The moment Dodger fans have been anticipating for the last week finally arrived. Yu Darvish made his Dodger debut on Friday evening against the Mets at Citi Field. Darvish’s debut featured a marquee pitching match-up between Darvish and New York ace Jacob deGrom. Darvish dazzled tossing seven scoreless frames and struck out 10 while deGrom lasted just five innings as the Dodgers pounded the Mets 6-0 in the series opener.
The Dodger bats hit three more home runs (Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, Chase Utley) and have now hit 18 against the Mets in five games. Seager had 3 hits including a home run, and Chase Utley continues to terrorize the Mets. All in all it was a great night for the Dodgers. They have now won 42 of their last 49 games. One more win tomorrow and they will surpass the 50-game stretch of 42-8 from the 2013 club.
Dodgers 6 7 0
Mets 0 4 0
Getting back to Darvish, he was magnificent. The 6’6 220 pound right hander looked great in a Dodger uniform. As I tried to come up with as many Darvish puns on twitter that I could come up with, Darvish was dominating the Mets. He can really do it all. He can throw a fastball in the upper 90’s. He can spin a breaking ball, throw a slider and he has many different weapons at his disposal. He’s quite a pitcher and we are lucky to have him for the rest of the season.
He struggled a little bit in the first inning, allowing a single and a walk. However he struck out Asdrubal Cabrera, got Yoenis Cespedes to fly out and snared a Curtis Granderson line drive with cat-like reflexes to get out of it. Darvish racked up two more strike outs in the second frame, (Amed Rosario, Neil Walker) and two more in the bottom of the third as he settled in quickly.
Darvish rolled through the bottom of the fourth with a 1-2-3 inning and pitched around a single and stolen base from the Met’s new athletic and flashy prospect Rosario. Darvish ended his night by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning. The new Dodger allowed just 3 hits across seven frames while striking out ten Mets.
Darvish pitching line : 7 IP 3 H 0 ER 10 K 1BB 99 pitches.
On the other side, the Dodger bats punished deGrom, knocking him out of the box after just five frames. Chris Taylor led off the game with a solo home run, (number 14) and Yasiel Puig added a solo shot of his own in the top of the second. After deGrom struck out the side in the fourth frame, the Dodgers plated a third run in the fifth. In that frame consecutive singles from Taylor and Seager followed by a Justin Turner run scoring double-play put the Dodgers ahead by a 3-0 score.
The Dodgers scored two more runs in the sixth inning. Chase Utley smashed a two-run home run into the upper deck to dish out more suffering to the Mets. The two-run blast gave the Dodgers a 5-0 lead. Utley has truly been enemy number 1 in Gotham. Utley has destroyed the Mets over his career. That’s his 38th career home run against the Mets, and 14th at Citi Field. If you count the seven homers he hit at the old Shea Stadium that gives him 21 in New York. He’s hit more home runs at only two other stadiums (Dodger Stadium, Citizen’s Bank). Check out these numbers because they’re extraordinary.
Utley vs. Mets
.282/.375/.525 38 home runs 114 RBI .900 OPS
Utley at Citi Field
.294/.373/.555 14 home runs 49 RBI .927 OPS
Utley’s most career home runs by Ball Park
Citizen’s Bank 129
Dodger Stadium 18
Citi Field/Shea Stadium 21
My goodness that’s some serious ownage going on there. Anyways the Dodgers won 6-0 and improve to 77-32. their magical season goes on as Rich Hill will battle Seth Lugo tomorrow afternoon on Fox. This is one hell of a team people.
Oh and Joc did this to end the game…..For anyone who says that Joc can’t play defense….well……
Quite a season we have here folks.