The Dodgers completed their second series sweep in a row by finishing off the drowning Mets and sending them off to meet their next masters. The boys in blue now rule the NL West with a game and a half lead, with the second place Rockies coming to town for a weekend series starting tomorrow night.
But I’m getting slightly ahead of myself. Before I could write any of that, they had to defeat the Mets first, and they managed that feat tonight with their usual home run antics and utilizing the most unlikely method of scoring runs…walking them in.
Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound tonight. He went 5 innings with 5 hits. Ryu’s biggest problem tonight was being bit by the same home run bug that has helped the Dodgers so much lately. He gave up two solo dingers, and left the game with a 3-2 lead after five.
Ryu gave up a lead off home run to Curtis Granderson in the first and held the Mets scoreless for the next three innings. He struck out three and had plenty of help from the boys playing behind him. Kike Hernandez made an outstanding play in the second inning on a catch in CF and a throw to home plate to nail Duda and save a run.
Ryu gave up a second home run in the fifth and then he was done. I thought Kenta Maeda would come in for the long save, but the skipper decided to get cute and send in Chris Hatcher with a one-run lead. More on that stupidity in a minute.
We now return to the idiocy of pitching Chris Hatcher in a tight game. Hatcher walked a batter and gave up the tying run on a double . Hatcher managed to get out of the inning without any further damage. Sheesh!
Grant Dayton replaced Hatcher in the seventh, Pedro Baez and Luis Avilan came in for the eighth, and Kenley Jansen was needed for a four out save to close the game. That move with Hatcher led to a total of five additional pitchers to clean up his mess, when Kenta Maeda might have saved the pen a lot of that wear and tear. We’ll never know.
The game stayed tied until the bottom of the seventh and things got really interesting – for both teams. Joc Pederson started the party with a solo shot to break the 3-3 tie.
Logan Forsythe singled and then Chris Taylor walked. With two out Kike again came through with a big play – by not doing anything. He brilliantly took a too-close-to-take, two-strike pitch which gave him a full count. Hernandez then got ball four and he walked to load the bases. The stage was set.
Pedro Baez came up to the plate and he also kept his bat on his shoulder. Four pitches later, Baez was jogging to first base with a walk and Forsythe was jogging home with a free insurance run.
It was now 5-3, but the Mets weren’t done sucking.Austin Barnes walked to bring in another run to make it 6-3 and that’s where the score remained.
There was a bit of a scare in the eighth when Luis Avilan gave up a single and a walk. Kenley was brought in for the four out save, and things got dicey when an error led to the bases loaded. Fortunately Jansen got a pop up to end the inning, and the Mets went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
The game was over, the Mets were done, and the sweep completed.
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Lucky 7: Tonight was Kenley Jansen’s seventh appearance of more than one inning.
What???: Pedro Baez had more RBIs tonight (1) than Cody Bellinger.
Seven wins in a row, eight in a row at home, and the Big Blue Steamroller is chugging along. Bring on the Rockies!