It was a pitchers’ duel of all pitchers’ duels, with both starters nearly untouchable. It was up to the bullpen to carry the teams on their backs and the Dodgers’ pen ultimately lost this battle. LA fell to the Mets, 3-0.
There was no score all the way up until the eighth inning when the Mets took advantage of Dodgers pitching mistakes. Joe Kelly entered the game with one out in the 8th, and hit Todd Fraizer on his first pitch. He then struck out the next batter before handing the game off to Julio Urías with one on and two outs.
Urías allowed the next to batters to reach with a hit by pitch and a walk, to load the bases. It was the first big opportunity for the Mets and they executed — Rajai Davis hit a bases-clearing double to give the Mets their 3-0 lead. Joe Kelly was credited with the loss, since the batter he allowed to reach base scored the winning run.
It was the only scoring of the night, and it was all they needed to earn the win.
Behind the Dodgers loss was an amazing start by Hyun-Jin Ryu. He was going through a little rough patch for the last few games, but those days are behind him. He went out and pitched a glorious seven innings. The Korean Monster only allowed two hits to get by him and dished out six strikeouts.
Although Ryu performed great in his game back, he earned a no-decision since the pen was responsible for the loss.
Mets right hander Jacob deGrom also gave his team a solid start to work with. He also went for a strong seven innings, allowing three hits and dealing eight strikeouts.
Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock were the only three Dodgers to get a hit off him, and they were actually the only three hits of the night. Relievers Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson of the Mets both pitched perfect innings to hold the Dodgers down to finish the win.
WP: Seth Lugo (6-3) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K
LP: Joe Kelly (5-4), 1⁄3 IP, 0 H, 1 HBP, 1 ER, 1 K
SV: Justin Wilson (3) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
The Dodgers will face the Mets on Sunday Night Baseball with hopes to take the series on national TV. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PT.