Mets Drench Yankees, 12-2

If this were the 1970s or 1980s, George Steinbrenner would make sure someone paid the price. The Yankees were not allowed to lose, let alone get CRUSHED by the Mets in both games of a 2-game series.

The starting pitcher would be sent back to the minor leagues. Maybe two players would.

Back then sending someone to the minors was a draconian move — today players come and go from the minors on an almost daily basis.

In any case Luis Gil is not going to be sent to the minors anytime soon — but all eyes are upon him as he pitched poorly for the 2nd straight start, dropping his record to 9-3 3.15 — his ERA a full run higher than a week ago.

And Yoendrys Gomez might indeed be sent down after he got raked too in the Mets 12-2 BASHING of the Yanks on a hot, humid night at Citifield in Queens, the game delayed in the 6th by a deluge of rain from a thunderstorm.

“He was just struggling a little bit with the shape of his fastball,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards about Gil. “The release point of it. Some were good where you had the pop, and carry in the zone; others he was kind of cutting or pulling a little bit. He was just having a hard time of owning his delivery.”

“Of course that’s the question,” Boone said when asked if Gil might be tired at this point in the season. “We’ll see. He seems to be in a really good physical place. He’s a young pitcher that hasn’t pitched for a couple of years; there’s bumps along the way. That could become an issue and fair point, but tonite it seemed to be about being a little bit out of whack mechanically.”

The Yankees fall to 52-30, only a game ahead of Baltimore now for 1st place in the AL East. The Mets improve to 39-39 and are red hot; 15-4 in their last 19 games.

1. NBA Draft Night

This was a ‘mixed attention’ game for many NY’ers — Yankee and Mets fans alike — as the NBA Draft started at 8pm, and this game started at 7pm. Many fans tuned in to see what the Knicks would do with their picks — #24 and #25 in the 1st round, plus there were rumors the Knicks might pull off a big trade (possibly including Mitchell Robinson). But it never came to pass — the Knicks traded one of their picks in an effort to save money, possibly to maneuver to sign Isaiah Hartenstein.

The Knicks picks came at around 10:30pm, around the time this rain-lengthened game was in its last few innings.

2. Manaea Double-Played the Yanks

The Yanks got off to a great start against Sean Manaea — a pitcher that the Yanks were rumored to be trading for so many times when he was with Oakland he almost feels like a former Yankee.

The 6’5 lefty got Anthony Volpe — barely — on a ground out to 3rd to start the game, then walked the next 3 batters — Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, and J.D. Davis — to load the bases. But Alex Verdugo hit first pitch for a ground ball double play and for the 2nd time in 2 games the Yanks squandered a bases-loaded, less-than-2-outs opportunity in the top of the 1st.

George Steinbrenner would have been FUMING.

It got worse.

Manaea allowed a leadoff single to DJ LeMahieu to start the 2nd, but got next batter Jose Trevino to hit into a double play.

Manaea pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd but in the 4th, allowed a leadoff single to Aaron Judge and a walk to J.D. Davis. But he got Alex Verdugo to hit into another double play and there went that rally.

Leading 3-0, Manaea allowed a 2-out walk in the 5th but got Volpe to end the inning.

Then the rains came in the bottom of the 5th while the Mets were in the middle of scoring 4 more runs, so Manaea never came out again after the long delay.

His line: 5 IP, 2 Hits, 3 K’s, 5 walks — he wins to go 5-3 3.89.

3. Gil with a Rough Outing

Meanwhile Luis Gil had a rough outing. He wasn’t able to get his fastball to play.

It was a Hot, Humid night — and like Cole the night before, Gil had a long 1st inning — allowing a leadoff double to Francisco Lindor, then hitting JT Martinez with 1 out, and walking Francisco Alvarez to load the bases with 2 outs — before getting a foul out to end the inning.

But after the 21-pitch 1st inning Gil retired the side in order in the 2nd and looked like he’d be ok.

In the 3rd, however, the Mets broke through — a leadoff double by Lindor, a walk to Brandon Nimmo and an RBI single to JT Martinez made it 1-0 Mets.

Gil got a double play grounder started by Volpe so looked like he’d get out of further damage. But with 2 outs, Francisco Alvarez ripped a 2-run homer to right center and it was 3-0 Mets.

Gil rebounded and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 4th.

But in the 5th, Gil walked 2 of the first 3 batters and was relieved, down 3-0.

Caleb Ferguson came in and allowed an immediate RBI double to Francisco Alvarez and it was 4-0 Mets.

4. Then Came the Rain

And then the rains came — the Mets with 2nd and 3rd, 1 out, and up 4-0.

The rain delay lasted for 45 minutes. The rain was torrential.

5. Gomez Drenched

When play resumed, the Yanks sent Yoendrys Gomez to the mound — and he got DRENCHED. Gomez had pitched really well on Sunday but not this time.

  • He walked the first batter he faced to load the bases with 1 out.
  • Gomez then walked Vientos to force in a run. Mets 5 Yanks 0.
  • Then came a sac fly, and an RBI double by Harrison Bader. Mets 7 Yanks 0.

Gomez got the final out of the 5th but would allow 3 more runs in the 6th (below).

6. Judge HR #30 Tries to Make It a Game

The Mets brought in Danny Young in pitch the top of the 6th, up 7-0. First batter Juan Soto worked a walk and Aaron Judge hit a 400-foot BOMB to center for a 7-2 game — his MLB-leading 30th homer of the year.

Young struck out JD Davis but Alex Verdugo singled and Young was yanked. Adam Ottavino came in and LeMahieu reached on an error. With 1st and 2nd, 1 out — it looked like the Yanks might get back in the game like they had the night before. But Ottavino struck out Austin Wells and got Ben Rice to line out to left.

7. Gomez Punching Bag

Gomez pitched the 6th — and after getting the first 2 outs of the inning, hit Pete Alonso with a pitch, allowed a single to Francisco Alvarez, and a 3-run homer to Taylor to make it 10-2 Mets.

Boone brought Gomez out for the 7th, and Harrison Bader hit a homer off him to make it 11-2 Mets.

Tom Hill got the last 2 outs of the 7th, but allowed a run in the 8th to make it 12-2 Mets.

8. Houser Hoses Yanks

Meanwhile Adrian Houser pitched shutout ball for the 7th, 8th, and 9th. He allowed a 1 out double to Oswaldo Cabrera that put 2nd and 3rd in the 9th — but got the final 2 outs for the old ballgame.


  • Judge went 2-2 with a walk on the night, and his 30th homerun. His batting average is now at .309. He is now slashing 30-77-.309 (.433 OBP). He leads the AL in homers and RBI’s and is 2nd in batting average behind Bobby Witt Jr’s .311.
  • Volpe went 0-5 on the night to lower his average to .266.

The Boxscore



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