The Dodgers and Mets had a great pitching matchup on paper, with Walker Buehler and Noah Syndergaard starting against each other. This didn’t happen, as Buehler gave up five earned runs and Syndergaard three. The Mets totaled 13 hits, the Dodgers 15, with 11 of those being extra base hits. It was awful, but then it was fun.
In the 1st inning, Buehler gave up a single before Pete Alonso went opposite field for a two-run shot. 2-0 Mets, less than ideal start.
The Dodgers responded in their half of the inning. Corey Seager doubled off the wall, Matt Beaty hit a double of his own to score Seager, and Alex Verdugo doubled to left field to score Beaty. 3-2 Mets.
In the top of the 5th, Alonso came back. Just like the first time, he hit a two-run dong. 5-3 Mets.
Pedro Baez took the mound in the 6th and promptly allowed a double to Frazier and a single to Hechavarria, increasing the deficit to 6-3. Julio Urias then made his second appearance after being reinstated in the 7th, and proceeded to give up back-to-back home runs to Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith, putting the Mets up by five at 8-3.
The bullpen needs to be addressed, but luckily this game didn’t end with the dumpster fire or Craig Kimbrel cover image. This just marks the end of the not fun part.
The Dodgers started their comeback in the 7th behind a Joc Pederson double and a Turner single, which chipped away at the lead and made it 8-4.
In the 8th, Seager continued his recent run of strong offensive performance with a solo shot against Jeurys Familia. 8-5 Mets.
The Mets brought in one of the games best closers in Edwin Diaz for the 9th with a seemingly safe 3-run lead. However, Pederson won a nine-pitch battle with Diaz that resulted in his 16th homer on the season. Muncy followed that up immediately with a homer (11th) of his own, which he did last year in Seattle too when Diaz was a member of the Mariners.
Turner followed with a double down the left-field line, bringing up Cody Bellinger with the tying run on second. Being the MVP frontrunner that he is, Bellinger slapped his own double into right-center. Tie game.
Diaz intentionally walked Seager, and Beaty followed by poking a little ball to short, which should’ve been an easy out at second. However, Rosario botched the ball by failing to find the second-base bag, leading to bases loaded no outs. Verdugo came up and managed to smack a fly ball to left that was plenty deep to score Bellinger from third for the walk-off win.