Jacob deGrom enhanced his candidacy for Rookie of the Year Tuesday, pitching the best game of his young career, throwing eight shutout innings as the Mets blanked the Rockies.
Rockies rookie pitcher with the oxymoronic name Christian Bergman matched deGrom zero for zero until the fifth inning. Matt den Dekker doubled and Juan Lagares singled him home to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
The Mets mounted a two-out rally in the sixth. Travis d’Arnaud singled and Curtis Granderson doubled to deep right-center (to the exact spot where Sandy Alderson said he might move the fences in for next season) to drive in d’Arnaud to make it 2-0. Granderson moved to third on a throwing error but he was left there when Wilmer Flores grounded out.
Jacob deGrom was done after eight spectacular innings; Terry Collins decided not to send him out to finish the job after 100 pitches. deGrom allowed three hits, struck out nine batters and walked none. He is now 8-6 with a 2.62 ERA.
Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth, and he was not good at all. Charlie Blackmon led off with a single. He struck out Michael Cuddyer for the first out. Justin Morneau singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Drew Stubbs ran for him. Mejia’s first pitch to Nolan Arenado was in the dirt and got past d’Arnaud to move the runners to second and third. He then walked Arenado to load the bases and that was all for Mejia. He gave way to Josh Edgin, who had not pitched since August 23rd because of an elbow problem. He responded by striking out Corey Dickerson on three pitches for the second out. His job done, Jeurys Familia came on for the final out. He got Wilin Rosario to ground out to end the game.
Mets hold on for the 2-0 win.