Tonight’s game at Citi Field should be officially re-named The Battle of the Dueling Jakes. Jake deGrom and Jake Peavy put on a show in front of the rather large crowd Saturday night, both taking no-hitters late into the ball game.
Jake Peavy, looking to snap a career-long 10 game losing streak, had a perfect game through the first six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh. In that seventh inning, the Mets were able to tack on four runs.
Those four runs were more than enough for Jacob deGrom, who took his no-hitter into seventh. The Giants were able to scratch two runs of their own at the end of deGrom’s night, but that wouldn’t be enough to defeat the Mets.
While Jenrry Mejia made things interesting in the 9th, allowing the tying runs to get on base, he was able to save the game (his 8th straight and 16th overall).
The closest thing either side had to a hit in the first five innings was a deGrom ground-ball that Giants SS Brandon Crawford bare-handed and threw over to Brandon Belt at first. The umpire originally ruled deGrom safe but after a challenge from the Giants, the call was overturned to an out.
In the seventh, the Mets were able to do all of their damage. After Curtis Granderson fouled a ball to the left-side, Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval was in some discomfort after running into the railing in an attempt to catch the foul ball. A rather long delay in order to attend to that injury seemed to throw Jake Peavy out of rhythm, as from that point on the wheels fell off.
Granderson crushed a ball to deep center that wouldn’t get out. Then Daniel Murphy hit a ball to left-field that Michael Morse mis-judged that turned into a double. David Wright would join the party with a hit of his own, putting runners at the corners with one out.
The next batter Lucas Duda was plunked by the ball to load the bases. Travis d’Arnaud drove in the first Met run with a sacrifice fly. A Juan Lagares single gave the Mets their second run.
Wilmer Flores, getting the start at shortstop this evening, would make the most of his playing time with a two RBI double, putting the Mets in front 4-0.
The Giants would get two runs of their own though on a pinch hit two RBI single by Travis Ishikawa.
deGrom’s numbers are as good as you think they would be. He went 7 and one-third innings, allow two earned runs, four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts on 101 pitches. It was the first time in deGrom’s career where he got an out in the eighth inning. Tonight’s start put’s him on the map for NL Rookie of the Year and he should start to get some love around baseball for that award.
Juan Lagares made a SportsCenter Top 10 worthy defensive play tonight. I’ve said it before, if he doesn’t win the Gold Glove the award should just be abolished. To add to that, Eric Young had a nice defensive play of his own. Defense certainly can make a defense, and tonight it did.
Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia are so fun to watch in the 8th and 9th inning. They know how good they are and they go right after the opposing hitters. Entering tonight the Mets had a 3.10 bullpen ERA, good for 7th best in all of baseball.
Wilmer Flores made sure to make an impact during his start tonight. Would be really nice to see him get an extended look with some regular playing time.
It’s nice to seem Citi Field alive and rocking. Hopefully in the near future that’s the way it is for every home game and for October baseball.
Player of the Game: A new feature I’m adding to my recaps every week. Tonight’s player of the game is obviously Jacob deGrom who continues to amaze and get better each and every time he steps on the mound.
The Mets and Giants get together at 1 PM tomorrow for the third game in this four game set. Madison Bumgarner goes for the Giants, while Bartolo Colon goes for the Mets.
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