Well that was a bummer. The Yankees followed up their convincing win in the Subway Series opener with a clunker on Saturday afternoon, losing 8-2 to the Mets. The four-game winning streak has been snapped, but the Yankees have still won seven of their last nine games. It’s Saturday night, so let’s recap with bullet points:
- Sad-bathia: Unlike CC Sabathia’s first two starts, which had quite a bit of good sprinkled around the One Bad Inning™, Saturday’s start was a disaster. Sabathia gave up three homers and nine total hits in five innings, surrendering seven runs. It would have been a lot more without some stellar defense. The four-run fourth inning rally all happened with two outs and against the bottom of the order. Sabathia had nothing to stop the bleeding. He fooled no one.
- Swing Early: Matt Harvey threw one stressful pitch on Saturday. That was Jacoby Ellsbury’s double play in the third inning, which simultaneously drove in the Yankees’ first run and killed their best chance for a big inning. The lineup had a clear plan to swing early in the count — Harvey faced 32 batters and 18 of ’em swing at the first and/or second pitch — and the result was this pitch count by inning for Harvey: 11, 12, 12, 10, 11, 11, 14, 10, 16. The Yankees were overmatched.
- Leftovers: The bottom three hitters in the Mets’ lineup went 8-for-12 (.667). The top six hitters went 4-for-28 (.142). That is capital-A annoying … Mark Teixeira hit a garbage time solo homer in the seventh. He now has eight homers, four doubles, and three singles in 2015 … Teixeira went 3-for-4 and the rest of the lineup went 2-for-27 (.074) … Esmil Rogers allowed a run in three innings of mop-up work … Jacoby Ellsbury left the game with a hip issue and is day-to-day.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also, here are our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Mets wrap up the Yankee Stadium portion of the 2015 Subway Series on Sunday night, in the ESPN game. They have another one of those next week too. Nathan Eovaldi and Jon Niese will be on the mound.