Mets end winning streak, fall to Yankees
The Mets ended their 11-game winning streak as they were defeated by the Yankees 6-1 on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Coming into the game, Jacob deGrom had 0.93 ERA while Michael Pineda had a 5.00 ERA, but deGrom did not have a good night as he gave up 6 runs over five innings. Michael Pineda was dominant, with the help of his slider and the help of the home plate umpire, striking out 7 over 7.2 innings.
With the loss, the Mets now have a 13-4 record.
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Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer in the first inning after Brett Gardner singled.
Things unraveled for deGrom in the third inning. He gave up a solo shot to Jacoby Ellsbury. Gardner then singled, but was out at second. Alex Rodriguez walked, followed by another two-run shot by Teixeira. Brian McCann singled, getting Sean Gilmartin up in the bullpen. The inning didn’t get much better as Carlos Beltran walked, Chase Headley singled, and Stephen Drew hit a sac fly to score McCann. The inning ended with a fly out by Didi Gregorious.
The fourth was a six-pitch inning for deGrom. He ended up settling in and finishing the fifth inning, but the damage was done.
The Mets tried to start something in the fifth. After Daniel Murphy grounded out, Eric Campbell doubled, followed by a base hit by Wilmer Flores. But Kevin Plawecki struck out, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded out to end the inning.
In the top of the six, Jon Niese was tossed by the home plate umpire Doug Eddings after a strike was called for a ball that was up and away.
Sean Gilmartin entered the game in the sixth inning and retired the side. Headley grounded out, Stephen Drew struck out, and Didi Gregorious popped out.
Gilmartin stayed on for the seventh inning. Ellsbury scratched out a single. Gardner reached base on an error by Murphy.
With poor defense behind him, Hansel Robles, in his MLB debut, gave up a single to Rodriguez. Teixeira then popped out, and Robles struck out both McCann and Beltran to end the inning.
In the eighth inning, after Plawecki popped out and Nieuwenhuis grounded out, Curtis Granderson doubled. Chasen Shreve entered the game for the Yankees and struck out Juan Lagares.
Eric Goeddel pitched the bottom of the inning. Lucas Duda made a diving stop to get Headley out. Goeddel then struck out Drew. Gregorious then doubled, but Ellsbury popped out to end the inning.
Shreve stayed on for the ninth inning. Duda grounded out to start the inning. Headley errored, letting Cuddyer reach base. Murphy then hit into a double play to end the game.
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis got his first hit of the season, hitting a double in the third inning.
- The Mets scratched out one run in the sixth inning. Granderson got an infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Lagares hit a sacrifice fly to move Granderson to third. Granderson then scored on Duda’s sac fly.
- The SNY booth partook in a delightful conversation about Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison, ending with an image of Grover Cleveland on the television screen just before the commercial break. (Sorry, there weren’t too many highlights in this game).
- Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless inning in his MLB debut. With the bases loaded, Teixeira popped out. Robles then struck out McCann and Beltran to end the inning.
- Goeddel pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
With maybe the exception of Dillon Gee‘s start against Atlanta, this was the first game of the season where a Mets pitcher dug the Mets into a hole that seemed too big to get out of, even early on in the game.
The Mets’ offense, for which the past week has been able to overcome deficits, was quiet which was strange to see after 11 games of timely hitting.
It’s too bad that the Mets’ first loss after an 11-game winning streak had to be against the Yankees, but at the end of the day, the team is still 13-4. The cushion the team has given itself by defeating NL East foes early in the season makes for a nice security net. Still, it’s never a good feeling to lose, especially against the Yankees.
The Mets and Matt Harvey will try to even the series as CC Sabathia gets the start tomorrow at Yankee Stadium at 4:05 p.m.