A lone solo homer by Daniel Murphy wasn’t enough to crack Clayton Kershaw and put away the Dodgers tonight, as a two run third-inning prompted by Adrian Gonzalez and ex-met Justin Turner was enough to secure a win-or-go-home Game Five.
Steven Matz pitched only five innings, allowing three runs on six hits-not a particularly poor start. Bartolo Colon came on in the sixth and pitched two scoreless frames, followed by quality outings by Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Famila to keep the Mets deficit at two. The offense provided little to no help in the later innings, however, as the Mets dropped game four 3-1.
Despite a decent showing by the Mets pitching staff, Kershaw proved his dominance, striking out eight through seven innings. Kenley Jansen came on in the eighth in relief of Chris Hatcher, completing a four out save to put this one in the books.
Lucas Duda continued his abysmal postseason, striking out twice, lowering his postseason average to .143. Wilmer Flores struck out twice, with the lone bright spots in the Mets lineup being Murphy’s homer and a line drive single by Juan Lagares.
Game Five will take place on Thursday at 8PM in Los Angeles. Jacob deGrom will take the hill for the Mets, facing Dodgers ace Zack Greinke. Both offenses will have their work cut out for them, but emerging from Game Five will be the winner of a series that will go down as one of the most hard-fought, bizarre Division Series’ in history.