Jacob deGrom came out for the New York Mets and began a path of deGromination (thanks to reader Mike9703 for that one!) against the Miami Marlins to start off tonight's game. deGrom immediately began whiffing Marlins left and right, as he took out the first eight Marlins he faced via the strikeout! Ironically, it took a single from opposing starter Jarred Cosart to break the unlucky streak, and deGrom still did not yield. The Mets righty ended the night with 13 strikeouts versus just one walk in seven innings.
Meanwhile, Miami ran into some first inning trouble, but otherwise Jarred Cosart mustered another solid start. After two strikeouts to lead things off, Cosart gave up a walk and a single before a Wilmer Flores double scored two runners. But Cosart went on to retire eight Mets batters and finished the night with a decent line. He recorded five strikeouts versus two walks with just those two runs allowed.
Miami limited the damage, then brought their own damage beginning in the seventh inning. Justin Bour and Adeiny Hechavarria got aboard with hits and Jordany Valdespin brought them home with a single. On the throw, Valdespin advanced to second base, which allowed Jeff Mathis to sacrifice him over and pinch-hitter Reed Johnson to sacrifice him home, getting Miami a manufacture lead run.
But the Mets were not finished with the Marlins' pen. Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos tried to take care of the bottom of the seventh, but a combined two hits, an error, and four walks, including three in a row by Ramos, drove in three more runs and put the Mets back up by two runs.
The Fish then promptly fought back with the bottom of the order again in the eighth. The Marlins hit four straight singles and tied up the contest thanks to Hechavarria's one-out hit. Then with two outs, Jeff Mathis drove in the lead run with a base hit and made it 6-5.
That score would finally hold, as Chris Hatcher and Steve Cishek finished off the eighth and ninth innings quietly for the 6-5 win.
Hero of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria (0.486 WPA)
Goat of the Game: A.J. Ramos (-0.353 WPA)
Play of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria singles in the eighth inning. Marcell Ozuna and Casey McGehee score. Justin Bour advances to third. Adeiny Hechavarria advances to second on the throw. (+0.366 WPA)