Here are the key takeaways …
– The Yankees took an early 1-0 lead against Tylor Megill in the first, as Brett Gardner tripled to left, just out of the reach of a diving Jeff McNeil. Gardner came in to score on an Aaron Judge groundout to give the Yankees the early advantage.
Megill later allowed a solo homer to Joey Gallo in the second, but he was light’s out after that, setting a new career high with 10 strikeouts over seven outstanding innings. He allowed only two earned runs on four hits, striking out 10 and walking only one.
– The bottom of the first ended in bizarre fashion. With two men on and two outs, Javier Baez hooked a single into left field. Jonathan Villar motored home and was beat by a mile by Joey Gallo’s throw, but Gary Sanchez made a terrible effort to make the tag, and Villar was somehow able to get in under the nonchalant tag effort and tie the game at 1-1.
– The Mets took advantage of a prime opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the third, as Villar, Francisco Lindor, and Michael Conforto all reached base to load the bases with nobody out. After already walking two Mets in the inning, Jordan Montgomery walked Pete Alonso on a 3-2 pitch to tie the game and keep the rally going. The Yankees defense then stumbled again, as Gio Urshela made a great stop but his throw home was awry to give the Mets the lead.
With the Mets now leading and the bases still juiced, McNeil executed a perfect drag bunt to put make it a 4-2 lead. Kevin Pillar then added another on a sac fly, and James McCann roped a double to make it a 6-2 game. The Mets scored five runs in the inning on just three hits.
– Lindor chased Montgomery in the fourth inning, sneaking an opposite-field solo home run just inside the foul pole in right to make it a 7-2 game. Montgomery, who struggled with his command, allowed seven runs (five earned) in 3.1 innings.
– Baez had a strong night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. He ran into a couple of outs on the bases, but he certainly made an impact with his bat. He drove in the Mets’ eighth run of the game and then was right in the middle of the action as they tacked on two more against Michael King in the seventh, with both runs scoring on an errant Gleyber Torres throw.
The Mets and Yankees continue the Subway Series on Saturday at 7:45 p.m.
Taijuan Walker will take the ball against Corey Kluber.
Source: Yahoo Sports