Saturday, August 29, 2020

Mets Sweep Yankees in a Weird Doubleheader at Yankee Stadium

In previous years I always wrote up games that I attended in person in NYC or on vacation in other baseball cites.  Since I obviously can't do that this season I will describe selected games that I viewed on TV.

Last weekend the Yankees and the Mes were scheduled to play at Citi Field, but the series was postponed since personnel on the Mets were tested positive for COVID-19.  So a doubleheader was scheduled for last night at Yankee Stadium to make up for one of those games.  MLB determined that for this season all doubleheader games would be 7 innings.

In Game 1 the Yankees took a 4-0 lead after two innings as Met pitcher Michael Wacha was not effective.  After 5 innings the Met still trailed 4-1.  Pete Alonso hit a 3-run homer in the 6th to tie the game.  Dom Smith and Jake Marisnick homered later that inning to give the Mets a 6-4 led that held up as Edwin Diaz got his second save of the season.  Walker Lockett was the winning pitcher but was designated for assignment after the game so that Dave Peterson could be activated from the injury list to start Game 2.

In the second game, the Mets batted last even though the game was away for them.  They fell behind early 3-1 but got one run back in the 5th inning.  In the bottom of the 7th inning, Jeff McNeil walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Billy Hamilton.  Amed Rosario homered off Aroldis Chapman to win the game 4-3 for the Amazins.

The Yankees have now lost 7 in a row while the Mets are now 15-16.  What will happen next in this weird 60-game season>

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