The New York Mets rolled into Friday night’s Subway Series opener at Yankee Stadium riding an 11-game winning streak. But the Yankees were ready and cashed in a 6-1 victory to slam the door on that winning streak. Mark Teixeira and pitcher Michael Pineda were among the highlights of the night for the home team.
The Yankees used the home run ball to their advantage on Friday night. Teixeira delivered a pair of early two-run homers to shake things up. He gave the Yankees a quick lead in the first inning with a two-run shot to right field. Then the the third inning came around. Jacoby Ellsbury took Mets starter Jacob deGrom over the wall for his first home run of the year, and then Teixeira came up later in the inning and delivered a second two-run shot. Seven of Teixeira’s 12 hits this year have been home runs, and it marked his first multi-homer game since last July in Cleveland.
It was a bad night for deGrom, who didn’t have his usual stuff. He was tagged for six runs on eight hits, including the three homers, in just five innings of work. He drops his second game of the year, evening out his record to 2-2 now. On the Yankees side of the mound, Michael Pineda was solid. He sat down 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and improved to 3-0 on the year, delivering nearly eight flawless innings. The lone mark on his night was giving up a sacrifice fly to Lucas Duda in the sixth inning. Other than that, the Mets just couldn’t figure him out.
Mets manager Terry Collins spoke after the game, noting it was disappointing because they had been on a nice roll. He acknowledged how the Yankees played well and that deGrom just didn’t have his good stuff and it surprised him. Mark Teixiera also had a few words about the rivalry and how fun it can be.
We love this series because it’s for the fans. Everything we do is for the fans, that’s who we play for. The Subway Series really gets the fans excited and we love that. Whether you’re at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, we really enjoy playing in front of the fans when they are excited. I give them a lot of credit, it was freezing out there, it was miserable, but they were still cheering and stuck through the whole game.
Game two of the weekend series takes place on Saturday at 3:05 P.M. Eastern. Get ready for what could be a pitcher’s duel, as Matt Harvey will face CC Sabathia. It will be Harvey’s first-ever trip to Yankee Stadium, and he’ll look to repeat his performance from the last time he faced the Yankees when he fanned 10 batters in eight innings. He’ll also be dealing with a sprained left ankle, which he plans to wrap heavily before the game. Sabathia looks for his first recorded victory since April 24 of last season. This will be his fourth start of the year and his command has been excellent, having struck out 20 batters with just four walks this season.