It had the sound and feel of October – with a summer gig twist.
Multiple ovations throughout the evening. A brief concert preceding round nine. Decisive defensive play from Brandon Nimmo and brilliant throws from Jacob deGrom, Adam Ottavino and Edwin Diaz.
The Mets tied that three-game streak with the Dodgers, earning a 2-1 win after seven nearly clear innings from deGrom. Diaz closed it out, with Timmy Trumpets performing his hit song “Narco” on the court as the All-Star Closer entered the game.
The crowd was on their feet as Diaz jogged to rhythmic trumpet tunes and exploded as Diaz continued to hit Trea Turner three-pitch. Chants of “Ed-win Di-az” followed as Freddie Freeman walked over to the plate. Diaz took Freeman and Will Smith to the ground, capping off a memorable night.
Lights out was enough for the Mets that night. Starling Marte’s 16th homer of the year, and his second in as many nights, gave the Mets the lead in the home half of the third inning. After Nimmo extended the inning with a two-out single, Marte took Tyler Anderson over the wall into center field, only the third homer the southpaw has allowed since June.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, were struggling against deGrom. They only managed two base runners in the first five innings. Trea Turner walked in the first – just the third free pass deGrom has given away since returning – and Justin Turner picked off just after a dive Francisco Lindor in the fifth. Neither player passed second base.
Mookie Betts cut the Mets’ lead in half in the sixth, punching a 106.1 mph suspended slider into the stands for his 32nd home of the year. But deGrom retained the lead after allowing a two-out single to Freeman forcing Smith to fly to the deep right.
DeGrom ended his longest outing of the year by knocking out Max Muncy and Gavin Lux in the seventh. In between, Nimmo deprived Justin Turner of an tying home run, running back to the center field fence and bringing it back.
The usually stoic Nimmo celebrated with a fist pump. The crowd roared and deGrom showed his approval by raising both arms and smiling later as Mets fans saluted Nimmo. In his at-bat presence in the bottom half of the inning, Nimmo received another standing ovation.
It reached deafening levels in the ninth, looking just like October.