Monday, October 12, 2015

The New York Mets lose the game and also their shortstop

The New York Mets were defeated in game two of the NLDS on Saturday night.  The game took place at Dodger Stadium and the final score was 5-2 Dodgers.  Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets and pitched well and Curtis Granderson led the offense with a couple of hits. 

Syndergaard pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up five hits and three runs with four walks and nine strikeouts.  Bartolo Colon gave up a run without recording an out, Addison Reed pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run and Jon Niese pitched to one batter and struck him out.  Hansel Robles pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts. 

Zack Greinke pitched seven innings giving up five hits and two runs with no walks and eight strikeouts.  Greinke got the win.  Chris Hatcher pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts and Kenley Jansen saved the game pitching an inning with a walk and a strikeout. 

Granderson had two hits and drew a walk, Daniel Murphy had a hit and Yoenis Cespedes had a hit and an RBI.  Michael Conforto had a hit and an RBI, Cespedes and Conforto each hit a homerun.  The Mets were 0-2 with runners in scoring position and left one men on base.  Murphy was caught stealing. 

Howie Kendrick had a hit and an RBI, Adrian Gonzalez had a hit and two RBI and Justin Turner had two hits and an RBI.  Andre Ethier had a hit, an RBI and drew two walks.  Enrique Hernandez had a hit and drew two walks, Chase Utley had a hit and Turner hit two doubles.  Ethier and Gonzlez each hit a double and the Dodgers were 4-12 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Crawford and Hernandez each had a stolen base. 

In the second Cespedes hit a solo homerun to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.  In the second Conforto hit a solo homerun to extend the lead to 2-0 Mets.  In the fourth Ethier hit an RBI double to cut the lead to 2-1.  In the seventh the Dodgers tied the game at two with a fielder's choice.  The play resulted in a violent collision at second base and the shortstop Tejada leaving with a broken leg.  Gonzalez hit an RBI double to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead, Turner hit an RBI double to make it 5-2 and that would be the final score of the game. 

The two teams have split the first two games in the best of five series.  The third game will be at Citi Field in New York on Monday night with game four to follow on Tuesday night and then if game five is needed it will be back in Los Angeles on Thursday night.  The big play of this game was the takeout slide by Utley and the resulting broken leg by Tejada the shortstop of the Mets.  This will continue to draw a lot of discussion and debate and maybe even result in a rule change so stay tuned.  Utley was suspended two games but is appealing and awaiting on the appeal to be heard so he can continue to play.   

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