Mets: 3 New York Dodgers: 8 Los Angeles
The Mets were unable to pull of the sweep of the Dodgers, falling 8-3 on Sunday Night Baseball. Sloppy fielding and poor play overall played a part in the squandering of a 2-0 early lead. Behind a strong performance from All-Star and reigning MVP Clayton Kershaw and three Mets errors, the Dodgers salvaged the last game of the series.
Errors by second baseman Ronny Cedeno and first baseman Justin Turner led to the first two Dodger runs to tie the score. The Dodgers, who had been shut out in five of their last six games, will take runs in any way possible.
The next inning, the Dodgers were able to manufacture another run, giving them their first lead in 66 innings before Juan Rivera touched home plate in the 6th inning on a James Loney groundout.
The Mets were only trailing by one run at that point, but more sloppy play in the 7th inning blew the game open making it a laugher. Miguel Batista entered the game with one out after relievers Ramon Ramirez and Justin Hampson loaded the bases.
Batista was able to cause a come-backer, but catcher Mike Nickeas missed the ball and was charged with an error. Instead of having an inning ending double play, the Mets deficit was expanded. The Dodgers would add two more runs before the inning ended, making for an 8-3 lead.
Overall, the Mets finished their road trip 4-3, a good record when you consider how poorly the trip had started. The Mets can be confident in themselves heading back to
Queens for a series against the Philadelphia
Phillies and Miami Marlins heading into the All-Star break.
After an off day on Monday, the Mets will be back at it Tuesday against the Phillies. Jon Niese (6-3 3.55 ERA) is expected to take the mound for the Mets against Vance Worley (4-4 2.92 ERA) of the Phillies.