It wasn’t the “whupping” everyone was expecting after Noah Syndergaards comments on Friday afternoon but he did enough to lead his team to victory. Syndergaard earned the win last night making him 2-0 since returning from the DL. He finished the game with 5 IP, 8 hits, 1 run, 4 K’s on 84 pitches. Something about Noah this year he just can’t pitch deep into games and he has a significant drop in velocity when his pitch count starts getting high.
Domingo German came out in the first inning and shit all over himself as usual. He let up 3 runs in the top of the first which put the Yankees in a significant hole that they just couldn’t climb out of. He came back out for the second and seemed to regain his composure but he followed up great inning by letting up a lead off homerun in the top of the third to Yoenis Cespedes who just returned from his DL stint. German was eventually and luckily pulled in the 4th inning after giving up a one out double and walking another batter. Warren cleaned up the mess. Only to get shelled for two more runs in the fifth. Yankees plated one run in the bottom of the fourth but found themselves down 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth.
The Yankees tacked on two runs in the bottom of fifth. Neil Walker roped a two run double to left center and the Yankees inched closer to maybe mounting a comeback. The Mets bullpen seemed pretty close to imploding as it has many times already this season. They survived another scare in the bottom of the 8th. Yankees were able to get runners on second and first with one out. Didi Gregorius ripped a double down the left field line scoring one making it a 6-4 game. Stanton followed up the double by grounding into a fielders choice but a runner scored making it 6-5. Hicks was intentionally walked to get to Gary Sanchez who was clearly struggling in his first game back after straining his groin and missing a month of action. Sanchez wasn’t able to muster up a clutch hit and went down swinging. Then to make matters worse he had an inexcusable passed ball in the top of the 9th which led to a sac fly to cap on an insurance run for the Mets. The Yankees had nothing going for them in the bottom of the 9th and just rolled over in defeat, dropping the first game of a three game set to their little brothers from Queens.
It was a tough loss. It’s too early to hit a panic button though. We all know Domingo German is hot garbage. Sanchez struggled in his first game in over a month. We went 2-13 with RISP. I mean there are a lot of factors in this loss. The big one is the hitting with RISP. They looked like the Yankees from two seasons ago. Having a runner on third with two outs and not having any shot of bringing him home. Syndergaard was human last night. The Mets bullpen was shaky as usual. The Yankees just forgot how to hit when they had men on base. It is what it is. They just have to regroup this afternoon and hopefully Sonny Gray can learn how to pitch decent at home for once in his Yankee tenure. The second game of the series is scheduled to start at 1:05 pm today in the Bronx with the Yankees tossing out Sonny Gray who is atrocious at home and he will be going up again Steven “Bone Spurs” Matz. Just regroup and light them up today for all our sanity. Please Yankees. And if I see Chasen Shreve come out of that bullpen in a crucial situation today I might scream so loud you will hear me from on River Ave all the way from Massachusetts.