Two of the best pitchers in the NL faced off against each other, to open up the long anticipated NLDS as Don Mattingly's Dodgers (92-70) had Clayton Kershaw (16-7 / 2.13 ERA / 301 Ks) on the mound hosting Terry Collins' New York Mets (90-72) with Mets ace Jacob deGrom (14-8 / 2.54 ERA / 205 Ks) going for New York.
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with Dodger Legend Sandy Koufax
Kershaw eased through the next two innings, except for a Curtis Granderson base hit. In the 3rd & 4th innings, Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer misplayed fly balls putting runners on second base both times.
Both times Jacob deGrom got out of the inning, striking out three batters in the 2nd & ending the 3rd by striking out the dangerous Adrian Gonzales.
In the 4th inning, Daniel Murphy broke the ice & put the Mets on the board with a long HR to right field. 1-0 Mets. In the home 4th, Justin Turner & AJ Ellis both singled. With two outs Kershaw hit a long fly ball to center that Yoenis Cespedes tracked down to end the inning.
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Don Mattingly then removed Kershaw from the game bringing in the hard throwing Pedro Baez. Mets Captain David Wright, the longest tenured player on the same team in all of baseball delivered. Wright singled up the middle on a 3-2 count making it 3-0 Mets.
deGrom came out in the 7th got AJ Ellis to fly out. He then struck out Joc Pederson & to the delight of Mets fans everywhere his 13th strikeout victim was Chase Utley.
deGom became the only other Mets besides Tom Seaver to have 13 strike outs in a post season game. deGrom went 7 innings allowed no runs on five hits, one walk & 13 Ks.
He also made history becoming the first pitcher to have that many strike outs in his post season debut.
In the 8th inning, Tyler Clippard came on & gave up a Howie Kendrick double & Adrian Gonzalez single making it 3-1.
The shaky Clippard was relieved by Jeurys Familia who came on for the four out save. Mets took Game #1 on the road 3-1.