The Yankees officially split this season’s Subway Series, dropping Monday night’s contest 8-5. While Jacob deGrom was effective as usual, Luis Severino led an embarrassing night for the Yankees’ pitching staff, one that ended with five home runs for the Mets.
Severino continued his struggles in the early going, allowing a leadoff home run to Amed Rosario and a double to Brandon Nimmo. Although Severino retired the next two Mets in short order, rookie second baseman Jeff McNeil singled Nimmo home to make it a 2-0 ballgame.
A two-run cushion was all that Jacob deGrom would need to get into a rhythm early. Although he gave up a walk and a single in the first inning, a Miguel Andujar fly out stranded the two Yankees baserunners.
Severino got two outs quickly in the second inning, but two singles, a stolen base and a walk loaded the bases for the Mets. Severino bore down though, and struck out Michael Conforto. Although Severino escaped, it took him 31 pitches in the inning, putting him at 56 through the first two frames.
Austin Romine led off the bottom of the third with a single, and Brett Gardner followed with a hard-fought walk to put two men on with no outs for Giancarlo Stanton. Although Stanton rolled over a ball to Todd Frazier, the Mets did what they do best: mess things up for Jacob deGrom.
Frazier’s throw to second got one man out, but McNeil air-mailed a throw over Wilmer Flores and into the seats. The two-base error allowed Romine to score and Stanton to move to second. To beat deGrom, a team has to take advantage of every little gift it gets. Aaron Hicks got the message, coming through with a two-out single, tying the game at two after three innings.
A shutdown inning from Severino would’ve really given the Yankees some mojo, but he let the Yankees down again. Austin Jackson roped a leadoff single, and Jose Bautista jumped on a misplaced fastball to re-gain the two-run lead for the Mets. Severino muddled through four ineffective innings, and although he struck out six Mets, he didn’t have that classic Severino command on any of his pitches. He gave up seven hits, including two home runs, and left with the Yankees down 4-2.
Chad Green set down the Mets in the top of the fifth, and the Yankees were able to get a run back in the bottom half. Brett Gardner cracked a double, and Didi Gregorius plated him with a two-out single to cut the deficit back down to one. Though deGrom stopped the bleeding there, the Yankees looked to be back in the ballgame again.
Again, the Yankees were unable to hold the Mets there, as A.J. Cole hung a slider to lead off the sixth inning that Frazier absolutely buried into the left field seats. Every time the Yankees got close, their pitching failed them and gave deGrom new life. Though deGrom’s line wasn’t even his best on the year, he put together a good enough performance to beat the Yankees.
Cole continued to implode into the seventh inning, surrendering home runs to Conforto and Nimmo. By the time old friend George Kontos made his return to Yankee Stadium, the Yankees were down 7-3 and all hope was just about lost. Although Andujar swatted a two-run home run in the eighth to make it close, the Mets tacked on a run off of Zach Britton in the ninth thanks to a Gleyber Torres error. Jerry Blevins, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman handled the endgame for the Mets, who picked up their fifth win in their last seven tries.
Moving forward, the Yankees will continue their homestand tomorrow night as they start a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. J.A. Happ will go for the Yankees, while the Rays will “open” with Hunter Wood. Rookie Jalen Beeks is expected to come in for the middle innings. Game time is set for 7:00 ET.