Starlin Castro hit a sac fly in the 10th inning off Seth Lugo to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dellin Betances escaped a 10th-inning jam to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Monday at Citi Field. >> Read more...
- The Yankees loaded the bases off Lugo (0-1) with nobody out on a walk, a single and a bunt for a fielder's choice. Ben Gamel laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Lugo's throw to third base was a split second late. Two batters later, Castro hit a deep sac fly to right field to break a 5-5 tie.
- Betances struck out Curtis Granderson with runners on second and third to end the game to record his first save since Oct. 1, 2015. James Loney led off the 10th inning with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt. Betances hit Alejandro de Aza, who advanced to second on a groundout. Betances struck out Granderson on three pitches.
- Adam Warren (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win.
- Didi Gregorius tied the game with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning off Addison Reed. The Yankees had runners on the corners with two outs, but a wild pitch allowed pinch runner Ronald Torreyes to advance to second and score on Gregorius' single.
- Matt Reynolds hit a three-run home run off CC Sabathia in the sixth inning that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 Mets lead.
- Brett Gardner broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the fifth inning, then scored on Ellsbury's RBI single that gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
- Michael Conforto made it 3-2 with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.
- Sabathia allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
- Logan Verrett gave up three runs, four hits and three walks in five innings.
- Wilmer Flores homered in the second inning to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
- Ellsbury scored on a Verrett wild pitch that tied the game at 1 in the fourth inning.
A new era may have begun in the Yankees organization, but the 2016 squad still needs to compete. They did just that, battling back to tie the score in the eighth inning, and taking the lead in the 10th inning with the eventual winning run.
The Yanks lost their best offensive player in Carlos Beltran, so someone or a number of players need to step up. Tonight, Gardner, Ellsbury and Gregorius took the mantel, the table-setters grabbing two hits and the shortstop with the game-tying RBIs.
The Yankees also lost their two best relievers and tonight displayed the "new" faces at the backend of the bullpen with Tyler Clippard and Warren logging three scoreless innings. Betances locked down his first save chance in the post sell-off era despite allowing the winning run to get to second base. The team can relish this victory after what has been a dismal few days.
Masahiro Tanaka (7-3, 3.16 ERA) will face Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.56 ERA) in the second game of a four-game home-and-home series at Citi Field. The two teams will play two games at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday.