Dodgers Ride The Punto Pony To Series Win Over Harvey And Mets For Seventh Straight Win

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The sign on the front of this post says it all really.That’s how I feel lately. The Dodgers may never lose again. I think we are quickly learning that maybe nothing and noone can stop the Dodgers. Nobody and nothing.Not man, nor team, nor beast of snow, not any of the contending teams, and not even Phenomenal pitching phenom Matt Harvey. And especially not the Mets. I mean the Dodgers scored four runs off Harvey, and he has an ERA of 2! That’s like double the amount of runs Harvey normally gives up in an average start me thinks. Seriously, I think the Dodgers could be pretty, pretty, pretty good. The Dodger’s magical run continued as they downed Harvey and the Mets 4-2 to capture their seventh consecutive victory and improve to 39-8 in their last 47 games, which is a new franchise record. Did the Mets really have a chance? Not really. Sure Harvey is really good, but the Mets were trotting out a lineup that was without David Wright, Ike Davis, and or Wilmer Flores. So we got a Mets lineup that consisted of such players as the Josh Satins’ and the Juan Lagares’s and John Bucks’. Yes, it was the most Mets-ish lineup I’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for a reason why the Mets are so bad, well look no further than the fact that they rank 28th in batting in the majors. I mean the Mets are like ten games under .500 for a reason. they’re not a threat.

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (5) scores against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium.- Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

But the question was could the Dodgers beat Harvey and his 2.00 ERA? They would have to do that without Andre Ethier who was scratched before the game with tightness in his left calf. The Dodgers also announced that Hanley Ramirez may start tomorrow. That’s good news on the Hanley front. The Dodgers would be just fine without both players, behind left hander Hyun-jin Ryu in what looked like a great pitching duel early on.

At first the Mets took an early lead in the first when Juan Lagares hit a solo home run over the low wall in the left field corner in the second at-bat of the game. Ryu would settle down as that would be the last and only run he would allow.

So the Mets led 1-0 for most of the game while Ryu and Harvey duked it out. The Dodgers were able to get guys on but kept grounding into double plays. The first five innings were a cornucopia of double plays. Almost one in every inning. The Dodgers grounded into inning ending double plays in the second, third, and fourth frames. The Dodgers finally broke through in the fifth when A.J. walked , Uribe singled, and Nick Punto, (the pony) doubled them home on a slicing two-run double. That gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, and then they extended that with two more in the sixth when M.Ellis and Puig singled, advanced on a Schumaker grounder, and then A.J. Ellis scored both runners with a two-run single which made the score 4-1 Dodgers.

Punto had another great game driving in two and making a great defensive play-Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

From that point on, the Dodgers never really looked back to pick up another series win. Harvey was taken out after six frames, after allowing four earned runs on eight hits, and whiffing three. Ryu on the other hand turned in another solid outing. Ryu went seven strong one-run innings, allowing five hits, walking one, and whiffing three. The Mets did plate one in the top of the ninth, on a RBI single from John Buck. But that was all.

I never had a doubt I tell you…..(covers eyes with hands)……Anyways, Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless eighth frame, and Kenley Jansen the ninth for his 19 save. M.Ellis, Puig, and Uribe all had two hits each, and Punto and A.J. each drove in two. Stand up and hear the Dodgers roar!

The Mets strike first in the top of the first. Eric Young Jr. flies out to Puig. Juan Lagare homers into the left field seats just over the low wall. So the Mets go up 1-0. Daniel Murphy’s single puts a man on but Ryu gets Marlon Byrd to ground into a double play and the inning is over.

Harvey retires the Dodgers quickly in the bottom of the first, whiffing Carl Crawford and Mark Ellis, and getting Adrian Gonzalez to ground out. Harvey was showing off his high powered heater as well.

Harvey: “Man the Dodgers are good. Do we have any chance to beat these guys”?- Buck:” No not really Matt. Plus you forget that we’re the Mets for a reason, we lose at things”. Harvey:”you’re right, we really do”.-Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Ryu pitches around a two-out walk to John Buck. The third out was when Ryu whiffed Omar Quintanilla. Yasiel Puig reaches on an infield single to third. The throw on the slow roller is wide. But it’s all for not as Skip Schumaker grounds into a double play. Oh Skippy.

Ryu works through the top of the third with ease. Harvey and Young both whiff on nasty pitches, and Lagares a little roller to short.

The Dodgers got a lead-off single from Juan Uribe in the bottom of the third, but Nick Punto lines into a double play at second base. The ball was scorched but right into Daniel Murphy’s stupid glove.

The Mets threaten in the fourth, but don’t score. Byrd a one-out single, and Josh Satin’s little roller dies in no-man’s land down the third base line. Justin Turner’s fly ball to right advances Byrd to third. That rhymes by the way. John Buck’s force out ends the frame.

Lagares home run-Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers threaten in the bottom of the fourth. Crawford a lead-off walk, and Mark Ellis a perfect hit and run single through the hole in left, puts two on with none out. Gonzo who is normally cash money with runners on base pops-up for the first out. Puig works a 3-0 count and then gets the green light so he can ground into a double play. The Dodgers waste another inning.

The Dodgers don’t waste the bottom of the fifth, as they plate two runs off of Harvey. A.J. Ellis with a one-out walk, and Crawford a single moves him to second. Nick Punto strokes a slicing double down the left field line, dropping just a couple of feet fair. Both runners score, and the Dodgers take a 2-1 lead!

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) tosses the ball to first base against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium.-Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Punto then of course makes a great defensive play in the top of the sixth to rob Marlon Byrd of a base hit. Punto leaped through the air and then made the throw to first from his knees. Incredible play!

The Dodgers plate two more runs off of Harvey in the bottom of the sixth. Mark Ellis singles, and after Gonzo lines out, Puig singles M.Ellis to second. Schumaker’s grounder advances the runners to second and third. Finally, A.J. Ellis singles towards left to score Puig, and M.Ellis comes home on the throw home, and the Dodgers lead 4-1.

Ryu pitches around a Justin Turner single in the seventh, to retire the Mets, and preserve the 4-1 lead. Belisario takes care of stuff in the top of the eighth. Despite a Mike Baxter singe, Belisario gets Young and Lagares to ground out, and Murphy to whiff.

Skip to the top of the ninth,and I don;t mean Schumaker. Kenley Jansen comes in to close it out. Byrd pops up for out number one. Josh Satin draws a rare walk against Kenley. Turner’s long drive to left is caught on the run by Crawford. The left fielder makes a great lunging backhanded diving catch! Buck singles through the middle to score Satin and the Dodger lead is 4-2. Finally pinch-hitter Ike Davis’s broken-bat grounder ends it! The Dodgers win 4-2! We may never lose another series again! The Dodgers improve to 69-50, and remain 7.5 games in front of Arizona who won again tonight over Baltimore.

Join us tomorrow for more exciting Dodger Baseball as the Dodgers will go for their eighth straight victory, and win number 40 in their last 48 games. Dillon Gee will duel Chris Capuano in the final game of the home stand at 7:10 PM.