Dodgers stymied by Max Scherzer, lose to Mets in extra innings – Daily News

NEW YORK — The word came early in the day. Rain was already falling and would continue through the afternoon. The start of Sunday’s game was pushed back from 1:40 p.m. ET to 5:10 p.m.

The delay was delayed and the game didn’t actually start until 5:30 p.m., nearly four hours later than originally scheduled.

It wasn’t worth the wait for the Dodgers.

Held to one hit over seven scoreless innings by old friend Max Scherzer, the Dodgers tied the game in the eighth but lost it on Luis Guillorme’s pinch-hit walkoff double as the New York Mets beat them 2-1 in 10 innings, snapping the Dodgers six-game winning streak.

It was the seventh time in his career Scherzer has gone at least seven innings in a start and allowed one hit or less (two of those were no-hitters) and the 11th consecutive start against the Dodgers in which he has allowed two runs or fewer.

“He’s just Max Scherzer. He does what he does,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s all quadrants. It’s changing speeds, changing eye levels, the front to back. He does it all.”

The Dodgers had a difficult time making hard contact against Scherzer, hitting just four balls with exit velocities over 95 mph. Their lone hit against the veteran right-hander was not one of them. Jason Heyward’s one-out single in the second inning left the bat at a scorching 57.9 mph, sliced softly inside third base.

Heyward tried to stretch the soft hit down the third base line into a double and was thrown out at second, sliding into Jeff McNeil and injuring his neck on the play.

Heyward stayed on the ground for several minutes and was tended to by a trainer before remaining in the game. After playing defense for another inning, though, he was replaced by Jake Marisnick.

Roberts said Heyward was checked for a concussion and passed the protocol. He will be re-evaluated Monday.

“It was kind of like a stinger,” Robert said. “I think in 2021, he had a little concussion scare. So that’s why we are sensitive to that. I think the neck started to stiffen up a little bit. I think right now it’s day to day.”

Scherzer created trouble for himself with back-to-back walks of Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman to start the fourth inning. But he struck out Max Muncy with a curveball, got J.D. Martinez to pop out and David Peralta to fly out.

“I thought we were going to get him there,” Roberts said. “With him, he’s throwing so many different looks at you. There were some pitches that you can look back and go, ‘Hey, we should have had better swings or got better results from the pitches we got.’ But once you’re in the batter’s box, it’s a lot hard than it looks. But I thought we were going to get to him there.”

Instead, Scherzer retired 12 of the final 13 Dodgers he faced, a third walk the only interruption.

The Mets weren’t much more offensive. They have managed only 17 hits in their past five games (eight in the three-game series with the Dodgers) and their first run came in the fifth inning against Dodgers rookie right-hander Bobby Miller with just one ball hit out of the infield – a leadofff single to right by Starling Marte.

Miller hit Mark Canha with a pitch and walked No. 9 hitter Omar Narvaez to load the bases with one out. Brandon Nimmo bounced a ball back to Miller that had the potential to be an inning-ending double play. It never reached its potential. Miller didn’t field it cleanly and had to settle for throwing Nimmo out at first while Marte scored.

“I have to make that play,” Miller said.

“If I didn’t bobble that ball, I could’ve gotten the out at home right away and then maybe a double play and we get out of that inning. We’ll never know.”

Freed from Scherzer’s oppression in the eighth, the Dodgers tied the game on an RBI single by Mookie Betts.

Leading off the 10th, though, Guillorme was sent up as a pinch-hitter to bunt the free runner over to third. He fouled off two attempts against reliever Nick Robertson. The Dodgers kept the infield in on the 0-and-2 count and Guillorme swung away, bouncing a ground ball down the line between Freeman and the first base bag.

“We were in,” Roberts said of the infield defense. “But even if we’re back, we’re not on the line right there. So I think regardless, it’s a hit. Nick gave up a ground ball. Unfortunately, it had eyes.”


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