Victory was, indeed the best revenge. On a day where Matt Harvey was nothing special, pitching five innings of seven-hit ball, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven, the offense needed to step up, and it did: big time.
The Dodgers bashed on Matt Harvey the Mets early, scoring three runs on a Yasmani Grandal bases-clearing single and throwing error from Curtis Granderson.
But the resilient Mets sought only revenge, and they weren’t going away any time soon.
Fighting right back in the bottom of the second, Travis d’Arnaud drove in Yoenis Cespedes from second, making way for Granderson’s heroics: a bases-clearing double off the wall.
But the comeback kids weren’t even close to done.
An inning later, d’Arnaud struck again, this time with a two run homer to left field. In the fourth, Cespedes put the final nail in the coffin, hitting a three-run bomb to left, driving in the eighth, ninth, and tenth runs of the ball game for the Mets. The Mets struck for three more runs in the seventh, two of which came off another double off the wall by Curtis Granderson.
Reliever Erik Goeddel was called on to close things out in the ninth, and didn’t record an out. Soon enough, the Dodgers had scored three in the inning, and Terry wasn’t messing around: he called in Familia to shut it down, who recorded a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to secure the win.
Chase Utley, despite appealing his two-game ban, was not in the startling lineup as manager Don Mattingly said he would be. Utley did not make a plate appearance throughout the game, and there was no formal retaliation against his dirty slide that fractured Ruben Tejada’s leg. (Tejada received quite a nice ovation being introduced before today’s game.)
On the flip-side, newly-recalled prospect Matt Reynolds didn’t make an appearance either, as manager Terry Collins opted to go with veteran Michael Cuddyer and star rookie Michael Conforto off the bench.
Coming off a morale-boosting victory Monday Night, the Mets are in good position to clinch tomorrow as they take on ace Clayton Kershaw behind rookie Steven Matz. Although he’s having a successful start to his big league career, I think it’s worth noting that the Mets are putting the fate of their entire season in a kid that has six games under his belt. Whether he can handle the pressure or not I don’t know, but it will be interesting at the very least to see what the kid can do on the big stage. He’s got the talent, we know that. But can he handle the pressure?
The Mets’ fight isn’t over by any stretch of the imagination; as Kershaw is tomorrow and Cy Young Candidate Zack Greinke to boot. Tomorrow’s game will be televised on TBS at 8:00PM, as Matz’s Mets hope to lock up their spot in the NLCS.