All the hoopla and anticipation leading up to Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets appeared to reach its peak when Chase Utley was loudly booed during pregame introductions.
However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly alerted the umpires of the replay phone in the dugout being out, though it wasn’t apparent to the Citi Field crowd, and they went into even more of a fever pitch. Once play began Matt Harvey quickly retired the side in order, which included striking out Jimmy Rollins.
Although he didn’t do so as quickly, Brett Anderson also retired the three batters faced in the bottom of the first, collecting one strikeout in the process. For as much as Harvey sailed through the first inning, he found himself in a world of trouble in the second.
Justin Turner, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford all singled to load the bases with none out. Yasmani Grandal cashed in with a line drive base hit that just got by a diving Lucas Duda. Two runs scored, and a third did on Curtis Granderson’s throwing error to third base.
Yoenis Cespedes led off the bottom of the second with an infield single, which was followed by a Duda base hit. Travis d’Arnoud added to Anderson’s rough inning with an RBI single that cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1.
The Mets then loaded the bases on a Wilmer Flores chopper that Kendrick fielded cleanly, only to bobble the transfer. Following a force out at home plate and a Harvey strikeout, Granderson cleared the bases with a three-run double before Anderson managed to get out of the inning.
Harvey walked Gonzalez with one out in the third, then gave up a base hit to Turner, who improved to 6-for-10 in the series. Harvey kept the Dodgers at bay by striking out Ethier and Crawford swinging.
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