June 21, 2014: DeGrom's First Major League Win

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Date: June 21, 2014
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 4
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Chris Young, David Wright, Lucas Duda
Key play: Young’s and Wright’s RBI singles, Duda’s home run

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Saturday afternoon in Miami. The teams played the third of four games in a series. Jacob deGrom recorded his first major league win as the Mets defeated the Fish, 4-0.

DeGrom and the Marlins’ Tom Koehler each started the game with three scoreless and hitless innings pitched. Jacob surrendered only a walk to Casey McGehee in the second while Koehler set down all nine New York batters. David Wright singled with two outs in the top of the fourth. Lucas Duda walked and Chris Young hit a single to score Wright for a 1-0 Mets lead. On the play, Duda got caught between bases and was tagged by third baseman McGehee to close out the inning. DeGrom then shut down the Fish in the bottom half.

Koehler hurled a perfect top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Marcell Ozuna drew a walk and Ed Lucas singled. Koehler followed with a bunt on which catcher Taylor Teagarden threw to third baseman Wright for a force out on Ozuna. Jeff Baker flied out to right fielder Curtis Granderson to end the inning and Eric Young drew a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth. Eric Young stole second base and Granderson walked. Daniel Murphy grounded out to first baseman Garrett Jones and a single by Wright brought home Eric Young for a 2-0 Mets lead. Duda hit a ground ball to second baseman Baker for an inning-ending double play. DeGrom then yielded only a double to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom half.

Koehler gave up just a double to Wilmer Flores in the top of the seventh. DeGrom pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Miami reliever Chris Hatcher retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Stanton got a one-out infield single against New York’s Jeurys Familia in the bottom half. Familia got McGehee on a double play grounder to shortstop Flores for the inning’s final outs and Wright doubled to begin the top of the ninth. Duda slugged a homer to increase the Mets’ lead to four runs. Chris Young hit a single and Flores flied out to right fielder Stanton. Hatcher then got Teagarden on a force play ground ball to McGehee and struck out pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia retired Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a grounder to Flores to start the bottom of the ninth. Jones grounded out to first baseman Duda and a walk to Ozuna ensued. Mejia then threw a called third strike past Lucas to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory as deGrom chalked up his first win as a major leaguer.