L.A. Dodgers vs. New York Mets: Live Score, Analysis of Matt Harvey's Start
The New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers put together an entertaining game for this week's edition of Wednesday Night Baseball.
The beginning of the game featured Matt Harvey going against Ted Lilly in a great pitching duel. Both pitchers registered seven strikeouts, but Harvey fell victim to a two-run Matt Kemp homer in the top of the sixth.
The bullpens went blow for blow until the ninth inning when David Wright forced extra innings with a RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
From there, Josh Wall loaded up the bases for the Mets and Jordany Valdespin cleared them off with a walk-off grand slam to even the series at one game a piece.
FINAL SCORE: Mets 7, Dodgers 3 (10 innings)
The final game of the series will be played tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field with Hyun-Jin Ryu going up against Jeremy Hefner.
After that the Dodgers will get to see the hottest team in baseball not known as the Atlanta Braves when the Milwaukee Brewers come to town.
The Brew Crew started the season 2-8, but have recovered to be in the middle of a nine game winning streak. (Currently scoreless in the fourth inning at San Diego.)
The Mets will host the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, and they're a team that can be the best of the best or the worst of the worst.
The Phils blew an early lead against the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight and will likely find themselves in a bad mood heading into a matchup with their biggest rival.
For the Dodgers, they have to be pleased with the effort of Ted Lilly tonight.
As mentioned at the beginning of the blog, the Dodgers had a rough couple weeks by losing Zack Grienke, Chris Capuano and Chad Billingsley to injury. They need guys like Lilly to step up until they can return (although Billingsley will not return due to Tommy John surgery), and tonight was a good omen.
Dodger fans can also take solace that Matt Kemp had his best game of the season. His first RBI was an unflattering broken-bat single, but he laced a home run over the right field seats in the sixth and it could spark a hot streak for one of the most dangerous bats in baseball.
People might panic over the Dodgers' slow start, but this team is really crippled by injury at the moment. With Hanley Ramirez going on a rehab assignment next week, the team will slowly start to fill out and they will contend in the National League West.
Don't worry Dodgerland, the sky is not falling.
The Mets take the second game of the series, but there are plenty of things to talk about on both sides.
Starting with the Mets, this was a great win for a team that is rallying around their young ace. Aside from giving up runs in the first and sixth inning, Matt Harvey was dominant as he struck out seven batters over six innings.
On the surface, it looks like Harvey had another quality start. However, he's been able to raise the bar so high that it was his worst of the season.
It's unreasonable to expect Harvey to throw shutouts every time he hits the mound, but he has the ability to lead a surprising charge by the Mets and contend for a Cy Young award.
valdespin walkoff slam is mets 1st since mcreynolds 22 yrs ago. extra infielder is always fun strategy. rarely works tho.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 25, 2013
Jordany Valdespin crushes a Josh Wall offering way over the five-man infield of the Dodgers. It's a walk-off grand slam for the Mets, and they improve to 10-9.
FINAL SCORE: Mets 7, Dodgers 3 (10 innings)
Lucas Duda comes up with a chance to end the game. A solid night with a single, double, and walk in his pocket. However, a fly ball to the outfield will do the trick here.
One hangup could be John Buck's speed (or lack thereof) as he'd have to win a race to the plate.
Mets closer Bobby Parnell works out of the jam, and the Dodgers strand a runner to go to the bottom of the 10th.
Middle of 10th: Mets 3, Dodgers 3
Why didn't Don Mattingly let Clayton Kershaw swing away there? He has as many home runs as Matt Kemp!
Wright ends the inning with a caught stealing, but the damage is done. The game is tied, and we get bonus baseball.
End of the 9th: Mets 3, Dodgers 3
Jerry Hairston Jr. just went full blast into the wall. Great job to not only make the catch, but keep from going over the railing.
Alas, it's all for not. Mr. Met David Wright ties the game with a single to right on the next pitch. It's the first blown save for Brandon League as a Dodger.
Bottom 9th: Mets 3, Dodgers 3
What is wrong with Carl Crawford tonight? Has he watched too much of Marlon Byrd in the early innings? Wow.
Mets get out of the inning, and head to the ninth down by a run. They've left nine on base tonight and need to convert if they get the opportunity.
They'll send Mike Baxter (pinch hitting for Atchinson), Tejada and Murphy to the plate.
Middle 9th: Dodgers 3, Mets 2
That's a routine fly ball at the old Citi Field...
Scott Atchison (0-0, 3.86) comes in to face Matt Kemp in the ninth, who has had one of his best games of the year with his first home run and three runs batted in.
Valdespin promptly hacks away at the first pitch and ends the rally. The Mets will get David Wright up in the bottom of the ninth, but they'll need to shutout the Dodgers for one more inning.
End of the 8th: Dodgers 3, Mets 2
One night after hitting two bombs in last night's 7-2 win, Mark Ellis makes a run-saving defensive play there. He's not the best second baseman, but as Mark Mulder is saying on ESPN, he is good enough for the Dodgers.
Runner goes to third, and Jordany Valdespin comes to pinch hit for Juan Legares.
I think everybody thinks Carl Crawford could have caught that ball. Jansen did not look pleased with that. Now a runner on second with Lucas Duda at the plate.
Kenley Jansen (0-0, 1.80) into the game with a double switch as Justin Sellers will play shortstop for the Dodgers.
Sellers replaces Nick Punto and the pitcher will hit eighth.
Rice cruises through the eighth and we still have a one-run game. The Mets are heading toward the bottom of the order. If things go according to plan, they won't see David Wright for the rest of the night.
Byrd (0-2, R)
Middle 8th: Dodgers 3, Mets 2
Scott Rice (0-0, 1.00 ERA) coming in for the Mets to pitch the 8th. Game has slowed down considerably after Kemp's sixth inning home run.
A pair of strikeouts by Bellasario gets the Dodgers through the 7th. They'll have Crawford, Schumaker (0-3) and Mark Ellis (1-3, R) up in the top of the 8th.
End of the 7th: Dodgers 3, Mets 2
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