The third game of the NLDS against the New York Mets started off great but quickly became a nightmare for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In the second inning, the Dodgers got to Mets starter Matt Harvey and put up three runs to give starter Brett Anderson a lead in the early going. It didn’t take long for that good feeling to vanish as Anderson allowed four runs in the bottom half of the inning. He then allowed a two-run home run in the fourth inning. That would be his last inning and the Dodgers ended up losing 13-7 to push them to the brink of elimination.
According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Anderson was very critical of his four-inning performance:
Just embarrassing on my part. … Makes it even worse that my stuff was fairly decent. I just wasn’t able to string together enough outs. Or if I got to two outs, I wasn’t able to get that third one.”
Five of the six runs against Anderson came with two outs, a point that makes the outing even tougher. The left-hander believes his start boiled down to two specific pitches:
Mainly two pitches cost us the game,” Anderson said, referring to Granderson’s double and “a tremendously godawful changeup to d’Arnaud that he hit out.”
The pitch to Granderson became a three-run double with two outs in the inning and the pitch to d’Arnaud became a two-run home run with two outs in the inning.
Anderson was a victim of some defensive miscues in that second inning, but was unable to get past that and get the outs that were needed. Jimmy Rollins took his time on a ground ball that resulted in an infield single and Howie Kendrick misplayed a slow roller up the middle, a play he’s made most of the season.
The Dodgers now turn to their leader, Clayton Kershaw, in Game 4 needing a win to send the series back to Los Angeles.