There was no pulling Mets RHP Jacob deGrom after one inning in this start.
DeGrom was masterful in his first start back in Citi Field since hyperextending his elbow against the Braves on May 2. He set the tone early with a 1-2-3 first and second innings that included three strikeouts.
Alex Avila would get the first hit for the Diamondbacks in the third, but deGrom wouldn't let it amount to anything with another scoreless inning. In the top of the fourth, the righty hurler would set down the D-Backs' 2-3-4 hitters on strikes as he continued to rack up his total whiffs on the night.
After securing three more strikeouts in the fifth, Arizona eventually got to deGrom as a double from Jake Lamb brought home Steven Souza Jr. to make it a 3-1 game. Manager Mickey Callaway admitted he was hesitant to go with deGrom after sixth inning, but he wanted to get the ball in the next frame.
"You know, I was a little worried he would tire out just because he's had such a crazy schedule," Callaway said. "So we were checking with him after the fifth, make sure he was OK. Checking with him after the sixth. I was hesitant to put him back out there, but he really wanted it. So we let him go back out there."
After a leadoff double by Daniel Descalso to start the seventh inning, deGrom worked out of a jam by striking out Avila, then getting Jarrod Dyson to pop up.
For deGrom, getting out of the first inning was the main priority after his last outing lasted only one inning and 45 pitches. Once he got that, deGrom admitted everything felt good from there.
"I think getting out of the first inning," deGrom said with a grin after the game. "I was able to throw strikes, felt comfortable throwing any pitch in any count tonight."
"I would say its close to the best I've felt [all year]."
DeGrom's scoreless inning streak may have ended at 24.2 innings, but he left the game with the win intact. Overall, he allowed just one run on six hits while tying a career-high in strikeouts (13) over 100 pitches in seven innings. DeGrom's ERA is now down to 1.75 on the season.
He had his usual electric stuff on the mound in Callaway's eyes as well.
"He had all his pitches going," Callaway said. "He elevated the fastball really well. It wasn't just elevated out over [the plate], he was doing a good job of crowding them and getting the ball up.
"I think he did a great job."