deGrom pulled, but Mets beat Cubs 6-3
By: Mike Stiles -
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Anthony Rizzo (photo courtesy of MLB)
(NEW YORK) - A historic season is turning into a frustrating one Jacob deGrom. The New York Mets ace was pulled from a second straight start with an arm injury, this time leaving after three perfect innings with right shoulder soreness, but the bullpen stepped up to finish a three-hitter in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night. One start after being pulled from a gem against San Diego with flexor tendinitis in his right arm, deGrom went directly down the clubhouse tunnel after finishing the third against the Cubs. DeGrom says initial tests ruled out a serious issue, but he planned to get imaging and more observation Thursday. He and manager Luis Rojas both said it was too early to know if he'd go on the injured list. Sean Reid-Foley (2-0) relieved deGrom and earned the win after allowing one run over two innings. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo ended the bid for a combined perfect game or no-hitter by homering with one out in the fourth. The Cubs stranded two runners each in the fourth and sixth against Reid-Foley and Aaron Loup before collecting two hits, including Rafael Ortega's two-run homer, off Drew Smith in the ninth. Edwin Díaz entered and retired pinch-hitter Willson Contreras on a flyout to center for his 14th save.