Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Yankees 6 Mets 5 (10 innings) in First Game of Subway Series

It was an eventful day for the New York Mets as they made two transactions at the trading deadline.  They traded for outfielder Jay Bruce who will hopefully perk up the offense as Yoenis Cespedes did last season.  In a surprise move they reacquired left hand pitcher Jon Niese in exchange for Antonio Bastardo.  Now Kelly Johnson, Jose Reyes and Niese have rejoined the Mets after leaving the team.
Nearly every year we go to one of the Subway Series games at Citifield. Last night’s matchup was Logan Verrett versus C.C. Sabathia.  The Yankees took a 3-1 lead but the Mets came back to lead 5-3 and the end of 7 innings.  Addison Reed, the usual reliable set-up man, allowed the Yankees to tie the score in the eighth inning.  Starlin Castro drove in the lead run in the top of the tenth as Delin Betances got his first save of the year.
The problem was that the Mets have trouble hitting with runners in scoring position.  In the 6th inning after Matt Reynolds hit a three run homer, they loaded the bases, but could not score.  They had men on second and third with two outs, but Curtis Granderson struck out to end the game.

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