Showing posts with label Mets at Dodgers. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Recap: Game 118 - Mets (4) at Dodgers (5) - Dodger Express Rolls ON

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L.A. Dodgers (70-50)«00020020015121

W: P. Rodriguez (3-2) L: P. Feliciano (0-1)
HR: NYM - M. Byrd (18)   LAD - A. Ethier (8)


Yasiel Puig legged out a double on a slow rolling grounder and came home to score on Adrian Gonzalez's line drive down the left-field line, as the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed in 12 innings over the New York Mets, 5-4, to extend their winning streak to eight games.

The Dodgers continue to find ways to win, 40 times in the last 48 games, in fact. They trailed by four runs after five innings on Wednesday, but chipped away to stay within striking distance.

LaTroy Hawkins blew the save for New York in the ninth, denying Dillon Gee of his ninth win. He served up a two-run, game-tying homer to pinch-hitter Andre Ethier that sent the game to extra innings.

When his hit in the 12th through the middle deflected off the glove of shortstop Omar Quintanilla, Puig never stopped running and came flying in to slide into second safely.

Gonzalez handed Pedro Feliciano (0-1) the loss with his liner down the third- base line.

Box Score:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Preview: Game 118 - Mets at Dodgers - Gee vs Capuano

New York Mets (54-63) at Los Angeles Dodgers (69-50) 10:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
D. Gee (R) 23 8-8 3.826.04-55.438/8COLW7.2811-121.22.49
C. Capuano (L) 15 4-6 4.505.22-46.108/9TBND4.11051-017.12.60


It doesn't look like anything can slow down the Los Angeles Dodgers right now.

The National League West leaders go for a three-game sweep of the New York Mets on Wednesday night having already put together the best 47-game span by a club in 62 years.

The Dodgers have won 22 of their 25 games since the All-Star break and have put together a 39-8 mark over their last 47 games. That is the best for the franchise over that span since 1900 and the best by any club since the New York Giants had an identical record during 47 contests of the 1951 season.

Los Angeles faced off against the exciting Matt Harvey on Tuesday and posted a 4-2 victory. Hyun-Jin Ryu outpitched the phenom with seven strong innings. He allowed a first-inning homer to Juan Lagares, but allowed just four hits after that to remain unbeaten over his last nine outings.

"Ryu matched their guy pitch for pitch. He used all of his pitches and he made his pitches when he had to," said Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis. "We have a confidence right now that everyday we're going to find a way to win."

Ellis and Nick Punto each knocked in two runs for the Dodgers, who have won seven in a row for the first time since 2010.

Los Angeles is also slated to have shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 4. He has made just one pinch-hit appearance since due to a sore right shoulder.

The Mets, meanwhile, may be forced to put third baseman Wilmer Flores on the disabled list due to a twisted right ankle suffered on Monday. The prospect has been filling in at the hot corner with David Wright out because of a strained right hamstring.

Recap: Game 117 - Mets (2) at Dodgers (4) - Dodgers smack Harvey in 6th, goes to 9-4

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L.A. Dodgers (69-50)«00002200x480

W: H. Ryu (12-3) L: M. Harvey (9-4) S: K. Jansen (19)
HR: NYM - J. Lagares (4)   LAD - None


A.J. Ellis and Nick Punto each knocked in two runs and Hyun-Jin Ryu marveled over seven strong innings as the surging Los Angeles Dodgers won their seventh straight with a 4-2 win over the New York Mets.

Ryu (12-3) allowed a first inning homer to Juan Lagares, but scattered just four more hits over the remainder of his start. He is unbeaten in his last nine outings, picking up six wins over the stretch.

The Dodgers have lost just three times since the All-Star break and have remarkably posted victories in 39 of their last 47 games. The last team to accomplish that feat was the 1951 New York Giants.

New York came into this series winners in five of six, but have dropped the first two of this three-game set. Matt Harvey (9-4) was off his game, responsible for all the Dodgers' runs on eight hits over six frames.

The Mets' defense helped Harvey keep the Dodgers scoreless through four innings, turning double plays in each of the last three frames, but LA's bats finally broke through in the fifth.

A.J. Ellis and Juan Uribe each reached with one out and Punto drove a double into left to plate both runners and stake the Dodgers to a 2-1 lead.

Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig helped the Dodgers pad their advantage an inning later, with both reaching on singles and later scoring on A.J. Ellis' two-out grounder through the left side.

Harvey, coming off his first career shutout, allowed four runs for the first time since a start against the Diamondbacks on July 3, when he gave up five.

Ryu retired nine in a row while the Dodger offense was putting him in line for the win. Justin Turner reached second base in the seventh, but was stranded there when Omar Quintanilla flied out to deep right field.

John Buck delivered a two-out RBI single in the ninth, but Kenley Jansen notched his 19th save by getting pinch-hitter Ike Davis to ground out to end the game.

Game Notes

New York third baseman Wilmer Flores was not in the starting lineup. He twisted his ankle in the second inning of Monday's loss ... It's the Dodgers' first seven-game win streak since 2010, when they had a nine-game run ... LA has won eight of its last nine games with the Mets.

Box Score:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Preview: Game 117 - Mets at Dodgers - Harvey vs Ryu

New York Mets (54-62) at Los Angeles Dodgers (68-50) 10:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
M. Harvey (R) 23 9-3 2.096.15-12.448/7COLW9.0401-122.21.19
H. Ryu (L) 22 11-3 2.996.15-11.838/8@STLW7.0503-019.11.40


After recording his first career shutout, New York Mets starter Matt Harvey now hopes to cool off the surging Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hyun-Jin Ryu may not have Harvey's household name, but he's been just as good at shutting down opposing lineups lately.

Los Angeles seeks its first seven-game winning streak in more than three years and an eighth victory in its last nine meetings with the visiting Mets on Tuesday night.

Harvey (9-3, 2.09 ERA) tossed a gem Wednesday, pitching a four-hitter in a 5-0 win over Colorado. It also marked his first complete game in 33 career starts.

"My mindset's never going to be not to throw a complete game," Harvey said. "That's always my approach. That's always going to be my approach."

Manager Terry Collins wasn't about to remove Harvey, who hasn't allowed an earned run in three of his last four starts while going 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA in that stretch.

"You don't have many opportunities to pitch shutouts. He needs to know how to do it," Collins said. "To have that beast that wants to go out there for the ninth, especially with a five- or six-run lead? Very unique, and it's good to have him."

The right-hander's four-start winning streak to begin the season came to an end against the Dodgers, though, as he gave up three runs in six innings before the Mets rallied for a 7-3, 10-inning victory April 24.

New York didn't fare as well against Ryu the next day, as he allowed one run and three hits while striking out eight in seven innings of the Dodgers' 3-2 win.

Recap: Game 116 - Mets (2) at Dodgers (4) - Dodgers Edge Out Mets

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L.A. Dodgers (68-50)«00000310x481
W: R. Nolasco (9-9) L: J. Mejia (1-2) S: K. Jansen (18)
HR: NYM - None   LAD - N. Punto (2)


Yasiel Puig's sacrifice fly capped a three- run sixth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied past the New York Mets, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Chavez Ravine.

Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and an RBI and Nick Punto clubbed a solo shot for the Dodgers, winners in six straight and 38 of their last 46 games dating back to June 22.

Ricky Nolasco (9-9) gave up two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start. Kenley Jansen stranded a pair of runners in the eighth and retired the side in order in the ninth to notch his 18th save of the season.

John Buck and Omar Quintanilla each had two hits and an RBI for the Mets, who had won five of six entering the contest.

Jenrry Mejia (1-2) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over six innings.

Carl Crawford and Mark Ellis hit back-to-back singles to open the home six. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a base hit to center to score Crawford. Mets center fielder Juan Lagares' throw to third bounced out of play to allow Ellis to come around. Puig followed with a sacrifice fly to left to plate the go- ahead run.

Punto added a homer to right in the seventh off Carlos Torres, just after the Mets left the bases full in the top half. Ronald Belisario caught Lagares looking at strike three and Paco Rodriguez retired Daniel Murphy on a line out to right.

Jansen struck out pinch-hitter Justin Turner with two men on in the eighth.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. With two on and no outs, Buck ripped a single to center to score Ike Davis. Quintanilla followed with a base hit through the hole on the right side to bring Wilmer Flores home.

