For a second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned to Zack Greinke in Game 2 of the National League Division Series after dropping the opener at home. Greinke was opposed by New York Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard, who figured to further challenge the Dodgers’ offense with a high-90s fastball.
Curtis Granderson beat the shift with a leadoff base hit to right-center field. However, he was erased from the bases as David Wright grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Daniel Murphy then struck out swinging to end the inning.
Seemingly with plenty of adrenaline flowing, Syndergaard reached 100 mph with his fastball multiple times in the bottom half of the first. After a Howie Kendrick groundout, Syndergaard struck out Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez, both swinging.
Yoenis Cespedes led off the second inning with an opposite-field solo home run, giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Then with two outs, rookie Michael Conforto turned on a pitch to hit a line-drive solo home run that hit off the right-field foul pole.
Syndergaard struck out Justin Turner swinging, then proved his was human by walking Andre Ethier with one out. To Ethier’s credit, he fouled off multiple pitches. Carl Crawford’s slow grounder allowed Ethier to reach second base, where he was stranded as Yasmani Grandal worked a full count and made solid contact, but lined right to Murphy on the grass in shallow right field.
Kiké Hernandez led off the bottom of the third with a base hit, and Kendrick did the same two batters later. Syndergaard worked himself out of trouble by striking out Seager and Gonzalez to end the inning. Murphy hit a leadoff single in the fourth, though nothing came of it as the inning came to an end on a strike ’em out, throw ’em out.
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