The New York Yankees opened up the Subway Series on Monday against the Mets thinking they could handle their rival Mets for a four-game series. They didn’t plan on getting swept, which is what happened on Thursday, as the Mets walked away with a 3-1 win at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees just couldn’t get anything going on Thursday, as Mets starter Dillon Gee kept their offense to bare minimum. In fact, the only run that crossed the plate was in the third inning when Robinson Cano drilled a solo shot to right field.
Any chance of staying in the game was snuffed out, as Gee and the Mets bullpen retired the next 20 batters. Gee improved to 3-6 on the year, and was superb in his start. He pitched seven innings of incredible work, allowing just one run and giving up the only four hits the Yankees could piece together. Match that with the career-high 12 strikeouts and he was borderline unstoppable. Bobby Parnell came on in the final inning to pick up his ninth save of the year.
The Mets did their part offensively to back up Gee. Marlon Byrd blasted his sixth home run of the season, a second inning two-run shot to get them on the board. It was realistically all they would need, but John Buck would add another run on an infield single in the eighth to slam the door.
After the game, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi was extremely disappointed in the sweep and offered a few comments after the game:
You know there’s a competitive edge in all of those guys in that room. It’s hard when you lose to your crosstown rivals. You don’t want to be part of a team that gets swept by your crosstown rivals. Over time, it’s going to happen, but you don’t want to be the team that it happens to.
Between 2011 and 2012, the Mets and Yankees battled for supremacy in the Subway Series. In those two years, the Mets were 3-9 and had a 5.02 ERA in their meetings. This season so far, the Mets have been unstoppable. They are 4-0 in the series with the sweep, and have an impressive 1.75 ERA. It’s almost impossible to believe the Yankees would be on the receiving end of those numbers. The Mets have now swept the Yankees for the first time in the history of this rivalry.
Now that this series is out of the way, both teams are ready for a fresh start. The Yankees will have to deal with another longtime rival, the Boston Red Sox, on Thursday night, while the Mets will travel to Florida to start a weekend set with the Miami Marlins. Both games are scheduled for a 7:05 P.M. start.
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