Game Notes

With the win, LA passed the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers for the best record over a 46-game stretch since 1900 ... The Dodgers are 21-3 since the All-Star break ... LA's Hyun-Jin Ryu will battle Mets' All-Star hurler Matt Harvey on Tuesday ... The Mets were 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base ... The Mets are 29-30 on the road this season ... Flores had a five-game RBI streak snapped.

Box Score:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers - Game 116

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers -  Game 116:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Juan Lagares, cf
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Ike Davis, 1b
  6. Wilmer Flores, 3b
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Jenrry Mejia, rhp

Preview: Game 116 - Mets at Dodgers - Mejia vs Nolasco

New York Mets (54-61) at Los Angeles Dodgers (67-50) 10:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Mejia (R) 3 1-1 1.964.21-12.088/6COLND5.1411-118.11.96
R. Nolasco (R) 24 8-9 3.656.03-64.578/7@STLW5.0702-015.22.87


Although they have been lifted by a recent stretch of strong pitching, the New York Mets might have a difficult time continuing that at Dodger Stadium.

The surging Los Angeles Dodgers look to continue their torrid hitting Monday night against right-hander Jenrry Mejia and the Mets.

Mark Ellis had a home run, double and three RBIs as Los Angeles (67-50) increased its NL West lead over Arizona to a season-high 7 1-2 games with Sunday's 8-2 victory over visiting Tampa Bay to complete a three-game sweep and extend its winning streak to five.

``When you rattle off a streak like the one we're on right now, it's probably a little more than luck,'' winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw said. ``We're a pretty good team right now, and it's a lot of fun coming to the yard every day and winning games. I think the guys in this clubhouse realize that we've got a pretty good opportunity here that we don't want to waste.''

Ellis, who has six hits in his last two games, went 4 for 5 with two homers in a 7-2 win at Citi Field on April 23 to help Los Angeles take two of three in that series.

The Dodgers, who are a major league-best 37-8 since June 22, are averaging 7.6 runs while hitting .366 during their current winning streak. Carl Crawford (11 for 22), Yasiel Puig (15 for 34) and Skip Schumacher (9 for 14) have keyed the most recent offensive charge.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Recap: Game 80 - Mets at Dodgers - Mets Sloppy Play Leads to Mets Loss , 8-3

Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

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L.A. Dodgers (44-36) «10002140x872

W: C. Kershaw (6-4) L: D. Gee (5-7)

HR: NYM - None   LAD - None

James Loney drove in the go-ahead run with a ground out in the sixth inning and the Dodgers avoided a four-game sweep with an 8-3 win over the Mets on Sunday.

Loney's groundout gave Los Angeles its first lead in 66 innings. He added an RBI double as part of a four-run seventh, helping the Dodgers halt a season- high seven-game losing streak.

All-Star Clayton Kershaw (6-4) got the win, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on five hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out nine.

The two unearned runs came courtesy of consecutive third-inning errors by Dee Gordon, who atoned with an RBI and run scored later in the game.

Dillon Gee (5-7) took the loss for the Mets, winners of a four straight entering Sunday. He gave up four runs -- two earned -- on five hits and two walks over six innings.

"We didn't play good tonight," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "Dillon pitched good and we didn't help him. We just had a bad night tonight."

Scott Hairston had a first-inning RBI single in the setback.

Juan Rivera tied the game with an RBI double in the bottom half, but Gordon's gaffes allowed New York to reclaim the lead.

With runners at first and second and one down, David Wright hit a grounder to second baseman Adam Kennedy, who initiated a potential double play with a flip to Gordon. The shortstop tagged second base, but his throw to first was wide, allowing Gee to score.

On the next play, Gordon fielded a grounder from Hairston, then threw a one- hopper to first, which was bobbled by Loney, allowing Wright to cross the plate for a 3-1 lead.

Gordon was somewhat vindicated in the fifth when he plated Juan Uribe with a high chopper towards first, which was misplayed by Justin Turner. A.J. Ellis followed with a game-tying sac fly, scoring Tony Gwynn, who reached on an error by Ronny Cedeno.

An inning later, Rivera drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on Kennedy's ground-rule double, and scored the go-ahead run on Loney's groundout to Cedeno.

Kennedy added a sac fly in the seventh and a pair of runs scored on an error by catcher Mike Nickeas.

"A great game for us. We took advantage of their mistakes," said Kershaw. "We went through a rough patch but hopefully we got out of it tonight. It feels good to win."

