It was quite a pitchers’ duel on the South Side of Chicago, as Jacob deGrom displayed his standard excellence over seven innings, striking out 11. He was matched by White Sox All-Star hurler Lucas Giolito, who bounced back from recent struggles to match deGrom with seven impressive innings of his own.
The White Sox pushed across their only run against deGrom in the third, when two bloop singles and a walk loaded the bases. Jose Abreu hit a sacrifice fly to right-center to get one run across, but deGrom limited the damage, and mostly cruised thereafter.
Todd Frazier narrowly missed tying the game in the top of the fifth, launching a ball off the top of the right-center field wall for a double. The Mets would strand him there, but did manage to tie the game the next inning, when Michael Conforto worked a leadoff walk and snuck home on a slow Wilson Ramos ground out to third.
From there, the game turned into a bullpen battle replete with odd bounces. The Mets may have received a lucky one in the bottom of the eighth, when a sharp Jon Jay grounder up the middle hit the second base umpire in the infield on a ball it was unclear Robinson Cano would reach. The runners on first and second could thus only advance one base, and Justin Wilson escaped the jam by inducing a Tim Anderson ground out.
In the top of the ninth, Wilson Ramos reached on the lucky bounce of an Anderson error. J.D. Davis suffered a seemingly unlucky bounce of his own, as the stadium foul line didn’t quite extend to the right field wall, leading to a possible missed double. Davis rebounded to single, and Todd Frazier followed with a single of his own to plate pinch-runner Aaron Altherr. Michael Conforto delivered two huge insurance runs with a two out, two run single to extend the lead to 4-1, as Edwin Diaz worked around a solo home run in the ninth, striking out the side and recording the save for the Mets’ sixth straight victory.
Full recap to follow.
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