Legends On Deck

Jacob deGrom 13 Ks, Murphy Home Run, Wright Clutch Hit, Mets Win 3-1

Murphy

Daniel Murphy hits clutch solo HR to put Mets up early. (ROB LEITER/MLB PHOTOS)

The New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers sent their Aces to the mound and it was one for the ages as both Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom brought their A game, and went toe to toe each inning keeping their teams in the game.

Each pitcher threw their pitches with ease, at times looking like not one batter would break through, but even when they ran into trouble, Kershaw and deGrom found ways to get out of an inning.  The only flaw on the night belonged to Kershaw as he gave up a bomb to Daniel Murphy in the top of the fourth to put the Mets up 1-0.

But the night belonged to both pitchers as they put on a clinic striking out batters left and right and keeping others off blanace.

Not much offense in the game as the Mets finished with five hits and the Dodgers had seven.

In the seventh, the Mets loaded the bases and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided it was time to pull Kershaw after 113 pitches and 11 K’s.

Next batter David Wright hit a screaming line drive up the middle scoring two runs to add to the Mets lead at 3-0.

As for deGrom he pitched through seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, walking just one and struck out 13 batters, which tied the franchise record for K’s in a postseason game. Last to do it was Tom Seaver in the 1973 NLCS.

Tyler Clippard gave up an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth to pull the Dodgers within 3-1. But Jeurys Familia was brought in to get a four out save and retired Justin Turner on a soft line drive to Murphy at first to end the inning.

In the ninth, Familia retired the Dodgers in order to secure the Mets first playoff victory in nine years and deGrom’s first in his playoff debut.

Game two will be played on Saturday night with first pitch at 9:00 pm.

Top Performers

Mets
Curtis Granderson – 2 for 3, BB
David Wright – 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Daniel Murphy – 1 for 4, HR, RBI
Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K

Dodgers
Howie Kendrick – 2 for 4, R
Justin Turner – 2 for 4
Clayton Kershaw -6.2 IP, 4 H, 3  R, 4 BB, 11 K

David Conde
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