Game Notes

Kershaw improved to 5-0 in six career starts against the Mets...The Dodgers' seven-game losing streak was their longest since they dropped eight straight games in 2008...Kershaw and injured outfielder Matt Kemp were named to the National League All-Star team for the Dodgers, while pitcher R.A. Dickey and Wright made it for the Mets.

Box Score:

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Mets Game Notes: All-Stars, vs LA, Shutouts, Scoreless Streak, Wright, Murphy, Davis, Nimmo

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have won four in a row following a four-game losing streak...New York has outscored its opposition 34-3 during its four-game winning streak...New York’s longest winning streak this year is five games from May 5-9...The Mets are 6-4 in their 10 games...The Mets are 20-19 on the road this season, including 4-2 on this road trip...The Mets are 7-2 in their last nine road contests.

R.A. Dickey, who leads the majors with 12 wins and is third with a 2.15 ERA, was named to his first All-Star team while David Wright, who is second in the majors with a .355 batting average, was selected to his sixth All-Star Game (2006-2010, 2012)...Both players were named on the Player Ballot in a vote of major league players, managers and coaches...Wright’s six All-Star nods are the Fourth-most in team history ...Darryl Strawberry and Mike Piazza were named to seven NL All-Star teams and Tom Seaver was selected to nine...Mets Manager Terry Collins will join Tony La Russa’s National League coaching staff...Collins was a National League coach under manager Felipe Alou at the 1995 All-Star Game in Texas...The All-Star Game will be July 10 in Kansas City at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Mets vs Dodgers: With a win tonight, the Mets would complete their first ever fourgame sweep of the Dodgers...The last time the Mets swept the Dodgers in Los Angeles in a three-game series was August 28-30, 1989...The Mets also swept the Dodgers in LA in a two-game set, May 21-22, 1990.

SHUTOUTS: The Mets posted their second straight and 10th shutout of the year yesterday...The Mets are tied for the major league lead with the Angels and Giants, who also have 10 shutouts...It was the team’s sixth shutout in June, the most in a calendar month since September, 1969 when they had 10 shutouts and was tied for third-most in team history...It’s also the fourth time this year the Mets have posted back-to-back shutouts...Also: May 26-27 vs. San Diego, June 1-2 vs. St. Louis and June 18-19 vs. Baltimore ...The 10 shutouts in the team’s first 79 games are tied for the second-most since 1990...New York had 11 shutouts in their first 79 games in 2010 and also had 10 shutouts through 79 games in 1990.

Preview: Game 80 - Mets at Dodgers - Golly Gee, Mets will go for the four game sweep!

New York Mets (43-36) at Los Angeles Dodgers (43-36) 8:00 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
D. Gee (R) 15 5-6 4.426.03-24.236/26@CHCL5.0941-218.14.42
C. Kershaw (L) 16 5-4 2.746.03-32.716/26@SFL6.0820-120.03.15

When things aren't going right, it's always nice to turn to your ace. That's exactly what the Los Angeles Dodgers will do tonight in the finale of a four-game series versus the New York Mets at Chavez Ravine.

Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw looks to pull the Dodgers from the grips of a seven-game losing streak Sunday and is due for a fine performance after going 0-1 in his last two starts and 1-3 in his previous four decisions.

Kershaw was beaten on the road by San Francisco his last time out in Tuesday's 2-0 loss, as he yielded both runs and eight hits in six innings to fall to 5-4 in 16 starts with a 2.74 earned run average. The left-hander hopes to push his 3-3 home mark over .500 tonight and stay unbeaten in his career against the Mets. He is 4-0 with a sparkling 1.39 ERA in five starts in this series.

Los Angeles, which is one game behind San Francisco for the NL West lead, saw starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi fall to 0-5 on the season in Saturday's 5-0 loss. He allowed all five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 frames for the Dodgers, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games and have been held scoreless six times over the stretch.

"It's really tough days right now (but) we know we're going to get out of this," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "We have to put runs on the board. When you're not putting up runs you look bad. Right now it's a rough time."

Happy Recap: Game 79 - Mets at Dodgers - Santana Goes Eight in Mets Win

Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

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W: J. Santana (6-4) L: N. Eovaldi (0-5)

HR: NYM - I. Davis (11)   LAD - None

Johan Santana gave up just three hits in eight innings Saturday night and the New York Mets shut out the reeling Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0.

