Highlights of the Mets First Half of 2021: Jacob deGrom Strikes Out A Career High 15 In A Two Hit Shutout
Friday April 23rd, 2021: Luis Rojas' Mets (8-7) hosted Dave Martinez's Washing Nats, in front of a limited crowd of 8,130 due to Covid19 restrictions. Tonight the Mets sent the April Pitcher of the Month to the mound, Jacob deGrom.
At this point in the early season, deGrom had allowed just one earned run in 20 innings for a 0.45 entering this game. He had struck out 14 batters in each of his two previous starts, but was just 1-1 record wise.
He began the game, striking out Andrew Stevenson looking & Josh Harrison looking. In the 2nd inning, he blew away Josh Bell to start the inning & Yan Gomes to end it.
In that inning, Starling Castro singled for the first Nationals hit. Then in the 3rd inning, Andrew Stevenson doubled for the last Nats hit of the night, as deGrom retired the next 18 batters he faced to complete the game.
3rd inning & then two more in the 4th inning. In the 6th & 7th innings, he struck out the side respectively, reaching the 15 strike out mark for the first time in his career, It was the 38th time he had reached double figures in strikeouts in his career as well.
On this night he did not walk a batter. The win was his second victory of the year & he lowered his ERA to an amazing 0.31. In his next start he allowed one earned run in six innings, ending the month with one of the all time lowest ERA's for a starting qualifying pitcher at 0.51.
In the 5th inning, the Mets got to Washington starter Erick Fedde. J.D. Davis was hit by a pitch & Jeff McNeil drew a walk.
Brandon Nimmo later singled in the inning, scoring McNeil & deGrom to make it 3-0.
In the 7th, Nimmo doubled off Austin Voth & Dom Smith singled to left scoring him with the Mets fourth run. Nimmo hit a two run HR in the 8th inning, to complete the Mets 6-0 victory.