One of baseball’s hottest pitchers were no match for the Baby Bombers, as the New York Yankees walked away with their second-straight win against the Mets.
- New York Mets: 4 (53-64)
- New York Yankees: 5 (63-55)
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The Bombers scored four runs off deGrom, the most he’s allowed since June 6 against the Texas Rangers (five earned runs). Jacoby Ellsbury‘s two-run home run in the fourth and Gary Sanchez‘s 2-for-3 day — which included a solo jack into the bleachers in left and two RBIs — led the way for Gray to earn his first Yankee win.
The 27-year-old pitched six innings of two-run ball in his third start as a Yankee. Dominic Smith‘s first career home run, a two-run shot the other way in the sixth, was the only blunder of an otherwise stellar night.
In his last nine starts, Gray owns a 1.92 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 56.1 innings of work. His 2017 ERA of 3.37 is lower than it was when he was acquired (3.43), as he’s proving to be well worth the investment so far.
After manager Joe Girardi pulled Gray in the sixth, he turned to Tommy Kahnle, who is one of the main reasons why the Yankees entered today with the best bullpen batting average against (.207) since the All-Star break.
The flame-throwing blew the save when the Yankees’ needed one the most on Sunday night and fell into trouble again tonight. After fanning Wilmer Flores on a nasty 3-2 slider, Jose Reyes reached on an infield single to setup a runner on first for rookie Amed Rosario.
On a 2-1 count, Chapman challenged him with an 85.3 MPH slider, which the 20-year-old drove into the seats in right-center field to bring the lead to just one. He bounced back, however, by getting Travis d’Arnaud to ground out to Didi Gregorius and Juan Lagares to ground out to first finish off Game 2 of this year’s Subway Series.
Not a bad Yankee Stadium debut for Sonny! ☀️☀️☀️
His final line: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K. pic.twitter.com/iUy1wIsupv
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 16, 2017
Future Is Here:
When Gary Sanchez homered off deGrom in the bottom of the sixth, he reached 41 career long balls — the third-most home runs in a player’s first 140 career games. Only Rudy York and Mark McGwire have hit more to kick off a career.
Most HR in first 140 career games (MLB History):
Rudy York (45)
Mark McGwire (43)
Gary Sanchez (41)
Aaron Judge (40)
— Christian Kouroupakis (@ckouroupakis) August 16, 2017
Both New York teams will hop on the Subway on Wednesday and head to Citi Field where the four-game crosstown series will continue.
Jaime García will get the ball in what will be his third start as a Yankee on Wednesday. In 21 starts this season the left-hander is 5-8 with a 4.50 ERA with the Braves, Twins and Yankees.
For the Mets, it will be Robert Gsellman, who was activated on Tuesday afternoon as Seth Lugo hit the disabled list. The right-hander is 5-5 on the year with a 6.16 ERA over 17 games (14 starts). In his last three starts before hitting the DL on June 27, Gsellman allowed 18 runs (17 earned) in 12.1 innings of work (12.41 ERA) and took three losses.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET and can be caught on the YES Network, SNY or ESPN. It will also air on the radio at WFAN 660/101.9 FM and 710 WOR.