Saturday, September 19, 2015

Recap: Yankees 5, Mets 0

Carlos Beltran hit a long three-run home run in the first and the Yankees easily beat the Mets, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

No Doubt About it: Beltran drilled an inside fastball from Noah Syndergaard into the upper-deck in right, quickly giving the Yankees all the offense they would need on the day. The blast followed back-to-back singles from Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner to lead-off the frame, though the visitors wouldn't have another baserunner on until the fifth.

Showing Up Big: Michael Pineda had no problem securing the victory after Beltran's homer, shutting out the Mets for 5 1/3 innings while yielding four hits and walking one. Pineda was removed prematurely when the Mets threatened in the sixth, but nonetheless performed well enough for his 11th win of 2015.

Good to See: Chase Headley helped Pineda escape trouble with a diving stop in the second, robbing Wilmer Flores of a possible RBI double. Moreover, Headley's across-the-diamond throw to Greg Bird was perfect -- a welcome sign considering the third baseman's subpar defense this season.

Nice Houdini Act: Justin Wilson walked Daniel Murphy upon entering in the sixth -- loading the bases with just one out -- but rebounded to strikeout David Wright and Juan Uribe. Wilson -- whose WHIP since the All-Star Break has been a shaky 1.28 -- also fanned Flores and Juan Lagares to begin the seventh, part of a seven-consecutive-strikeout streak by him, Caleb Cotham and Dellin Betances.

Adding On: Brian McCann put the game away with an insurance two-run shot in the sixth, a high fly ball to the Mets' bullpen in right-center. It was McCann's 26th four-bagger of the year, his original career-best being 24 in 2011.

Next Up: The Yankees will look to take the series in the evening finale on Sunday, sending CC Sabathia (4-9, 4.93 ERA) to the mound versus right-hander Matt Harvey (12-7, 2.88 ERA). First pitch is set for 8:08 p.m. ET, airing live on ESPN.

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