This time, the Mets were not about to let Jacob deGrom down following a flirtation with history. After deGrom came within one of Tom Seaver’s 51-year-old record for consecutive strikeouts, the Mets rallied late to give their ace his first win of the season in a 4-3 victory over the Rockies to open a seven-inning doubleheader.
Most of Saturday’s first game at Coors Field appeared to be the same old story for deGrom, who again matched his career high with 14 strikeouts — including nine in a row from the second through the fourth innings. But when Josh Fuentes ended that streak with a ground ball to second base, the Mets’ defense quickly ceded the lead on an error and two other questionable plays. The Rockies’ resulting three-run rally (all of which were unearned) put deGrom on the hook for a loss — until Francisco Lindor hit a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh.
The winning rally began with a James McCann single and a Jonathan Villar pinch-hit RBI double, which plated pinch-runner Albert Almora Jr. Brandon Nimmo followed with a single, before Lindor punched a Daniel Bard pitch through the right side to put New York ahead.
deGrom’s streak of nine consecutive strikeouts fell one short of Seaver, who fanned 10 Padres in a row on April 22, 1970. deGrom became the ninth pitcher in Major League history to strike out nine in a row.
deGrom tied Max Scherzer, Aaron Harang, Ricky Nolasco, Jake Peavy and Mickey Welch for the second-most consecutive strikeouts in National League history.