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Dodgers Highlights: L.A. Beats Mets, 4-3, in Postseason Semi-Preview

The Dodgers rode solid pitching and a pair of clutch hits from Gavin Lux to a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Tuesday night, taking the first game of what many are calling a postseason preview.

Neither starting pitcher earned a decision in the game. Dodgers starter Andrew Heaney allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings, while New York starter Taijuan Walker allowed three earned runs in five and a third.

Lux and Thompson each had two hits as the Dodgers put up seven hits and earned eight walks. They left the bases loaded in three different innings.

Heaney limits the damage from his own error

After a leadoff single in the bottom of the first, Starling Marte bunted for a single down the first base line. Andrew Heaney fielded the ball and threw wildly to first, allowing Brandon Nimmo to score and Marte to go all the way to third. The ball likely would have gone foul if Heaney had let it roll, so instead of a strike one, it was a runner on third, a run in, and no outs.

Heaney then hit Francisco Lindor with a 1-2 pitch to put runners on the corners, but he struck out Pete Alonso and Darin Ruf with a Lindor caught-stealing in between. What looked like a potentially disastrous inning ended with just the one run in.

Home run ball remains a problem

Heaney allowed just one home run in his first seven starts of the season, but after two solo homers tonight, he has allowed six in his last three games.

The longball has been Heaney’s biggest issue throughout his career. He has averaged about one home run per start in his career, and about 1.6 per nine innings.

It cost Heaney a chance at the win tonight, as he departed after five innings with the game tied, 3-3.

Lux comes through in two big spots

A lot has been made of Lux’s performance with two strikes, which has been among the best in baseball this year. But he has also been outstanding on the first pitch.

We saw both of those in action tonight. After Joey Gallo took a bases-loaded fastball off the tricep to tie the game, 1-1, in the top of the third, Lux knocked the next pitch from Walker into left field for a two-run single.

And then in the top of the seventh, Lux came up with runners on first and third and one out, and on a full count he lined a base hit up the middle to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead (and ultimately the winning run).

Phillips’ hidden perfect game

Evan Phillips is a reliever, so he’ll never have a chance to throw a perfect game. But he can throw a hidden perfect game.

Over the past 25 days, he is 29 up, 29 down. Pretty, pretty good.

October preview? Maybe not

Heath Hembree and Jake Reed both got called up before the game on Tuesday, and both got thrown into the fire immediately. Hembree pitched the bottom of the sixth to earn the win as the pitcher of record when Lux gave them the lead in the seventh, and Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his first career save.

Neither pitcher was flawless, as Hembree stranded two hits on base and Reed induced adouble play on a great play by Max Muncy after allowing a leadoff single.

This series has been billed as a postseason preview, but both Hembree and Reed are extremely unlikely to be on the postseason roster. But preview or not, the Dodgers won the game like they hope to in October.

Up next

The Dodgers and Mets continue their series on Wednesday, with Tyler Anderson taking on Jacob deGrom.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


    1. Yeah it did worked out but Alberto would have been my choice. He seems to be having a great time being a Dodger.

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