Maybe the Mets need to re-size Citi Field to Yankee Stadium dimensions. The Mets staged two comebacks in game 1 of the Subway Series and they did it via home run. They hit four of them — four of them! — as they topped the Yankees Monday night in The Bronx.
Eric Young scored one of his patent-pending Young Runs in the first. He led off the game with a single, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on a David Wright ground out.
But the Yankees got the run back in the second, and then some. Three straight singles loaded the bases with no outs. Bartolo Colon got the next two outs but Brett Gardner sent the first pitch he saw into the seats in right. The grand slam gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
Travis d’Arnaud hit a solo home run, his third homer of the season, in the fifth to make it a 4-2 game.
Back in his old stomping grounds, Curtis Granderson tied the game in the sixth with a two-run home run. It was Granderson’s fourth home run of the season.
The Yankees regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. Alfonso Soriano doubled and came home on a Yangervis Solarte single to make it 5-4. Kelly Johnson followed with a triple to extend the lead to 6-4. Brian Roberts then hit a grounder to a drawn-infield. Johnson broke on contact and was eventually tagged out in a rundown. Gardner singled to put runners in first and third with two outs. That was all for Colon, who gave way to Carlos Torres. Derek Jeter, already with three hits on the night, was next. During the at bat, Gardner tried to steal second and d’Arnaud’s throw sailed into center field. Roberts jogged home to make it 7-4. Jeter ran into his own ground ball in front of home plate for the final out of the inning.
Colon went 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits. His ERA now stands at 5.84, the worst in the National League among qualified pitchers.
If you needed any further proof that it is easy to hit a home run in Yankee Stadium, you got it in the seventh when Eric Young slammed a two-run shot to bring the Mets to within 7-6. It was just the eighth home run of Eric Young’s career.
Reluctant reliever Jenrry Mejia came in with two outs in the seventh and a runner on second. He struck out Soriano to end the inning.
Pinch hitter Eric Campbell doubled with one out in the eighth. Lucas Duda hit a broken bat bloop to center. Campbell just beat the throw to tie the score at seven. Chris Young followed with a two-run blast to give the Mets a 9-7 lead.
Mejia pitched a scoreless eighth and Kyle Farnsworth came on for the save attempt in the ninth. He walked Jeter to lead off the inning. Jacoby Ellsbury flied out to deep center for the first out. Ailing Mark Teixeira came in to pinch hit and hit a liner to right. It should have been a double but Teixeira just cannot run because of a groin problem. It put runners on first and third. Brian McCann hit a sharp grounder to first. Duda made a great diving play to come up with it and the Mets were able to pull off the double play to end the game.
Mets win 9-7.