The Play-by-Play for Game 6 of the 1986 N.L. Championship Series

It’s available as a table in different forms elsewhere, but this is how the Houston Chronicle presented a summary of the Astros-Mets classic of 23 years ago:

Mets first – Knepper strikes out Wilson. Mitchell grounds to third. Hernandez takes a called third strike. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Astros first – Doran singles to center. Hatcher forces Doran, first base to shortstop. Garner doubles to left center field, scoring Hatcher. Davis singles to center, scoring Garner. Bass walks. Cruz singles to right, scoring Davis. Ashby misses suicide squeeze, Bass cut down between third and home. Ashby lines to short. Three runs, four hits, no errors, one left.

Mets second – Carter flies to right. Strawberry grounds to second. Knight grounds to third. No runs, no hits, no errors.

Astros second – Thon grounds first base to pitcher. Knepper takes a third strike. Doran grounds to third. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets third – Teufel grounds to short. Santana singles to center. Ojeda bunts, Santana forced at second. Wilson walks. Mitchell strikes out. No runs, one hit, no errors, two left.

Astros third – Hatcher grounds to short. Garner flies to center. Davis flies to left. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets fourth – Hernandez flies to center. Carter flies to right. Strawberry takes a called third strike. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Astros fourth – Bass and Cruz ground to pitcher. Ashby flies to left. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets fifth – Knight grounds to pitcher. Teufel grounds to third. Santana grounds to pitcher. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Astros fifth – Thon grounds to second. Knepper walks. Doran forces Knepper. Doran steals second. Hatcher beats out infield single to third, but Doran is tagged out after rounding third base. No runs, one hit, no errors, one left.

Mets sixth – Mazzilli bats for Ojeda and strikes out. Wilson grounds to third. Mitchell grounds to second. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Astros sixth – Aguilera pitching for New York. Garner strikes out. Davis doubles to left. Bass grounds to pitcher. Cruz grounds to third. No runs, one hit, no errors, none left.

Mets seventh – Hernandez grounds to second. Carter flies to center. Strawberry takes a called third strike. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Astros seventh – Ashby grounds to second. Thon lines to pitcher. Knepper flies to right. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets eighth – Knight grounds to short. Teufel singles to center. Santana hits into double play, shortstop to first. No runs, one hit, no errors, none left.

Astros eighth – Doran grounds to second. Hatcher grounds to third. Walling grounds to second. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets ninth – Dykstra triples to center. Wilson singles to right to score Dykstra. Mitchell grounds to third. Hernandez doubles to center, scoring Wilson. Smith replaces Knepper. Carter walks. Strawberry walks to load the bases. Knight hits sacrifice fly to right to score Hernandez. Carter and Strawberry advance one base. Backman pinch hits for Teufel and is walked intentionally. Heep pinch hits for Santana and strikes out. Three runs, three hits, no errors, three left.

Astros ninth – McDowell pitching for New York, Elster at shortstop, Backman at second base and Dykstra in center field with Wilson moving to left field. Davis grounds to third. Bass grounds to shortstop. Cruz flies to left. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets tenth – Dykstra flies to left. Wilson pops to short. Elster strikes out. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Astros tenth – Ashby grounds out, first base to pitcher. Reynolds bats for Thon and strikes out. Puhl bats for Smith and grounds out, pitcher to first. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets eleventh – Andersen pitching for Houston and Reynolds at shortstop. Hernandez grounds to shortstop. Carter walks. Strawberry pops to third. Knight strikes out. No runs, no hits, no errors, one left.

Astros eleventh – Doran grounds to short. Hatcher grounds to third. Walling grounds to pitcher. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets twelfth – Backman grounds to first, unassisted. McDowell grounds to second. Dykstra grounds to short. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Astros twelfth – Davis strikes out swinging. Bass singles to center, caught stealing. Cruz grounds to second. No runs, one hit, no errors.

Mets thirteenth – Wilson grounds to pitcher. Elster grounds to second. Hernandez lines to shortstop. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Astros thirteenth – Ashby flies to center. Reynolds grounds out, first base to pitcher. Pankovits hits for Andersen and grounds to third. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets fourteenth – Lopez pitching for Houston. Carter singles to right. Strawberry walks. Knight bunts but forces Carter at third base. Backman singles to right to score Strawberry. On Bass’ throw home, Knight and Backman advance to second and third. Johnson bats for McDowell and pops to catcher. Dykstra is walked intentionally. Wilson strikes out. One run, two hits, one error, three left.

Astros fourteenth – Orosco pitching for New York. Doran strikes out. Hatcher homers off left field foul pole. Walling grounds out, first base to pitcher. Davis pops to second. One run, one hit, no errors, none left.

Mets fifteenth – Elster pops to first. Hernandez takes a called third strike. Carter singles to center. Carter thrown out trying to advance on loose ball, catcher to shortstop. No runs, one hit, no errors, none left.

Astros fifteenth – Bass strikes out. Cruz strikes out. Ashby grounds to second. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left.

Mets sixteenth – Strawberry doubles to center. Knight singles to right to score Strawberry. Knight advances to second on throw home. Calhoun pitching. Knight takes third on wild pitch. Backman walks. Knight scores and Backman moves to second on wild pitch. Orosco sacrifices Backman to third. Dykstra singles to right to score Backman. Wilson hits into double play, second to short to first. Three runs, three hits, no errors, none left.

Astros sixteenth – Reynolds strikes out. Lopes bats for Calhoun and walks. Doran singles to center, Lopes to second. Hatcher singles to center to score Lopes, Doran to second. Walling forces Hatcher, first base to shortstop. Doran to third. Davis singles to center to score Doran. Walling to second. Bass strikes out.

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