The Mets put three crooked numbers on the board and Jacob deGrom continued his excellent string of pitching both here in 2018 and in day games in general, leading the Mets to an 8-0 win over the Reds Wednesday afternoon.
Coming into this game with three consecutive losses, deGrom allowed two weak hits in the first inning but pitched out of trouble. He built up a high pitch count early and was pulled after six shutout innings. But by that time the Mets had a 5-0 lead and there was no reason to go to the whip and look for another frame from their ace.
But even though deGrom registered 10 Ks and lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.77, the story of the game was the offensive outburst by the club. The Mets finished with eight hits and 11 walks, with Brandon Nimmo and Austin Jackson leading the way with three hits and three RBIs apiece. Nimmo’s hits were all doubles and two of the three by Jackson were two-baggers, too.
Seth Lugo, Jerry Blevins and Robert Gsellman closed out the game, each with a scoreless inning, to preserve the club’s eighth shutout of the season. After giving up runs in six straight games, Gsellman has a 2.40 ERA in his last 13 games. Prior to that six-game stretch, Gsellman had a 2.79 ERA in 32 games.
The only bad thing about today’s game was that both Jose Bautista and Wilmer Flores got starts. The two combined to go 0-7, albeit with three walks. Flores also had an error, as he dropped a foul pop. Bench ‘em or trade ‘em.