In a game with two marquee pitchers on the mound, it was the Dodgers’ ace who emerged victorious in the City of Angels. As for the Mets, it was the bullpen who stood out and not for the right reasons.
The Mets were winning 3-2 heading into the sixth inning, but the lead evaporated quicker than rain on a hot summer day. Tyler Bashlor got the first out to start the inning and then the slim lead was gone when Chris Taylor hit a solo home run. Bashlor would then depart after not recording another out. Daniel Zamora relieved him and allowed all the runners to score on a pinch-hit home run by Enrique Hernandez. It did not stop there.
After loading the bases with one out, Zamora hit Corey Seager to bring in the fifth run of the inning. Alex Verdugo finally made the second out but it came on a sacrifice fly. Wilmer Font finally came in and ended the madness but not after six runs scored and twelve Dodgers batted.
Getting down big against this team is a daunting task but the Mets did well to attempt a comeback. Adeiny Hechavarria hit a two-run home run to inch the Mets closer in the eighth but all night long the story was the Mets on the basepaths. With the bases loaded that inning JD Davis hit a ball to the outfield which should have been a sacrifice fly. Instead Cody Bellinger threw out Carlos Gomez at third before a run could cross the plate. Inning and rally over.
Gomez was the third runner the Dodgers threw out on the basepaths. Both Michael Conforto and Tomas Nido were thrown out at home earlier in the game. Nido’s was especially egregious since one batter later, J.D. Davis hit a home run to give the Mets their short-lived lead.
Another one of the issues in this game was the fact the Mets needed to go to their bullpen so early. Jacob deGrom kept it together for five innings but he had absolutely nothing and his pitch count rose very high very fast. It seemed every Dodger had a long at bat against him. He limited the damage in his usual deGrom way but going to the bullpen in the sixth was where the game was lost. It was interesting to note in a morbid sort of way that even with nothing deGrom limited the potent Dodger offense to two runs in five innings. The bullpen gave up six in one inning.
All-in-all, despite the Mets actually scoring five runs in a game Clayton Kershaw started, it was very apparent that Los Angeles outclassed the Mets in every facet of the game. Defense, pitching, and obviously offense were leagues better than the Mets. They were relentless and it is hard to envision the Mets keeping pace with them this series.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: None
Big losers: Daniel Zamora -35.4%, Tyler Baslor -25.3%, Juan Lagares -10.2%
Total pitcher WPA: -60.1%
Total batter WPA: +10.1%
Teh aw3s0mest play: J.D. Davis home run in fifth
Teh sux0rest play: Enrique Hernandez home run in sixth