Follow along with Elite Sports NY on Friday night at Citi Field as Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees take on Matz and the Mets.
New York Mets (83-63) vs New York Yankees (80-65)
Friday, 7:10 PM ET on YES, SNY, MLBN
Citi Field, Flushing, New York
Matz (3-0, 1.88) – Tanaka (12-6, 3.40)
CitiField will bring us an oddity this weekend. Not only is it another Subway Series, but it’s one that will be considered the most important in regular season history.
Not since 2000 have the Mets and Yankees met each other this late in the season.
The hot Masahiro Tanaka will be pitted up against the youngster, and organizational favorite in lefty Steven Matz. Click Here for our Full Game Preview.
Familia gets into trouble by loading the bases, but eventually finds his sinker to get Gardner to fly out to left and strike out Headley. Mets win 5-1.
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 19, 2015
Collins goes with his closer Jeurys Familia in the non-save situation. After giving up a single to Dustin Ackley and getting Gregorius to ground out, Alex Rodriguez was called upon to pinch-hit.
The Mets tack on another run thanks in large part to Murphy’s first triple of the season. 5-1 Mets.
Terry Collins goes with Addison Reed to take the place of Clippard in the eighth-inning. Reed starts his night off well by striking out Carlos Beltran and getting the pinch-hitting Brian McCann to pop-up in foul ground along the third-base side. He then struck out the young Greg Bird to end the eighth.
Seventh Inning: Joe Girardi pulls the plug on Tanaka after only 82 pitches. Chasen Shreve enters. Juan Uribe then goes the other way with a two-run pinch-hit home run to extend the Mets lead to 4-1.
End of seven innings in Flushing. Matz exits after 102 pitches. He allowed seven hits and just one run.
Hansel Robles comes in as the lineup turns over in the bottom of the seventh. Tyler Clippard isn’t available tonight as his back tightened up prior to the game. Robles strikes out Gardner (chasing high heat) and Headley to polish off a one, two, three inning of relief. Still 2-1 Mets.
Sixth Inning: With Tanaka cruising along, Daniel Murphy comes out of nowhere to destroy a 2-2 hanging slider that caught too much of the plate. Mets up 2-1.
“Number 12 for Murphy and it was a BOMB!”— Gary pic.twitter.com/rIgsYOTXnt
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 19, 2015
Instead of being out of the inning Matz has to pitch to Brendan Ryan due to Wilmer Flores’s error. He failed to throw out the speedy Didi Gregorius on a routine grounder to short. Matz though gets Ryan to ground out to Flores a pitch later to end the inning.
It’s become a pitcher’s duel at Citi Field tonight. Steven Matz, after a shaky start, has righted things a bit. Though he’s battling through not having his best stuff, he’s only allowed five hits and a single run. The problem is he’s thrown 88 pitches already and isn’t long for this game.
Tanaka, on the other hand, has been a model of efficiency. He’s only thrown 58 pitches while allowing three hits and a run.
Mets waste a golden opportunity as Travis d’Arnaud grounds-out to Chase Headley with runners on second and third and two outs. David Wright picked up a two-out single and Lucas Duda moved him over to third on a double down the right-field line.
Still 1-1 heading into the fifth. Matz breezes through another half-frame. Still tied up at one heading to the bottom of the fourth.
Third Inning: Oops. That doesn’t look like Yankees catcher John Ryan Murphy.
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) September 19, 2015
Matz looked comfortable during that frame as he picks up his first one, two, three inning (all three fly-outs) – Beltran, Young, Bird.
Tanaka takes care of business the same way Matz did.
With one out in the bottom of the second-inning, Lucas Duda smashes a flat split-finger on the outer-half of the plate. It’s a solo home run for the Mets to get things knotted up at one apiece.
Lucas Duda had been only 3-for-25 since returning from DL before that homer. Last long ball: Aug. 2 vs. Jordan Zimmermann. #mets
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) September 18, 2015
Gardner picks up the Yanks fourth hit of the night against Matz, who’s still trying to find himself tonight. Runners on first and second with two out for Chase Headley.
On a sac-bunt from Tanaka, Travis d’Arnaud guns down Brendan Ryan at second base on the force play. Wilmer Flores goes full extension to complete the play.
Masahiro Tanaka pitches a one, two, three first inning. Yoenis Cespedes pops up his first at-bat to Chase Headley in foul territory.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 18, 2015
Carlos Beltran singles to right with one out as Gardner goes from first to third. Chris Young hits a sac-fly to get Garnder home. 1-0 Yankees.
Yankees speedster Brett Gardner leads the game off with a walk as Steven Matz looks a little jumpy to start the game.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 18, 2015
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 18, 2015
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