Jacob deGrom was knocked around last night in the Bronx for six runs in only five innings of work. DeGroms' 18 1/3 scoreless-innings streak, and more importantly the teams 11-game winning streak, came to an end last night.
"It's disappointing, because we were on a nice roll," Terry Collins said after the game. "I know the Yankees have been playing very well, but we're surprised when Jake doesn't have his good stuff and tonight he didn't have it."
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira set the tone early when he ended the scoreless-innings streak with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. It became clear rather quickly that deGrom did not have his usual command on the mound.
"I was just leaving the ball up," deGrom added. "I was having a hard time getting it down and just wasn't executing my pitches. ... I've got to make the adjustment there and put us in a better position to win that game."
DeGrom surrendered three home runs in the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the third inning with a line drive home run to right field. A few batters later Teixeira hit his second home run of the game to virtually the same spot just inside the right field foul pole.
"They were hit hard and they got out," deGrom said. "That's the ballpark, and that's what it is."
This is the second time deGrom has allowed three home runs in a game in his young career. The first time occurred last season on May 21 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has not allowed more than one home run in a game during any other start. DeGrom saw his ERA rise from 0.93 to 2.96 after last night.