Tampa Bay Times
Some loud Jazz quiets deGrom’s 100 mph pitch with homer
NEW YORK — Jazz Chisholm watched Jacob deGrom’s first 100 mph fastball whiz by and wasn’t impressed.
“People were saying, ‘It’s an angry 100, it gets on you,’ ” said the Mar- lins’ brazen, blue-haired Bahamian (he recently switched from blond). “It didn’t really get on me like I was expecting.
“Some people’s 100 is a little lighter. To me, it felt like he was on the lighter side.”
Safe to say, Miami’s youngsters don’t scare easily.
Chisholm hit a stunning homer in the second off an otherwise stellar deGrom, Trevor Rogers beat the twotime Cy Young Award winner for a second time and the Marlins blanked the Mets 3-0 Saturday.
DeGrom matched a career best with 14 strikeouts over eight innings, Rogers fanned 10 in six and the teams combined for 28 overall.
DeGrom looked unhittable, until Chisholm barreled a 100.4 mph, 0-2 fastball thrown above the strike zone. The left-handed hitter’s drive reached the second deck in right for a 1-0 lead. It was estimated at 402 feet.
Chisholm took a 100 mph strike to start the at-bat, then found himself swinging too quick at a 99 mph pitch. The 23-yearold claims he was looking for something offspeed when deGrom reached back for a third straight heater — 100 above the letters.
“He threw me a fastball up, and I just reacted to it,” said Chisholm, who called deGrom the best pitcher in baseball. “Got my hands above the ball, and yeah, it was a homer.”
It was the first 0-2 home run deGrom has allowed in the majors. “He sold out for it,” deGrom said. “Probably should have done a better job recognizing he was going to try to get to that fastball.”
The next time Chisholm came up, deGrom struck him out with one fastball, then five straight changeups.
Rogers outpitched deGrom for the second time in nine major-league starts. The lefty got his first bigleague win against him last Aug. 31; this was his second.
“Best in baseball, Jacob deGrom is,” said Rogers, 23. “You really have to bring your best and then some.”
A 2017 first-round pick, Rogers cruised in his third career outing against New York. He scattered three hits and two walks, retiring 11 straight in one stretch. “This kid’s growing up right in front of our eyes,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. A’S 7, ASTROS 3: Ramon Laureano hit a two-run homer, rookie Seth Brown hit his first big-league home run and visiting Oakland won the last two of the three-game series. Houston took the opener to give it five straight wins over the A’s after a four-game sweep to start the season. “It was huge,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of his club bounceback. “Not only did we lose that series, every game we got blown out. … It was important for us to gain some confidence against them.” Brown sent a homer into the second deck in the eighth, giving the A’s five homers in their past two games after they had just three in their first eight.
Frankie Montas held Houston scoreless and retired seven in a row before Tampa’s Kyle Tucker hit a solo homer to start the seventh.
MARINERS 4, TWINS 3 (10):
Mitch Haniger homered and hit the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 10th for visiting Seattle. All three of Minnesota’s losses this season have come in the 10th, with the bullpen struggling with the new-as-of-2020 rule that starts each extra inning with a runner on second. “The game, as we are used to playing it, does change, and we have to adapt to that,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. Taylor Trammell, who hit his first career homer earlier in the game, was the inning-starting runner in the 10th. Twins reliever Taylor Rogers picked up Braden Bishop’s bunt, but he couldn’t get a clean grip and held off on a throw. Haniger then hit a one-out fly deep enough to score Trammell.
RED SOX 6, ORIOLES 5 (10):
Rafael Devers homered and visiting Boston scored twice in the 10th on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Christian Vazquez for its fifth straight victory. Baltimore outfielder Trey Mancini hit his first home run since his return from cancer surgery that caused him to miss the 2020 season. It was his first homer since Sept. 28, 2019. BRAVES 5, PHILLIES 4: Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run with a grounder in the seventh to lead host Atlanta, which opened the season with four consec- utive losses but has recovered with a four-game win streak. Pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza’s double off Archie Bradley started the seventh. Ronald Acuna singled, moving Adrianza to third. Freeman hit a one-out grounder that left-hander Jose Alvarado fielded on the mound. Alvarado looked to second, but with the infield drawn in for a play at the plate, no fielder was covering the bag. He then threw late to the plate as Adrianza scored without a slide.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Brandon Crawford delivered the decisive hit for a second straight day, connecting for a three-run homer in the sixth in host San Francisco’s 4-3 win over Colorado. Former Ray Jake McGee earned his fourth save and second in as many games. … Aaron Civale allowed just three hits while dominating visiting Detroit over 7⅔ innings and was backed by five homers, including Jordan Luplow’s three-run shot, in Cleveland’s 11-3 rout. Franmil Reyes hit his third homer in two days, Roberto Perez and Andres Gimenez each added a tworun homer, and Cesar Hernandez had a solo shot. … Mitch Keller pitched five efficient innings as host Pittsburgh used a seven-run second to chase the Cubs’ Zach Davies in an 8-2 win. Phil Evans hit his team-high third homer for the Pirates, who ended a six-game skid. … Trent Grisham hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh as visiting San Diego followed up the franchise’s first no-hitter with another victory over Texas, 7-4. A day after Joe Musgrove pitched that no-hitter, the Padres won their seventh in a row against the Rangers. … Avisail Garcia homered, doubled and drove in five in Milwaukee’s 9-5 win, ending host St. Louis’ four-game win streak. Keston Hiura hit a three-run homer that capped a five-run seventh.