The Dodgers have been shut out in five of their last six games and have lost seven in a row for the first time in almost four years.

Santana (6-4) was unhittable for much of the game and improved to 5-0 lifetime against the Dodgers. He didn't allow a hit between leadoff singles in the first and eighth innings, closing June with another gem after beginning the month with the franchise's first no-hitter.

Ike Davis hit a three-run homer for the Mets, who have won the first three games of this four-game set -- the last two by shutouts -- and four in a row overall.

The Dodgers are just 1-11 in their last 12 and have been held scoreless in 56 of their last 57 innings. They have dropped seven in a row for the first time since an eight-game slide from Aug. 22-29, 2008.

LA starter Nathan Eovaldi (0-5) gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings to remain winless in seven starts this season.

"It's really tough days right now (but) we know we're going to get out of this," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "We have to put runs on the board. When you're not putting up runs you look bad. Right now it's a rough time."

Santana finished 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in June, including his no-no against the Cardinals on the first day of the month. He was bested by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who won Friday's game to go 5-0 in the month with a 0.93 ERA.

Dee Gordon's third-pitch single on an 0-2 count leading off the first inning was the only hit Santana gave up until Scott Van Slyke led off the eighth with a single.

Gordon stole second base, the only Dodger to make it that far until the eighth as Santana allowed just three baserunners in the first seven innings, two on walks.

"I felt good. I threw my fastball inside and they were swinging right away," said Santana. "I threw some sliders and my changeup was good. I just tried to get ahead in the count. We continue to have fun and play good baseball."

Meanwhile, the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Davis led off with a double and scored on back-to-back fly outs by Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy.

Murphy hit a leadoff double in the fifth, went to third on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' ground out and scored on Josh Thole's sacrifice fly.

In the sixth, Davis' 11th homer of the season scored Andres Torres and David Wright for a 5-0 lead. Eovaldi was then relieved by Scott Elbert after giving up a single to Duda.

Santana escaped trouble in the eighth after Van Slyke's leadoff single and Tony Gwynn's one-out base hit. The runners were stranded after ground outs by Adam Kennedy and Gordon and Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth in relief.

Game Notes

The Mets are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between the teams. They are 4-2 on a seven-game road trip...Eovaldi earned his only win last season...Santana had a single.

Box Score:

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Preview: Game 79 - Mets at Dodgers - Santana's Turn in L.A.

New York Mets (42-36) at Los Angeles Dodgers (43-35) 7:15 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Santana (L) 15 5-4 3.006.11-35.806/25@CHCL6.0522-117.03.18
N. Eovaldi (R) 6 0-4 4.045.10-12.086/25@SFL5.01080-217.06.35

After a dreadful 1-8 performance on a recent road trip, the Los Angeles Dodgers probably thought a return home would soften the blow.

Not quite.

The Dodgers are mired in a six-game losing streak -- the longest since Sept 4-9, 2010 -- and will resume a four-game series versus the New York Mets tonight at Chavez Ravine. Los Angeles lost Thursday's opener to the Mets by a 3-2 score, then was slapped with a 9-0 setback last night.

Aaron Harang got the start for LA and was reached for five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for the loss. Shawn Tolleson gave up four more runs, three of which were earned, in relief.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was a bit poetic following the loss.

"You go through rocky points in the year and I think my job as a manager and our job as a staff is to make sure we see the light," he said. "There's a lighthouse out there somewhere that we're heading for. No matter what kind of water we are in at this point, we have to keep steering."

Mattingly's club managed just four hits on the night, including one by Harang, and has scored five runs during the current slide.

Happy Recap: Game 78 - Mets at Dodgers - Dickey Wins his 12th game

Final Score: New York 9, Los Angeles 0

R.A. Dickey bounced back from a rough start to finish an otherwise flawless June with eight strong innings as the New York Mets dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-0, in the second of a four-game set.

Dickey (12-1) capped a fantastic June with a three-hit effort on Friday that saw him walk one and strike out 10. He began the month with a seven-hit blanking of St. Louis on June 2 and also shutout Baltimore on June 18. His last start on Sunday saw him get tagged for five runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Yankees.

"The ball came out of my hand easy tonight," Dickey said. "I hit the strike zone, I've been able to be consistent. I thought mechanically things went well."

