Remembering Mets History (2016): Jacob deGrom Tosses a One Hitter

Sunday July 17th, 2016: Terry Collins Mets (49-42) were the reigning NL Champions. 

But they were battling hard for a wild card spot in mid-July of 2016. They were tied in second place in the NL East with the Florida Marlins. They were coming off a rough series after losing three of four to the Washington Nationals.

Today the Mets were in Philadelphia for the rubber game of the three-game set, after splitting a pair with the fourth place Phillies (43-50). 
The Mets ace Jacob deGrom (6-3) went against Zach Eflin (2-2).


Jacob deGrom was on his game tonight, he started out striking out two batters in the 1st inning & another in the 2nd.

In the 3rd, with two outs, pitcher Zack Eflin singled to center with a ground ball through the middle. No one knew it at the time, but it was a spoiler as deGrom would not allow another hit the rest of the way.

After easy 4th & 5th innings with no strike outs, he struck out two Jimmy Paredes & Odubel Herrera to end the 6th. In the 7th he got three straight fly ball outs, all pretty deep.

It wasn't until the 8th inning where allowed his first & only walk of the game. But he struck out Cameron Rupp then got Freddy Galvis to hit into a double play to end the inning. 

By the 9th inning deGrom still hadn't thrown 100 pitches, so manager Terry Collins let him finish out the game. In this day & age it was a rare scene, but deGrom went out in the 9th inning.

He got Cesar Hernandez to ground out to first base. Pinch hitter Andres Blanco then grounded out to second. He ended the game striking out Odubel Herrera.

He completed his four-hit shutout, striking out seven & giving up just one walk.

deGrom went to 6-4 on the year, lowering his ERA to 2.38 among the league's bests. In 2016 he struggled with injuries getting shut down in early September with a ulnar tear, missing the Mets post season drive & wild card game.

In this game the Mets gave him run support as early as the 2nd inning, when short time Met, James Loney singled & Juan Lagares tripled him in. 

In the 3rd inning, Curtis Granderson added his 16th HR of the year to make it 2-0.

In the 5th deGrom himself got aboard with a base hit & came home on a Jose Reyes double.

In the 8th inning, Loney singled again & Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 16th HR of the year to top off the 5-0 Mets shut out.

Trivia: This was the 39th one hitter in Mets history, the last coming in 2013.

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