Jacob DeGrom dominates again as Mets open road trip with victory over Diamondbacks
The Mets may be easy on Jacob deGrom, but the ace still doesn’t take it easily on opposing hitters.
DeGrom led the Arizona Diamondbacks on the first pitch, pitching six scoreless innings to propel a 6-2 Mets victory on Monday at Chase Field in Phoenix.
In his second start since returning from the injured list due to strain on the right side, deGrom has yet to have his usual workload. He only threw 70 shots after throwing 63 in his last start, but that was more than enough to give the Mets everything they needed.
DeGrom struck out the first 13 batters he faced, and he allowed just two hits in his six innings. He took out eight and didn’t work.
The scoreless exit brought deGrom’s ERA down to 0.71, and he will enter June with the lowest ERA of a qualifying starting pitcher as Chris Short had a score of 0.64 with the Phillies in the end of May in 1964.
The offensive provided considerable support to deGrom, who also participated in the action. DeGrom pushed the Mets’ lead to 3-0 with a single RBI early in the fourth inning after the Diamondbacks intentionally pushed Mason Williams to get to the pitcher.
Pete Alonso, who was activated out of IL before the game, took care of the rest. He opened the scoring with a two-run single early in the third inning, and followed up with a 442-foot two-run home run at the top of the seventh inning to push the lead to 5-0. Alonso posted his first four RBI game since his rookie season in 2019.
The Diamondbacks found some offensive traction after Trevor May replaced deGrom in the bottom seventh. Eduardo Escobar hit a solo home run, and Josh Reddick tacked on an RBI single to bring Arizona down to 5-2.
Miguel Castro took over for May after Reddick’s single, and the Diamondbacks almost added more in the inning, but formidable defensive play from Williams in center field ended the frame. Williams ran for the warning trail before jumping for a hold and falling back first into the base of the wall.
Billy McKinney added some confidence for the Mets with a solo home run to lead early in the eighth.
Mets are healthier
Along with Alonso’s return to training, the Mets brought several players back into the mix on Monday. Two weeks after being hit in the face by a pitch, Kevin Pillar was available on the bench. He got his first at bat in the eighth inning, where he grounded a single to left field.
Pillar, who wore a face shield while performing the basics and playing on the outdoor pitch, could resume a starting role later in the week, according to manager Luis Rojas.
Pitcher Seth Lugo was also activated outside of the 60-day IL, although he did not appear in Monday’s game.
To make room for the three roster additions plus Williams’ appeal, RHP Sean Reid Foley, C Patrick Mazeika and OF Khalil Lee were all opted for Triple-A Syracuse.
Outfielder Cameron Maybin and RHP Sam McWilliams have both been nominated to open places for Williams and Lugo on the 40-man roster.
Tuesday: RHP Marcus Stroman (4-4, 2.47) vs LHP Caleb Smith (2-1, 3.27) 9:40 p.m.
Wednesday: LHP David Peterson (1-4, 4.91) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-5, 5.15) 3:40 p.m.
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