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Mets vs. Nationals – Game Recap – August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Nerves lasted longer than usual for Jacob deGrom. He was perfectly fine with that after waiting so long to get back on the mound.

Making his first major league start in over a year, deGrom almost looked back on his self Cy Young Award, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six of five innings before a bullpen collapse. relievers only cost the New York Mets in a 5-1. loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

“To get out and throw and be healthy, that’s the reward,” deGrom said between smiles afterwards. “The goal was to win a baseball game and we weren’t able to do that tonight, but being out there and being healthy and feeling good is definitely a good step.”

Sidelined for the second half of last season with an elbow injury and stopped at the end of spring training due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade, deGrom received a standing ovation from a crowd full of Mets fans ahead of his first game in nearly 13 years. month. Serenaded with applause when he threw a 99 mph fastball on his first significant pitch since July 7, 2021, deGrom threw 46 of 59 strikes before going out of play around the time the team predicted.

He averaged 99.7 mph on 31 fastballs, throwing 13 in triple digits and hitting 101.6 mph.

“His fastball was over 100 and his slider is mean,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “I know he’s still trying to develop, but his stuff was really good.”

The 34-year-old two-time NL Cy Young Award winner had all but one of his strikeouts and was much cleaner than his last start in juvenile rehab last week when he allowed four runs in four innings over 67 pitches. He left without a decision after Francisco Lindor homered for leaders NL East in the sixth and criticized himself for making two errors in the fourth that totaled a run at the Nationals.

“That’s going to be part of that: not being there for so long and getting a good sense of what’s going on,” deGrom said. “Overall I felt like I was able to locate the ball where I needed it.”

Mets reliever Stephen Nogosek (0-1) took the loss after allowing a two-run homer to Luis Garcia and a solo shot to Yadiel Hernandez in the sixth. Yoan López also gave up a homer in the seventh, when he got a big assist from center fielder Brandon Nimmo on a diving catch to end the inning.

“What a game,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He’s been great fun to watch and a joy to watch baseball play this year.”

Making his first start of the season following the blockbuster trade that sent Nationals superstar outfielder Juan Soto and veteran first baseman Josh Bell to San Diego, Cory Abbott allowed two runs and struck out three in five rounds. Victor Arano (1-0) took the victory in relief.

DEADLINE FOR TRANSACTIONS

While the Nationals were selling, the Mets were buying at the trade deadline, acquiring right-handed hitter Darin Ruf from the Giants and reliever Mychal Givens from the Cubs. New York sent DH/3B JD Davis and three pitching prospects to San Francisco for Ruf, and minor league pitcher Saúl González to Chicago for Givens.

Washington made no other moves other than the blockbuster with San Diego and a Monday trade that sent utility player Ehire Adrianza to Atlanta for minor league outfielder Trey Harris.

WELCOME TO MAJORS

Joey Meneses, first called up to the majors at age 30 to fill Bell’s spot on the roster, beat deGrom on his first at bat and homered in the seventh. Although his start at first base may be short-lived with the arrival of first baseman Luke Voit, Meneses made history by becoming the first Mexican-born player to homer in his league debut. majors.

“The emotions were incredible,” Meneses said. “I was a bit in shock when I realized what was going on. I didn’t know what to do. I was focused on my first hit in the major leagues and luckily it turned out even better. that.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Trevor May (right triceps) could be activated as early as Wednesday. He has been on the injured list since May 3. “I hope it’s a good addition for us,” Showalter said. “Compared to other things, if we get him back properly, it’s a big chunk to add to our bullpen.”

Nationals: LHP rookie MacKenzie Gore, the most advanced of five young players acquired from the Padres for Soto and Bell, won’t be rushed by elbow inflammation by a forward-looking last-place team. Gore ended up on the injured reserve list last week, although the injury was not a barrier to completing the trade after the Nationals received doctor’s approval. “We’re going to take it easy on him for sure,” general manager Mike Rizzo said.

NEXT

Ruf could make his Mets debut in the series finale on Wednesday after coming in a trade from the Giants. Chris Bassitt (7-7, 3.83 ERA) is expected to start for New York against Aníbal Sánchez (0-3, 7.47).

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