“Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby you’re the best”
A little something different on the blog tonight. I will be doing a play-by-play of sorts, following the game along from my point of view and that of DodgerFam on Twitter.
A little background on me – I live in the northeast corner of PA, right in the heart of Mets/Yankees/Phillies/Pirates country. According to Directv anyway. So I am watching SNY on TV, have Vin on the radio (for the first three innings), typing on my iPad, and following Twitter on my phone.
First pitch – 10:10 pm. Strike.
Strikeout. 20 more to beat Max Scherzer.
Clayton Kershaw issues 4th walk of the season. Season! 35 strikeouts between walks
Bartolo Colon‘s nickname is ‘Poncho’, after his favorite mule. Also the most flexible of all the Mets.
Dodgers brought their offense tonight. A single by Justin Turner brings in Chase Utley, and a Yasmani Grandal three-run homer makes for a four-run first inning Twitter happiness level: 10.
10:40 pm: Vin talking about the original 1962 Mets. First run ever scored against them was on a balk, first home game was on Friday the 13th and lost all series against all teams but the Cubs
Kershaw strikeouts: 4
Utley homer! Replay of said homer shown for Utley’s Marching and Chowder Society. Dodgers lead now 5-0. Twitter happiness level: still 10.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for – Colón vs Kershaw – fifth strikeout of the night.
Random – I am the only one on my timeline who says ‘a split’ as opposed to ‘the splits.’
10:58 pm: Goodbye, Vin. Who will tell me great stories now? Decision time – Charley and Rick, or SNY guys? We’ll go with Charley and Rick -for now.
No hit alert over. Asdrubal Cabrera singles to right.
11:13 pm: Kershaw 0-2 off Colón. Highly unsatisfying
That beautiful curve get Kevin Plawecki for strike three to end the 5th. Seven strikeouts and counting. Still 5-0 Dodgers.
Have switched to SNY broadcast, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling. Ron doing a nice job of breaking down Public Enemy #1, Kershaw’s curveball.
Chase Utley, 3-3. Mets killer.
11:32 pm: Mets pinch hit for Colón.
11:37 pm: Kershaw allows his 2nd hit, a double to Granderson, but ends inning with another K. Nine and counting.
12:06 am: Strikeout 10. Fifth straight double digit strikeout game for Kershaw.
12:23 am: Game over. Kershaw pitches a three-hit, 13 strikeout, one walk, complete game domination of the Mets. Dodgers split the series in Dodger Stadium 2-2.
I thought maybe there would be more intrigue within this game, but I should’ve known better. When the Dodgers need him most, that’s when Kershaw shines. He has a league leading 77 strikeout to 4 walk ratio so far this year. Vin Scully ‘slipped’ and called him Sandy Koufax tonight. That’s no Freudian slip. Baby, he’s the best.