Jazz Chisholm Jr. watched Jacob deGrom’s first 100 mile-per-hour fastball whiz by and wasn’t impressed.
“People were saying, ‘It’s an angry 100, it gets on you,’” the Marlins’ brazen, blue-haired Bahamian said. “It didn’t really get on me like I was expecting.”
“Some people’s 100 is a little lighter,” he added. “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 off an otherwise dominant deGrom, Trevor Rogers beat the two-time Cy Young Award winner for the second time and the Marlins blanked the Mets, 3-0, Saturday.
DeGrom (0-1) matched a career best with 14 strikeouts over eight innings, the 23-year-old Rogers (1-1) fanned 10 in six and the teams combined for 28 overall strikeouts.
For a while, the difference was Chisholm’s rip in the second inning.
DeGrom looked unhittable early — until the 23-year-old Chisholm barreled a 100.4 m.p.h., 0-2 fastball thrown above the strike zone. The left-handed hitter’s drive reached the second deck in right field for a 1-0 lead and was estimated at 402 feet.
Chisholm took a 100 m.p.h. strike to start the at-bat, then found himself swinging too quick for a 99 mph pitch. He claims he was looking for something off-speed 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.”
Rays Continue to Frustrate Yankees
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays keep finding ways to frustrate the Yankees.
Austin Meadows and Randy Arozarena homered off Domingo German, helping the Rays extend their mastery over their A.L. East rivals with a 4-0 victory on Saturday.
The Rays have won 10 of 12 regular-season games between the teams since the start of 2020. Tampa Bay also eliminated the Yankees from last year’s playoffs in a five-game series that went the distance.
Six Tampa Bay pitchers combined to limit the Yankees to five hits, with an injury-riddled bullpen delivering a strong performance after starter Chris Archer departed with a forearm injury that landed him on the 10-day injured list.
“Any time you shut out a team in major league baseball, it’s saying something,” Manager Kevin Cash said. “When you do it in that fashion against that lineup, it’s really saying something.”
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge returned to the lineup after missing two games because of soreness in his left side. He went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. His fifth-inning single was the Yankees’ final hit of the game.
“We just couldn’t muster anything with the opportunities we had,” Manager Aaron Boone said. “Collectively, we have to be better as a group.”
German allowed four runs and eight hits in four innings, walking one and striking out five. After looking sharp in spring training, the right-hander has yielded four homers in seven innings over two starts to this season.
After the game, he was optioned to the Yankees’ alternate training site.
German missed all of 2020 while serving the remainder of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy in 2019. He rejected the notion that there’s some lingering rustiness as a result of not pitching last year.
“I feel really good, but that’s how it goes,” German said through a translator. “Hitters make adjustments (in the regular season) and pitchers have to make adjustments. It’s up to me to make the right adjustments.”