He went 5-0 in June, helping him become the first 12-game winner in the majors. During the month, he allowed just five earned runs in 48 1/3 innings, striking out 55 while walking eight and giving up 21 hits.

Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run and drove in five while Ruben Tejada went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Mets, who have won three straight.

Aaron Harang (5-5) gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits with four walks over 5 2/3 innings to stay winless over his past four starts. He also had one of the three hits for the Dodgers, who have dropped six straight and have been blanked in four of those games.

"We didn't do a whole lot with R.A. We had trouble getting anything going. We have to stay the course, you go through rocky points during the season," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

The Mets wasted a bases loaded chance in the first inning, but got on the board in the third.

Andres Torres reached base on Jerry Hairston's error and Tejada followed with a single. David Wright singled home the first run and Ike Davis hit into a double play to drive in Tejada for a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth, the Mets plated three more runs. With one out, Tejada doubled and Wright followed with an intentional walk. Two batters later, Duda singled home one runner and Murphy drove home the next two with a double for a 5-0 lead.

Murphy's three-run home run in the seventh was followed later in the inning by a Tejada single to center for a 9-0 lead.

Dickey retired the first eight batters he faced before Harang slipped a single to center.

After that he set down the next nine batters before plunking Dee Gordon with two outs in the sixth.

That prompted a warning to both benches by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor as Harang had hit Tejada with a pitch in the Mets' prior at-bat.

The Dodgers got two on with one out in the seventh, but James Loney hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Dickey stranded a runner on third in the eighth before stepping aside for Jeremy Hefner, who blanked the Dodgers in the ninth to cap the shutout.

Game Notes

Dickey has won his last 10 decisions, a span of 12 starts, after his only loss of the season on April 18 in Atlanta...Murphy tied a career-high in RBI...The Dodgers have lost 10 of their last 11 and have scored just 15 runs during that stretch...The Mets have won seven of their last nine against the Dodgers.

Box Score:

Friday, June 29, 2012

Preview: Game 78 - Mets at Dodgers - Dickey will try for his 12th win

New York Mets (41-36) at Los Angeles Dodgers (43-34) 10:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
R. Dickey (R) 15 11-1 2.316.05-12.896/24NYYND6.0552-024.01.88
A. Harang (R) 15 5-4 3.816.01-12.516/24@LAAND6.0830-116.23.24

R.A. Dickey's lengthy run of dominance might have come to an end, but he certainly poses a difficult challenge for the reeling Los Angeles Dodgers.

The knuckleballer looks to bounce back from his worst start in more than a month and help the visiting New York Mets hand the Dodgers a season-high sixth straight loss Friday night.

Dickey (11-1, 2.31 ERA) was coming off consecutive one-hitters and had not allowed an earned run over 44 2-3 innings before he gave up four in the third of Sunday's 6-5 home loss to the New York Yankees. The right-hander did not factor in the decision, but allowed five runs and five hits in six innings to end his six-start winning streak.

"As controllable as the knuckleball has been for me, it's still a very fickle pitch from time to time," Dickey told the Mets' official website.

Dickey, 9-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 12 starts since losing at Atlanta on April 18, hopes to get back on track and earn a major league-leading 12th win Friday.

The 37-year-old veteran is 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers. He allowed two hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings of a 1-0 loss July 25, 2010, his only previous appearance at Dodger Stadium.

Dickey might be the last pitcher Los Angeles (43-34) wants to see in its current state. Though the Dodgers ended their stretch of 33 straight scoreless innings Thursday, they still suffered their ninth loss in 10 games, falling 3-2 to open this four-game series.

Happy Recap: Game 77 - Mets at Dodgers - Torres Helps Mets sneak by Dodgers 3-2

Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

N.Y. Mets (41-36) «100110000360
L.A. Dodgers (43-34)000200000271

W: C. Young (2-1) L: C. Capuano (9-3)
S: B. Parnell (1)

HR: NYM - D. Wright (9)   LAD - None

Andres Torres drove in the winner in the fifth as the New York Mets edged the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in the opener of a four-game set.

David Wright went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI while Ruben Tejada and Mike Nickeas each scored a run for the Mets, who have won two straight following a four-game losing streak. Chris Young (2-1) gave up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in the win.

"It was fun with the pitching matchup, but I wanted to win the game," said Young. "My slider is getting sharper, but it's still a work in progress. I want to be better and I'll keep working hard to give my team a chance to win."

