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Mets woes in LA continue in 6-1 loss to Dodgers

Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (35-19) faced the Dodgers (35-17) Friday night for Game 2 of a four-game series in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won Game 1 2-0 and were the first team to shut out the Mets this year. New York was hoping for a better game on offense this time around. Unfortunately, it was the Dodgers bats that were hot and the Mets offense remained calm, leading to a 6-1 win for the Dodgers.

Chris Bassit had an interesting start for the Mets. He pitched well most of the time, but allowed two-run homers in the second and fourth innings. After the old Met Justin Turner hit on a hit to right field to start the second inning, Cody Bellinger followed by a two-point shot. In the fourth inning, Bellinger reached first on an error of Eduardo Escobar. A later out recently called Dodger DH Zach McKinstry hit a two-run homer and the Dodgers had all the runs they needed to win, although they veered off later.

Bassitt pitched his first inning one-two-three in the fifth inning. That allowed him to stay for the sixth inning after throwing 93 pitches in five innings. He took out the first and then walked Bellinger, Bassitt’s second walk of the night. Bassitt then struck out the next two batters, bringing his strikeout total to eight, tying his season high. His last line was four runs on six hits in six innings of work.

Joely Rodriguez was the first reliever for the Mets. He started the seventh inning and struck out two, with a hit for Mookie Bets sandwiched between the two. Stephen Nogosek came to take out the innings final. Unfortunately, he could not retire Trea Turner and Betts, who had reached third place earlier on a stolen base and a wild pitch, scored on Turner’s single. Nogosek was able to recover and hit Will Smith to end the round.

Nogosek stayed for round eight. He retired the first two batters, but then gave up a solo home run to Chris Taylor, making it 6-1 Dodgers. Taylor’s homer was also the Dodgers’ third homer of the night.

On the offensive end, the Mets’ bats were again stifled. Dodgers Starter Tyler Anderson and his brilliant delivery threw New York batters off balance all night. Unlike Thursday’s game, the Mets were able to get the point guard on base in just a few innings. Escobar singled in the top of the third inning and JD Davis single topping the fifth inning. But Escobar was blocked early, and Davis was obliterated by a double play.

It wasn’t until the seventh inning, with Anderson out of the game, that the Mets managed to get through. Pete Alonso started the inning with a solo home run on the first pitch he saw from the Dodgers reliever Yency Almonte. The Mets went scoreless for the rest of the game. They threatened in the eighth, thanks to walks at Thomas Nido and Starling Marte. However, Francois Lindor was unable to get them in and retired for the innings final. The Mets have been held to one run in 18 innings so far this series.

Player of the match: Pete Alonso

Alonso scored the Mets’ first run in Los Angeles this year on his seventh-inning home run. In doing so, he ensured the Mets avoided being shut out in back-to-back games. Alonso also played solid defense in the game. He made a nice diving catch on a line drive in the fourth inning.

On the bridge

The Mets and Dodgers meet for Game 3 on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Game time is 10:10 p.m. ET. David Peterson leaves for the Mets, while Walker Buhler will take the mound for the Dodgers. The game will be on SNY.