Even under the Florida sun in February, Jacob deGrom expects a lot from himself.
So after giving up a leadoff double to Tony Kemp – the first batter deGrom faced in spring training – the NL Cy Young Award winner wasn’t happy.
“I was a little bit frustrated today,” the New York Mets ace said Sunday. “I felt like I made a pretty good pitch to Kemp there, a high fastball that he got to. That’s frustrating. But it’s constantly learning to try and let that stuff go.”
DeGrom gave up an RBI single to Tyler White on a 97 mph fastball later in the first inning of a 10-1 loss to a split squad of Houston Astros.
A year after posting a 1.70 ERA, deGrom exited his exhibition debut with a 9.00 ERA.
“Still plenty of time to hopefully get that down,” he said with a few laughs.
DeGrom threw 14 of his 17 pitches for strikes. New catcher Wilson Ramos caught deGrom for just the second time this spring.
“It’s an exciting moment for me because I’m trying to know him better,” Ramos said. “In the beginning of spring training, everybody wants to attack the hitter. He did it today and did it very well.”
Ramos had two hits. Kemp added a two-run triple and Michael Brantley went 1 for 3 in his Houston debut.
AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES
ASTROS (SS) 5, BRAVES 2
Josh Reddick doubled and scored for Houston’s split squad. Framber Valdez, vying for a rotation spot, got the start for the Astros, pitching two shutout innings.
Mike Foltynewicz started for Atlanta, allowing an unearned run in two innings. Pedro Florimon hit a solo home run.
NATIONALS 12, CARDINALS 2
Paul Goldschmidt was hitless in two at-bats in his first game for St. Louis. Brian Dozier singled and walked in his Washington debut.
Cardinals starter Michael Wacha, whose season was cut short in June last year by an oblique injury, gave up one run in two innings.
YANKEES 8, RAYS 5
Luke Voit had a three-run homer and an RBI single for New York. Jonathan Loaisiga, a top Yankees pitching prospect, allowed only a walk in a two-inning start.
Willy Adames and newcomer Mike Zunino hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth for Tampa Bay and Austin Meadows added a solo drive in the inning.
RED SOX 8, TWINS 5
Jackie Bradley Jr. homered in his first at-bat of the spring for Boston. Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis hit a three-run homer for the second straight day.
Max Kepler hit two solo home runs for Minnesota.
ORIOLES 9, BLUE JAYS 8
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the No. 1 prospect in baseball at age 19, had an RBI single and scored for Toronto. Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, also went 1 for 3. Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect and the son of former Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette, singled and scored.
Trey Mancini had two singles, scoring a run for Baltimore. Chris Davis struck out twice in his first spring action after a poor season at the plate.
PHILLIES 10, TIGERS 6
Detroit star Miguel Cabrera singled and walked in his first action since tearing his biceps last Sunday.
Nick Williams and Drew Butera hit three-run homers for Philadelphia. Scott Kingery had two hits and scored twice.
PIRATES 10, MARLINS 6
Top prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes hit two home runs, including a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth for Pittsburgh. Lonnie Chisenhall doubled and scored.
Miami outfield prospect Victor Victor Mesa strained his right hamstring beating out a double-play relay. The 22-year-old Mesa, who signed a $5.25 million bonus last October, had not played in a game in nearly two years following his defection from Cuba.
CUBS 9, GIANTS 5
San Francisco star Madison Bumgarner pitched a perfect first inning, then failed to retire any of the six batters he faced in the second. He hit David Bote in the helmet with a pitch, but the Chicago infielder was able to walk off under his own power.
Addison Russell singled and had a sacrifice fly in his first action for the Cubs since being suspended 40 games under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He missed the last 11 regular-season games plus a wild-card playoff loss to Colorado. He will be eligible to return in early May, barring postponements.
MARINERS 4, ROCKIES 2
Nolan Arenado homered for Colorado and newcomer Daniel Murphy fouled out in his first plate appearance for the Rockies. Starter Jon Gray pitched two innings, allowing one run on a hit and a walk.
Ichiro Suzuki walked, stole a base and scored for Seattle. Jay Bruce went 0 for 2 in his Mariners debut.
PADRES 5, WHITE SOX 4
Hunter Renfroe had a solo home run and a single, scoring twice for San Diego. Manuel Margot added two hits and a stolen base.
James McCann had two of Chicago’s 10 hits.
ROYALS 14, ATHLETICS 5
Chris Owings hit a solo home run and Cheslor Cuthbert added a two-run single for Kansas City.
Marcus Semien had two singles and an RBI for Oakland. Newcomer Jurickson Profar picked up his first hit for the A’s.
DIAMONDBACKS 12, INDIANS 3
Newcomer Wilmer Flores had two singles, scoring twice and driving in a run for Arizona. Robbie Ray retired four batters in a start for the Diamondbacks, allowing one hit and walking two.
Jason Kipnis had two singles for Cleveland.
DODGERS 13, ANGELS (SS) 9
Chris Taylor had an RBI double and scored for the Dodgers. Russell Martin singled in a run in his first at-bat since returning to Los Angeles in the offseason. Hyun-Jin Ryun allowed one hit in a one-inning start.
Peter Bourjos went 1 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Angels’ split squad.
REDS 14, ANGELS (SS) 2
Albert Pujols had a pair of singles and Mike Trout went 0 for 2 leading off for the Angels’ split squad in their spring debuts.
David Peraza had three hits, scoring a run and driving in another, and two stolen bases for Cincinnati.
BREWERS 10, RANGERS 1
Hernan Perez hit a three-run homer in his first spring at-bat and added a double for Milwaukee. Newcomer Ben Gamel singled and scored two runs. Yasmani Grandal struck out three times in his debut. Jesus Aguilar had two hits with an RBI and scored twice in his first spring appearance for the Brewers.