The Mets (21-25) beat the Dodgers (25-23) by a score of 5-3 on Thursday night at Citi Field, salvaging the final game of their 3-game set with Los Angeles.
Jon Niese got the start for the Mets and pitched well, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 7 innings, while striking out 5.
However, Greinke didn’t have his best stuff today, and the Mets were able to get a run in the bottom of the second when Curtis Granderson doubled to cap off a 12 pitch at-bat, reached 3rd on an error, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Eric Campbell. After the next batter, Lucas Duda, drew a walk, Wilmer Flores hit a shot deep into the gap in right center. Unfortunately, Yasiel Puig made an absolutely ridiculous catch, robbing Flores of an RBI and helping Greinke get out of what could have been a messy inning.
After Greinke and Niese cruised for the next couple of innings, the Mets grabbed a lead in the bottom of the 5th when Anthony Recker doubled and scored on a two-bagger from Niese, who became the first Mets pitcher other than Jacob deGrom to get a hit this season. The Mets tacked on an extra run when former Met Justin Turner bobbled Daniel Murphy‘s slow roller, making it 3-1 New York.
The Mets got a lucky break in the 6th after a series of wacky events. After Chone Figgins walked, Puig grounded one out to David Wright, who threw it to Murphy at second to initiate a double-play. However, Murphy dropped the ball, and everybody was safe. Bench coach Bob Geren then got word from his video crew that Terry Collins should challenge the call, but upon review, it was clearly the right call, and LA had runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out.
However, the next hitter, Hanley Ramirez, popped one just onto the outfield grass behind Murphy, and the infield fly rule was called. Murphy couldn’t find the ball and it fell to the ground, but Hanley was out regardless. Figgins, knowing that he could advance at his own peril, went to third, and Puig, whose thought process I am too scared to try to figure out, ran to second, where Flores neglected to tag him. However, Puig kept going a few feet past 2nd, and then stopped, making it easy for Flores to tag him for the 2nd out of the inning. With Figgins on 3rd and 2 outs, Gonzalez grounded out to Wilmer to end the frame.
The Dodgers would redeem themselves in the top of the 7th, when Scott Van Slyke walked and Turner hit a shot over the wall in left to tie it up at 3.
The Mets grabbed the lead right back in the bottom of the 7th against reliever Chris Perez. Flores led off with a single (and was almost robbed for the 2nd time in the game as a diving Van Slyke came up inches short). Wilmer advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored on a base hit by Juan Lagares.
The Dodgers threatened to score again in the top of the 8th against Daisuke Matsuzaka. Puig hit a 1-out double and Ramirez followed him up by hitting a sharp liner towards the gap in left-center. However, Campbell, playing in the outfield for the first time in his career, made a diving play, and Puig, who had been sprinting towards 3rd, was a dead duck. Soup doubled him off, and the inning was over.
The Mets tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th. David Wright led off with a single, and Granderson drove him home with a triple that would have been a home-run of unspeakable proportions in Yankee Stadium. Granderson was thrown out at home trying to score on Duda’s grounder to Ramirez, and the teams headed into the 9th with the Mets up 5-3.
Jenrry Mejia came in to close thing out for the Mets, and did so without incident, getting Gonzalez and Kemp to fly out, then striking out Van Slyke to end it (a very GIF-friendly celebration ensued).
Well, at least we got 1 game in this series. I didn’t expect us to do anything against Greinke, but, as proven by Lucas Duda’s stolen base, you can’t predict ball. The Mets’ schedule gets a bit easier going forward, so hopefully they can get back on a winning streak.
Granderson has had a solid May. I’m starting to dislike him less and less. If he has a nice June, I might be able to forgive him for that whole “he was a Yankee” thing.
Wright hits singles. I get it. He isn’t hitting the ball out of the park. But as Gary Cohen said tonight, David is among the league leaders in hits, so it’s not like he isn’t productive…
Whenever Lagares does something to help the team, I write about it in the recap. Looking back at my recaps, this happens every single time Lagares is in the lineup. Notice something, Terry?
Flores can hit. He has to stay in the lineup. Sorry, Ruben. You had your chance.
This was a nice win. We didn’t even have to sweat in the 9th. Mejia has looked good as a closer so far.
Up next: The Mets will begin a 3-game series with the Diamondbacks on Friday night at Citi Field. Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34 ERA) will start for the Mets, while Arizona will turn to Chase Anderson (2-0, 5.06 ERA).