For much of this game, the outcome seemed pretty basic. The Mets pitched Max Scherzer and the Yankees pitched Domingo Germán. While Germán was fine in the end, with two runs allowed on five hits and two walks in 4.2 innings, it’s no Max Scherzer. The Yankees had their chances against the Mets starter and made hard contact, but they couldn’t break through.
Once the Yankees hit the Amazins bullpen, that’s when things started to get interesting in this game. An eighth-inning rally after Scherzer left brought the Yankees back into the game and saw them tie. The problem is that they only equalized it. After some surely debated decisions in the bullpen, the Mets won the game with a Starling Marte single, giving them a Subway Series sweep and a 3-2 win.
While Germán came through the first inning cleanly, it didn’t take long in the second for the Mets to strike. Pete Alonso homered on the second pitch of the inning, giving the Mets the first lead.
They then added another against Germán in the third. After Tomás Nido started the inning with a brace, Germán was close to coming out of the inning after getting a pop-up and an out. However, Francisco Lindor singled past Matt Carpenter, whose arm isn’t good enough to stop the run from scoring.
Germán calmed down after that and hit a scoreless fourth and retired the first two batters in the fifth. He couldn’t quite cross the channel cleanly, however, walking Lindor, which would be the end of his day. Lucas Luetge replaced him and, after walking Alonso, finished the round.
While the Yankees were never able to break through against Scherzer, they eventually managed to hold him off. He ended up pitching seven scoreless innings, but with two walks and five hits, it earned him 99 pitches, after which it would be the end of his day.
Buck Showalter took out David Peterson for the eighth, and that’s when things finally started to get interesting for the Yankees. After Anthony Rizzo tied on four straight pitches to start the inning, Gleyber Torres homered on pitch number five, tying things up.
The three-hitter rule ensured that Peterson had to pitch to another batter and as soon as he managed to get him out, he was immediately out. The Yankees couldn’t add to those two runs, but they were suddenly back in things.
With the game now back in the balance, the Yankees got aggressive and brought in Clay Holmes with Alonso and Daniel Vogelbach in the inning. A walk with one out and one out on the ground put the potential run in scoring position, but a nice play from Torres kept the run from scoring.
The Yankees had yet another chance in the ninth, but couldn’t cash it. After that, they brought in Wandy Peralta. On the very first pitch thrown by Peralta, Eduardo Escobar doubled up, putting the winning run in the goalscoring position. A bunt moved the runner to third, and Peralta then couldn’t handle a grounder that probably should have been second out. Starling Marte then managed to punch through a single, giving the Mets the overall victory.
For different reasons than yesterday, it was another frustrating loss. The decisions of the bullpen in this one are likely to lead to quite a debate. Either way, it’s over. The Yankees have generally been good enough to bounce back from tough losses, and they will need to show that quality again. Next up is Jameson Taillon against Brady Singer and the Royals tomorrow night in the Bronx.
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