Cody Bellinger hit two home runs and drove in four runs and Justin Turner went 4-4 with a home run and two RBI singles as the Dodgers outslugged the Mets 10-6. The Mets took Clayton Kershaw deep a career-high four times in the game as they scored six earned runs against the Dodgers’ Ace in 6.1 innings.
Before the game on Monday, Clayton Kershaw had a record of 91-0 when he was given four runs or more of support. I was listening to the radio as the bottom of the first inning began and I said, “Give Kershaw his four runs.” Four batters later, the Dodgers had a 4-0 lead and this is how it happened. Chase Utley led off with a double, then Corey Seager singled. Turner singled to center field and Utley scored making it 1-0. That brought Bellinger to the plate and he hit a slider from Zack Wheeler over the wall in right field for a three-run home run. Before the Mets had recorded an out and before the seats were warm at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers had a 4-0 lead and Bellinger had his twentieth home run of the year.
The Dodgers decided to beat up on Wheeler even more in the second inning, and here’s how they did it. Clayton Kershaw led off with a single, then after Wheeler recorded two outs, Justin Turner came to the plate. He worked a 3-0 count and then hit a fastball well into the left field pavilion and the Dodgers had a 6-0 lead. Bellinger was the next batter and Wheeler threw a slider low and over the plate. Of course, Bellinger got his bat on the ball and drove it into the right field pavilion and the Dodgers had a 7-0 lead.
The Mets began to hit home runs against Kershaw in the third inning, making it a much closer game. Jose Reyes led off the third inning and the first pitch Kershaw threw was a fastball over the heart of the plate. Reyes hit it to left field and the ball stayed up long enough to clear the bullpen gate for a solo home run. In the fourth inning, the Mets had two outs with Jay Bruce batting. With two strikes, Kershaw tried to sneak a fastball in the zone for strike three, but Bruce hit it to center field. It kept carrying and just made it’s way over the wall for a solo home run. In the fifth, Kershaw walked Travis d’Arnaud then, after striking out a batter, gave up a home run to Gavin Cecchini. It was Cecchini’s first Major League home run and it was a 7-4 game.
The sixth inning looked like the Dodgers would not score, but Justin Turner and Chase Utley changed that. Utley walked with one out then after Seager struck out, Turner hit a ball that bounced off the wall in left field. Utley scored from first and the Dodgers had an 8-4 lead.
The Mets added two more runs against Kershaw in the seventh inning. D.Arnaud singled with one out, then Reyes came to the plate. Kershaw threw a curveball that stayed too high and Reyes hit it over the right-field wall for a two-run home run. That was the last pitch that Kershaw threw as Dave Roberts came to the mound with the hook and Kershaw left with an 8-6 Dodgers lead.
The Dodgers had two more runs left in them on Monday and they used those in the seventh inning. Chris Taylor led off with a home run that made it a 9-6 game. Yasmani Grandal singled with one out, then with two outs, Franklin Gutierrez entered the game as a pinch-hitter. He singled to left field and Grandal went to third. This brought Utley to the plate and he hit a single to center field. Grandal scored and the Dodgers had a 10-6 lead.
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The Dodgers took a very quick lead on Monday night. Before the seats were warm at Dodger Stadium, Cody Bellinger had followed a Justin Turner RBI single with a three-run home run. Turner then hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Bellinger followed that with his twenty-first home run of the year.
“It’s unbelievable,” Mets manager Terry Collins said about Bellinger. “This guy swings the bat, he hits it on the barrel. It’s pretty impressive.”
The Mets capitalized on four mistakes that Clayton Kershaw made on Monday night.
“I’m giving up a lot of home runs right now,” Kershaw said. “You hope mistakes are hit for singles or doubles or whatever, it just so happens that mine are going out of the ballpark right now. I don’t know what you do to change that, other than stop making mistakes, I guess.”
“It’s ironic, because I thought the stuff was the best it’s been over his last three starts,” Roberts said. “If you look at the whole body of work, 112 pitches, he made four mistakes and they unfortunately went out of the ballpark.”
Robert Gsellman will start for the Mets and the Dodgers will send Brandon McCarthy to the mound. Gsellman, a California native, allowed seven runs in five innings in his last start, when he took his first loss in a month. McCarthy allowed one run over 5.1 innings in a win against the Indians in his last start. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA and ESPN.