In five innings pitched against Sacramento, deGrom (whose season ERA is 0.82) allowed one run on four hits, walked two and struck out five. The only run against deGrom came on a solo home run.
In keeping with their early-season strategy – which is in effect in order to get their young starters through the entire season – 51s manager Wally Backman pulled deGrom after he had thrown just 85 pitches (53 of which were strikes).
The 51s overcame a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning and won – moving to 6-2 on the season.
Also notable for Las Vegas Thursday night:
- Daniel Muno started at second base and hit a solo homer.
- Bobby Abreu went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk. He’s hitting .526 in the early going.
The 51s travel to Fresno to open a series on Friday night. Logan Verrett gets the start for Las Vegas.