NLDS Game 2 Recap: Mets Lose on Controversial Call

Following a surprising Game 1 loss at home to the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent their other ace to the mound on Saturday night, trying to get themselves back in the series. Zack Greinke has been great at home all year, so the numbers seemed to be on the Dodgers side. While Greinke and Syndergaard matched each other pitch for pitch, it was the Mets bullpen that ended up losing the game for the Mets.

After a scoreless first inning for both pitchers, the Mets got on the board first with two solo home runs, by Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto to start off the second inning. This would be the only time the Mets would be able to break through against Greinke and Dodgers pitching all night.

Noah Syndergaard looked great in his first postseason appearance, seemingly trying to outdo Jacob deGrom’s strong first postseason start on Friday night. Syndergaard controlled the Dodgers bats all night although he ran into trouble in the third inning when the Dodgers had runners at first and second with only one out. Syndergaard got both Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez via the strikeout to maintain the shutout and the Mets lead. The Dodgers broke through in the fourth inning after back to back doubles by Justin Turner and Andre Ethier, although a baserunning blunder by Ethier got Syndergaard out of further trouble.

On the other hand, Zack Greinke didn’t seem to have his usual overwhelming stuff on Saturday night. He had not given up two home runs in the same game at Dodger stadium since August of last season, before giving up two in the second inning of Saturday night’s game. Greinke was still able to recover from that bad inning and pitch seven effective innings, and picked up the win following a controversial seventh inning in which the Dodgers scored four runs after a questionable call was made at second base.

One night after Jacob deGrom and Clayton Kershaw combined for twenty-four strikeouts, Greinke and Syndergaard would finish the night with a combined seventeen strikeouts, with Greinke pitching through the seventh inning and Syndergaard being pulled with one out in the seventh. While Greinke is one of the frontrunners for the 2015 Cy Young award, Noah Syndergaard may have outpitched Greinke on Saturday night despite getting the loss. Syndergaard was not quite as dominant as deGrom was on Saturday night and got the tough luck loss following a four run seventh inning for the Dodgers.

Syndergaard was pulled with one out in the seventh after walking Enrique Hernandez and giving up a single to Chase Utley, putting runners at first and third with only one out. Bartolo Colon came into the game to protect the lead, but gave up a run on a fielder’s choice, tying the game for the Dodgers at 2-2. On the play Howie Kendrick hit a ground ball up the middle that was fielded by Daniel Murphy and flipped to Ruben Tejada to get one out before Tejada was taken out on a questionable slide by Chase Utley. Utley was called safe, despite never touching second base, because Tejada was ruled to be off the base after a challenge by Don Mattingly. Addison Reed would come on in relief and give up back to back doubles to Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner, giving the Dodgers a 5-2 lead.

The Mets were unable to push any runs across against Chris Hatcher in the 8th and Kenley Jansen in the 9th, losing a controversial game by a score of 5-2. Game 3 will be Monday night from New York with Matt Harvey taking the ball for the Mets against Brett Anderson for the Dodgers.

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