Posted by Craig Mitchell at 10:58 PM
Tuesday night in Flushing, working on 3 days rest, Clayton Kershaw was sharp and in control as the Dodgers win Game 4 of the NLDS 3-1 tying the series at 2 all. It was Kershaw versus Met rookie lefty Steven Matz. In the third the Dodgers got to Matz first. With one out Kershaw singled. Enrique Hernandez swapped places with Kershaw on a fielder’s choice. Howie Kendrick singled to make it 1st and 3rd. Adrian Gonzalez singled to center to score Hernandez and then Justin Turner, the former Met turned Met killer doubled down the left field line scoring both runners for a 3-0 lead. Kershaw was untouched until 1 out in the 4th when Daniel Murphy hit a homer to right, his 2nd homer of the series and second off Kershaw to make it 3-1 Dodgers. Matz pitched 5 innings. He allowed 6 hits the 3 runs (earned) while walking 3 and striking out 6. Bartolo Colon made his 3rd appearance of the series and 2nd consecutive appearance for the Mets and pitched 2 strong scoreless innings. Tyler Clippard pitched the 8th. Kershaw went 7 allowing 3 hits the 1 run walking 1 and striking out 8. The Mets hits were Murphy’s homer in the 4th, a single in the gap by Juan Lagares in the 6th and an infield hit by Yoenis Cespedes in the 7th. Kershaw picks up his 2nd career post-season win; Matz gets his first post-season loss even though he’s yet to lose a regular season game. Kenley Jansen pitched the 9th for this 2nd save of the series. Thursday night is the deciding game 5 in Los Angeles. Zach Grienke will be the probable starter for the Dodgers, Jacob deGrom (1-0 0.00) goes for the Mets.