The final game of the Dodgers-Mets weekend lovefest featured Clayton Kershaw vs Bartolo Colón.
Both teams were coming off emotionally charged wins. The Mets taking the first game when Chase Utley‘s 9th inning heroics were thrown away by Pedro Baez‘s 9th inning mistake. The Dodgers won the second game when Chase Utley rose again to crush Mets fans hopes with an offensive show with two home runs, one of them a New York-sized grand slam.
It was the rubber match, and everyone was waiting to see which team would rise to the top.
We pick things up in the third inning.
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Lead off single for Chase Utley.
Base hit, Corey Seager
Justin Turner weak ground ball to short. Score Utley 1-0
4th inning Dodgers 1-0
Kershaw left a mistake pitch over the middle of the plate that was tagged for a double. Otherwise, he continued his dominance. 7 Ks on 57 pitches at this point.
5th inning Dodgers 1-0
Kershaw’s bat broke while swinging, and the barrel of the bat swung around to hit him on the side of his neck. It looked painful, but Kershaw stayed in the game.
Corey Seager base hit.
JT base hit.
Adrian Gonzalez delivered with a base hit to score Seager. 2-0
6th inning Dodgers 2-0
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a home run. 2-1
9th inning Tie score 2-2
Enrique Hernandez, brought in with Liberatore in the Kershaw switch, singled.
Corey Seager walked.
Justin Turner walked to load the bases for the Butter and Eggs man.
Dodgers Win! 4-2
This New York series had everything. Debuts by teen-aged phenoms, revenge pitches, tossed managers, grand slams, come-from-behinds, blown leads, and best of all, more Dodger wins than Mets wins.
The Dodgers were burned twice in the series by the bullpen, but this game’s bullpen mistake could have been avoided. Kershaw was over 100 pitches when Roberts lifted him, but I fail to see the logic in lifting the best left hander on the planet to bring in another left hander specifically to face a left-handed batter. Liberatore is better than Kershaw? He’s better than a four-out save from Kenley?
On a positive note, the Dodgers’ were saved tonight by a guy who needed to put up some clutch RBIs, Adrian Gonzalez. His power is still mostly MIA, but the man can hit, and he came through in the ninth inning, right when his club needed him.
There are LADR readers who advocate for trading Agone, but tonight’s game is exactly why the Dodgers should hold on to him for dear life. Gonzalez is clutch, and his bat is going to be needed plenty more as the season goes on.
Clayton Kershaw went 7 2/3 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, no walks, 10 K’s, 1 home run. ERA 1.56
Double: Joc Pederson
Team with RISP: 2 for 9 Not improving.