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Yankees game 19: Subway Series goes to the Yankees

New York Mets 4 – New York Yankees 6

In the rubber match of the Subway Series, extra bases and extra at-bats were the theme.

Former Yankee Curtis Granderson gave current Yankee starter Nathan Eovaldi a rude greeting in the first inning when Granderson went deep to lead off the game, his first of the season. The difficulties would continue when Juan Lagares hit a rocket that Mark Teixeira was lucky to get out of the way of. Two outs later, Daniel Murphy would hit the second rocket at Teixeira and it would get to the right field corner, scoring Lagares and extending the Mets lead to two.

Jon Niese would get the first two outs in the bottom of the first inning but Alex Rodriguez would not let the Mets lefty get off that easily. With a high fly ball to right center field, Alex Rodriguez would come one home run closer to tying the great Willie Mays. The fifth home run of the season is the 659th of his career.

After getting the first out of the second inning, Niese would give up a double to J.R. Murphy. Then with two outs, Gregorio Petit would rip a double into the left field corner. Brett Gardner would follow with a double of his own, taking the place of Petit, who scored on the hit to the right field corner. Chris Young would defy the shifted infield with a seeing-eye single to the vacated right side. Alex Rodriguez would hit a double to left field, scoring Young. A comically poor throw by Cuddyer in left field would create chaos but Alex Rodriguez would ultimately be thrown out at third when the first baseman retrieved the ball.

Yes, the first baseman recovered a throw from the left fielder.

In the top of the third inning, Eovaldi would get the first two outs before Lucas Duda hit a single to center field. Michael Cuddyer would bring home Duda on a double to left field, bringing the Mets within two. Daniel Murphy would follow suit with a double to left field too, scoring Cuddyer and bringing the Mets within one.

A single and a throwing error in the top of the fifth inning with one out would cue the early exit for Eovaldi, who struggled in the odd numbered innings. Lefty Chasen Shreve would keep the Mets off the board despite hitting a batter because he followed it with a double play.

In just 4 1/3 innings, Nathan Eovaldi allowed four runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out six.

In the bottom half of the fifth inning, Brett Gardner would reach first on a single after the initial out call was overturned. Chris Young would hit a ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy who bobbled it for an error. A throwing error on a potential double play would allow the Yankees to score their sixth run of the game. Shreve and Chris Martin would combine for a strong sixth inning. Martin and Justin Wilson combined to get the seventh inning.

In the eighth inning, the big boy, Dellin Betances would continue the script.

In flashes of last season, Betances dominated the heart of the Mets lineup, striking out three, but needing a second third out when his third strikeout got away. But Betances would generate a ground out. Notably, the ground out is the first time the Mets have made contact against the Yankees 6’8” beast. As it has been for most of this season, the ninth inning means one thing.

Andrew Miller would shut the door on the Mets, though Wilmer Flores‘ foot met Miller’s slider. The seventh save for Andrew Miller won the first Subway Series of the 2015 season.

Tonight’s game was not without its flaws as the New York teams committed six errors in total.

In addition, the Yankees won five of seven games this week with the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets, two of the hotter teams entering their respective series. Impressive week by the Yankees.


Win – Chasen Shreve (1-0)

Loss – Jon Niese (2-1)



*Daniel Murphy – 2 for 3, BB, 2 2B, 2 RBI (11)

*Curtis Granderson – 1 for 4, R, Solo home run (1) in the 1st, RBI (5)


*Alex Rodriguez – 2 for 4, R, 2B, Solo home run (5) in the 1st, 2 RBI (13)

*Brett Gardner – 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, RBI (5)


Current Yankees Record: 11-8