The Mets defeated the Dodgers by a score of 3-2 in the decisive game 5 to advance to the National League Championship Series. Jacob deGrom was shaky early, but after giving up 2 first inning runs, settled down to work out of trouble on multiple occasions to get through 6. Daniel Murphy drove in the first run of the game with a 1st inning double, he scored the Mets’ 2nd run after a gutsy stolen base, and hit a solo home run in the 6th to put the Mets up 3-2 against Zack Greinke.
The Mets will face the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, with Game 1 Saturday at Citi Field.
Curtis Granderson led of the game with a replay-aided infield single, and was driven in on an opposite-field Daniel Murphy RBI double. Murphy went to 3rd on a fielding error by left fielder Kike Hernandez, but the Mets were unable to score again. The Mets took a 1-0 lead, but it didn’t last long. In the bottom of the 1st, after a line-drive out by Howie Kendrick, Jacob deGrom gave up consecutive singles to Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, and Andre Ethier to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. DeGrom escaped the threat though, striking out Yasmani Grandal and Kike Hernandez to end the inning.
DeGrom worked out of trouble time and time again, and worked out of a 2nd inning jam with runners on 1st and 2nd with one out, striking out Seager and Gonzalez to end the threat. In the 3rd, he worked around a leadoff double and a 1-out steal of 3rd by Justin Turner, but after walking Yasmani Grandal, got Kike Hernandez to ground into a double play.
In the 4th, Daniel Murphy led off with a single, and after Zack Greinke retired Yoenis Cespedes, he walked Lucas Duda. However, the Dodgers played the shift on Duda, and after ball 4, when Murphy saw 3rd base was not being covered, Murphy stole 3rd. Murphy scored on a sacrifice fly by Travis d’Arnaud to tie the game at 2.
DeGrom worked around a leadoff walk to Joc Pederson and a sacrifice bunt by Greinke in the 4th, and around a 1-out double by Justin Turner in the 5th. In the top of the 6th, Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. DeGrom retired the side in the bottom of the 6th, ending his night with 6 innings while allowing 6 hits, 3 walks, and 2 runs while striking out 7.
After the Mets left a couple runners on in the top of the 7th, Noah Syndergaard came on in relief and retired 3 of the 4 batters he faced, only losing Adrian Gonzalez on a 2-out walk. In the 8th, Terry Collins brought in Jeurys Familia for a 6-out save, and he did not disappoint. Familia retired all 6 batters he faced, striking out the last two to complete the Mets’ 3-2 victory.
WOW. I had some confidence in this game, but facing Greinke was certainly a tough task, especially when deGrom looked hittable early. The difference in this game was the heads-up play by Daniel Murphy in the 4th, taking 3rd after a walk when no one was covering with the shift in play. Murphy then hit a solo home run in the 6th to give the Mets the lead for good, his 3rd home run of this 5 game series. Forget Yoenis Cespedes, Mets fans may prefer they keep Murphy…
POSITIVES: The game starts and ends with Jacob deGrom and Daniel Murphy. DeGrom was hittable early, but got out of numerous jams throughout his night. The Dodgers were 2 for their first 2 with runners in scoring position, but 0 for their last 11. Daniel Murphy, on the other hand, had 2 RBI and 2 runs scored with a solo home run, a key stolen base, and a big RBI double in the 1st inning. Noah Syndergaard was very good in his one inning of relief, and Jeurys Familia was fantastic, retiring all 6 batters he faced. Familia retired all 16 batters he faced in this series.
NEGATIVES: The offense wasn’t strong today, but that’s to be expected off of Greinke. The Mets as a team were 0/4 with runners in scoring position. Yoenis Cespedes was 0/4 wwith 3 strikeouts, and Lucas Duda was 0/3 with 2 strikeouts and a walk.
- Daniel Murphy (.415)
- Jeurys Familia (.306)
- Noah Syndergaard (.101)
WPA Losers: Yoenis Cespedes (-.124)
- Daniel Murphy homers, Mets up 3-2, 6th inning (.190)
- Daniel Murphy hits an RBI double, advances to 3rd on fielding error, Mets up 1-0, 1st inning (.151)
- Kike Hernandez grounds into a double play, Dodgers up 2-1, 3rd inning (.105)
Worst Play: Justin Turner hits an RBI single, game tied 1-1, 1st inning (.108)