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Dodgers vs. Mets – Game Recap – August 31, 2022

NEW YORK – – Brandon Nimmo made an incredible catch, Timmy Trumpet blew his horn and Edwin Díaz closed the door.

Beginning with another stingy performance from Jacob deGrom, the New York Mets hit every note Wednesday night in a scintillating spectacle at thrilling Citi Field.

Nimmo saved the Mets with a jaw-dropping catch atop the center field fence, and Díaz came in for Trumpet tune live before shutting out the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 2-1 victory.

“It was awesome,” deGrom said. “It was a great atmosphere there. The fans were in it all the time.

Starling Marte hit a two-run homer off left-hander All-Star Tyler Anderson (13-3) as the Mets tied a three-game showdown between the top two teams in the National League.

Mookie Betts connected deGrom (4-1) for his 32nd homer, but it wasn’t enough for the Dodgers in a close matchup with a playoff feel that took just 2 hours and 19 minutes.

“It was fun,” New York manager Buck Showalter said.

Making his sixth start of the season after returning from injury, deGrom hit 102 mph on the radar gun and struck out nine in seven innings. He allowed three hits and walked one.

“Possibly the best pitcher of all time,” Betts said. “So it’s a difficult task.”

The two-time Cy Young Award winner held a 2-1 lead when ex-Met Justin Turner sent a deep center drive in the seventh.

Knowing it could tie the game, deGrom turned around and crouched worriedly on the mound. Nimmo, however, ran back and snatched the ball off the top of the wall to deny Turner a home run with a sensational jumping grab.

“I jumped, the ball hit my glove and I knew it wouldn’t bounce once it got in there. And then all the emotions poured out,” Nimmo said. “I’m still really thrilled. It was one of the best pieces I’ve ever done.”

A fiery Nimmo landed on his feet, raised his fist and screamed in excitement as deGrom held both arms up then tipped his cap.

“What a game,” Showalter said. “I don’t have much to compare.

“I think the most difficult thing is that it didn’t hang up. He had to totally commit to it. And it was a huge game.

The outfielder received two standing ovations and a warm welcome from deGrom and other teammates as he approached the dugout after the inning.

“Great game from Nimmo,” said Turner. “There’s not much you can do about it.”

When the game moved to the ninth, Trumpet and Díaz took center stage.

The Australian-born musician was at the stadium with trumpet in hand for the second night in a row to accompany Díaz’s appearance with a live version of his song “Narco”, which became hugely popular as the reliever’s entrance song. during a dominant season.

Díaz sat out Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss, so Trumpet was relegated to a quieter version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning as the fans sang.

But he returned on Wednesday and this time the buzzing crowd of 41,799 got what they expected.

As fans rose from their seats in anticipation, Trumpet emerged from under the stands on the third base side wearing Díaz’s No. 39 on a black Mets shirt and sounds the familiar notes of “Narco” to the roars of the crowd as the All-Star edged closer to the bullpen.

“I tried to look up a bit when I was running to see what the reaction from the fans was,” Díaz said. “It was pretty fun. I can feel the fan vibe. It was really exciting. … Everyone was getting into it.

New York mascots Mr. and Mrs. Met also danced and played with their toy trumpets, before Díaz made quick work of the 2-3-4 hitters of the mighty Dodgers formation for his 29th save in 32 occasions.

“The pressure to deliver this part of the order with everything going on is remarkable,” Showalter said. “I’ve been doing this all year for us.”

Nimmo hit a two-out single in the third and Marte followed with his 16th homer, a drive that cleared the 380-foot panel on the right-center fence.

Betts went deep in sixth, tying his career high for home runs set during his 2018 AL MVP season with Boston. The reigning NL Player of the Week has five home runs, three doubles and eight RBIs in his last five games.

HISTORY LESSON

A contingent of Dodgers players and coaches, including manager Dave Roberts, spent about 90 minutes Wednesday touring the Jackie Robinson Museum in lower Manhattan, which opens to the public Monday.

“We had a kind of VIP visit. It was fantastic,” Roberts said. “Quite inspiring.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Blake Treinen, who has been out since mid-April with a shoulder injury, is expected Friday. … LHP David Price tends to a sore arm.

Mets: 3B rookie Brett Baty has a torn ligament in his right thumb that will likely sideline him for the rest of the regular season. He is due for surgery on Thursday. … RHP Tylor Megill (strained shoulder) makes his first rehab start Thursday at Double-A Binghamton. Megill, a regular in the rotation at the start of this season, could return in a bullpen role. … RHP Drew Smith (right lat strain) isn’t far behind Megill in his recovery, Showalter said. … INF Luis Guillorme (left groin strain) was to run the bases. If all goes well, the plan is for him to play a minor league rehab game on Sunday.

NEXT

Dodgers: Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (7-3, 2.64 ERA) comes off the injured list in the three-game series finale on Thursday afternoon to make his first start since 4 august. The southpaw, sidelined with lower back pain, will likely be limited to four or five innings, Roberts said.

Mets: RHP Chris Bassitt (11-7, 3.34) is trying to win his fifth straight decision. He lost his two career starts to the Dodgers, including June 3 in Los Angeles, where he allowed three earned runs in six innings.

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