Game 66: Mets 10, Yankees 4

After beating the Mets handily this afternoon, the Yankees returned to the field for this evening’s contest. James Paxton took the mound for the Yankees and the Mets pounced quickly. A three run homer by Pete Alonso in the first inning put the Bombers in the hole and two walks and three singles in the third, put them down 6-0. The Yankees were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, however, they never got any closer and fell 10-4.

What went wrong:
The Yankees overcame their errors in the first game of the day with a potent offense. There was only one Yankee error in this evening’s game, when Gio Urshela allowed Jeff McNeil to reach in the fourth inning. J.D. Davis followed with a homer and the Yankees fell behind 8-3. While this certainly didn’t help the situation, the Yankees were already struggling before Urshela’s error.

Paxton only lasted 2.2 innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, two walks and a strike out. Aaron Boone pulled Paxton after only 63 pitches, sending Chase Adams to the mound. Adams managed to provide some decent long relief, throwing 4.1 innings. He allowed three runs (only two earned due to Urshela’s error) on three hits and three walks. He struck out three, but gave up two homers.

While the Yankees pitching didn’t put them in a good position, their offense had plenty of chances to put them back in the game. The Yankees combined for nine hits and three walks, yet they only managed four runs. Clint Frazier failed to come through a few times for the Yankees, though he did score Luke Voit on a ground out. He went 0-4 with one RBI, stranding six runners on base.

What went right:
It wasn’t all terrible for the Yankees. They had four players with two hits apiece. DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, and Brett Gardner each had two hits. Torres went 2-3 with a RBI and a walk. Gardner connected with a homer in the ninth, his tenth of the season.

Luis Cessa had given up at least one run in each of his last three games. Over that period of time he allowed eight runs in 3.1 innings. Today, however, he came out and pitched a scoreless inning, getting McNeil, Davis, and Alonso to all ground out.

What comes next:
The Yankees will have a much needed day off today as they head to Chicago for a series against the White Sox. As I am writing this, the White Sox haven’t named a starter, but the Yankees will send J.A. Happ to the mound. Happ is currently 6-3 with a 4.48 ERA and 59 Ks. He is coming off a strong outing against Toronto, when he threw seven innings and allowed just one run on four hits and no walks. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm on Thursday.