Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 7, Mets 4
August, 23, 2014
By Brian Kamenetzky | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- It hasn't happened with regularity over the past few weeks, but the Los Angeles Dodgers gave their starting pitcher ample run support Saturday en route to a 7-4 win over the New York Mets. This despite fielding a lineup without third baseman Juan Uribe and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (both on the DL), along with Yasiel Puig and Uribe’s red hot replacement, Justin Turner (scheduled days off).
How it happened: Zack Greinke was given two extra days of rest after his previous start in the hopes of relieving some nagging elbow pain. Saturday's performance wasn't exactly dominant, with nine hits over seven innings against a Mets team entering the game ranked 29th in home runs, but Greinke did well limiting the damage. Overall, he gave up three earned runs (four overall), striking out four and more important showed no outward signs of discomfort over his 105 pitches.
Hits: Adrian Gonzalez entered Saturday's game in a mini-slump, with only one hit in his previous 14 at-bats, and exited it on a mini-hot streak. After striking out swinging off Mets starter Jacob deGrom in his first at-bat, Gonzalez singled home Carl Crawford in the fourth for L.A.'s first run of the night. In the fifth, after Greinke singled and Crawford walked, Gonzalez ripped a high fastball from deGrom deep into the bleachers in right center, putting the Dodgers up 5-3. Two innings later, he added a fifth RBI with a one-out sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Dee Gordon.
Misses: Despite playing a part-time role, Miguel Rojas has provided about half of the team's defensive highlights this season, but Saturday was an uncharacteristically rough evening. With a runner on first and one out in the fourth, Rojas was eaten up by a sinking liner from New York catcher Travis d'Arnaud, leaving Mets on first and second instead of starting a potential inning-ending double play. Juan Lagares followed with a three-run blast putting the visitors up 3-0. Given another shot to start a twin-killing an inning later, Rojas nearly threw the ball into right field, rescued only by a great play from second baseman Gordon (himself rescued on the turn by Gonzalez, who laid out up the first-base line to scoop the throw, still keeping his toe on the bag).
Stat of the game: 51,215. Saturday's attendance, pushing the Dodgers past the 3 million mark for the season and the 28th time in team history.
Up next: The Dodgers wrap up the series versus New York and the homestand Sunday, first pitch 1:10 p.m. PT. Kevin Correia makes his third start with the Dodgers, looking for his third win. Against the Padres on Aug. 19, he gave up three runs in the first before settling down, surrendering only one more through five, striking out six and walking only one. He'll face veteran Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85), who has pitched at least seven innings and given up no more than two earned runs in four of his past five starts.