Clayton Kershaw was brilliant on short rest Tuesday, allowing three hits over seven frames of one-run ball in a 3-1 NLDS Game 4 victory over the Mets.
Kershaw certainly offered no hint that he was pitching on three days' rest, as he mowed the Mets down all night long other than when Daniel Murphy got to him with a solo homer in the fourth inning. The three-time Cy Young winner struck out eight batters on the night and issued just one walk. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pulled Kershaw after 94 pitches and Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen then finished things off. The series is headed back to Los Angeles for a decisive Game 5, with Jacob deGrom squaring off against Zack Greinke.
Kenley Jansen finished off the Mets with a four-out save in Tuesday's NLDS Game 4 win.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly summoned his well-rested closer after Chris Hatcher issued a two-out walk in the eighth inning. Jansen walked a batter of his own but then got Daniel Murphy to fly out to end the frame. The ninth inning was much easier, as Jansen got a couple swinging strikeouts and a weak fly ball. The series is headed back to Los Angeles for Game 5.
Steven Matz allowed three runs over five innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.
He permitted six hits, walked a pair and struck out four. Matz didn't encounter many issues other than in the third inning, when the Dodgers strung together four hits, including a two-out RBI single from Adrian Gonzalez and a two-out, two-RBI double from Justin Turner. It was hardly a poor first playoff start from the young lefty, but he simply was unable to match up with the best pitcher on the planet.
Justin Turner delivered a two-run double in Tuesday's NLDS Game 4 victory over the Dodgers.
Offense was hard to come by in this one, but the Dodgers were able to score three runs with two outs in the third inning. Adrian Gonzalez dented the scoreboard first with a bloop RBI single and Turner followed with a double into the corner that Yoenis Cespedes misplayed, likely leading to the Mets' extra run. Turner has killed his former team in the series, batting .467/.500/.733 with three RBI. He made an early exit from the game with some swelling in his ailing left knee but will be fine for Game 5.
Daniel Murphy ripped a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.
The Mets were able to do very little all night against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers' bullpen, but Murphy was able to pierce Kershaw's armor with a solo shot in the fourth inning. It was his second home run of the NLDS against the reigning National League MVP. Unfortunately for the Mets, two singles, three walks and no runs is all else they were able to muster.