Following tonight’s loss against the Mets, the Yankees find themselves 5.5 games behind the Red Sox. Letting winnable games like this slip away will haunt a team. The Bombers wasted countless opportunities at the plate and received a lousy starting pitching performance. That makes for a poor combination, and one that sent the Yankees to a 7 - 5 loss.
The second half of the 2018 season saw Domingo German reprise his role as the staff’s most volatile starter. As per usual, the right-hander got shelled in the first inning. He allowed a parade of doubles to the Mets, one of the most hapless offensive teams in baseball. Neil Walker and his shaky defense at first base didn’t help, but it’s on German to not allow three runs in the first.
In the third inning, German allowed a solo home run to the returning Yoenis Cespedes. It was a shot down the left-field line that looked foul as it traveled. The ball carried just enough to clang off the foul pole, giving the Mets a four-run lead. Of course it had just a nine percent hit probability and went for the homer.
The Mets eventually chased German in the fourth inning. He allowed a double to Devin Mesoraco and a walk to Matt den Dekker to put two runners on with two outs. Aaron Boone had seen enough and pulled German from the game. Adam Warren came on to clean up the mess and he struck out Brandon Nimmo to escape the jam.
German finished the night having gone 3.2 innings while surrendering four runs. He struck out three and walked two. German left far too many pitches in the middle of the zone and paid for it. The right-hander raised his season ERA to 5.68, and there’s no real excuse to keep him in the rotation at this point.
Warren, meanwhile, did his best to put this game out of reach. In his first full inning of work, the veteran right-hander allowed two runs on three walks and two singles. Michael Conforto and Mesoraco did the brunt of the damage, but Warren struggled with every batter he faced. Boone removed him with the bases loaded and two outs in favor of Chasen Shreve. In a pleasantly surprising turn of events, the left-hander struck out den Dekker to end the inning.
For a while it looked like the Yankees’ offense would fail to capitalize on their many opportunities. It seemed like the Bombers managed a healthy number of baserunners against Noah Syndergaard. It took until the third inning to plate a run, though. That came when Giancarlo Stanton just missed a pitch off the end of his bat. With two on and one out, he lofted a sacrifice fly to score Brett Gardner. That made it a 4 - 1 game. Aaron Hicks tried to keep the rally going with a hit of his own, but Gary Sanchez pop up ends the threat.
Syndergaard pitched through the fifth inning, and although his velocity diminished, he kept the Yankees’ bats in check. The Mets bullpen, on the other hand, had no such luck. Walker, of all people, came through with the big hit in the bottom of the sixth against Seth Lugo. His two-RBI double made it a 6 - 3 game.
Lugo then settled down and escaped some precarious jams. He found himself in significant trouble in the seventh inning, as he faced Miguel Andujar with the bases loaded and two outs. The Yankees third baseman popped up to the end the threat, though.
Robert Gsellman came on in the eighth and the Yankees began to roll. It started with Gardner reaching on a one-out error. Aaron Judge followed with a single before Didi Gregorius punched a RBI double into left field. Stanton followed with a groundout to make it 6 - 5. Having cut the lead to one, Hicks picked up an intentional walk, bringing Sanchez to the plate with the bases loaded. The Kraken struck out to the end inning, whiffing on two pretty bad sliders off the plate. It was ugly and took the air out of the comeback attempt.
A.J. Cole took over in the ninth and allowed an insurance run for the Mets. That put the Yankees down two in the bottom of the ninth with Gsellman still on the mound. The Mets’ typical closer Jeurys Familia is reportedly on the verge of being traded.
Greg Bird began the inning by battling the right-hander, but he grounded out after 12 pitches. Andujar then struck out before Walker drew a two-out walk. Unfortunately the comeback fell short as Gardner grounded out to end the game.
Game two of the Subway Series will be tomorrow afternoon, with Steven Matz and Sonny Gray on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM. You can still grab tickets on StubHub by clicking here!