The much-anticipated pitching duel between Roger Clemens and Dwight Gooden in Game 2 of the 1986…
The much-anticipated pitching duel between Roger Clemens and Dwight Gooden in Game 2 of the 1986 World Series was a dud.
October 19, 1986: Clemens-Gooden duel falls flat as Red Sox win Game Two | Society for American Baseball Research
For every great World Series pitcher’s duel, there are a dozen duds that don’t live up to the hype. Game Two certainly fell into the latter category; the hype belonged in a class by itself. The game's starting pitchers had each put together 24-4 seasons by age 24 – Dwight Gooden pulled off the feat in 1985 at age 20 and the elder Roger Clemens did it in 1986, starting the year by winning his first 14 decisions and setting a major-league record by fanning 20 in an April game. Game Two of the World Series also featured the same starters from that year’s All-Star Game. The only other time it happened was in 1939 between Red Ruffing of the Yankees and Cincinnati's Paul Derringer.1 That World Series game had been a pitcher’s duel pulled out by New York in its final at-bat. This time … not so much.