Although many have been downplaying the Subway Series, claiming the buzz and energy it once created is all but gone, I beg the differ after last night’s game. It doesn’t get much better than game 1 of this year’s series.
We were given everything you want in a rivalry game and more. Conflicting chants could be throughout the game, growing more and more intense in the latter innings. There was no shortage of excitement as the Mets and Yankees exchanged blows all night long in a seesaw game of momentum, this one will go down as an instant Subway Series classic.
After the Mets got the scoring going in the first inning, the Yankees quickly began to tag Bartolo Colon. Behind a Brett Gardner grand slam, the Yanks put themselves in front with a commanding 4-1 lead in the second. Hiroki Kuroda appeared to be settling into a groove, until Travis d’Arnaud hit a vintage Yankee Stadium home run to cut the lead to two in the fifth. Just an inning later, Curtis Granderson hit a 2-run shot of his own, as he looked quite comfortable in his return to the Bronx.
Just when it felt like the Mets had everything going their way, The Yankees bats came back to life in the bottom of the sixth. A Yangervis Solarte single gave the Yankees back the lead and Kelly Johnson followed up with a triple to make it a 7-4 ball game. The pendulum had swung back the Bronx Bombers way heading into the final stretch.
In the top of the seventh inning, The Mets continued to take advantage of the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium. Eric Young of all people hit a 2-run shot to make it a 7-6 ballgame. The Mets bats continued to stay hot in the eighth, Eric Campbell started a rally with a hustle double past Solarte at third base. Lucas Duda then blooped in a single to tie the game back up. Chris Young stepped in soon after and hit the Mets fourth home run of the game to take a two run lead.
After a stellar 1 1/3 innings relief by Jenrry Mejia, Kyle Farnsworth was brought in to close this one out. This wouldn’t have been a Subway Series game without an interesting finish. Farnsworth, quickly worked himself into a jam, walking Derek Jeter to lead off the inning and letting up a double to Mark Teixeira two batters later. With runners on first and third, it seemed inevitable that the Yankees would find a way to pull this one out. Brian McCann stepped to the plate and ripped one towards the hole on the right side. An unlikely defensive hero, Lucas Duda, snagged the ball and was able to turn a tremendous double play with the help of David Wright to finish things off.
Hat tip to all the fans in attendance, they made this even more fun to watch from the comfort of my living room. You could feel the intensity coming through the TV when The 7 Line Army could be heard going at it with The Bleacher Creatures. The tension brought about in the bottom of the ninth was as good as it gets, as long as you don’t mind developing an ulcer or two. Fans in attendance got their money’s worth and we were all given a reminder of how truly special the Subway Series is. I can’t wait to get out to Citi field myself on Thursday.
Reilly Rant: This goes for both the Mets and Yankees, PLEASE, stop wearing those two-tone hats. Stick with your traditional caps, the classic look is always the right look. No need to be wearing a hat that Lids will be selling for half price on their racks by summers end.