Miami-Jacob deGrom's transition to the big leagues has been full of tough luck. deGrom has pitched well in his first eight starts for the New York Mets, but he didn't have a win to show for it heading into today's game against the Miami Marlins. deGrom has been a victim of poor run support, shaky defense, and blown leads as well as a poor performance or two in there. The stars finally aligned for deGrom today as the Mets (34-41) defeated the Marlins (37-37) 4-0 to give deGrom his first career major league win.
The Mets got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth inning when Chris Young delivered an RBI single to put the visitors in front 1-0. The Mets added another run in the sixth inning when David Wright delivered an RBI single of his own to make it 2-0. deGrom (W, 1-4) would make sure he held onto that lead as he scattered five hits and three walks over seven shutout innings. deGrom struck out seven on the afternoon as he recorded his first big league win.
The Mets tacked on some insurance runs for him in the top of the ninth inning. After David Wright doubled to lead off the inning, Lucas Duda launched a two run homer off of Marlins' reliever Chris Hatcher. Duda's 10th home run of the year blew the game open, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead. The Mets then turned to Jenrry Mejia in the bottom of the ninth, who pitched a scoreless frame to preserve deGrom's first victory.
Player of the Game:
Todays' Player of the Game award goes to Jacob deGrom, who was finally rewarded for his strong start with a victory. deGrom has been a fine addition to the Mets' rotation, and he could easily have four wins at this point if it weren't for the factors we listed above.
Post Game Notes:
- Tom Koehler (L, 5-6) was the tough luck loser for Miami, allowing only two runs in seven innings of work.
- David Wright went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI on the afternoon. Wright appears to be heating back up after a prolonged slump at the beginning of June.
- Duda is the first Met to reach double digit home runs on the season.
- Marlins' second baseman Rafael Furcal left the game in the fourth inning after he hurt his hamstring. He was replaced by Jeff Baker.
The Mets will look to win their series with the Marlins tomorrow afternoon as they wrap up their seven game road trip. Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mets, while the Marlins will counter with rookie right hander Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60 ERA). First pitch at Marlins Park is scheduled for 1:10 pm.
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