Thursday, August 4, 2016

Eovaldi Gives Up Two Bombs In Fifth, Loses Game, 4-1, Split Series With Crosstown Foes

On a perfect evening for baseball in the Bronx, The Yankees fell to the Mets in the fourth and final game of the Subway series. Nathan Eovaldi started for the Pinstripers and pitched well, but, one bad inning put the Mets ahead for good and put another L in the loss column for the Houston Texas native. On the mound for the Mets was the oldest starting pitcher in all of baseball Bartolo Colon, who improved to 10-6 while lowering his ERA to 3.46 with his vintage performance tonight.

After both starters held the opposition scoreless through the first four frames, Eovaldi got himself into trouble and was bitten by the longball in the top of the fifth. Kelly Johnson began the inning by ripping a hanging Eovaldi cutter just over the wall in right to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. After a Matt Reynolds strikeout, Curtis Granderson lined a double into left-center. The next batter Alejandro De Aza hit a ball back to Eovaldi, who in turn tried to pick off Granderson at second trying to take too big of a secondary lead, but ultimately, both runners ended up being safe. And that mental error came back to haunt the righty in a big way as Jay Bruce recorded his first hit as a Met, a three-run shot to right-center that put the Mets up by a 4-0 score. If Eovaldi had just taken the sure out at first off the De Aza comebacker, Bruce wouldn't have had the chance to bat, but as it happened, Nate didn't make the play and really put himself and the Yankees in a big hole as a result

It took A few innings but the Yankees finally put a run on the board against Colon as they knocked him out of the game in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Gary Sanchez ripped a double over the head of Curtis Granderson for his first big league extra-base hit of his career. After a Rob Refsnyder line out to first, Colon was lifted for Jerry Blevins, who immediately served up a single up the middle to Aaron Hicks, scoring Sanchez and pulling the Yankees to within three. Unfortunately, however, that was the last time anyone would touch Homeplate as the Yankees fell to the Mets by a score of 4-1, making Colon the first pitcher ever to win a subway series game for both the Mets and the Yankees.

The Yankees will welcome in the AL Central leading Cleveland Indian's tomorrow for a three-game weekend set, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM/EST.

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