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Young Arms And Murphy’s Bat Send Mets To NLCS

Mets win

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It all came down to one game! With a trip to the National League Championship Series on the line, the New York Mets faced the LA Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Thursday night. Jacob deGrom dueled Zack Greinke in an epic Game 5  “winner take all” situation.

The Mets got on the board first, when Curtis Granderson singled on a ground ball to third baseman Justin Turner, which he beat out, then scored on an RBI double by Daniel Murphy to put the Mets up early 1-0.

The Dodgers then countered in the bottom of the first, with an RBI single on a line drive to right to send home Corey Seager to tie the game at one run a piece. The Dodgers then took a one run lead with a RBI single by Andre Ethier plating Adrian Gonzalez.

Daniel Murphy showed his smart base running skills in the fourth, he first singled on a ground ball to right and when Lucas Duda walked, he not only advanced to second but was also able to steal an uncovered third base to put himself in scoring position. That high baseball IQ then paid off dividends when Travis d’Arnaud hit a sac fly allowing Murphy to score and tie the game at 2.

Murphy wasn’t done just yet, because he hit his third home run of the NLCS on a line drive to right in the top of the sixth, to put New York up 3-2. Greinke battled through the seventh inning before he was chased from the game with two outs, after allowing three runs on six hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts.

Jacob deGrom went six innings allowing two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out seven. He was then relieved by fellow starter Noah Syndergaard, who pitched a clean seventh inning throwing his signature 100 MPH fastball mixed in with an 84 MPH breaking ball, just deadly to the hitters.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia was called on to get six outs and in the eighth he retired the Dodgers in order, even coming up to bat with two men on in the top of the ninth, after Juan Lagares doubled and Wilmer Flores was intentionally walked by LA’s Kenley Jansen, but, he struck out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Chase Utley entered the game as a pinch-hitter for rookie Joc Pederson. Utley didn’t play in games three or four and was appealing his two game suspension after the collision at second base with the Mets’ Ruben Tejada, who suffered a broken right leg in Game 2. Utley who was previously 3 for 3 against Familia flew out to right field. A.J. Ellis then struck out and Familia struck out Howie Kendrick on three pitches to send the Mets to the next round.

The Mets will now host the Chicago Cubs this weekend in the NLCS, the first time these two teams will have ever met in the postseason.

Game Notes

Two of Murphy’s home runs have come off of Clayton Kershaw and the third off of Greinke.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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