The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered yet another early postseason exit Thursday night, losing to the New York Mets in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. For the Dodgers it is a second consecutive season in which they were ousted in the NLDS.
For All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez it’s another crushing defeat considering their expectations this year. Gonzalez and the Dodgers went a combined 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the winner-take-all game.
“We got off to a great start and kept putting guys out there for the first five or six innings and we weren’t able to capitalize,” he said. “That run where [Daniel] Murphy took third base was huge. Just a game where we had all the opportunities to win and we just couldn’t make it happen. When you don’t have those big hits and you let runs score you lose games.”
Daniel Murphy, who was the Mets’ best hitter during the NLDS, capitalized on a key Dodgers mistake in the fourth inning. While Murphy was on first, the Dodgers were in a shift, playing left-handed hitter Lucas Duda to pull.
After a walk, Murphy proceeded to take third as no one went to cover the base. “I wouldn’t call it a stolen base, I’d call it a given base,” Gonzalez said after the loss. “We talked about it and obviously when you play the shift you put yourself vulnerable for things like that and we weren’t heads up and it ended up being the difference in the game.”
At the time of the play the Dodgers were ahead 2-1. Murphy would eventually come around and score on a sacrifice fly. “It’s something you can’t let happen in a game this big with this magnitude and for the most part it’s probably one of the biggest reasons we lost,” Gonzalez said.