For a long time, the Subway Series was synonymous with defeat for the New York Mets. The Mets, forever the little brother to the big brother New York Yankees, had only won the season series once prior to the 2013 season. The Mets surprised a lot of people by sweeping the Yankees last season in four straight games. This season, the Mets are now halfway to a second consecutive season sweep. After defeating the Yankees on Monday night, the Mets offense busted out for 12 more runs as they defeated the homestanding Yankees 12-7.
The Mets jumped all over Yankees' starter Vidal Nuno in the first inning. Nuno (L, 1-1, 6.43 ERA) got off to a rough start by plunking leadoff man Eric Young Jr and following it up with a walk to Daniel Murphy. David Wright drove home Young with an RBI single to make it 1-0 Mets. Two batters later, Curtis Granderson hit a three run homer to make it 4-0 in favor of the visitors. The Yankees managed to get three back in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single from Mark Teixeira and a two run homer by Brian McCann.
The Mets would add a run in the third to make it 5-3, and they knocked Nuno out of the game in the fourth inning. Daniel Murphy drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3, and Wright singled in another run off of Alfredo Aceves to make it 7-3. The Yankees were able to pick up an RBI single from Brett Gardner in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 7-4, but the Mets answered with four more in the top of the fifth. Ruben Tejada drove in a run with an RBI single, and Murphy delivered a three run homer to right field off of Aceves to make it 11-4 in favor of the Mets. Murphy's third home run of the year gave Wheeler a seven run cushion.
Wheeler ended up having a rough day at the office, throwing nearly 100 pitches through the first four innings. Manager Terry Collins tried to nurse Wheeler through the fifth to get him a win, but Wheeler couldn't get out of the inning. Wheeler recorded one out but gave up an RBI single to Alfonso Soriano to make it 11-5, sending Collins to the mound to call on Daisuke Matsuzaka. Wheeler had a rough outing, going 4.1 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits while walking six and striking out only two.
Matsuzaka (1-0, 2.60 ERA) was able to steady the game for the Mets, and he picked up the win in relief after throwing 3.2 innings of one run ball. The only run against Dice-K came on a home run from Yangervis Solarte in the bottom of the eighth, but the Mets were able to tack it back on in the top of the ninth on an RBI double from Lucas Duda. The Yankees were able to score one run in the bottom of the ninth against Jeurys Familia, but the deficit was too much to overcome, giving the Mets their third consecutive win.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to second baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy went 1 for 3 on the night with 2 runs scored, a home run, and 4 RBI's. Murphy's three run homer off of Aceves in the fifth inning broke the game wide open for the Mets.
Post Game Notes:
- The Mets have now won six consecutive games against the Yankees dating back to last season.
- Curtis Granderson is hitting .320 in the month of May, pulling his batting average up to .205 on the season.
- David Wright led the way for the Mets' offensively with three hits. Duda and Granderson each contributed two.
- The Mets scored 21 runs over two games at Yankee Stadium.
- Manager Terry Collins told reporters after the game that he is going to the "closer by committee" system for now.
The Subway Series shifts to Citi Field for the next two nights as the Mets (19-19) and Yankees (19-19) continue their four game set. Tonight's pitching matchup is going to be a very intriguing one. The Yankees will send their best pitcher, Japanese rookie Masahiro Tanaka (5-0, 2.57 ERA) to the mound to try and snap their three game losing streak. The Mets will counter with Rafael Montero, who is making his major league debut. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.Tags: Baseball, Curtis Granderson, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Eric Young Jr, Lucas Duda, MLB, New York, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Subway Series, Vidal Nuno