Friday, April 24, 2015

Yankees End Mets Winning Streak at 11

YANKEES 6 - Mets 1 
W - Pineda (3-0)
L - deGrom (2-2)

The Mets will not be going 159-3 after all. The Mets record setting 11-game winning streak came to a streaking halt in the Bronx in the first game of this year's Subway Series thanks in big part to the scorching hot bat of Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who destroyed the Mets with a pair of mammoth home runs.

A game that was supposed to be about how the Mets were coming of age, ready to grab the reigns of the City from the Yankees, it was the Bronx Bombers who proved New York, for at least one night, is still theirs.

Perhaps the moment, the aura of the stadium, and all the hype was a bit too much for Mets starter Jacob deGrom, who had his worst outing of the season, maybe even of his career. Right away the right-hander found himself behind the eight ball when he gave up a two-run blast to Teixeira, who deposited the ball in the right field porch for a 2-0, Yankees lead.

Things didn't get any better for deGrom who surrendered four more runs in the third inning, all but ending an competitive nature of this contest early on a frigid night. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a homer off deGrom to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Teixeira was at it again, this time wrapping the ball around the foul poll down the right field line for another 2-run homer to make it 5-0. Stephen Drew would add a sac fly to left to drive in the Yankees final run of the night.

The Mets offense was stymied by Yankees' Michael Pineda who was dealing on Friday. The former Seattle Mariners' prospect was brilliant over seven and two-thirds allowing only a run on five hits, while striking out seven Mets, and walking none. Pineda, has been the Yankees best starting pitcher thus far with a 3-0 record.

The Yankees will try to take the series from the Mets on Saturday afternoon when former ace CC Sabaathia takes on Mets ace Matt Harvey at 4:05 p.m. All hands will be on deck for what should be a terrific match-up.

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