Elian Herrera and Juan Rivera each had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, who came into the contest having been blanked in all three games of a set against the Giants and have now lost five straight and nine of 10. Chris Capuano (9-3) lost for the first time in five starts as he gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.

"I felt good and that I had better stuff tonight," said Capuano. "I hung a few pitches up there, but other than that I thought I made some pretty good pitches."

The Dodgers dropped a game back of the Giants for first place in the NL West. It's the first time since April 10 that they've been out of first place.

The Mets struck in their first at-bat as Tejada hit a one-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch and came home thanks to Wright's double.

New York made it a 2-0 game in the fourth as Wright led off the frame with a shot over the left-center wall on a 1-1 pitch, his ninth of the year.

Los Angeles finally broke its scoreless streak in the fourth inning. Dee Gordon led off the frame with a double and Herrera quickly brought him home with a triple over the head of center fielder Torres. Rivera followed with a single to tie the game.

The runs broke a scoreless streak of 33 innings, the longest string for the team since 1962.

The game didn't stay tied for long, though, as the Mets took the lead back in the fifth. With one out, Nickeas singled and Young sacrificed him over to second. Torres followed with a double to right for a 3-2 lead.

Los Angeles threatened in the seventh as the team put men on first and second with two outs, but Tim Byrdak struck out Gordon to end the frame.

In the eighth, Herrera singled to start the frame, but Rivera grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and James Loney grounded out to end the inning.

Bobby Parnell worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season.

Game Notes

The Mets took five of seven from the Dodgers in 2011...Young improved to 3-5 in 15 starts against the Dodgers...Capuano fell to 0-5 in six career starts against the Mets...The Dodgers' longest scoreless streak was 41 innings, set from Aug. 21-24, 1908.

Box Score:

Friday, July 08, 2011

Sad Recap: Game 88 - Mets at Dodgers - Mets Bats took a Nap

Final Score: Los Angeles 6, New York 0

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight dominant frames, as the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a four-game sweep by blanking the New York Mets, 6-0.

Kershaw (9-4) scattered five hits with nine strikeouts and just two walks, missing a fourth straight double-digit strikeout performance by just one. He has given up one run in 14 1/3 frames against the Mets this season.

Matt Kemp and Aaron Miles each had two runs batted in for the Dodgers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

"It felt really good with the stadium packed," Kemp said. "We've seen a lot of yellow seats this season. It was a great atmosphere. Kershaw pitched a great game."

Dillon Gee (8-3) was firmly locked in a pitchers' duel until it all unraveled in the Dodgers' five-run sixth frame. The young right-hander gave up six runs -- five earned -- on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk over 5 2/3 frames. The Mets also received bad news before the game as star shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

The Dodgers got on the scoreboard in the second, as Juan Uribe was hit by a pitch and raced to third when Gee's wild throw to first allowed James Loney to reach base on his slow roller. Miles' sacrifice fly plated Uribe for the early edge.

Tony Gwynn started the watershed frame with a single to right, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher Ronny Paulino and scored, along with Andre Ethier, when Kemp smoked a double into the left-field corner. Uribe followed suit with a two-bagger that one-hopped over the short porch in right field, scoring Kemp for the frame's third run. After Loney struck out, Miles doubled to score Uribe, and Dioner Navarro legged out a triple when his grounder tight to the line hugged the first-base bag and skipped into the corner as Carlos Beltran lost his footing while chasing after the ball.

"The key point in that inning was leaving the changeup up to Kemp," Gee said. "It was a bad pitch and he made me pay for it."

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but pinch-hitter Lucas Duda struck out and Angel Pagan grounded out to end the game.

Game Notes

Kershaw improved to 4-0 lifetime against the Mets...It is possible the Mets could face seven straight All-Star pitchers. After Kershaw, the Mets are slated to face Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in San Francisco before the All-Star break. If all holds true to form, the Mets will come out of the break against Philadelphia's Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. No team has ever faced seven straight All-Star pitchers...Kershaw became the first Dodger pitcher with nine or more strikeouts in four straight starts since Hideo Nomo June 25 - July 13, 1996.

Box Score:

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 88 - Mets at Dodgers - Mets go for Sweep!

