Dodgers and Kershaw stunned by the Mets 3-1
LOS ANGELES (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Mets extended the postseason woes of Clayton Kershaw and stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of their National League Division Series on Friday.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy homered and Jacob deGrom struck out a career-high 13, sparking the Mets to a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers before a sellout crowd of 54,428 at Dodger Stadium.
DeGrom limited the Dodgers to five hits and walked one in seven innings. His 13 strikeouts tied Tom Seaver's franchise mark for a postseason performance, which the Hall of Famer set in Game One of the 1973 National League Championship Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
"I think just mixing it up on them," said DeGrom, who retired the final 11 batters he faced, on why he was so successful against the Dodgers.
"My change-up was good tonight, and I threw a few strikeouts to lefties, but also was locating my fastball pretty good, too. So I think just trying to keep them off balance and get ahead."
DeGrom and Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, who struck out 11, became the first two opposing pitchers to strike out at least 10 hitters each in a playoff game.
It tied for second all-time in a postseason game, knotting the 24 fanned by Florida Marlins right-hander Livan Hernandez (15) and Atlanta Braves ace Greg Maddux (nine) in the NLDS in 1997.
The pair fell one strikeout shy of the record 25 combined by Kevin Brown (16) of the San Diego Padres and Randy Johnson (nine) of the Houston Astros in the 1998 NLDS.
But deGrom had the upper hand in this affair. Continued...