Blowouts — June 11, 2019: Yanks win 12-5; Mets win 10-4

Due to a rainout the night before, the Yankees and Mets played a day/night double header at Yankee Stadium — the afternoon game in brilliant sunshine and 70-degree weather. The NY teams exchanged blowouts.

Blowout #1

In blowout #1 of the day-night double header — the Yankee staked the Mets to a 4-1 3rd inning lead with some shoddy defense behind Masahiro Tanaka, and then proceeded to blow them out 12-5.

The game started off rough for the Yanks — Tanaka was pitching brilliantly but in the top of the 3rd Didi Gregorius made an off balance throw on a grounder to his right and threw it wide of 1st base for an error allowing Rosario to get on; Nido singled thru the infield and then Lagares got on base on a grounder that Didi dove for and almost made a play on but not quite. Three ground balls — and a run was in for the Mets. Then Jeff McNeil hit a homer and it was 4-0 just like that and Yankee Twitter was all over Tanaka saying he goes from great to sucky in an instant.

Gio Urshela hit a 2-run bomb in the 4th to tie the game at 4-4, and then Luke Voit hit a 3-run Bomb in the same inning to make it 7-4 Yanks and they never looked back.

The Yanks kept adding runs and getting lots of hits off Jack Wheeler mainly (4.2 innings, 10 hits, 9 runs allowed) — capped off by Gary Sanchez‘s 20th homerun in the 8th; he is currently 2nd in the American League.

Urshela got 3 hits, as did Kendrys Morales; Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and Brett Gardner got 2 hits each. Tanaka finished with 5.2 innings, 7 hits, 4 earned runs for the win he is now 4-5 3.58.

The Boxscore

Blowout #2

In blowout #2 — the evening game — James Paxton didn’t give the Yanks much of a chance — the Mets jumping out to a 3-0 lead before most people sat down in their seats in the top of the 1st — with Pete Alonso showing Yankee fans why he is 2nd in the NL in homeruns with 22 — a 3-run blast into the ballpens in left. Paxton allowed 3 more runs in the 3rd to make it 6-0 before he was “yanked”.

The Yankees loaded the bases with nobody out in the 3rd against Jason Vargas — who looks like a bad guy in a Hollywood movie about drug cartels — and ended up plating 3 runs to make it 6-3 and give them hope. But long reliever Chance Adams promptly gave up a 2-run bomb to J.D. Davis in the top of the 4th to make it 8-3 Mets and the Yankee offense rolled over and played dead the rest of the way.

Chance Adams ended up pitching 4.1 innings, allowing only 3 hits and 2 runs — in the old days he’d get a “chance” to start a game. These days pitchers like him are slated to come in after the “opener” every 5th game with one or two regular starters down — the Yanks official “opener” these days is Chad Green.

The Yanks stayed down 9-3 most of this game until Brett Gardner hit a meaningless homerun late, to give the Yankees some sort of streak of consecutive games with homeruns hit — I was vaguely paying attention when it was announced on tv.

Jeff McNeil showed Yankee fans why he is hitting .344 by getting 2 hits in this game; DJ LeMahieu got 2 hits as well to finish the game with a .316 average. Gary Sanchez (.268), Gleyber Torres (.279), and Brett Gardner (.228) also got 2 hits each.

The Boxscore

First Place Yanks

The Yanks had fallen out of 1st place before the game with a Tampa win the night before while the Yanks were getting rained out. Tampa lost while the Yanks were splitting this twin bill to make the teams tied for first at 41-25.

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