WASHINGTON -- It had been exactly nine weeks since Jacob deGrom last allowed a homer. But as Ian Desmond's two-run shot in the second inning Thursday sailed out of Nationals Park, one of the most impressive statistical oddities of deGrom's breakout season came to an end.
Desmond's homer snapped deGrom's franchise rookie record at 67 1/3 innings -- or the equivalent of more than seven full games -- without a home run.
"It's over with there," deGrom said. "There's nothing you can do about it. You've got to go back out and try to get the next guy out. That was kind of my thought process."
Doing precisely that, deGrom rebounded to allow just one other run over six innings of a no-decision, shaving his ERA back down to 2.87. He remains one of the National League's two top Rookie of the Year Award candidates, alongside Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton.
But the home run ball to Desmond still irked him.
"I was trying to go two-seamer in, but I left it up a little bit," deGrom said. "He just got to it."