Just put that on the bill, and it’s enough to get us interested. Here’s how the game played out.
Nothing much through the first two, but in the top of the
Syndergaard took Maeda deep for a solo home run.
Corey Seager then got a hold of one and returned the favor to tie the game at one.
4th inning Game tied 1-1
Maeda pitch check: 1 run, 51 pitches.
Yasmani Grandal belted a lead off homer into the all-you-can-gorge pavilion. 2-1
With two on, and the bunt not working out, Syndergaard went to a full swing and blasted a 3-run homer. Mets 4-2
7th inning Mets 4-2
Adam Liberatore in, but quickly gave up a single and a double.
With bases loaded and two out, the skipper went to Louis Coleman. Apparently, Dodger fans were going to be treated to the full bullpen show tonight.
Coleman got the final out and kept things quiet.
Also keeping things quiet, the Dodgers’ bats. Syndergaard had retired 10 in a row at this point on 86 pitches.
8th inning Mets 4-2
Joe Blanton in.
The non-hit parade continued as Blanton shut them down.
But the big question, would the non-hitting continue on the Dodgers’ side?
9th inning Mets 4-2
Blanton back again.
He did the job and we headed to the ninth.
Adrian Gonzalez – Dodgers double!
Yasmani Grandal – 4-3 out
Joc Pederson – 4-3 into the shift. Run scored.
Yasiel Puig – three pitch strike out.
Dodgers lost 4-3.
Maeda did not help himself tonight as he gave up all four runs, with two home runs by the opposing pitcher. The Dodger bats also were quiet through the night.
As I tweeted earlier, I would have preferred Joc to hit directly behind Gonzo, and not Grandal. We were also treated to the $20 million useless man in left field, while last night’s hero, Trayce Thompson, sat on the bench. Manager Dave Roberts did the same thing to Joc Pederson when his bat was “home run hot” as well.
The speculation that Roberts’ hands are tied, and lineups are being set by the F.O., is picking up steam. Many of our LADR readers, and Scott himself, loudly proclaim the team to be lousy, and at best mediocre. While they are not the ’27 Yankees, I don’t think this team is as bad as all that. They are however, as bad as the silly lineups and benched hot players make them.
One positive tonight: we saw almost everyone in the bullpen, and they all did their jobs, holding the Mets scoreless. Game four of the series tomorrow night.
Kenta Maeda (3-2) went 5 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 3 Ks, 2 home runs. ERA 2.30
Home runs: Seager, Grandal
Double: Adrian Gonzalez