The road trip continued in Los Angeles where the Mets split the series with the Dodgers. Steven Matz won his 5th game in a row to take the opener, before the bats took another night off in the loss on Tuesday. After a win on Wednesday, the bats again fell silent against Clayton Kershaw on Thursday, who only gave up 3 hits, while striking out 13. With the split in the last 2 games, the road trip stands even at 4-4. Here are the 3 stars from the series:
Sean Gilmartin 3IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 3 Strikeouts
After being called up on Thursday, when Wilmer Flores went on the Disabled List with a pulled hamstring, Gilmartin pitched 3 innings of 1-Hit ball in relief of Bartolo Colon, who gave up all 5 runs in the 5-0 loss in the first 2 innings. Gilmartin’s outing allowed the rest of the bullpen to get some needed rest.
Yoenis Cespedes: 4-14, Run, RBI
While the team Home Runs dropped off in this series, and several others in the lineup only able to muster a handful of hits each, Cespedes for the second series in a row was the most productive hitter. In addition, Cespedes made the defensive play of the series on Tuesday. Playing an Adrian Gonzalez hit off the wall, Cespedes fired a bullet from the warning track to snag Gonzalez at second.
Noah Syndergaard: 8IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits allowed, Walk and 6 Strikeouts.
For the second series in a row, our top star goes to a pitcher, not for his performance on the mound, but his show of power at the plate. Syndergaard went 2 for 4, with both hits being Home Runs, and accounting for all 4 Mets runs on Wednesday. Like Colon against the Padres on Saturday, Syndergaard is putting the rest of the league on notice that Mets pitchers are not going to be an automatic out at every turn at bat.
The Mets now head to Colorado tied for first place with the Washington Nationals.