New York Mets (45-42) at Los Angeles Dodgers (37-51), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (8-2, 3.47) Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (8-4, 3.23)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping Clayton Kershaw's last start was just an aberration and will send the young lefty to the mound tonight versus the New York Mets in the finale of a four-game series.

Kershaw was 6-0 with a 2.64 earned run average in 11 starts before the LA Angels of Anaheim battered him for seven runs, six of which were earned, over six innings of a 7-1 loss on Saturday. Kershaw struck out 10 batters and has recorded double digits in K's the last three outings. He is 8-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 18 starts and a sizzling 6-1 in 10 appearances at Dodger Stadium.

The southpaw faced the Mets in a 4-2 win at Citi Field on May 8, when he fired 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts. Kershaw kept his unbeaten record against the Mets intact, as he is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in four career starts.

Los Angeles hopes Kershaw can prevent a four-game sweep after it dropped a 5-3 decision on Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda was saddled with the loss for giving up four runs and eight hits over six innings of work. Juan Uribe had two RBI and Jamey Carroll posted three hits and a run scored for the Dodgers, who have lost five straight and are 0-3 so far on a seven-game homestand.

"We got beat tonight, we didn't beat ourselves," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "Hiroki wasn't as sharp as he's been. He kept us in the game. We just didn't do enough to win the game."

The Dodgers are last in the NL West standings and will host San Diego for three games this weekend. They have lost 10 of the past 13 games.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Mets at Dodgers - Game 88

Nick Evans In Lineup
Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers- Game 88:
  1. Pagan-CF
  2. Turner-2B
  3. Beltran-RF
  4. Paulino-C
  5. Bay-LF
  6. Murphy-3B
  7. Evans-1B
  8. Tejada-SS
  9. Gee-RHP

Happy Recap : Game 87 - Mets at Dodgers - Mets extend winning streak to 4 - 2 games above .500

Final Score: New York 5, Los Angeles 3

Ruben Tejada hit a two-run double to back seven quality innings from Jon Niese, as the Mets kept rolling with a 5-3 victory over the struggling Dodgers.

Niese (8-7) gave up three runs on five hits and a walk, and struck out six to help New York earn a fourth consecutive win. The Mets have also won eight of their last 11.

"[Catcher Josh Thole] and my game plan was to work ahead and mix our pitches," Niese said. "The arm felt good. Right now on this team everybody thinks they can do it."

Carlos Beltran doubled twice and scored twice, including once on a wild pitch by Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda (6-10) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings, and took the loss.

Jamey Carroll had three hits for Los Angeles, which has lost five in a row.

"We got beat tonight, we didn't beat ourselves," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "Hiroki wasn't as sharp as he's been. He kept us in the game. We just didn't do enough to win the game."

The teams had scored one run apiece through the first five innings -- Lucas Duda hit an RBI double in the top of the fourth, and Juan Uribe had a run- scoring groundout in the bottom half.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Hiroki Kuroda vs Mets: Mets will miss Reyes Tonight

Last seven days7.0300140.570.00
vs. NYM5.2755331.767.94
vs. NL91.087332925721.232.87
New York Mets Career statistics vs. Hiroki Kuroda - career: 1-4, 5.70 ERA
Carlos Beltran5 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 .400 .333 1.200 1.533
Willie Harris3 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 1.000 1.333
Ronny Paulino3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Scott Hairston8 3 0 0 1 1 0 2 .375 .444 .750 1.194
Jose Reyes15 7 1 2 0 1 0 0 .467 .467 .800 1.267
Jason Bay9 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .222 .222 .556 .778
Jason Pridie3 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 .333 .333 1.333 1.667
Angel Pagan8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 .250
Daniel Murphy5 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 .400 .500 .800 1.300
Josh Thole6 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .333 .500

The Mets will sorely miss Jose Reyes who is batting .467 (7 for 15) with 1 2B, and 2 3B's vs Kuroda, but the Mets have to keep on churning the midnight oil and battle to the finish. The rest of the Mets has some success in limited appearances against Kuroda. The team combined without Reyes are only  hitting .260 (13 for 50) off Kuroda. But they also as a team have hit 4 2B's, 1 3B, and  4 HR's. Even though the Mets have good career numbers off Kuroda, he has pitched well his last time out and he maintains a 2.90 ERA - which is nothing to overlook...

Time to hammer him out.... LGM!
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