October 15, 2015: Game Five of NLDS

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Date: October 15, 2015
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Daniel Murphy, Jeurys Familia
Key play: Murphy’s stolen base and homer, Familia’s strikeout of Kendrick

The National League Division Series came down to a fifth and deciding game. The Mets and Dodgers squared off at Dodger Stadium for the chance to play for the league championship. Daniel Murphy came through with two key hits and a heads-up steal of third base to lead the Mets to a 3-2 win over Los Angeles.

Curtis Granderson got an infield single against Dodgers’ starter Zack Greinke to lead off the top of the first inning. David Wright went down on strikes and Murphy doubled to drive home Granderson. Greinke fanned both Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda to end the inning and Corey Seager got a one-out single against the Mets’ Jacob deGrom in the bottom half. Adrian Gonzalez singled and advanced to third base on Justin Turner’s single that scored Seager. Andre Ethier hit a single to plate Gonzalez for a 2-1 Los Angeles lead. DeGrom then recorded strikeouts of Yasmani Grandal and Enrique Hernandez to finish off the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Murphy singled to begin the top of the fourth. Cespedes flied out to center fielder Joc Pederson and a walk to Duda ensued. After moving to second base on the walk, Murphy stole third as the Dodgers were in a shift against Duda and had no player covering that area. Travis d'Arnaud followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Murphy and tie the game at 2-2. Greinke got Michael Conforto to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Seager for the inning’s final out. DeGrom then surrendered just a walk to Pederson in the bottom half.

Greinke pitched a perfect top of the fifth. DeGrom gave up only a double to Turner in the bottom of the inning. With one out in the top of the sixth, Murphy homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Cespedes and Duda were fanned for the inning’s second and third outs and deGrom set down all three batters in the bottom half. Greinke and Los Angeles reliever Luis Avilan combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. New York’s Noah Syndergaard then surrendered just a walk to Gonzalez in the bottom of the inning.

Dodgers’ reliever Chris Hatcher retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. The Mets’ Jeurys Familia hurled a perfect bottom half and Los Angeles’s Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Chase Utley lined out to right fielder Granderson to open the bottom of the inning. Familia then struck out both A. J. Ellis and Howie Kendrick to bring the game and the NLDS to an end. The Mets had a victory and were on their way to the National League Championship Series.