The Los Angeles Dodgers were back in front of their home crowd Friday, looking to start a 10-game homestand on the right foot. Standing in their way was the slumping New York Mets, who sent highly touted rookie Noah Syndergaard to the mound to face reigning National League MVP Clayton Kershaw.
The Mets had a combined three baserunners through the first two innings, but were turned away by Clayton Kershaw in each frame and the game remained a scoreless tie. Syndergaard struck out Joc Pederson and Howie Kendrick as part of a scoreless first inning.
Syndergaard didn’t fare quite as well in the second inning however, as Adrian Gonzalez led it off with a solo home run to straightaway center. The home run was Gonzalez’s 14th on the season and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
On the season Gonzalez is batting .293/.367/.514 with the 14 home runs, 23 doubles and 49 RBIs. Unfortunately for the first baseman the solo shot wound being his lone hit of the night. The Dodgers ultimately lost to the Mets, who took a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning largely behind two fortunate hits against Kenley Jansen.