MLB

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 - 1:10 PM ET
 

Dodgers-Mets Preview

Share This Story

   
 

Just when the Los Angeles Dodgers seemed to be gaining some traction after a long losing streak, they were undone by some walkoff heroics from the New York Mets.

New York will try to carry some momentum from a stunning victory and take the series from the Dodgers in Thursday's finale at Citi Field

After rallying for one run in the ninth inning to tie the score, the Mets (10-9) beat Los Angeles 7-3 on Wednesday on Jordany Valdespin's walkoff grand slam in the 10th. Valdespin, who grounded out with a chance to tie the game in the eighth as a pinch-hitter, provided the franchise's sixth walkoff grand slam and first since Kevin McReynolds launched one against Montreal on June 25, 1991.

"Coming back and winning a game like that, that's huge for us as we move forward," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

New York is trying to win its fifth series in the seven it's played. It didn't win its fifth last season until its ninth series.

The Dodgers (9-11), meanwhile, are trying to avoid losing their fifth. They didn't lose their fifth of 2012 until their 17th series.

Despite the disappointing defeat, the Dodgers, who had won two in a row after a six-game losing streak, did see one positive as Matt Kemp homered for the first time this season and recorded three RBIs.

Kemp, who had been homerless in 86 at-bats going back to 2012, was more inclined to talk about the team's failure rather than his breakthrough.

"Home runs are going to come," he told the team's official website. "We don't need to talk about home runs. Talk about the game. We've just got to get better, score more runs, do a better job of everything. We've just got to win these games."

Kemp is batting .250 with a .355 slugging percentage, though he has hit safely in three straight games while going 6 for 13. His lowest slugging percentage was .448 as a rookie in 2006.

New York's comeback wasted a strong starting effort for Los Angeles from the 37-year old Ted Lilly, who held the Mets to one run over five innings in his season debut. The Dodgers will hope for a similar performance Thursday from first-year South Korean pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1, 4.01 ERA).

Ryu had been solid until he gave up five runs and eight hits - including two homers - over six innings Saturday at Baltimore. The left-hander had allowed one homer over his first three starts, and also yielded two walks Sunday after issuing three in his first 18 2-3 innings.

"I can't really make any excuses," Ryu said through a translator. "I wish the outcome was better. But I'll come back and do better next time. I'll just consider it a big learning experience."

The Mets counter with Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 7.07).

Home runs have been an issue all season as Hefner's surrendered seven in only 14 innings. He served up two while allowing three runs over four innings against Washington on Saturday.

Hefner has allowed two runs in four innings over three relief appearances versus the Dodgers.

Kemp tripled in his lone at-bat against the right-hander.

Tagged: Dodgers, Mets, Matt Kemp

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



MLB Videos

What's wrong Miguel Cabrera? Posted: Apr 17, 2014
Jon Morosi on Miguel Cabrera, the AL West, and much more.

Kinsler pushes Tigers past Indians Posted: Apr 17, 2014
Hear from Ian Kinsler after his four rbi led Detroit to a 7-5 win over Cleveland...

Braves shut out by Phillies Posted: Apr 17, 2014
Fredi Gonzalez on Alex Wood's performance in the loss to the Phillies.

SimLeague Baseball - Simulation Baseball Game

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Yankees/browse/featuredproduct/606363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_606000/ff_606363_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash
    Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/1064043/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1064000/ff_1064043_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067359/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067359_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room Pullover Hoodie - Steel http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067382/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067382_xl.jpg&w=100 54.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room 39THIRTY Flex Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067785/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067785_xl.jpg&w=100 31.95 New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Ro..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068294/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068294_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Bl..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice Performance Jersey - Black/Orange http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068787/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068787_xl.jpg&w=100 94.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice P..