The New York Yankees met up with the New York Mets for a day-night doubleheader caused by a Friday night rainout. The Mets bowled over the Yankees 8-3 in the opening game yesterday. The day game today pit the Yankee ace Gerrit Cole against the Met’s Marcus Stroman. Both games were to go seven innings. The night game was slated to start reliever Nestor Cortes Jr. in his first major league start for the Yankees. The Yankees lost the game 10-5.
Cole, in the first game, faced the Met’s Brandon Nimmo, who struck out. Francisco Lindor flew out to center. Dominic Smith homered to center field as the Mets struck first. Pete Alonso flew out to Gardner to end the half, but the Mets picked up a one-run lead. DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees and flew out to right. Aaron Judge lined out to left. Luke Voit ground out to short for a 1-2-3 inning for Stroman. Mets 1 Yankees 0.
The top of the second was led off by Michael Conforto who struck out. Jeff McNeil reached on a reviewed call. Billy McKinney went down swinging. Tomas Nido flew out to Judge in the right to end the half and a scoreless inning for Cole. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton led off by singling to center. Gio Urshela singled to second, but Lindor bobbled the ball, and Stanton was safe at second. Gleyber Torres reached on the fielder’s choice, Stanton to third. Brett Gardner advanced on a hit by pitch. Kyle Higashioka, with the bases loaded and only one out, doubled down the left-field line to bring in two Yankee runs. With two still on, Tim Locastro (fastest major league runner) hit a sac fly to score Gardner. LeMahieu few out to end the inning, but the Yankees took the lead. New York Yankees 3 Mets 1.
The third inning was led off by Luis Guillorme, who doubled on a slow roller that Urshela airmailed into the camera well. Nimmo was out on a reviewed play, with Guillorme moving to third. Lindor walked. With men on the corners and one out, Smith struck out on a perfect change-up from Cole as Higashio didn’t have to move his glove. Lindor stole second. Alonso struck out on a 100mph fastball. At the bottom, Aaron Judge singled on a line drive to left. Voit singled on a liner, with Judge reaching third. Stanton hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but Judge scored. Urshela tapped out to first. Yankees 4 Mets 1.
Michael Conforto led off the fourth inning and walked. McNeil singled, and Conforto held at second as Judge fired in. With two on and no outs, McKinney walked to load the bases prompting a mound visit from Yankee pitching coach Matt Blake. Nido singled driving in Conforto. Guillorme, with the bases, still loaded, and no outs, struck out for the first out of the inning. Nimmo got an RBI single, and that was the end of the day for Cole.
Jonathan Loaisiga entered the game with the bases loaded and only one out, facing Lindor, who singled in front of Judge. Judge fired in and got the Nimmo returning to second, but McKinney scored. Smith walked to reload the bases. Alonso hit back to Loaisiga for the last out, leaving the bases loaded, but the Mets tied the game at 4 apiece. The Yankees failed to score at the bottom, with the Yankees making another base running mistake.
The top of the fifth was led off by Conforto, who flew out to left. McNeil struck out. McKinney also struck out for a quick inning for Loaisiga. Locastro led off the bottom by grounding out. LeMahieu singled to center. Judge had a soft ground ball single with LeMahieu moving to third base. Voit with men on the corners and one out, Stroman had a wild ball allowing LeMahieu to get the Yankees back to the lead. Voit flew out to center. Stanton flew out to right, but the Yankees regained the lead. New York Yankees 5 Mets 4.
The sixth inning was led off by Nido, who struck out. Guillorme singled on a line drive to left. Nimmo was called out on strikes. Lindor was hit by a pitch, and Loaisgia was replaced by Chad Green, who faced Smith, who flew out to Gardner in center. Gio Urshela led off the bottom of the inning by singling to center with Jeurys Familia on the mound. Torres went down swinging. Gardner popped out to shallow center for out number two. Higashioka struck out swinging. Yankees 5 Mets 4.
With last licks on the line for the Mets in the top of the seventh, Pete Alonso with closer, Aroldis Chapman on the mound hit a home run to the visitor’s bullpen, tying the game. That was followed by Chapman hitting Conforto in the shoulder. McNeil walked, and Chapman was pulled from the game. Luetge replaced him, trying to right the ship facing Keven Pillar singled loading the bases. James McCann, pinch-hitting, stuck out for the first out of the inning. Peraza pinch-hitting for Guillorme hit a two-run double that looked like a Grand Slam, but a fan interfered. Nimmo singled, driving in another run. Lindor singled, driving in another run. Smith, still with only one out and one on, popped out to Torres, who dropped the ball, but the infield fly rule was called. Alonso went down on strikes to finally end the inning. Yankee pitching gave up five runs in the half. New York Mets 10 Yankees 5.
After the Mets turned the tables on the New York Yankees at the top of the inning, the Yankees were five runs behind. Seth Lugo took the mound for the Mets, facing pinch hitter Rougie Odor who ground out. LeMahieu struck out. Aaron Judge lined out to Alonso for the final out of the game and one of the Yankee’s worst games of the already disappointing season.
The final score was the New York Mets 10 and the Yankees 5. The winning pitcher was Juerys Familia and the loser Aroldis Chapman.