The Dodgers needed a stellar performance from Clayton Kershaw last night in order to keep their season alive, and they got one from their ace. Whatever narrative there was about Kershaw's inability to pitch in the postseason went away after the reigning NL MVP put together seven innings of one run baseball. The Mets were befuddled but impressed.
"I don’t think anybody was going to out-pitch Clayton Kershaw tonight," Wright said.
On three days' rest, Kershaw kept the Mets hitting off-balance the entire night; the only blemish on his résumé being a Daniel Murphy home run in the fourth inning. Kershaw was painting the corners and when he did make mistakes, the Mets were only able to foul them off and not capitalize on opportunities.
Now the Mets will have to travel back to L.A. and take on Zack Greinke in a winner-take-all Game 5. The Mets will counter Greinke with their ace, Jacob deGrom.
"It would have been nice to win here," catcher Travis d’Arnaud said. "But we’re happy to get one. It’s going to be a fun and exciting Game 5, and I’m sure everyone’s going to be real antsy and ready to play."