Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer Make Opening Day History For Mets, Nationals

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom

There was reigning NL Cy Young award victor Jacob deGrom, and his new $137.5 million contract, stifling the Nationals for six innings. He tossed 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, allowing two earned runs, three walks and a whopping 12 strikeouts. deGrom lasted six innings for NY, giving up five hits, zero earned runs, one walk and 10 K's.

On a day that Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six scoreless innings, and Max Scherzer fanned 12, it was New York Mets newcomer Robinson Cano who decided the outcome with a homer, an RBI single and head's-up throw to the plate. It was the Mets' 38th victory in 58 openers, still by far a major league best.

"I was nervous today, honestly". The Mets won the season series 11-8 in 2018.

Both aces hit double-digit strikeout totals. The right-hander was removed at 93 pitches.

Not a bad way to start the 2019 Major League Baseball season for the duo.

Manager Mickey Callaway said he considered letting deGrom pitch the seventh, but given the pitcher's irregular work week with his new five-year contract finalized Monday, chose to play it conservatively.

Cano homered in his first Mets at-bat before delivering an RBI single in the eighth, accounting for the runs.

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From the moment Guardiola's men went 2-0 in front, it was played with the pace and intent of a preseason friendly. First, it was Timothy Fosu-Mensah's wayward pass that freed Bernando Silva for the first goal after five minutes.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Reigning homer run champion Khris Davis went deep for the second time this season, Marcus Semien added a solo shot and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 on Thursday for their first win after a pair of losses to Seattle last week in Japan. Cano took the throw from third for the forceout a second, then zipped the ball to the plate.

"I like to pay attention to the little details", Cano said, noting he once made a similar play for the Yankees.

Veteran infielder Ryan Zimmerman hits fifth and plays first base, while Yan Gomes is the team's backstop and hitting sixth.

The Nationals had runners at the corners in the third, but Jacob deGrom struck out Trea Turner, then got Anthony Rendon to hit a grounder to third.

While the Nats dropped their home opener to the Mets 2-0, Scherzer pitched a gem.

Cano became the first Mets player with an Opening Day homer since David Wright, Andrew Brown and Juan Lagares each homered on March 31, 2014.

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