The New York Mets lost 4-0 to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night at Citi Field. It was the first Yankees win over the Mets since the 2012 season. Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanka was dominant right from the start, pitching a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits, walking no batters and striking out eight.
Before the game the Mets announced that Thursday’s expected starter Dillon Gee was placed on the 15 day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle in his back and Jacob deGrom would get the start in his major league debut.
Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner led off the game with a single to left center against Mets starter Rafael Montero, making his major league debut. Shortstop Derek Jeter then hit a ground ball back to Montero who threw to second to force Gardner out at second. Centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury then popped out to shortstop, and first baseman Mark Teixeria popped out to second to retire the side.
Left fielder Eric Young Jr. grounded out to first to start the bottom half of the first. Second baseman Daniel Murphy followed with a single to left. Third baseman David Wright then flied out to right for the second out. With right fielder Curtis Granderson up the Yankees applied a massive over shift to the right side of the infield. Murphy then stole second base without a throw. But Granderson lined out to right to end the inning.
Yankees catcher Brian McCann and right fielder Alfonso Soriano each grounded out to shortstop for the first two outs of the top of the second. Third baseman Yangervis Solarte then walked, and second baseman Brian Roberts hit a ball to left. Eric Young Jr. dove to try and catch it and missed. The ball rolled past Young Jr., Solarte scored and Roberts landed on third with a triple, making it 1-0 Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka flied out to right, retiring the side. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second and both teams failed to score in the third inning.
McCann flied out to right, and Soriano grounded out to shortstop for the first two outs of the top of the fourth. Solarte then lined a shot to right field for a home run increasing the Yankees lead to 2-0. Roberts then tripled to right, but Tanaka grounded to second for the final out. Both the Mets and Yankees were retired in order their next turns at bat, and the Mets failed to score in the bottom of the fifth.
Mark Teixeria led off the top of the sixth with a solo shot to right center increasing the lead to 3-0 Yankees. McCann then struck out swinging, Soriano flied out to center, and Solarte flied out to right to retire the side.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada led off the bottom half of the inning with a fly out to right. Outfielder Juan Lagares was called to pinch-hit for pitcher Rafael Montero, and Lagares grounded out to second. Eric Young Jr. then lined a double to deep center but was left stranded on a Daniel Murphy ground out to first, ending the inning.
Carlos Torres entered to pitch the top of the seventh and got Brian Roberts to line out to right and struck out Masahiro Tanaka. Brett Gardner reached on an infield single to second, then stole second base, and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Torres. Derek Jeter then hit a tapper up the first base line. Both Torres and catcher Anthony Recker called for the ball but Recker took charge grabbed it and threw to first. The throw went over first baseman Lucas Duda’s head and Gardner scored giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury struck out looking to retire the side. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh and both teams were retired in order in the eighth. The Yankees failed to score in the top of the ninth.
Down to their last outs, right fielder Bobby Abreu, who entered as a defensive replacement with reliever Jose Valverde in the top of eighth, singled to center. Eric Young Jr. then grounded into a fielder’s choice to second and Abreu was forced out. Daniel Murphy then hit a ground ball directly at Masahiro Tanka who forced Young out at second for out number two. David Wright then lined a shot, but it was right at Derek Jeter who caught it to end the game.
Despite the good performance in his debut, Montero took the loss falling to 0-1. Tanaka improved to 6-0 on the season, winning his last 30 decisions going back to last season in Japan. After the game the Mets announced closer Kyle Farnsworth was released and lefty reliever Josh Edgin was called up from AAA Las Vegas to take his place on the roster.
The two teams return to action tomorrow night to conclude the Subway Series when Jacob deGrom takes the hill against Chase Whitley also making his major league debut for the Yankees.
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