Exhale! The Yankees beat the Mets 7-6 in a game that was a nail biter at all until the 9th inning. Sonny Gray took the mound for the Yankees possibly looking to save his Yankee career.
Top 2 and it looked like it was going to be the same old story for Sonny. Michael Conforto smacked a ball into the left field seats for a solo shot giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
The Yankees would retaliate in the 4th. Didi would Triple in Stanton to tie the game, Andujar would rip a double to bring in Didi, Bird would double to drive in Andujar and Austin Romine would bloop a single to drive in Andujar. All told, a 4-run 4th inning for the Yankees and they would lead 4-1 after 4.
Some trouble in the 6th. Sonny Gray, who had been brilliant up until this inning, would walk the first 2 batters. Aaron Boone would replace Gray with David Robertson. He struck out the first batter he faced, but allowed 2 runs to score after an RBI single and a pickoff throw that hit the runner allowing Jose Bautista to score from 3rd base. That would be all for the Mets, but the Yankees comfortable lead was gone. 4-3 after 6 innings.
In the bottom of the 6th Miguel Andujar would start things off with a double. Greg Bird would drive him in with a single making it 5-3 Yanks. Jumping to bottom 7 and... ALL RISE! Homer #26 on the year for Aaron Judge extended the Yankees’ lead to 6-3. The final run for the Yankees would come in the 8th. An RBI groundout would make it 7-3 and that 7th run would prove to be pivotal.
Aroldis Chapman entered the ballgame to close it out. It was a non-save situation, but the Yankees wanted to get him some work after the all-star break. Hindsight is 20-20, but if the Yankees had a mulligan, I’m pretty sure they would have brought someone else in. Chapman would walk the leadoff man, allow an infield single, walk the next 2 hitters (the second walk forced in a run) and hit Brandon Nimmo (forcing in another run). Chapman would be taken out of the game allowing 2 runs, walking 3 and leaving the bases loaded with the score at 7-5. The man that would relieve Chapman would be Chasen Shreve. The only thing left to do was pray. However, Shreve would clutch up getting Devin Mesoraco to hit into a run scoring double play making it 7-6 but Mets were down to their final out. Wilmer Flores would step to the plate. A guy who KILLS left handed pitching. He would ground a dribbler back to Shreve who would fire to first base securing a 7-6 Yankee victory.
What a meltdown for Chapman, but Shreve came in, did his job, and saved would could have been an AWFUL loss for the Yankees.
The series will conclude tomorrow at 8:05. Tanaka V Degrom. Don’t miss it.