Legends On Deck

Dodgers Force Game 5 Behind Ace Kershaw

Dodgers win


Dodgers Ace Clayton Kershaw led his teammates on Tuesday to a Game four 3-1 victory over the Mets to force a Game Five match-up with an opportunity to meet the Cubs in the NLCS.

On Monday, the Mets pounded the Dodgers pitchers for 13 runs, but against Kershaw they could only muster up three hits in his seven strong innings as Kershaw freely threw a mix of pitchers keeping the Mets off-balance all night long.

In the first, lead off batter Curtis Granderson lined a 3-2 count into Howie Kendricks glove at second base for the first out.  after a walk to David Wright, Kershaw retired both Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes to end the inning.

On the other side of the diamond, hometown hero and rookie Steven Matz was making his postseason debut, even though he hadn’t pitched in a major league game since September 24th.

Matz retired the Dodgers in order in the first and worked around a one-out walk in the second to keep pace with Kershaw.  But in the third the Mets rookie lefty would allow on an RBI single from Adrian Gonzalez and a two-run double from ex-Met Justin Turner. Matz settled down and didn’t allow a run for the rest of his outing, lasting five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four.

As for Kershaw, after the first inning walk to Wright, he retired the next nine straight Mets he faced before giving up a solo shot to Daniel Murphy that pulled the Mets within two runs at 3-1.  But the Dodgers lefty settled down and didn’t allow a run for his seven innings of work.

The Mets were unable to get anything going against Kershaw, nor the Dodgers bullpen and closer Kenley Jansen came into the game in the bottom of the eighth looking to record a four out save. He was able to get out of a jam in the eighth where the Mets had two base runners on, but Murphy flied out to right to end the inning.

In the ninth, Jansen was in total control as he retired the Mets in order to force the pivotal Game Five.

Top Performers

Enrique Hernandez – 2 for 4
Justin Turner – 1 for 3, Double, 2 RBI
Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K

Daniel Murphy – 1 for 4, HR, RBI
Bartolo Colon – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


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