 3rd, Keith Hernandez squares up on a Valenzuela fast ball to homer to center. In the 4th the Mets would play small ball as Mookie Wilson would single, Gooden would sacrifice him to second and late lineup replacement Lenny Dykstra would single in Wilson. In the 5th that tandem would do it again as Wilson would double and Dykstra would double him in for a 3-0 advantage.   The…
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1985 Tournament Final – Game 2 – Dodgers @ Mets

1985 Tournament Final – Game 2 – Dodgers @ Mets

1985, 1985 Tournament, Dodgers, Mets
Mets trying to even up the series send Sid Fernandez (9-9 2.80 Grade 10XY) to the mound opposite Bob Welch (14-4 2.31 Grade 14YZ).   Dodgers would get on the board first as Pedro Guerrero would go deep off Fernandez. In the 3rd the Dodgers would add 2 more as Mike Marshall drives in Mariano Duncan with a single and Guerrero drives in another run with a single. With the score 3-0 the Mets would finally get to Welch in the 6th. Lenny Dykstra would single and Gary Carter would drill a line drive homer to left to make it 3-2. Welch would settle and get out of the inning.   In the 8th, the Mets would get 2 runners on but Carlos Diaz would get Dykstra and Backman to…
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1985 Tournament Final – Game 1 – Dodgers @ Mets

1985 Tournament Final – Game 1 – Dodgers @ Mets

1985, 1985 Tournament, Dodgers, Mets
The Mets and Dodgers meet in the 85 Tournament final in a big time pitching matchup between these two teams. In Game 1 the matchup is Jerry Reuss (14-10 2.92 Grade 14Z) for the Dodgers against Ed Lynch (10-8 3.44 Grade 10Z) for the Mets.   I expect this series to be a low scoring series and this game didn't disappoint as we get great pitching by both starters. Both pitchers keep the game scoreless through 7. In the 8th the Dodgers would get on the board as Mike Scioscia would take a a hanging Lynch curveball over the left-centerfield wall.   Reuss would go to the mound in the bottom of the 8th with a perfect game in tact. No one was talking to him and the crowd was…
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1985 Tournament Final Matchups – #5 Dodgers vs #3 Mets

1985 Tournament Final Matchups – #5 Dodgers vs #3 Mets

1985, 1985 Tournament, Dodgers, Mets
1985 Tournament Final Matchups Game 1 - Shea Stadium Dodgers - Jerry Reuss vs. Mets - Ed Lynch   Game 2- Shea Stadium Dodgers - Bob Welch vs. Mets - Sid Fernandez   Game 3 - Dodger Stadium Mets - Dwight Gooden vs Dodgers - Fernando Valenzuela   Game 4 - Dodger Stadium Mets - Ron Darling vs Dodgers - Orel Hershiser   Game 5 - Dodger Stadium Mets - Ed Lynch vs Dodgers - Jerry Reuss   Game 6 - Shea Stadium Dodgers - Bob Welch vs Mets - Sid Fernandez   Game 7 - Shea Stadium Dodgers - Fernando Valenzuela vs Mets - Dwight Gooden
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1985 Tournament Results – Mets beat Blue Jays in 6

1985 Tournament Results – Mets beat Blue Jays in 6

1985, 1985 Tournament, Blue Jays, Mets
When I set up the bracket, this was a series I was hoping would pan out. The Blue Jays had such a good team in 85 and a matchup with them and the up and coming 98 win Mets would be fun. It turned out to be a very good series and fun to play. The Blue Jays could not get any hits with runners in scoring position, and scored 1 run or fewer in 4 of the 6 games. Gooden was his normal dominate self and the Mets would win both games Toronto ace Dave Stieb pitched. The Mets will now move on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in what could be a pitching classic as both rotations are real good. Can the Dodgers muster enough offense to…
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Game 6 – 1985 Tournament Replay Mets @ Blue Jays

Game 6 – 1985 Tournament Replay Mets @ Blue Jays

1985, 1985 Tournament, Blue Jays, Mets
The Blue Jays back home down 3-2 send their ace Dave Stieb (14-13 2.48 Grade 16Y) to the mound against righty Ron Darling (16-6 2.90 Grade 15Y). What a great pitching classic this game was! Stieb would work out of trouble the first 4 innings as the Mets would strand 5 runners. Darling would not allow a hit until the 6th when the Blue Jays would get 2 singles and have 1st and 3rd but he would Lloyd Moseby into a ground out. In the 8th the Blue Jays again would get 2 on against Darling but he would get the 6-4-3 double play from Tony Fernandez. Each starter goes 9 scoreless innings before giving way to the bullpen.   In the 11th Wally Backman would lead off the inning…
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Game 5 – 1985 Tournament Replay Blue Jays @ Mets

Game 5 – 1985 Tournament Replay Blue Jays @ Mets

1985, 1985 Tournament, Blue Jays, Mets
Pivotal Game 5 with the series tied at 2 has a pitching matchup of Jim Clancy (9-6 3.78 Grade 5ZG) for the Blue Jays and Dwight Gooden (24-4 1.53 Grade 25XYZG).   The Mets would start the scoring in Game 5 as they would pick up 2 runs in the second. Lenny Dykstra and Wally Backman (again) driving in runs with RBI singles. Clancy would settle and match Gooden with 0's on the board. The Blue Jays would get their first hit in the 4th as Garth Iorg would get a single and would advance to second. Gooden would strikeout both Jesse Barfield and Willie Upshaw to end the threat.   It would remain 2-0 Mets until the 9th inning as the Blue Jays would get their second hit, again…
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Game 4 – 1985 Tournament Replay Blue Jays @ Mets

Game 4 – 1985 Tournament Replay Blue Jays @ Mets

1985, 1985 Tournament, Blue Jays, Mets
Blue Jays get back in the series with a win in Game 3 and they send Jimmy Key (14-6 3.00 Grade 14Z) to the hill opposite Sid Fernandez (9-9 2.80 Grade 10XY).   The Blue Jays would finally strike first as they pick up a run in the 3rd as Garth Iorg singles in Tony Fernandez. In the bottom of the 4th the Mets would get that run right back as Darryl Strawberry connects again in this tournament. The pitchers would settle in after that and lock this game down as we would go to the 9th still 1-1.   In the top of the 9th, Jesse Barfield would draw a walk and Willie Upshaw would take the Fernandez offering over the centerfield wall for a 3-1 lead. Mets fans…
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