The Yankees and Mets may be having polar opposite seasons this year, but it is always a special occasion when the two baseball teams from New York face off against each other. The latest version of the subway series kicked off yesterday when the Mets traveled across town to play in Yankees Stadium for the first time this year. Both teams had young starting pitchers on the mound, but the Yankees were able to keep up their winning ways by pulling out a 4-2 victory.
Injuries to the starting rotations on both teams forced Luis Cessa and Rafael Montero to start this big rivalry game, but they both rose to the occasion by pitching extremely well. Cessa gave up solo home runs to Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes in the third inning before he was forced to leave the game with an injury in the fifth. Rafael Montero gave the Mets six solid innings, but an Aaron Judge home run in the sixth inning tied the game at two runs apiece.
This game became a battle of the bullpens starting in the seventh inning, which put the Yankees in an excellent position to win the game. Scoreless outings from Chad Green and Daniel Robertson gave the Yankees an opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning against Hansel Robles. The young reliever for the Mets is known for being very erratic at times, but he had his command issues under control last night in New York.
Robles was having one of his better outings of the year before he gave up a go-ahead home run to Aaron Hicks. This was Hicks’s 12th home run of the season, and his second since returning from the disabled list on August 10. The Yankees extended their lead when Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run off Erik Goeddel in the same inning. Delin Betances entered the game in the ninth inning with a two-run lead. He made quick work of the Mets to record his seventh save.
In addition to getting the big win, the Yankees were also able to celebrate some history last night. Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez all hit their 40th career home run in the same game. Sanchez reached the milestone in only 139 games, which is the third fastest in MLB history. Judge is right behind Sanchez on that prestigious list at 140 games.