Had the Los Angeles Dodgers not left Brooklyn, saying that “the NLCS runs through New York” would be a vague enough statement for you to wonder who exactly won Game 5 of the NLDS.
Then again, if the Dodgers had stayed in Brooklyn, the New York Mets wouldn’t have been created. Therefore, this specific series never would have existed. Also, the Dodgers would probably be a completely different franchise with completely different players.
My brain hurts.
Anyway, by now you know that the Mets beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles by a score of 3-2. Let’s get to the recap, shall we?
The game, as predicted, was incredibly tense and a true pitchers’ duel. But it took some time for it to elevate to that level.
Zack Greinke gave up a run in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Daniel Murphy. The Dodgers struck right back in the bottom half and took a 2-1 lead and truly rattled Jacob deGrom. For a moment, this pitchers duel was looking like a potential slugfest.
Nevertheless, both deGrom and Greinke settled down after their rocky first innings. DeGrom had trouble finding the strike zone all night, and constantly worked into and out of trouble. But he wouldn’t surrender another run. He ended up going six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts, en route to a hard-fought win.
Greinke was no slouch, but did make a few more mistakes than deGrom. He allowed the Mets to tie the game in the fourth inning on a Travis d’Arnaud sacrifice fly, and then surrendered what would end up being the death blow to the Dodgers’ season.
With one out in the sixth, on a 3-2 pitch, Murphy launched a Greinke fastball into the right-field seats for a home run, giving New York the 3-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Murphy had put the Mets on his back for the entire series, and Game 5 was no different.
With deGrom finished, started Noah Syndergaard came in from the bullpen and fired a 1-2-3 seventh inning, and Jeurys Familia picked up the six-out save. Dodger Stadium fell deathly silent, except for the few thousand raucous Mets fans who stayed to watch their team celebrate.
The Mets(!), of course, move on to the NLCS(!) for a date with the Chicago Cubs(!), as a trip to the World Series is on the line a la “Rookie of the Year.” Game 1 is on Saturday night at Citi Field, and the pitching matchup has yet to be announced.
It has already been an incredible postseason. And do you want to know the best part?
It’s just getting started.