It was Game One of a weekend series in the Big Apple, and there was plenty on the plate. It was the first chance for Citi Field fans to see Chase Utley since the bitter NLCS of last season, and of course, the debut of the teen-aged phenom, Julio Urias.
Oh yeah, some guy named Jacob deGrom pitched for the Mets. This is how it played out.
Here’s what happened with the first four batters to face Urias:
Curtis Granderson – K looking (bit of a high strike)
Asorubal Cabrera – He hit a double, deep to LF (Advanced to 3rd on WP)
David Wright – K
Walker hit another double. Mets 1-0
Single – score 2 more. Mets 3-1
Just first inning jitters, right?
Julio Urias bunted (deGrom Error ) to load the bases.
Chase Utley – Sac fly to bring Yasiel Puig home. 3-1
At 2 2/3 innings, with the bases loaded, and after 81 pitches, Urias’ debut was done.
Chris Hatcher in.
He got deGrom for the third out.
6th inning Mets 4-1
This time Joe Blanton gave up the solo homer. 5-1
7th inning Mets 5-1
The Dodgers handed deGrom an easy six pitch inning. Actually, they’d given him an easy seven innings total.
9th inning Mets 5-1
Adrian Gonzalez base hit.
Howie Kendrick little nubber hit.
One out, base hit Yasiel Puig. Bases loaded.
Yasmani Grandal walked to bring in Gonzo. 5-2
Bases still loaded for Trayce Thompson. K for 2 out.
Chase Utley came up and blasted a gapper!
Bases cleared! Tie score! 5-5
Pedro Baez in.
Baez grooved one to Curtis Granderson. Right down Broadway. What do you think he did with it?
Ka-Boom! 6-5 walk off home run.
Dodgers lost 6-5
Julio Urias gave up three runs in the first inning, and he didn’t even make it out of the second. Some might call that a failure. While it certainly was anticlimactic, I think Urias did fairly well considering the circumstances surrounding his hurried debut.
He was rushed into the start. He had to fly cross-country into hostile territory, and barely had a New York minute to get familiar with his coaches and catchers. Throw in a teenager’s first time in NYC, and I’m surprised the kid didn’t puke his guts out before throwing the first pitch! He did well enough, considering.
As for the rest of the Dodgers, they were their usual non-hitting selves for the better part of the game. It was 0’s in the 1,2,4,5,6,7, and 8th innings.
They had a great 9th inning that was capped off by the Mets’ enemy, Chase Utley. Unfortunately, the excitement, drama and happiness – as well as the win – were all destroyed by the Dodgers’ enemy – themselves.
I sure wish we had another rookie phenom to try out tomorrow.
Julio Urias went 2 /3 innings with 5 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 3 Ks. ERA 10.13
Double: Chase Utley
Team with RISP: 2 for 10 More of the same.