Last night was an odd game at Chavez Ravine, to say the least. There were four home runs in total, and two of them were hit by Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard. It’s worth noting that both Syndergaard and Maeda gave up exactly 6 hits and 2 home runs.
The distinction lies in that Syndergaard had a couple more men on base when they happened.
Syndergaard has his second home run today, a three-run blast. Mets lead 4-2.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 12, 2016
Syndergaard 4, Dodgers 2
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) May 12, 2016
No opposing pitcher in the history of the Dodgers has ever hit two home runs in the same game at Dodgers Stadium.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 12, 2016
What makes the night’s events even wilder is that:
- It didn’t come on a night where the Mets’ bats were firing on all cylinders
- Maeda had a pretty good night if you take back those two pitches for home runs: a 4-hit shutout, to be exact.
- On his second home run, Syndergaard had been attempting to bunt with 2 strikes!
- The pitch he hit was a curveball out of the zone, not a bad pitch.
- The Bullpen got out of 2 late-inning bases-loaded jams after the home runs, usually the Dodgers’ downfall.
The loss may be frustrating, but the pitching was not bad for the Dodgers. The Mets squeaked out a one-run win and needed every ounce of Syndergaard’s 4 RBI’s. But they call him Thor for a reason. It was just a weird night at Dodgers Stadium.
Clayton Kershaw will attempt to get a season split tonight against Bartolo Colon.