So Cody Bellinger didn’t hit a home run tonight. You are probably wondering what’s wrong with him, that bum. I mean come on, no home runs in his last five at-bats!? He only hit a double in four at-bats tonight. Total bust that kid. I joke of course, but it’s almost odd now if Bellinger goes an entire game without hitting a home run.
You may also be wondering what’s wrong with the Mets too. Well they’re bad. They can’t pitch, and the Dodgers have scored like 800 runs against them in this series with one game left to play. It doesn’t matter who the Mets put on the mound, the Dodgers will hit them.
The Dodgers beat up on the Mets again tonight, knocking them off in the third game of this four game series by an 8-2 score. The Dodgers hit three more home runs to give them 98 on the season and 31 over their last dozen games or so. The Dodgers have now won six in a row and with the Snakes defeating the Rockies, move back into sole possession of first place in the NL West by a half game.
The Dodgers scored eight runs on only seven hits, but three of them were home runs. Yasiel Puig’s three-run home run wasn’t met with great kindness from the Mets, but it broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning breaking a 1-1 tie.
Mets 2 7 2
Dodgers 8 7 1
Rich five innings and done Hill turned in what could be considered his finest performance of 2017. The left hander who is now importing a brand new off-speed pitch into his repertoire which is a combination between a cutter and slider tossed his usual five innings. But he allowed just one run on four hits walked three and struck out eight. He also drove in a run with a scoring fly ball. The Met’s opposing starter newly recalled Tyler Pill gave up five earned runs on six hits and struck out six across six frames. The 27-year old right hander walked three and took the loss.
The game didn’t start out well when Curtis Granderson hit the second pitch of the game out of the park to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead before the chairs were warm. Then Wilmer Flores doubled, but after that Hill was able to settle in and find his groove retiring the next seven New York hitters.
Second Grandal bomb…….
The Dodgers tied the game in the third thanks to some sloppy New York defense. After Joc Pederson drew a walk, T.J. Rivera made a low throw on Puig’s slow roller to third and Flores was unable to pick it. Hill’s sacrifice fly to center brought in Joc with the tying run.
In the top of the fourth inning Hill escaped a bases loaded mess by striking out three in a row. A lead-off walk to Jay Bruce, a single from Travis d’Arnaud and a hilariously annoying pop-fly catch error from Chase Utley loaded the bases. It was no problem for Hill, especially since opposing hitters were only 6 for 38 against him with runners in scoring position this season. So he whiffed Jose Reyes, Gavin Cecchini, and Pill to get out of the jam. That was quite a high-wire act!
The Dodgers scored four in the bottom of the fourth to jump out to a 5-1 lead. Bellinger doubled to right. Then Logan Forsythe’s double scored Cody to put the Dodgers ahead 2-1. The fun wasn’t over. After Yasmani Grandal lined out, (Grandal would hit two home runs later in the game) Joc was intentionally walked. Puig then crushed a three-run home run into the left field pavilion to put the Dodgers ahead by a 5-1 score.
Puig stood at the plate for a minute to admire his beautiful home run. Needless to say the Mets were not very pleased with the way Puig watched his home run go out. A couple of the Mets had some words for him as he rounded the bases. Puig used some pleasantries to show the Mets just how he felt about their sensitive feelings. He should have just given them the finger.
In the bottom of the sixth Grandal blasted his first of two home runs on the night. His second shot came in the bottom of the eighth. The Dodgers have now scored eight or more runs in five consecutive games. That is quite impressive.
The Dodgers are now 47-26 and move into first place. With Colorado losing 16-5 to the Snakes, the Dodgers jump a half game ahead of the Rockies in the NL West. The Dodgers go for a four-game series sweep over the Mets on Thursday evening. Hyun-jin Ryu will take on Steven Matz in the series finale.