PHILADELPHIA – Jacob deGrom’s bid for a Cy Young Award three-turf took a double hit Wednesday night.
First, the Mets ace – with some shaky defense as sinners – allowed three earned runs against the Phillies over two innings. Then he left the game with a right tension in hoarding.
Through the Mets overall, overcoming an early four-run deficit to snatch a three-game slide with a 5-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, which helped their slim chances after the season.
DeGrom said he first felt the hoarding “grab” last Friday while warming up in the bullpen for his start against the Blue Jays, but the problem disappeared. It returned during the first inning on Wednesday, prompting deGrom to alert the team̵
Although deGrom is hopeful he may get a chance to return and hit the pitch before his next scheduled start on Monday, manager Luis Rojas will not commit to anything. DeGrom has two scheduled starts left.
“I’m not that worried about it being a long-term thing, I think we probably stopped at the right time,” said deGrom. “Running around, playing catch, it works fine. So when I get to full intensity in a game, that’s when I felt it. Hopefully this is something we can deal with and get back out there as soon as possible. ”
In two innings, deGrom allowed three earned runs on four hits with a strike and a walk. He started the night as NL leader with a 1.69 ERA, but that number had jumped to 2.09 by his departure. The recipients included the Reds’ Trevor Bauer, who took over the NL lead with a 1.71 ERA. Cubs’ Yu Darvish is behind him at 1.86. DeGrom is trying to join Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson as the only pitcher to win as many as three straight Cy Young awards.
“I still felt like I should have been able to make seats, and I did not,” deGrom said. “I do not think [the hamstring] is any excuse for that. I did not throw the ball as I needed to throw it in some situations. The goal is to get ready when they tell me I can throw again. ”
Andres Gimenez knocked in the starting race with a single in the ninth, after Robinson Cano had the singlet, leading from the lap, and trick runner Amed Rosario was averted to second by Hector Neris.
JD Davis had a breakout game for the Mets and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Davis smashed a two-out RBI double in the eighth, tying it 4-4 against Adam Morgan and securing a no-decision for deGrom.
“We just knew we had to get through to the team, especially with Jake going down,” Davis said.
Michael Wacha gave the Mets a shot at comeback by only allowing a run of five hits over four innings after deGrom was removed. Justin Wilson, Miguel Castro and Edwin Diaz combined for three fruitless innings to finish it off.
Andrew Knapp’s shot from Dominic Smith’s glove to an RBI double triggered the Phillies’ big inning against deGrom. In inning, Andrew McCutchen’s RBI field pick brought one last run when Wilson Ramos dropped Gimenez’s throw, trying to apply a quick mark on Scott Kingery at the plate. Adam Haseley’s sacrificial fly had given the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
In his second appearance against his former team in 1 ½ week, Zack Wheeler allowed three earned runs on seven hits over 7 ¹ / ₃ innings in the no decision. The right-hander hit the pitch for the first time since tearing a nail last week as he put on his pants and made him miss a start.
Davis blasted a two-run homer in the sixth that drew the Mets within 4-3. The Mets ‘first run came on Robinson Cano’s RBI ground out after Davis’ double in the fourth.
“What we did tonight, we have to build on,” Rojas said. “And some of the things that still happened tonight, we need to minimize more and more. We made a mistake early … we also had a basic running error later that night, but we made these two things happen and we fik W. ”