The New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers met Sunday afternoon, and the game turned into a great pitching matchup between Jacob DeGrom and Zack Greinke -- one of the hottest pitchers in the Majors vs. one of the top young pitchers in the league. Both teams are having great seasons and will most likely go to the playoffs.
In the end of a close battle, the Mets, even though they blew a ninth-inning lead, won the game 3-2 in 10 innings. With the win, the Mets are now two games behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the N.L. East.
The first three innings were all that the pitching match-up was hyped up to be. There really was no offense from either team. Jacob DeGrom and Zack Greinke were dealing during the first three innings.
The first hit of the day came in the top of the third inning with two outs when Zack Greinke hit a ball past DeGrom for a single, getting the Dodgers on base. In the bottom of the third, the Mets got some runners on first and third on a hit with no outs from Kevin Plawcki.
Greinke's scoreless streak came to an end after DeGrom hit a single to bring home Kirk Nieuwenhuis and give the Mets the 1-0 lead.
The next three innings saw more of the same with no offensive spark from either team. It was a pitchers' battle with Greinke and DeGrom dominating. There were some players who got on base, but no big offensive chances for either team arose.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Mets had some chances to get some runs on the score board but could not capitalize. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Greinke hit Michael Conforto in the elbow with a pitch, putting him on first base and bringing home Daniel Murphy to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Mets held the 2-0 lead over the Dodgers after six innings of defensive baseball.
In the last three innings, the Dodgers tried to get on the board. With two outs in the top of the eighth and a runners in scoring position, the team still could not score. Jeurys Familia came in for DeGrom and stopped the Dodgers from scoring any runs.
J.P. Howel came in for Greinke in the bottom of the eighth inning.
With one out in the top of the ninth, Justin Turner hit a double to left center field, scoring home Adrian Gonzalez to cut the Mets' lead down to 2-1. A single from Yasmani Grandal brought home Carl Crawford to tie up the game at 2 with one out in the top of the ninth.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Juan Uribe hit a single to drive home Curtis Granderson from second base to give the Mets the 3-2 win.
Mets starter DeGrom went 7.2 strong innings, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out eight and walking two.
Dodgers starter Greinke went 7.0 innings, giving up four hits and two runs while striking out three and walking three.
Despite the dominating performance from the both of them, neither DeGrom nor Greinke picked up a decision.