Los Angeles Dodgers’ Game 1 loss, the morning after

first_img[email protected] @MWhickerLANG03 on TwitterMets 3, Dodgers 1, in Game 1 of the N.L. Division Series, the morning after:• The only Dodgers victory came on the videoboard, during the Presidents challenge, in which a fan and a Dodger try to recite how many Presidents they can identify. A.J. Ellis blew away his opponent by naming the chief executives perfectly in order, from Obama backwards all the way to Eisenhower, and then threw in both Adams and both Harrisons for good measure.• PHOTOS: Images from NLDS Game 1 • Ellis did not disagree with the notion that a four-day layoff made deGrom’s fastball even more nuclear. “I don’t know if our timing was off or not, but he had an electric fastball,” said the Dodgers catcher. “He was elevating really well. When the ball gets up there with that velocity, it’s so close to your eyes that it looks good to hit, but it was going to be really hard to catch up with.”• Houston and San Diego set the all-time record for strikeouts in a postseason game in 1998, when Randy Johnson hooked up with Kevin Brown and 28 hitters took the walk of shame to the dugout. Brown struck out 16 in his eight innings and Johnson struck out nine. The Astros won, 2-1, with Greg Vaughn’s homer in the eighth providing the eventual winning margin. Trevor Hoffman got the save. The Mets and Dodgers came within a strikeout of that record Friday night.• deGrom’s 13 strikeouts tied the Mets’ postseason record for a single game. Drum roll, please — Tom Seaver also had 13, against the Reds in 1973.• Zack Greinke handles Game 2 for the Dodgers Saturday night against Noah Syndegaard. Greinke was asked if he minded starting Game 2, since Mattingly’s reasoning was that Kershaw was better equipped to work Game 4 with three days’ rest. “I told them I’d do it, but I’m not very good at it,” Greinke said. He has done it in his career with a 2.00 ERA, although he went only nine innings, total, in those starts. It is quite possible this will be Greinke’s final home start as a Dodger, since he can opt out of his contract at season’s end. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img • Ellis had a better night than Adrian Gonzalez, who struck out three times at the hands of Jacob deGrom. Gonzalez did thrill the crowd with a loud foul home run to right, and then drove in the Dodgers’ only run, off Tyler Clippard, with a single to left.• Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick were the only Dodgers who didn’t strike out. They also had four of the club’s seven hits.• The Mets used closer Jeurys Familia for four outs and presumably won’t hesitate to do that again. The Dodgers went 0 for 4 against him with three grounders. Familia had 45 saves in 50 opportunities and gave up a .207 batting average this year.• Of course, the only Met who didn’t strike out was Curtis Granderson, the former Tiger and Yankee who saw Kershaw better than anyone else in the lineup. He popped a single into left-center field, singled hard in the fifth, lined into an out in the first and got the walk that finished Kershaw in the seventh.• The underrated Daniel Murphy homered off Kershaw in the fourth inning, drilling an inner-half fastball on a 2-0 count and taking it into the Mets’ bullpen. “He ate me up with sliders in the first,” Murphy said, “but then I was able to get my foot down just a little bit earlier. He doesn’t make many mistakes.”last_img read more