Well, all good things must come to an end. So it was with Jason Vargas’s recent “hot streak,” which crumbled over his ears in the course of three-and-a-third innings. To be fair, though, this wasn’t anybody’s best night.
The Mets actually had a decent lead at the start. Todd Frazier led off the second with a base hit up up the middle. Jay Bruce drove a 1-1 offering from Rich Hill into the right field seats and the Mets had a quick lead. They added to it in the third, when Wilmer Flores singled an Michael Conforto slammed curveball over the fence in right center and the Mets led 4-0. Too bad the game had six innings to go.
Vargas, to that point, had looked OK, retiring the first six Dodgers he saw. The seventh and eighth Dodgers, however… Chris Taylor led off the third with a walk. He scored when Austin Barnes slammed a fat fastball over the wall in left center. In the fourth, Vargas gave up the ghost, altogether. David Freese homered leading off, to make it a 4-3 game. Enrique Hernandez singled, Taylor doubled. Barnes reached first on a botched play by Frazier at third, Hernandez scoring the tying run. With runners at first and third, Hill bounced back to the mound, Vargas nailing Taylor at the plate. Mets manager Mickey Callaway decided Vargas had had enough fun for one evening and pulled him in favor of Tyler Bashlor. It was not a particularly inspired choice. Barnes immediately stole third. Brian Dozier then bounced to Frazier, who just couldn’t pull off an around-the-horn double play as Barnes score the go-ahead run on the force. The bullpen held things steady until the seventh, when the roof caved in. Consecutive doubles by Justin Turner and Manny Machado gave the Dodgers their sixth run. Machado scored when Corey Oswalt unleashed a wild pitch to make it 7-4. Matt Kemp walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Tim Locastro. He scored when Freese doubled. 8-4. Hernandez drove Freese home with a line single to center. After Jacob Rhame replaced Oswalt, Taylor singled. Rhame got pinch-hitter Cody Bellinger to pop out, but Yasmani Grandal singled home Hernandez and Taylor.
Getaway game on Wednesday, Zack Wheeler faces Hyun-Jin Ryu.