Riding a modest three-game winning streak the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to take a third consecutive game from the New York Mets with Zach Lee making his Major League debut.
Prior to the young right-hander taking the mound, Matt Harvey went to work against the Dodgers. For a fourth consecutive game, Joc Pederson led off the first inning by striking out. Justin Turner drew a two-out walk before Harvey ended the inning on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout.
Conversely, Lee’s first inning was much more stressful. He was squeezed a bit by home plate umpire Jim Reynolds and issued a leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson. A pair of singles followed and the Mets jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
Newly acquired Kelly Johnson added to Lee’s troubles with a flare single that loaded the bases before the first out was finally recorded on a line out. Lee then showed some of his inexperience and perhaps nerves when he attempted to snag a Michael Conforto chopper hit to the left of the mound.
Lee got the tip of his glove on the ball, turning a potential double play ball into an infield single. Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a two-run base hit and the Mets led 4-0 through the first inning. Granderson hit a one-out double in the second and was later thrown out at home plate by Pederson attempting to score on Ruben Tejada’s second base hit of the night.
Pederson notched the Dodgers’ first base hit of the night with a two-out single to center in the third inning, however, he was thrown out by Nieuwenhuis attempting to stretch it to a double. Conforto’s two-out double in the bottom of the third started a rally for the Mets as it was followed by a Nieuwenhuis RBI single.
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