Legends On Deck

Mets Pound Out 21 Hits, En-Route To 15-2 Win Over Dodgers


Photo by Gabe Rodriguez

Something happened to the New York Mets lineup on Saturday, they finally woke up from what seemed like a season hibernation as they pounded out 21 hits enroute to a 15-2 thrashing of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles called up Zach Lee to make his MLB debut against the Mets offense that has failed to show up most days in July, but New York welcomed the rookie right hander to the bigs by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead.

Curtis Granderson walked to lead-off the inning, then after a single by Ruben Tejada, Grandy scored on a single by Daniel Murphy. Newest Met Kelly Johnson then followed with a single of his own loading the bases. Then rookie left fielder, Michael Conforto, who was called up from Double-A on Friday, recorded his first MLB hit on an infield single to the right of pitcher Lee, who could not throw out Conforto at first.  Tejada scored on the play to put the Mets up 2-0. Kirk Nieuwenhuis then followed with the Mets fifth single of the inning scoring Murphy and Johnson.

As Matt Harvey was shutting down the Dodgers offense, the Mets went back to work by adding another run in the bottom of the third when Conforto hit a two-out double, followed by a single by Nieuwenhuis scoring Conforto.

In the top of the fifth, the Dodgers finally scored a run on a solo shot off teh bat of Jimmy Rollins, his 11th on the season. But the Mets answered back with three runs of their own, first on Johnson’s first home run as a Met, a solo shot to right field, followed by another two-out double from Conforto.

After a pitching change by the Dodgers replacing Lee with Chin-hui Taso, Conforto scored on a double off the bat of Nieuwenhuis. After an intentional walk to Kevin Plawecki, Harvey made them pay by hitting a ball down the left field line, just past a diving Justin Turner for an RBI double to put the Mets up 8-1.

Lee lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits, while walking one and striking out three.

The Mets added seven more runs, five in the sixth and two in the seventh and after a 1-2-3 ninth from closer Jeurys Familia, New York earned a well deserved 15-2 rout of L.A.

Top Performers

Joc Pederson – 3 for 4, Double, HR, RBI
Jimmy Rollins – 2 for 3, HR, RBI

Ruben Tejada – 3 for 6, 3 R
Daniel Murphy – 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
Kelly Johnson – 2 for 6, 2 R, HR, RBI
Lucas Duda – 2 for 6, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Michael Conforto – 4 for 4, 4 R, 2 Doubles, RBI
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 4 for 4, 2 R, Double, 4 RBI
Matt Harvey – 2 for 4, Double, 2 RBI
Matt Harvey – 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Jenrry Mejia – 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K

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