DENVER – Jacob deGrom struck nine consecutive shots against Colorado on Saturday, falling one placement against Tom Seaver’s major league record.
More importantly, deGrom almost missed the win.
The Mets ace finished with 14 strokes to lead his team over the Rocks, 4-3, in the first game of the doubles. He threw his last pitch and ended up winning – the first to do so since 2015.
Seaver set a consecutive record in attacks against San Diego on April 22, 1970, hitting his last 10 shots in performance with 19 attacks.
“It would have been nice to get there, but it was a little lacking,” deGrom said with a smile.
Finishing 14 shots in a 3-0 defeat to Philadelphia, deGrom became only the ninth pitcher to knock out as many as nine in a row.
“Fastball was his best weapon,” said Mets manager Luis Rojas. “It’s special. This is not seen often. You talk about Jake getting better every year, and he goes outside, and we talked about the challenge of time, so it’s a slightly different start. He makes adjustments and does something special. ”
The series ended in the fifth inning, when the Rocks took a 3-1 lead with three undeserved runs, but the Mets came together to win the opening of a series that delayed the snow day when scorer Jonathan Villar hit double Daniel Bard (0-1) in seventh inning, and Dominic Smith had a sacrificial fly.
DeGrom (1-0) allowed three undeserved runs and three goals in six innings, and one took a walk, reducing the ERA to 0.45.
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The Yankees fall to the AL-worst record of 5-9
Slow to begin defending the AL title, the Tampa Bay Rays found themselves in the Bronx.
“This place can really motivate you,” manager Kevin Cash said.
Manuel Margot hit a duel homer in a duel, Tyler Glasnow overcame cramps and poor control to score five innings from a single race, and the Rays stopped the strenuous Yankees, 6-3, on Saturday.
The Rays won the second consecutive series in this series after enduring 3-8 moves, improving to a total of 7-8. Tampa Bay have been 4-1 against the Yankees this season and 7-1 at Yankee Stadium since early 2020. They have won seven consecutive series against the Yankees, including last year’s divisional series, and since September 2019, they have played 17 of 22 games.
“Everything you go through before you get here, you better find a way to remove it,” Cash said. “Because you have to stay on top of your game to compete here.”
The Yankees fell to AL-worst 5-9, the latest in a season in which the team was at the bottom of the league from the start of 9-17, 1991, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Bronx fans booed the team again as they lost their fourth straight game, but the crowd was more restrained the day after throwing baseballs and other items on the field late in the 8-2 defeat by the Rays.
“I felt like we were a lot more in the fight today, which is good to say the least,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “But we don’t want moral victories right now.”
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was hit in the right throwing his hand with a foul in the fourth and later came out of the inning. The club said that the X-rays were negative and that Sanchez was day-to-day with a contusion of his right index finger and middle finger.
Limited to three hits on Friday, the Yankees got just one each from DJs LeMahie and Aaron Hicks during the first six innings. The team left seven at base and went 1 for 7 with runners in the scoring position, falling to 20 for 90 (.222) this season, while the men were second or third.
“Actually it all comes down to how you get back up when they hit you,” Aaron Judge said. “Do you go back and throw a punch or do you need some time?”