The New York Mets lost 1-0 to the New York Yankees Thursday night. Both starting pitchers, the Mets Jacob deGrom and the Yankees Chase Whitley performed well in their major league debuts. deGrom pitched 7 innings allowing just one run while striking out six, and Whitley lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on just two hits while striking out four. However, it was the Yankees reliever Dellin Batances who really shined. In 2 1/3 innings work, Batances retired all seven batters he faced, striking out six, picking up the win in the process.
Before the game the Mets held a ceremony honoring Yankee captain shortstop Derek Jeter by giving him a mosaic made of subway tiles with his #2 on it, subway cars made of cake, and a check for $22,222.22 made out to Jeter’s Turn 2 foundation. This is expected to be the last time Jeter will face the Mets.
The team also announced that catcher Travis d’Arnaud, suffering concussion-like symptoms after being hit by Alfonso Soriano’s back-swing Tuesday night, would be placed on the 7 day disabled list and Juan Centeno would be called up from AAA Las Vegas in his place.
To lead off the game Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner flied out to right, and Derek Jeter grounded out to shortstop. Centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury then laced a double to center but was left stranded after first baseman Mark Teixeria struck out swinging. The Mets were retired in order in the bottom of the first and both teams went 1-2-3 in the second inning.
Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts flied out to center for the first out of the top of the third, but starting pitcher Chase Whitley followed with a single to right. Gardner then walked, but Jeter lined a ball right at Mets starter Jacob deGrom who then threw to first base to complete the inning-ending double play.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada started the bottom half of the third with a single to right. Catcher Juan Centeno then grounded out to first but Tejada moved over to second on the play. deGrom, a former shortstop in the minor leagues, came to the plate and singled to center advancing Tejada over to third. deGrom’s single ended an 0-64 hitless streak by Mets pitchers. Left fielder Eric Young Jr. then hit a lazy fly ball to left that was caught and second baseman Daniel Murphy struck out looking to end the inning. Both teams went in order in the fourth inning and the Yankees were retired 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth.
After first baseman Lucas Duda grounded to first for the first out of the bottom of the fifth, Yankee starter Chase Whitley walked both Ruben Tejada and Juan Centeno. Then Jacob deGrom laid down a sacrifice bunt along the third base line that advanced both runners into scoring position. Yankees manager Joe Girardi then pulled the rookie Whitley and in came Dellin Batances. Third baseman Yangervis Solarte took over at second base for Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson entered the game at third. Eric Young Jr. then weakly grounded out to third for the final out of the inning.
The Yankees were retired in order in the top of the sixth, and Batances struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning. In the top of the seventh Jacoby Ellsbury flied out to left, but Mark Teixeria followed with a walk. The Mets then massively shifted the infield over to the right for catcher Brian McCann. McCann hit it to David Wright over where shortstop would normally be. Wright stepped on the second base bag to force Teixeria out, but threw low to first. Lucas Duda could not scoop it and McCann was safe. Right fielder Alfonso Soriano then crushed a ball that went over Chris Young’s head in center field for a double. McCann scored from first to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead, while Soriano advanced to third on the throw home. Solarte then lined out to second to retire the side. Batances then struck out the side again in the bottom of the seventh.
Lefty reliever Scott Rice entered to pitch the top of the eighth for the Mets, replacing deGrom who finished with 7 strong innings pitched, 1 run on 4 hits allowed, 2 walks, and six strikeouts. Outfielder Zolio Almonte was called to pinch-hit for Dellin Batances and Almonte struck out looking. Rice then walked Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner.
Flame throwing Jeurys Familia then entered the game in relief of Rice. Familia immediately threw a wild pitch that allowed both runners to advance into scoring position. The Mets then moved the infield in, and Derek Jeter hit a ball right at Ruben Tejada who threw home to nail Kelly Johnson at the plate for the second out.
Mets manager Terry Collins then replaced Familia with recent call-up Josh Edgin, who induced a lazy fly ball from Jacoby Ellsbury to retire the side.
Reliever Adam Warren replaced Batances in the bottom of the eighth. Juan Centeno struck out looking for the first out. Outfielder Bobby Abreu then pinch-hit for Edgin and drew a walk. Outfielder Juan Lagares was called in to run for Abreu. Eric Young Jr. then struck out looking but Daniel Murphy singled to left. Lagares moved to third on the play.
Yankees closer David Robertson then entered the game and Brendan Ryan replaced Derek Jeter at short. Third baseman David Wright then grounded out to Ryan to end the inning.
Newly minted closer Jenrry Mejia entered to pitch the ninth for the Mets. Chris Young shifted over to left field and Lagares stayed in the game to play center. Mark Teixeria led off with a single to right center. Brian McCann then struck out swinging, but Alfonso Soriano reached on an infield single moving Teixeria to second. Yangervis Solarte then grounded into a double play to retire the side. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
Dellin Batances improved to 2-0 on the season, while deGrom took the hard luck loss in his major league debut falling to 0-1. The Mets travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Nationals. Lefty veteran Jonathon Niese takes the bump against Nationals starter Tanner Roark.
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