May 15, 2014: deGrom's Major League Debut
|Date: May 15, 2014|
|Mets starter: Jacob deGrom|
|Winning pitcher: Dellin Betances|
|Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Chase Whitley, Alfonso Soriano|
|Key play: Alfonso Soriano's RBI double|
In the last "Subway Series" game of 2014, pitcher Jacob deGrom made his Major League debut for the Mets, who were looking to take three of four versus the Yankees. Despite deGrom's solid performance (allowing just one run, four hits, and two walks while striking out six over seven innings), the Mets were shutout for the second straight night and fell 1-0, the first time a "Subway Series" game ended with that score, with deGrom taking a loss.
Also making his Major League debut was Chase Whitley of the Yankees, who pitched 4 1/3 innings allowing just two hits and two walks. deGrom allowed one hit in each of the first three innings before retiring the Yankees in order in the fourth, fifth, and sixth. Whitley meanwhile, pitched two perfect innings before Ruben Tejada led off the bottom of the third with a single. He would move to second on Juan Centeno's groundout and then to third on deGrom's single, his first Major League hit. The Mets had runners on first and third with one out, but Eric Young flew out to left and Daniel Murphy struck out to end the inning.
In the top of the fifth, Whitley got Lucas Duda to ground out before walking Tejada and Centeno. Both men advanced one base each on deGrom's sacrifice bunt. With runners on second and third and two outs, Yankee manager Joe Girardi relieved Whitley with Dellin Betances, who got Young to ground out to end the inning. He then threw two perfect innings and got the win.
In the top of the seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury flew out before Mark Teixeira walked. After Brian McCann grounded into a force out at second, Alfonso Soriano doubled to deep left-center that allowed McCann to score, putting the Yankees up 1-0. Yangervis Solarte then lined out to end the inning.
In the top of the eighth, Scott Rice struck out Zoilo Almonte before walking Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner. Jeurys Familia relieved him and threw a wild pitch to Derek Jeter, letting Johnson and Gardner advance one base each. Jeter grounds into a forceout at short and Johnson is thrown out at home. Josh Edgin relieves Familia and gets Ellsbury to fly out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Adam Warren struck out Juan Centeno before walking Bobby Abreu, who is replaced by pinch runner Juan Lagares. Warren struck out Eric Young before Daniel Murphy's single puts runners on first and third with two outs. David Robertson relieves Warren and gets David Wright to ground out to short to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Jenrry Mejia allows a single to Mark Texeira before striking out Brian McCann. After allowing another single to Alfonso Soriano, he gets Yangervis Solarte to ground into an inning-ending double play.
David Robertson returns to pitch the bottom of the ninth and gets Curtis Granderson to ground out before striking out Chris Young and Lucas Duda, both swinging, to end the game as the Mets lose both "Subway Series" games at Citi Field after winning both at Yankee Stadium.