The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets began their National League Division Series Friday night, with the Dodgers sending Clayton Kershaw the mound, and the Mets countering with Jacob deGrom.
Kershaw needed all of one pitch to record the first out of the game, though Curtis Granderson swinging at the first pitch was early indication of the Mets’ strategy. David Wright fouled off Kershaw’s first offering, and worked a 12-pitch plate appearance that ended in a walk.
Kershaw went on to strikeout Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy, but ended the inning with his pitch count already at 22. deGrom gave the Dodgers a steady diet of fastballs in the bottom of the first. Other than a Howie Kendrick one-out single to right field, deGrom struck out the side.
Lucas Duda hit a comebacker that Kershaw kicked and partially stopped with his right foot. The ball died between the pitcher’s mound and first base, resulting in a one-out infield single for Duda in the second inning. Duda was stranded as Michael Cuddyer and Ruben Tejada struck out.
After believing he drew a walk, Justin Turner lined deGrom’s next pitch to left field that Cuddyer misjudged, resulting in a leadoff double. deGrom struck out Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis, then intentionally walked Joc Pederson. Kershaw was unable to make is counterpart pay, as he too struck out swinging.
Granderson dropped a bloop single between Carl Crawford and Corey Seager in shallow left field to lead off the third inning. The base hit gave the Mets a baserunner in each of the first three frames. Nothing came of it however, as Wright and Cespedes struck out.
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