The New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers gave baseball fans another classic, but the result was the same as Friday. The Dodgers had just enough big hits and pitching to squeeze out another extra-inning victory, this time by a 2-1 score.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 15, 2021
The pitching matchup between Taijuan Walker and Walker Buehler was as good as advertised. Both traded zeros for a majority of the game, and each only made one mistake. Buehler’s came at the hands of Michael Conforto, who launched a solo home run to continue his hot August. Walker carried a no-hitter for 6.1 innings, but Will Smith once again burned the Mets and broke the no-hitter with a solo home run.
Just like Friday, extra innings came down to the quality of depth in the bullpen. After the Mets used Aaron Loup and Seth Lugo to get to the 10th, Yennsy Diaz was the last option left. Diaz ended up allowing Cody Bellinger to double and give the Dodgers the game-winning run. For the Dodgers, their depth stepped up to shut down all nine batters they faced. The victory gave them their third extra-inning win of the season after entering New York with just one all season.
The Mets will attempt to avoid the sweep on Sunday but will have themselves busy with a familiar foe. Max Scherzer will take the mound against Carlos Carrasco for the 7:08 p.m. start on Sunday Night Baseball.