Last night the Mets completed their first ever season series sweep of the Yankees. It was another stellar starting pitching performance that carried the Mets, Dillon Gee was terrific leading the way to a 3-1 victory.
The night belonged to Gee, who was in complete control all night and threw his best performance of the year. Gee threw 7.1 innings allowing one run with a season high 12 strikeouts. Robinson Cano provided the only blemish on Gee’s night, with a solo shot in the third inning. Other than that, the Yankees were no match. He had everything working last night, his fastball had life on it that I haven’t seen from him all season and Gee really took advantage of last nights big strike zone by working both corners of the plate.
In the second inning, The Mets would get all the scoring they needed with a deep 2-run home run from Marlon Byrd. John Buck gave the Mets a security run in the 8th inning with an infield single that rolled down the third base line that just refused to go foul driving in Omar Quintanilla. It has just been that kind of series for the Mets, every break seemed to be going their way.
Lefty Vidal Nuno started for the Yankees and pitched a very solid game himself. Nuno threw 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. But the Yankees were unable to get anything going offensively against Gee, besides Cano’s solo home run. Their bats have been asleep this whole series and once again were nowhere to be found despite another quality pitching performance.
The only questionable move of the night was provided by Terry Collins. With one out in the eighth inning, Collins decided to take Gee out of the game in favor of Scott Rice to face Ichiro. This might sound like a routine move for the lefty-lefty match up, but Gee was at just 88 pitches and was in cruise control all night. This move just screamed over managing and seemed like a move his counterpart, Joe Girardi, would have pulled out of his binder. I would have liked to see Gee get the opportunity to at least finish the 8th, if not the game. Nonetheless, Scott Rice retired both batters he faced and Bobby Parnell came on to close the game out with a 1-2-3 inning.
Both teams are going in opposite directions after this series. The Mets will take their 5-game winning streak against the lowly Marlins, while the Yankees look to end their 5-game losing streak again the Red Sox. It’s amazing what a difference a week can make in baseball, The Mets quickly went from an afterthought to the toast of the town. The Yankees have gone from one of the early season surprises in baseball, to a team desperately looking for a spark. Overall, the 2013 subway series belonged to the New York Mets.