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Final Score: Dodgers 9, Mets 1—Utley plays the role of villain once again

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Remember the warm, nostalgic, happy feelings you felt during the pre-game ceremony honoring the 1986 Mets? Those evaporated quickly thanks to home plate umpire Adam Hamari and Chase Utley. Noah Syndergaard had been criticized for throwing in the vicinity of Alcides Escobar's head to make a statement, so tonight he pulled a Shawn Estes on Chase Utley and threw behind him in the third inning. Hamari promptly threw him out which incensed Terry Collins, who earned himself an ejection along with his pitcher.

Syndergaard unfortunately took any excitement the game promised to the clubhouse with him. Like a balloon slowly deflating, the crowd went quiet and so did the Mets' offense against Dodgers' starter Kenta Maeda. The lone bright spot for the Mets was Juan Lagares who hit a home run in two straight games.

Logan Verrett pitched admirably in Thor's absence but since once again Utley slithered away unpunished, he retaliated in his own way by hitting two home runs on the night, one being a grand slam off Hansel Robles. Revenge denied and now, anger quite possibly increased because of a decision by one umpire in an era where baseball "wants to get it right". A night that started off memorable ended memorably for all the wrong reasons for the Mets.

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