Playing in their first postseason game since 2006, the Mets defeated the Dodgers 3-1 on Friday evening at Dodger Stadium. On an extremely hot evening, the Mets managed to be even hotter. Matching up against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the odds were strong that it would be a low-scoring game and this certainly proved to be true. In the midst of a scoreless tie leading off the fourth inning, Daniel Murphy stepped to the plate and managed to take a 2-0 mistake from Kershaw and do this with it:
Now armed with a 1-0 lead, Jacob deGrom continued to throw outstanding ball. Over seven scoreless innings, deGrom tossed 120 pitches and struck out 13, tying Tom Seaver's Mets postseason record for strikeouts in a game, set by The Franchise in the 1973 NLCS:
Even with deGrom dealing, a 1-0 lead is never comfortable, especially in the postseason. The top of the seventh inning found the Mets mounting a rally against Kershaw, who walked three batters in the frame to load the bases with two outs. After the third walk, to Curtis Granderson, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly somewhat surprisingly removed Kershaw in favor of reliever Pedro Baez. After getting ahead in the count, David Wright came through in a huge way:
Despite Tyler Clippard allowing a run in the 8th inning, Jeurys Familia came on for a dominant four out save to get the Mets their first playoff victory in nine years, a gigantic one against arguably the best pitcher in the majors, all while having to face Zack Greinke on Saturday. What a win!
During the postgame press conference, deGrom, Wright, and Murphy got involved in a little victory highjinks: