On Friday, the Mets completed a feat that they had never completed in their history. They swept the Yankees in a double header. The teams have played four previous double headers, with the Yankees sweeping two of them. The Mets came from behind in both games, first from a 4-0 deficit, then from a 3-1 deficit. The Mets got two starters back off the injured list for today’s games. Michael Wacha pitched in game one and David Peterson went in game two. Albeit a big boost, the real show stealers were the arms from the bullpen. For example, the Mets bullpen allowed zero runs on the day in seven total innings of work.
In game one, the Mets got off to a rough start. Michael Wacha allowed two runs in the first inning and two more in the second. The first four Yankee batters were able to reach base, which resulted in the first two runs. The other Yankee runs came on a big two run blast by Clint Frazier. Wacha would get pulled after the third inning allowing four runs on six hits. He walked just one batter and recorded seven of his nine outs via the strikeout. The Mets bullpen allowed just two hits and five base runners for the rest of the game. Walker Lockett pitched two innings in relief allowing four of the base runners. He gave up just two hits, walked one batter, and hit one batter.
Relievers Come Up Big
The major bright spots, however, were Dellin Betances and Edwin Diaz. Betances, who struggled in his last outing against Miami, recorded a masterful inning allowing just one walk. In his last seven of his last eight appearances, Betances allowed zero runs and those seven innings. That one bad appearance came against Miami on August 19th, when he allowed two runs in ⅔ of an inning. Diaz has been exceptional in the month of August, allowing just one run in 9 ⅔ innings of work. In Friday’s opening game, Diaz struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to finish off the Met victory. Diaz’s main problem has been allowing inherited runners to score, however, he has been able to control that damage.
Bats Get Going
Trailing 4-0 the Mets bats really got going in the late innings. In the fifth inning of the seven inning ballgame, the Mets stole a run on a wild pitch. After two singles to start the sixth, the Mets were able to knock starter Jordan Montegomery out of the game. Yankees reliever Chad Green allowed a game tying three run home run to Pete Alonso, the first batter he faced. After retiring the next two batters, Green allowed back to back homeruns to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Dom Smith stayed hot with the game winning home run, which gave the Mets the 5-4 lead. Smith’s home run was a team leading seventh for the year. Jake Marisnick hit the other home run, his first of the season.
In game two, the Mets were the ones who jumped out early, thanks to a Dom Smith single. That RBI was good for a team leading 24th on the year. The Yankees responded with a three run third inning to take a 3-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Brandon Nimmo’s RBI double brought the Mets back within a run. After two more shutout innings from the bullpen, Jeff McNeil led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk. Billy Hamilton was called on to pinch run. As a result, Hamilton immediately stole second base. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman very clearly did not have his fastball working today. Amed Rosario must have taken notice. Because, on the ensuing 2-0 pitch Rosario took Chapman’s slider and deposited it into the left field seats to walk it off for the Mets.
Rosario The Hero For the Mets
Similar to game one, the bullpen shined in game two pitching three shutout innings. Jeurys Familia came into the game in the fifth inning and got into trouble. A strikeout sandwiched between a walk and a double set up runners on second and third with one out. Familia’s clutch strikeout of Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez recorded the second out.
After an intentional walk to Mike Tauchman, Familia got Andujar to ground out to end the inning and escape trouble. The Mets turned to Brad Brach for the sixth inning. Brach has been good this year, allowing just one run over his six appearances. The lone run he allowed came on a Kurt Suzuki home run in his first appearance. Like Brach, Jared Hughes pitched a perfect inning. In addition to a pop out from Luke Voit, Hughes struck out his final two batters looking.
Mets Sweep Double Header
With the great work by the bullpen, the Mets will need a long game from Saturday’s starter Robert Gsellman after Friday’s doubleheader. Likewise, the Mets will play another doubleheader on Sunday. Gsellman takes the mound with a chance for the Mets to go to .500 for the first time since July 29th. He will go against J.A. Happ, who has had his share of struggles this year.
STANDING: 3rd NL East