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Dodgers 6, Mets 0: Kershaw'd

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What started as a pitchers' duel turned into an ugly game for Dillon Gee and the Mets. After winning the first three games of the series and four in a row, a loss with Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers isn't the end of the world, but the fashion in which the Mets lost was not particularly enjoyable.

The lone run of the first five innings of the game came in the bottom of the second after Gee hit Juan Uribe with a pitch with one out. James Loney grounded a ball off the leg of Gee, and Gee picked it up with plenty of time to at get at least one out. He awkwardly attempted to throw the ball in the general direction of second base, but his flailing effort resulted in first-and-third with nobody out. 

Then came the human umpire. Aaron Miles hit a fly ball to shallow left field, and although the fact that Jason Bay threw out Uribe at the plate should have been blatantly obvious to the home plate umpire, he called Uribe safe.

For a while, it felt like the first run would be the only run of the game, but Gee's night got much worse in the sixth inning. Tony Gwynn singled to begin the inning, but it looked like he'd be easily thrown out in his attempt to steal second. Ronny Paulino's throw had other plans and sailed far wide of the base and into the outfield. 

After Jamey Carroll grounded out harmlessly, Gee got lit up. A walk to Andre Ethier was followed by doubles by Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe, adding three runs to the Dodgers' lead.

With the way Kershaw was pitching that was more than enough, but the Dodgers weren't done. James Loney struck out, but Aaron Miles doubled to score Uribe, and Gee's night was over. The Acostalypse came into the game and promptly gave up a triple to Dioner Navarro before finally ending the inning on a ground ball off the bat of Kershaw. The score was 6-0.

The Mets didn't threaten to score until the eighth and ninth innings, loading the bases in each but failing to score in either. For what it's worth, Acosta and Jason Isringhausen kept the Dodgers off the board for the rest of the game, too.

The Mets begin their series in San Francisco tomorrow night with R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Mets and Ryan Vogelsong on the mound for the Giants.

SB Nation Coverage

* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* True Blue LA Gamethread

Win Probability Added

Big winners: Ruben Tejada, +2.2% WPA
Big losers: Dillon Gee, -12.4% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Jamey Caroll flies out, Tony Gwynn doubled off at first in the third inning, +4.5% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Matt Kemp two-run double in the sixth, -11.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -11.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: -38.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Aaron Miles

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by astromets; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 astromets 94
2 MetsFan4Decades 81
3 NetsMets4Life 79
4 dirtybirdie 76
5 robotoverlord 76
6 sj10689 71
7 Steve Schreiber 70
8 CTRefJay 65
9 TKFJ 58
10 Spike Davis 57