#Yanks Shut Out #Mets, 5-0
By Howard Goldin
QUEENS, NEW YORK (SPORTS)- The second Subway Series game on Saturday afternoon was an exact opposite in the circumstances of the previous evening’s contest. The Yankees, with a combination of home runs and excellent pitching, defeated the Mets, 5-0.
The victory of the Yanks and Toronto’s loss cut the lead of the Blue Jays to 3.5 games with 15 games remaining. The Yanks still retain the lead for the first Wild Card spot in the American League over Houston. The loss for the Mets only delayed the date of their clinching the pennant in the National League East as their winning it is inevitable.
The Yanks wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as the first three batters in the games scored. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a single. The next batter, Brett Gardner, follows with another single. On a 2-2 pitch, Carlos Beltran cleared the bases with his 16th home run of the season, his 389th of his illustrious major league career. The veteran outfielder described the circumstances of the at bat, “He [Syndergaard] threw me a pitch [fastball] in the strike zone and I was able to get the bat on it.”
The native of Puerto Rico does not view himself as a home run hitter, but sees his role in the following words, “Right now, my job is to help this team win ballgames.” He has been successfully doing just that as he has batted safely in 37 of his most recent 42 games. During that stretch, he has batted .315 (47 FOR 1490 and driven in 23 runs.
The first inning has been the inning of choice for the Yankees to score runs as the Bronx Bombers have scored more runs in that frame than any other major league team as scored in any single inning.
Yankee catcher Brian McCann was responsible for the only other runs score as he drove in Beltran, who had singled in the sixth, with his 26th home run, a career single season high. He leads all catchers I the majors in home runs.
The five runs were more than necessary as Yankee pitchers shut out the Mets in their third of the last four games they played at Citi field.