LOS ANGELES -- Nearly three hours after taking that third-inning stroll to the mound with the understanding that his young pitcher was flirting with disaster, a champagne-soaked Mets manager Terry Collins stood in the celebratory visitor's clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, singing the praises of Jacob deGrom, whose competitive spirit proved to be even more impressive than the dominance he had displayed just six days earlier.
"This tells you how good he is," Collins said. "He just keeps battling. If that didn't prove the makeup this guy has, I don't know what to tell you. He battled his [butt] off."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.