Last night, Clayton Kershaw got the best of the Mets. Over seven innings, the Mets were held to just one run in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS. The series is all squared at two heading back to L.A. for Game 5 on Thursday night.
For the Mets, Steven Matz got the ball to make his first career postseason start. One bad inning in the third led to all three Dodgers runs, more than Kershaw would need. In front of his parents and a roaring Citi Field crowd, Matz was able to finish off five innings, keeping the Mets in the game.
There was another Bartolo Colon relief appearance and he was stellar once again, this time keeping the Dodgers scoreless over two innings.
It wasn't an ideal night for the Mets and their fans, but they move on to a do-or-die Game 5 on Thursday night. Here are some of the highlights from last night.
Here's Matz picking up his first career postseason strikeout.
Adrian Gonzalez got the Dodgers on the board first with an RBI single, with the support of Magic Johnson.
They padded their lead with a two-run double from former Met and current tormentor Justin Turner.
The lone run from the Mets came off the bat of Daniel Murphy, who hit his second home run of the series. In the regular season, Murphy hit one home run against lefties all year. In this series he has hit two, both off of Kershaw.
The seventh inning has been the trouble spot for Kershaw in his postseason career, and it appeared as though it was happening again after he misplayed this Yoenis Cespedes grounder. But to no avail as the Mets couldn't take advantage of the miscue.
Kershaw got some help defensively from both Justin Turner and Corey Seager.
David Wright made a nice play in foul territory to end the top of the eighth.
Kenley Jansen entered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and earned the four-out save to seal the win for the Dodgers.
It's never easy being a Mets fan, so a Game 5 should probably have been assumed. Off to L.A. for Jacob deGrom vs. Zack Greinke for all the marbles.