GAME 38: With every Yankee hitter in the lineup contributing, the team racked up a combined individual talley of 25 runners LOB (left on base), while squandering 10 walks hitting into 3 potential rally-killing DP’s. The Mets swept the 2-game Bronx portion of the 2014 Subway Series, which now heads to Queens for the final two. Going back to last year’s series, it’s now 6 in a row for the Mets.
Yankees starter Vidal Nuno‘s command issues put the team in a 4-0 hole in the top of the first, which included a 3-run blast by Curtis Granderson. If you were thinking the game was going to be another cluster you-know-what, the Yankees responded with 3 in their half of the frame, led by a Brian McCann 2-run homer (video above). 4-3 Mets after one (30 minute plus) inning. But it turned out to be false hope.
Three and half hours later, after the teams combined for 19 runs, 16 walks, 4 home runs, one manger ejection (Joe Girardi), the resurgent Queens club kept banging away on Yankee pitching for leads of 5-3, then 7-3, then 11-4 until the final result.
The Mets are showing youth, power, speed and hustle — while the Yankees seem adrift. Inconsistent pitching from starters and the bullpen, a sudden rash of injuries, and the lack of timely hitting have put the Bronx club in a 4 game skid. In the process, they’re now in a three-way tie for 2nd place in the AL East with a 19-19 record.
THE BRIGHT SIDE: The continued hitting prowess of Yangervis Solarte, who knocked his third home run of the season tonight, and leads the team in BA (.339), RBI (22) and OPS (.921) … The continued clutch hitting of Mark Teixeira (especially in May!) … And Brian McCann is clearly getting better swings, and hopefully continues it. Also props to Matt Daley, whose three innings of scoreless relief definitely saved a bullpen arm or two in this time of need …
Here’s the box score and a recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.
On to the Borough of Queens tomorrow, where the Yankees hopes for turning around the skid are placed in the able hands of Masahiro Tanaka. Let’s Go, Yan-kees!