It was turn back the clock day at Citi Field with outstanding performances from Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola, who both finished in the top three of the Cy Young Award race in 2018. The two combined for 1 run in 14 innings. And it turned out to be enough for the Mets, who emerged with a 1-0 win Saturday night to tie the series 1-1.
deGrom in his last outing was perfect for 5.2 innings. He was a thin hair worse than that this time, as he had the audacity to allow two hits in 6 IP. But he struck out 10 batters and did not allow a walk. In three games since returning from the IL, deGrom has a 1.62 ERA and is 2-0.
We’ve gotten so spoiled with Edwin Diaz being lights out in the ninth inning. He was not this way in tonight’s game, as his slider was not as sharp as it has been recently. He walked two batters and had runners on second and third before he struck out Nick Castellanos for the final out and his 27th save of the season.
The only run scored in the first inning when Starling Marte singled, stole second and advance on a throwing error and scored when Pete Alonso dumped a single to right field. It was the 97th RBI of the season for Alonso.
In two games, the Mets and Phillies have scored a total of four runs, an indication of how good the pitching has been in this series. The rubber game on Sunday will feature Zack Wheeler and Chris Bassitt so a continuation of good pitching could be in the cards. Bassitt has a 2.19 ERA over his last nine starts while Wheeler has a 2.08 ERA in his last 15 games.