Unlike the first two games in this years subway series, we finally had some offense last night. Unfortunately for the Yankees, it came from the Mets. They exploded in the first inning for five runs on their way to a 9-4 win securing that the Mets would win this years series with the Yankees.
Ruben Tejada wasted no time getting things started as he singled to start the game off. Daniel Murphy continued to stay hot as he ripped a double to deep right center to put the Mets on the board. Later in the inning John Buck blooped one into right field to drive Murphy in. After a Marlon Byrd fielder’s choice that brought another run in, Ike Davis hit a much-needed single into left field to make the score 5-0 as the Mets scored more in the first inning than they had in the first two games combined.
David Phelps struggled on the mound for the Yankees, and that’s putting it kindly. Phelps was only able to record one out in the first inning as he simply did not have it last night. Joe Girardi was forced to go to his bullpen very early in hopes of stopping the bleeding. Adam Warren, who has been terrific so far this year, was brought into the game in the third inning but was unable to contain the Mets offense.
Marlon Byrd hit a solo shot for his fifth home run of the year in the third inning off of Warren. Lucas Duda kept the offense rolling with a 2-run double that drove in David Wright and Mike Baxter to make it 8-0 to blow the game wide open for the Mets.
Jeremy Hefner started for the Mets and made it four straight quality starts for this staff. Hefner threw 6 innings while allowing 3 runs with 5 strikeouts on way to earning his first victory of the year.
Brennan Boesch got the Yankees on the board with a solo shot in the fourth inning. They were able to put a bit of a rally together in the sixth inning where they tacked on two more runs after a Jayson Nix single made the score 8-3. But Hefner was able to work out of the jam and keep the Yankees offense at bay.
After tacking on a run in the 9th, the Mets took a 9-3 lead into the ninth inning. The Yankees showed some signs of life after Robinson Cano drove in Brett Garder, but that was all the Yankees could manage making it a 9-4 final.
The Mets have dominated the series so far and look nothing like the team that has been playing these past few weeks. Winning the first three games against the Yankees has provided some much-needed life back into this team and its fan base. The Yankees will look to salvage the final game and avoid being swept in the 2013 subway series tonight.