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Game of the Week Recap: Mets Defeat Dodgers 6-5

This week’s “Game of the Week” was a very entertaining showdown between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets. The game featured starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and recent call up Julio Urias who made his MLB debut. On a night where Citi Field celebrated the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets, the current squad gave the home crowd even more to cheer about. The first of the three-game series between the Dodgers vs Mets ended in a 6-5 New York victory.

The Mets opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Asdrubal Cabrera scored after Neil Walker hit a fly ball to left field that resulted in a double. Juan Lagares then hit a single that drove home Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker. New York finished the first inning with an early 3-0 lead.

Dodgers’ Urias had a difficult MLB debut but he has undeniable talent. In his debut, Urias allowed five hits, three runs, and posted a 10.13 ERA in 2.2 innings pitched. The 19-year-old has a ton of upside and a bright future so it will be interesting to watch his MLB career unfold in the seasons ahead.

Los Angeles got on the scoreboard during the top of the third inning. Chase Utley hit a sacrifice fly to center. This allowed Yasiel Puig to score making it a 3-1 ballgame.

David Wright extended his home run streak in the bottom of the fourth. Wright hit a pitch from Dodgers’ Chris Hatcher into center field giving the Mets the 4-1 lead. Wright has hit a home run in each of his last three games. Lagares added another home run in the bottom of the fifth to extend New York’s lead to a 5-1 score.

Met’s pitcher deGrom pitched for seven innings on Friday night. The 27-year-old had a decent night allowing just three hits and one run. Out of 100 pitches, deGrom threw 58 strikes, struck out seven batters, and he finished the game with a 2.81 ERA.

New York maintained their 5-1 lead until the top of the ninth inning. Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia entered the game in the ninth and he had a tough night. With the bases loaded, Familia walked Los Angeles’ Yasmani Grandal which brought Adrian Gonzalez in for the score. Utley then hit a double which drove home Howie Kendrick, Yasiel Puig, and Grandal for the Dodgers. Los Angeles rallied to tie the game at 5-5 as Familia allowed four hits and four runs in the ninth inning.

Curtis Granderson hit first for the Mets in the bottom of the ninth. After a strike thrown by Dodgers’ pitcher Pedro Baez, Granderson hit a walk-off home run to right field which sealed the 6-5 victory for New York. Despite his tough night, Familia earned the victory for New York while Baez got the loss.

The win pushed the Mets back into a tie for first place with the Washington Nationals in the NL East. Los Angeles currently sits 4.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

 

Top Performers

Los Angeles Dodgers

Adrian Gonzalez: 2-4

Chase Utley: 1-2, 4 RBI

 

New York Mets

Juan Lagares: 3-4, 3 RBI

Neil Walker: 2-4, RBI

 

Game Notes

Urias became the youngest pitcher since Felix Hernandez with the Seattle Mariners in 2005 and the youngest Dodgers starting pitcher since Dick Calmus in 1963.

Granderson’s walk-off home run for the Mets was the second of his career. He hit his other walk-off homer was when he was a member Detroit Tigers in 2005.

 

What’s Next

The Dodgers and Mets will play two more games in their series. Los Angeles’ pitcher Kenta Maeda and New York’s Noah Syndergaard are the probable starters for the next game on Saturday night. The projected starters for Sunday’s game include Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers and Bartolo Colon for the Mets.

After this series, New York will host another three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Los Angeles will play a four-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

Tim Olewniczak

Tim is a proud alumnus of the University at Buffalo and a published historian. He previously wrote for TheHockeyWriters.com where he covered the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. He has been writing for Legends On Deck since April 2015 covering the Baltimore Orioles.