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Chase Utley, Los Angeles Dodgers Top New York Mets

Final Score: 9-1, Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their series with the New York Mets Saturday night looking for a better outcome than Friday’s game. Kenta Maeda got the start for L.A., and despite a few recent rough outings bounced back in a major way pitching five shutout innings, allowing two walks and striking out three.

The bullpen did their job holding the Mets to just one run after Maeda departed the game. Despite spot on pitching by the Dodgers, the big story in this game was Chase Utley yet again. A 99 mph pitch was thrown behind Utley by Mets’ Noah Syndergaard who was immediately ejected by the umpire. Syndergaard claims the pitch slipped out of his hand and was confused by the ejection. Utley went on to hit two home runs (one grand slam) collecting a total of five RBIs, essentially winning the game for L.A. on his own.

Game Analysis:

This was a wild game from start to finish. Maeda showed considerable improvement and Utley played with a purpose after the pitch thrown at him. The immediate ejection was a hasty move, however, the pitch by Syndergaard did seem intentional and the ump used discretion considering the bad blood between the Mets and the Dodgers since last postseason.

Tomorrow the Dodgers will finish out the series with the Mets. Clayton Kershaw will start against Bartolo Colon as the Dodgers look to claim the series.

Dodgers RBIs

Chase Utley 5 (19)

Yasiel Puig 1 (20)

Adrian Gonzalez 1 (23)

Howie Kendrick 1 (9)

Corey Seager 1 (24)

Dodgers Home Runs

Chase Utley 2 (4)

Adrian Gonzalez 1 (5)

Howie Kendrick 1 (2)

Corey Seager 1 (8)

 

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