It’s Chase Utley’s world, and we are all just living in it.
The Dodgers evened the series in Gotham after they demolished the Mets in a controversial win on Fox‘s Saturday national broadcast. Chase Utley continued his wonderful terrorization of the New York Mets as he slugged two home runs including a grand slam in the top of the seventh that put the Dodgers ahead by a 6-0 score. Utley drove in five of the Dodger’s nine runs in addition to Adrian Gonzalez, Corey Seager, and Howie Kendrick adding blasts of their own as the Dodgers defeated the Mets 9-1.
Dodgers 9 14 0
Mets 1 3 0
Met’s starter Noah Syndergaard was ejected from the game in the top of the third inning after throwing behind Utley. Home plate umpire Adam Hamari immediately tossed him without any warnings. It was hilariously entertaining as New York Manager Terry Collins came out to argue and was ejected as well. Right hander Logan Verrett replaced Syndergaard and threw 3.2 innings allowing two earned runs on four hits. The whole thing seemed ridiculous. The Mets still haven’t forgotten or gotten over the incident from the NLDS last year.
Dodger’s starter Kenta Maeda was hit in the hand by a line drive off the bat of Michael Conforto in the bottom of the first inning but fortunately was ok and able to stay in the game. Maeda was fine actually pitching better after the line drive. He stayed into pitch five innings and made 75 pitches before being removed for Adam Liberatore. Maeda allowed just two hits and struck out three picking up his first win in over a month.
The two clubs were locked into a scoreless duel until the sixth inning. The Dodgers had a chance to score earlier in the game when Justin Turner doubled and advanced to third on a Corey Seager ground out. However Turner was running on contact on the next at-bat which happened to be a Trayce Thompson grounder. Turner was tagged out at the plate and the Dodgers didn’t score. Thompson ended up injuring his back and had to come out of the game in the next frame. Puig replaced him in right field.
The Dodger’s offense didn’t strike first until the top of the sixth inning. They scored twice in the sixth frame, four more runs in the seventh, and added two more in the top of the eighth. Met’s public enemy number one Utley homered off of Verrett to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers picked up another run when Adrian Gonzalez doubled and then scored on an RBI single from Yasiel Puig. Gonzo may have been thrown out at the plate but Puig assured the run scored by forcing the Met’s defense to focus on tagging him out between first and second.
The Dodgers blew the game wide open in the top of the seventh. Joc Pederson led off the inning with a double. Howie Kendrick singled him to third, and stole second base on the next pitch. Yasmani Grandal was walked to load the bases. The Mets make a pitching change and replace left hander Antonio Bastardo with right hander Hansel Robles. Utley extended his middle finger to the Mets and New York by crushing a grand slam home run into the right center field bullpen. It was quite enjoyable. The Dodgers took a 6-0 lead.
The Dodgers added three more runs in the top of the eighth inning off of solo shots from Gonzo, Seager and Howie Kendrick. The Dodger bullpen tossed four innings of one-run ball. Adam Liberatore, J.P. Howell, Casey Fien, and Chris Hatcher all threw an inning of relief to secure the Dodger win.
What a sweet victory this was. Seeing the looks on the faces of the Met’s fans when Utley hit that grand slam was priceless. The two clubs conclude the series tomorrow night on ESPN Sunday night baseball. Clayton Kershaw will counter fatman Bartolo Colon in the rubber game at 5:05 PM.