Watching one ball hit by the Mets follow the next out of Yankee Stadium made it hard to determine which team dreams of the season being extended deep into October and the other counting the days until it expires.
Much was made of what was supposed to be a wonderful pitching matchup between the Mets’ Jacob deGrom and the Yankees’ Luis Severino in a game that was washed out in late July.
DeGrom was far from his Cy Young best, but he didn’t have to be because his mates who are often challenged when holding a bat tore into Severino and A.J. Cole for a season-high five homers on the way to an 8-5 Subway Series victory in front of 47,233 Monday night.
The victory meant the Yankees and Mets split six Subway Series games.
The Yankees believed Severino, their ace, had emerged from a funk in his previous start against the White Sox in Chicago when he went seven innings and allowed three runs in a 7-3 win.
However after beginning the night with the worst batting average (.229) in baseball and ranked 12th out of 15 NL teams in homers (116), the Mets homered twice off Severino and three times against Cole.
Amed Rosario got Severino in the first and Jose Bautista followed in the fourth. Cole gave up homers to Todd Frazier in the sixth and back-to-back blasts in the seventh to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto. The five homers given up were the most this season by the Yankees.
The loss dropped the Yankees a season-high 10 games back of the AL East-leading Red Sox who were idle.
DeGrom evened his ledger at 7-7, but his MLB-leading 1.77 ERA jumped to 1.81 after allowing two earned runs in 6 ²/₃ innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out 12. It was the seventh time deGrom reached double digits in strikeouts. His season high is 13, which the right-hander has done twice.
Severino had thrown 98 pitches after four innings and didn’t come out for the fifth. In his shortest outing of the season, the right-hander gave up four runs and seven hits and is 15-6.
In Severino’s last five starts the Yankees and their ace are 1-4 and his ERA is 7.96.
After Miguel Andujar’s two-run homer in the eighth cut the Mets’ lead to 7-5 a Gleyber Torres fielding error allowed Conforto to score from second for a three-run Mets advantage.
A two-out walk issued by Seth Lugo to Aaron Hicks in the eighth was followed by Andujar’s 18th homer that cut the Mets’ lead to 7-5. A shift-beating bunt single toward third base by Greg Bird got Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland to the mound. Lugo responded to the chat by retiring Torres on a fly ball to center.
Brett Gardner’s one-out double to right field in the fifth preceded Giancarlo Stanton’s whiff for the second out, but Didi Gregorius didn’t waste it when he blooped a single into center field that scored Gardner and cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3.
It didn’t take long for Severino to undo the two-run third when the Yankees plated two and tied the score, 2-2, because he gave up two runs in the top of the fourth when Bautista homered to right with Austin Jackson on first and no outs for a 4-2 Mets advantage.
The Yankees bailed Severino out after he put them in a 2-0 ditch in the first inning by scoring twice in the third.
DeGrom stranded two runners in the first and retired the Yankees in order in the second but ran into trouble that was created by second baseman Jeff McNeil’s failure to turn a double play.
With runners on first and second in the third, Stanton hit a grounder to Frazier and he fired to McNeil to force Gardner. However, Gardner’s hard slide at the bag appeared to disrupt McNeil’s throwing motion and his toss to first went out of play. That allowed Austin Romine, who was the runner at second, to score and Stanton to get to second where he scored on Hicks’ two-out single to right-center that tied the score 2-2.
In 24 first innings Severino this season had walked a dozen batters but control wasn’t his problem in the opening frame Monday when he gave up three hits, including a leadoff homer to Rosario.
Rosario hit a 3-1 pitch over the right-field wall to start the game and Nimmo followed with a double to right. Severino struck out Conforto and got Wilmer Flores on a dribbler in front of the plate that moved Nimmo to third. McNeil’s single to right plated Nimmo for a 2-0 lead.
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