Final Recap: Dodgers 3 – Mets 2
The Los Angeles Dodgers (17-16) defeated the New York Mets (20-12) tonight on a walk-off home run by the final score of 3-2. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Jacob deGrom pitched a solid game tonight, going 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on 8 hits. He walked none and struck out 4.
- Kevin Plawecki was 1-4 with an RBI single.
- Juan Lagares was 2-4 at the plate tonight.
- Yoenis Cespedes was 1-3 with a walk.
- David Wright had a rough night going 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Wright also made a couple of weak throws tonight in the field.
- Hansel Robles was charged with the loss after allowing a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th.
This was a tough loss tonight, as anytime you lose in walk-off fashion it stings a little bit. First and foremost the Mets again tonight did not seek revenge against Chase Utley and he went 1-4 with a strikeout. Utley however committed a throwing error on a Michael Conforto ground ball in the top of the second inning, that eventually opened the gates for the Mets to tack on two runs to tie the game. It’s fair to wonder if the Mets will retaliate in the remaining two games left in the series, or if they will retaliate at Citi Field when the Dodgers visit at the end of the month? Or will they not retaliate at all? It’s a fair question to ponder, but we will know the answer by the end of Thursday night’s contest or after the Dodgers visit Citi Field later this month.
Jacob deGrom pitched a solid game considering how the first inning started. The Dodgers tacked on two first inning runs on deGrom, which made it look like we may be in for a long night. That wasn’t the case however as deGrom buckled down and did enough to keep the game tied, as well as post a respectable line. As his last start in Dodger Field went during Game Five of the NLDS, deGrom allowed two first inning runs, but pitched six scoreless innings following the first inning. Stats like these are what make baseball such an interesting sport.
DeGrom also recieved a little help from teammate Yoenis Cespedes on a ball hit by Adrian Gonzalez to deep center field, in the bottom of the fifth that struck the top of the wall. Cespedes had played the ball off the wall and uncorked a throw to second base to nail Gonzalez by a few feet. All Mets fans were holding their collective breath in the top of the sixth, as Cespedes appeared to roll his left ankle as he was heading back to first base standing up on a pickoff attempt. Cespedes would lay on the ground for a couple of minutes while the trainer checked him out, but everything apparently checked out ok, as Cespedes would stay in the rest of the game. It was a close call to say the least.
Michael Conforto is a bit of a rut as he is 3-33 (.091) in his last 36 at-bats since the calendar turned. That includes 15 strikeouts in his last nine games played. It seems since Conforto faced Madison Bumgarner he’s been a bit out of sorts, but he’s young and has a good track record thus far, so I am sure he will work through this. Conforto more likely than not won’t be in the lineup Thursday against Clayton Kershaw, so he will have another shot to right the ship tomorrow before sitting again.
Hansel Robles was hung with the loss in the bottom of the ninth. After retiring the first two batters he faced, Robles would allow a walk-off solo home run to Dodgers pinch hitter Trayce Thompson. It was Thompson’s second home run against the Mets in as many days which is equally as frustrating. The Mets however still have a chance to win this series with two games remaining.
- The Mets and Dodgers will play the third game of their four game series tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 10:10 pm et. You can watch tomorrow night’s game on SNY.
- Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 2.58) will take the mound for the Mets, and oppose the most recent Japanese pitcher to come over to the states in right-hander Kenta Maeda (3-1, 1.66 ERA).