After trailing 3-0 in the first inning and being held hitless by Seth Lugo into the fifth inning, the Dodgers bats came alive, hitting five home runs and leading LA to a 7-4 victory over the Mets. Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner, and Corey Seager all hit home runs to save Rich Hill, who gave up three homers in the first inning.
Although the game ended on a high note for the Dodgers, it did not look very good in the first inning. On only the second pitch of the game, Hill threw a really bad fastball to Michael Conforto. Conforto drove the ball over the center field wall for a solo home run. Hill then record two outs and it looked like he would just give up one homer. However, with no balls and two strikes on Wilmer Flores, Hill threw another terrible fastball and Flores drove it over the orange line on the center field wall for a home run. Then, as if it couldn’t get any worse, Hill threw another fastball over the heart of the plate to Curtis Granderson. Once again, the field could not hold the ball inside and Granderson hit a home run. After the first inning, the Dodgers were trailing 3-0.
Hill settled down after the first inning, throwing his curveball a lot more. The damage, however, seemed to have already been done. With the Dodgers trailing 3-0, Seth Lugo was holding LA without a hit through the fifth inning. Yasmani Grandal finally broke up the no hitter with a two-out double.
The Dodgers were different batters and Seth Lugo was a different pitcher the third time through the lineup. Chris Taylor took advantage of a slider over the heart of the plate and drove it deep into the left field seats. The Dodgers were back in the game. Cody Bellinger came to the plate later in the inning with a man on first and one out. Lugo threw a breaking ball the Bellinger crushed over the wall in right-center field for a home run. All of the sudden, the Dodgers had tied the game at three.
The Dodgers knew that a tie does no good, so they got back to work in the sixth inning. Yasiel Puig led off the inning and he lined a fastball into left field. The ball was hit hard but the question was whether or not it would be high enough to be a home run. Puig thought he would just get a double, but the ball landed on top of the wall, a home run. The Dodgers took a 4-3 lead.
The Dodgers really seem to like leadoff home runs right now. In the eighth inning, another Dodger hit a leadoff homer. This time it was Justin Turner. The former Met hit a fastball to center field. It just barely made it over the wall, but who cares? It was still a home run. Turner’s homer gave the Dodgers a 5-3 lead.
As if that’s not enough, the Dodgers had a little more for the ninth inning. Kyle Farmer led off the inning with a single, then after Taylor grounded out, Seager came to the plate. He got a high fastball and knew exactly what to do with it. There was absolutely no doubt when that ball left Seager’s bat. It traveled about 15 rows into the second deck for a home run. The Dodgers extended their lead to 7-3.
Keys To The Game:
They Score Early, We Score Late:
The Mets jumped out to a very early lead, hitting three homers in the first inning. But while they began to think about their first win against the Dodgers this year, the Dodgers were thinking about a comeback. The comeback began in the sixth inning when home runs from Taylor and Bellinger tied the game. They then took the lead and never looked back.
Not Locked In:
When Rich Hill took the mound in the first inning, he was not locked in. In the first inning, it seemed like Hill had forgotten that he throws a curveball. It didn’t help him that he couldn’t locate his fastball properly. The Mets made him pay by taking advantage of his really bad pitches.
Stay In The Game:
After Hill gave up three home runs in the first inning, it almost seemed like the Dodgers would not be able to catch up. However, Hill went back to the mound in the second inning looking like a different pitcher. He kept the Mets from scoring any more runs and kept his team in the game.
Player Of The Game:
Honestly, I don’t know who to pick for the player of the game. The options are Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner, and Corey Seager. Please comment and tell me who you think was the player of the game.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will go for the sweep of the Mets and New York will counter with Steven Matz. Ryu is coming off a start where he threw seven shutout innings in a no-decision against the Giants. Matz has an ERA at 11.78 in his last five starts. The game will start at 5:00 pm PT and be televised on ESPN.