New York Yankees v New York Mets
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The New York Yankees are all about the home run ball, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton proved just that against the Mets. 

  • New York Yankees 4 (41-18)
  • New York Mets 1 (27-33)
  • MLB, Final, Boxscore.
  • Citi Field, Queens, New York.

The clutchest player on the New York Yankees roster has to be the veteran, Brett Gardner.

He played the role of the hero once again, this time giving the Yankees the lead in the eighth inning against Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets.

deGrom had retired the first two batters he faced until Gleyber Torres hit a two-out single to bring Gardner up to the plate. Gardner would take a second-pitch changeup and hit it over the fence in right field.

Gardner had his hands all over this game already making two really nice plays in the outfield earlier. This time he came through with the bat to give the Yankees the lead after it looked like deGrom was going to continue to shut them down.

But Gardner wasn’t alone in giving the Yankees a chance to win this game. Giancarlo Stanton would add an insurance run in the top of ninth to give the Yankees the 4-1 lead.

Stanton seems to always crush the ball when he’s at Citi Field and this time he’s doing it in a Yankee uniform. This marks the second straight game that Stanton has hit a home run, and it looks like the 28-year-old is starting to heat up for the Bombers.

After Masahiro Tanaka left the game with tightness in both hamstrings, the Yankees had to rely on Jonathan Holder, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman to secure the victory. Holder, Green, and Betances held the fort down, but Chapman made things interesting in the ninth.

Chapman would secure the victory, picking up his 16th save of the season and the Yankees would take the first game of the Subway Series 4-1.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.