Without a Trayce, Mets-LA would've hit extras

May 11th, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Trayce Thompson's walk-off pinch-hit home run with two outs in the ninth inning off of Hansel Robles gave the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Mets and a much-needed break from their offensive struggles at Dodger Stadium. It was the first walk-off hit of Thompson's career.

The late-inning dramatics came after a strong pitchers' duel between Alex Wood and Jacob deGrom, each of whom reached the seventh inning with the game tied, 2-2. Wood was pulled one batter into the seventh while sitting at 102 pitches, but the Dodgers lefty finished with only one earned run allowed. He tied his season-high with nine strikeouts, continuing a trend of excellent home starts.

"That's the best I've seen Alex Wood pitch," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Wood stays strong with another 9 K's

deGrom lasted a bit longer, going the full seven innings with two earned runs allowed. As the game was turned over to the bullpens, both teams advanced men to scoring position in the eighth inning, but neither could break the tie.

"Just an unfortunate loss tonight," deGrom said.

Mets' bullpen undeterred by walk-off hiccup


Thompson ends it: The Mets and Dodgers seemed prime to head to extra innings until Thompson stepped up to the plate as a pinch-hitter with two outs and clubbed a 96-mph Hansel Robles fastball over the fence. It was a no-doubter, the Dodgers spilling out of the dugout as the Dodger Stadium crowd erupted.

"It was a fastball," Thompson said. "Their whole entire bullpen, their whole entire pitching staff has amazing stuff. I just try to keep it simple against them. Just look for a heater, keep it simple and square it up. It was a fastball over the plate that I was able to handle." More >

Gif: Trayce Thompson hits walkoff homer

Just like October: In his first outing at Dodger Stadium since Game 5 of the 2015 National League Division Series, deGrom again operated at something less than peak capacity. But after giving up two runs in the first inning and escaping jams in the second and third, the right-hander retired 12 of the next 14 batters he faced. For his efforts, he received a no-decision.

"This night showed what Jake deGrom is made of," Collins said. "We all talk about some plus stuff, but he's fighting through some mechanical stuff right now. This guy was in trouble for the first five innings, and yet you looked up and he gave you seven. That tells me a lot about him."

Middle infield gives and takes: Second baseman Chase Utley and shortstop Corey Seager got the Dodgers on the board with back-to-back doubles to start the game, but a missed connection from the two allowed the Mets to tie it up in the next inning. Michael Conforto grounded into what probably should have been a double play, but an errant throw from Utley to Seager resulted in no outs and a two-run rally for the Mets.

Don't run on Yo: The Dodgers appeared to be in business when Adrian Gonzalez skied a ball high off the center-field wall with two outs in the fifth inning, missing a home run by inches. But Yoenis Cespedes corralled the ball and fired it from the lip of the warning track to second base on the fly, throwing out Gonzalez as he attempted to stretch his hit into a double.


"I don't think a home run was even on his mind." -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, on Thompson's game-winner


The Mets received a brief scare in the top of the sixth inning, when Cespedes tweaked his left ankle scampering back to first base on a pickoff attempt. Cespedes stayed down for about a minute as trainer Ray Ramirez attended to him, but the outfielder stayed in the game until the end. Cespedes said he does not expect to miss any time.


Mets:Noah Syndergaard believes something clicked mechanically for him in the final inning of his last outing that will help him contain the running game going forward. The Mets can only hope; Syndergaard's struggles with opposing basestealers have played a significant role in keeping him winless over his past three outings. He'll start Wednesday in a 10:10 p.m. ET game against the Dodgers.

Dodgers:Kenta Maeda started his Dodgers career with a 0.36 ERA in four starts, but Los Angeles has since lost his last two starts. The right-hander will try to get back into the win column as he takes the mound against the Mets on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. PT.

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