The Yankees took the first game of this year's Subway Series, 4-1, over the Mets on Friday night at Citi Field.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) The game was tied 1-1 in the top of the eighth when Brett Gardner came to the plate with a runner on first. Jacob deGrom had been cruising through the Yankees' lineup to this point, allowing an unearned run over seven innings. However, Gardner changed that, turning on an inside pitch and sending it over the right-field fence for a two-run homer. Gardner finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI, a walk and a run scored.
2) Masahiro Tanaka was rolling after allowing a leadoff homer to Brandon Nimmo in the top of the first. However, after taggin up on Aaron Judge's sac fly, he seemed to pull up awkwardly as he barely scored. He immediately went into the tunnel, and manager Aaron Boone pulled the plug on his start. It was announced later that he had "stiffness in both hamstrings." Tanaka finished five innings, allowing just the one run on one hit while striking out eight.
3) Giancarlo Stanton added some insurance in the top of the ninth with a solo shot off Paul Sewald. He has now homered in back-to-back games, and has four homers in his last eight games. He also has 22 homers at Citi Field in his career.
4) Aroldis Chapman got into a jam in the top of the ninth, but pitched his way out of it thanks in part to a great play by Miguel Andujar. On Asdrubal Cabrera's swinging bunt, he seemed to pull up awkwardly. Boone, along with Yankees trainers, came out to check on Chapman, but he said he was fine.
That was a nice team-win for the Yankees against one of the best pitchers in the game. The problem is, the Yankees are walking away with a sour taste in their mouth after losing Tanaka to injury while running the bases.
While Tanaka was on the mound, he was fantastic minus the one pitch to Nimmo. Tanaka kept the Yankees in the game using a fantastic splitter to generate plenty of swings and misses. After he was removed, Yankees' relievers did their job to allow the offense to get to deGrom once his pitch count rose.
The Yankees pitching depth is already in question, so losing Tanaka for an extended period could be detrimental to the club's ability to stick with the Red Sox in the AL East. The timing for a significant rotation injury couldn't be worse as the Yankees regained first place with the win.
Highlights from today's game...
The Mets (27-33) continue their series with the Yankees (41-18) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Steven Matz (3.42 ERA/5.11 FIP, 1.23 WHIP) looks to bounce back after a loss to the Cubs in his last start. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking two over seven innings of work.
Domingo German (5.44 ERA/4.40 FIP, 1.33 WHIP) who has yet to see a win in a start this season. He lost his last start to the Tigers after allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking two over 6.2 innings.