The Dodgers finally had a well played and executed game after making a flurry of roster moves that were announced before the game started. The 4-3 win gave the boys in blue a series win over the Mets. The club will go for the three game sweep on Wednesday evening.
The Dodgers announced that Miguel Olivo had been placed on the suspended list. If there is justice in the world he will be fired immediately for his insane behavior. Meanwhile Alexander Guerrero fights to keep his ear attached.
So the Dodgers placed third baseman Juan Uribe on the 15-day DL with his hamstring strain. They called up infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena from Chattanooga. He was in uniform today but did not play. Justin Turner will get the majority of playing time at the hot corner until Uribe returns.
The Dodgers activated Hyun-jin Ryu and unfortunately optioned reliever Chris Withrow to Albuquerque. I think that move will be a huge mistake for the Dodgers. Although the bullpen did a good job tonight. But for most of the night they weren’t needed because Ryu was great. Despite having his 33.1 scoreless road innings streak snapped. The left hander threw six innings plus allowing two earned runs on nine hits, and whiffing nine.
New York had only one real rally against Ryu, and that was in the third. When they loaded the bases, but Ryu whiffed Curtis Granderson to get out of the inning.
Ryu did lose it in the sixth when he allowed a single to Granderson, and a two-run home run to Eric Campbell. That’s Campbell’s first home run of the year.
The Dodgers used three long balls (all solo shots), and a defensive miscue to score their four runs. But the insurance run in the eighth proved most important. The club needed just five hits to do it all. In the first inning, Gonzo hit a massive home run into the upper deck in right field. The solo shot put the Dodgers on the board 1-0. The Dodgers scored twice in the sixth, when Puig and Hanley Ramirez both went bomb back-to-back off of deGrom. The Dodgers were up 3-0 at that time.
After the Mets got two in the sixth, the Dodger bullpen had to take it the rest of the way. For once, they preformed well. League continued his scoreless streak with a goose egg in the seventh. But new York threatened. Lagares bunted for a single, and Wright a sinking double that got past Puig. But League got Murphy to ground into a force out, and Chris Young to ground to third.
The Dodgers scored their fourth run in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Figgins doubled, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a grounder that should have been a double play, but New York held onto the ball only getting one out.
Despite the Mets getting 13 hits, rookie Jacob degrom gets the loss. He gave up three earned runs on four hits through six innings, and whiffed four. Jansen gets his 12th save of the season.
Lagares, Wright, and Flores all had three hits in a losing cause for New York. All five of the Dodger’s hits were for extra bases. Three were home runs, and two were doubles. Not to mention League, Wilson, and Jansen did not walk a single batter. This was a well played game by the Dodgers. Normally you’re going to win most well played games.
Here’s how this one went down in the big apple…..
DeGrom sets the Dodgers down in order in the top of the first. Gordon grounds out, Yasiel Puig lines out to center, and Hanley grounds to short.
Gonzo leads-off the top of the second with a monster home run to the upper deck in right field. That’s his twelfth blast of the season. Dodgers up 1-0! Matt Kemp nearly hits one out to, but his deep drive merely sends Granderson to the warning track. Crawford whiffs, and Turner fouls out.
A.J. walks leading-off the top of the third. Ryu attempts to sacrifice, but pops up the bunt instead. Then Gordon lines one on the button, but right at New York first baseman Campbell for a double play.
New York threatens and loads the bases in the bottom of the third, but Ryu and the Dodgers get out of it. The inning starts with a whiff of DeGrom. Lagares singles up the middle. Murphy’s liner is snared by Turner for the second out. Then a single to Wright, and a walk to C.Young loads them up. Ryu escapes by whiffing Granderson.
The Dodgers don’t score in the top of the fourth. Puig is called out on strikes to start the frame. Hanley walks, but is thrown out stealing second thanks to a good throw from Recker. Gonzo’s roller to first ends the inning.
Ryu tosses another scoreless in the bottom of the fourth. He whiffs Campbell and Flores to give him eight whiffs.
Kemp’s lead-off double is wasted in the top of the fifth. Crawford and Turner ground out, failing to advance Kemp. Then New York wisely walk A.J. to go after Ryu. The hurler lines out to third. The New York fans sigh in relief.
deGrom singles off of Ryu in the bottom of the fifth. But Ryu gets Lagares to ground into a double play, and Murphy grounds out. Still 1-0 Dodgers after five innings.
The Dodgers get two bombs in the top of the sixth. Puig and Hanley each go yard to put the Dodgers up 3-0. For Puig it’s his tenth home run of the season. For Hanley that’s his seventh.
New York gets to Ryu in the bottom of the sixth. The Dodgers just barely get out of the inning with the lead. Wright singles. C.Young grounds into a 5-4-3 double play. Two outs and everything seemed fine for the Dodgers. But then Granderson bloops a single to left. Campbell then hits a line drive home run over the left field fence. That cuts the lead to 3-2. Then Flores singles. Is Ryu unraveling? Nope, he whiffs Recker and ends the inning.
Carlos Torres comes in to relieve deGrom in the seventh, and he retires the Dodgers in order. New York threatens again in the bottom of the seventh, but can’t score. Brandon League comes in for Ryu. League gets Eric Young Jr. to ground out for the first out. Lagares bunts for s hit though, Murphy grounds into a force at second. Wright’s sinking liner to right gets by the diving Puig, and the Mets have runners at second and third. Puig makes a solid throw back to the infield to hold the runners. League bares down and gets the other Young to ground to Turner. Dodgers still lead 3-2.
Right hander jeurrys Familia replaces Torres in the top of the eighth. Chone Figgins comes off the bench to hit for League’s spot and doubles into the gap. The Dodgers order Gordon to sacrifice Figgins to third, which he does. Will the strategy pay off for the Dodgers? New York pitches around Puig, walking him. The Mets actually pull a Dodger, with some truly hilariously bad defense. Hanley’s grounder to the box should have been a double play, but the Mets only get one out at second, allowing Figgins to score. Familia tosses to Murphy, but nobody communicates and he doesn’t throw to first. Dodgers lead 4-2.
New York makes another pitching change, calling in left hander Scott Rice. He gets Gonzo to ground out back to the box, and we go to the bottom half of the eighth.
Brian Wilson has a nice quiet eighth inning. Granderson flies to left. Campbell grounds out. He gives up a single to Flores, but gets Recker to hit into a force. Dodgers up 4-2 after eight.
Jenrry Mejia holds the Dodgers scoreless in the top of the ninth. Let’s move to the bottom of the ninth. Kenley Jansen is in once again to close up. Old friend Bobby Abreu is retired on a broken-bat looper to Hanley.
Then Lagares triples over Kemp’s head. Gordon makes a great play to get Murphy on a grounder to the hole, but lagares scores. Dodgers lead is now 4-3. But there is two outs. Finally Jansen whiffs David Wright to end the game. Dodgers win!
There we go! It’s been a tough week, but these two wins make me feel better. The Dodgers are now 25-22 this season. At the moment they are 4.5 games behind the Giants.
The Dodgers will look to sweep Wednesday evening. Zack Greinke will go for his National League leading eighth win. The Mets will counter with left hander Jonathon Niese. Make sure to get at broom depot while supplies last. Don’t forget to use your special promo code “Lairsweep” which is good through tomorrow afternoon.