The Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit to claim a 4-3 win over the Mets Saturday night. It was the 10th straight home loss for the Mets, a Citi Field first.
The game was tied 3-3 after six innings and the Mets went to their pen. While usually Mickey Callaway might come under fire for going to his bullpen earlier than necessary, this time it was the right move. Where he screwed up was not doing a double switch. He brought in Robert Gsellman, who’s likely his best reliever with Seth Lugo back in the rotation, Jeurys Familia on the DL and Anthony Swarzak still working his way back into game shape. So, he needed multiple innings from Gsellman but made it so that he would be batting third in the bottom of the seventh.
Gsellman gave up a leadoff walk but got a double play and a pop up to end the inning. Adrian Gonzalez led off the bottom of the seventh with a hustle double and the Mets looked in great shape to go back ahead. Kevin Plawecki struck out and Callaway went to his bench and put up Luis Guillorme to hit for Gsellman. Guillorme made solid contact but Aaron Hicks ran down his line drive and Gonzalez didn’t tag up. Not that it mattered, as Amed Rosario grounded out to end the inning.
Swarzak came out of the pen and gave up a homer to Aaron Judge, the first batter he faced.
The Mets went down meekly in the eighth but Jerry Blevins kept it a one-run game. The first two hitters due up for the Mets in the ninth were Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto – one of whom should have been switched out of the game when Gsellman came in. Bruce drew a walk against Aroldis Chapman and Callaway went ahead and pinch hit for both Conforto and Gonzalez. Both pinch-hitters struck out. After Plawecki drew a walk to push the tying run to scoring position, Jose Reyes came off the bench to line out and end the game.
Steven Matz battled but hung a breaking ball in the middle of the plate that Miguel Andujar homered on to turn a 3-1 lead into a tie game. The Mets scored three runs in the first inning, thanks to a solo homer from Todd Frazier and a two-run blast by Asdrubal Cabrera. But after that promising start, the offense went into hibernation yet again.