One game a day suited them much better on Saturday.
Clint Frazier scored the winning point on wild Dellin Betances late in the ninth inning, and the Yankees avoided their longest losing streak in a quarter of a century with a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets in Crosstown.
” He was tall. It was definitely a grind-out victory. It’s not the prettiest win, but we needed it, ”said DJ LeMahieu, All-Star infielder, reinstated on the pre-match injured list. “I hope that gives us an incentive and that we start playing again like we should play, how we know how to do it. It was a bit difficult there.
JA Happ pitched eighth with flying colors and Luke Voit hit a homerun at Yankee Stadium as the injury-ravaged Bronx Bombers stopped a seven-game slide that followed six-game winning streak. They haven’t lost eight in a row since August 1995 – just before their most recent dynasty of three consecutive World Series titles and four in all from 1996 to 2000.
The Mets had won three straight, six of eight wins, including a double sweep Friday at Yankee Stadium. Previously, the Yankees had also been swept away in a doubles game Wednesday in Atlanta.
“Really good to have a win and come here and hear some music,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Just a really good fight and there were some winning battles at the end.
Wilson Ramos greeted reliever Adam Ottavino with a home run tied for eighth out of the screen attached to the left field foul post. The much-vaunted Yankees bullpen has so far beaten the heads in all three games of this Subway series.
Frazier drew ninth at Betances (0-1), four times All-Star with the Yankees before signing with the Mets in the last offseason. Frazier went to third on a soft single from Jordy Mercer, upping backup wide receiver Erik Kratz with one out.
“I really felt like I had nothing today,” Betances said.
Kratz square to bunt on a 0-1 delivery, then struck out his bat as Betances ‘fastball sailed over Ramos’ glove. Frazier didn’t break a third on the pitch, but scored easily when the ball went to the backstop.
“I did it myself,” Kratz said. “I haven’t made contact with too many pitches today. We have to get the race one way or another.
Aroldis Chapman (1-1) threw a scoreless ninth, rebounding from a failed save and loss Friday night when he abandoned a late-game homerun against batter Amed Rosario.
Happ held the Mets to three hits in 7 1/3 shutout innings, becoming the Yankees’ first starter to reach eighth this season. The 37-year-old southpaw pulled out five and didn’t walk on his second straight stingy outing.
Left fielder Brett Gardner stole JD Davis from extra bases with an exceptional catch to start the seventh. With right-handed Ramos in eighth place, Happ was pulled out after 90 shots.
“I know he’s been under pressure the last few weeks,” Voit said. “We really needed this.”
This was only the fourth start to the season and the second since August 5 for Happ, who recently spoke about the shortage of assignments and seemed to think it could be related to his $ 17 million acquisition option for next season.
“I feel like I answered some of the things that I maybe wanted to say and I’m going to kind of leave that there,” Happ said. “I’m just going to focus on the season.”
Ahead of the game GM Brian Cashman said Happ struggled last year and places at the back of the rotation, so the decision was based purely on trying to win games and navigating the postponements.
“Look, it’s no secret what he’s been through this year,” Boone said. “With the long rest, his concentration never changed.”
Voit pitched his 12th home run on fourth field for Mets starter Robert Gsellman, but the Yankees later had two runners sent off at home plate.
Mets: LHP Steven Matz struck out two goals in a smooth inning of relief but came out with shoulder discomfort. … Davis was pierced in the left hip by a 98 mph fastball from Chapman but stayed in the game. … Michael Conforto hit hard in the wall of right field trying to catch LeMahieu’s triple in the third set. Conforto was controlled by a trainer, but remained in the game.
Yankees: LeMahieu returned after spraining his left thumb on August 15. INF-OF Miguel Andujar has opted for the alternative training site. … LeMahieu played 3B in place of Gio Urshela, who sat down again with a bone spur in his right elbow. Urshela could be back in the lineup on Sunday, according to Boone. … RF Aaron Judge, who injured his right calf again this week, has less tension but will likely need to rehabilitate twice as long this time, Cashman said. … C Gary Sanchez was rested.
The teams play their second seven-inning double in three days Sunday afternoon to make up for games postponed last weekend at Citi Field after a Mets player and coach tested positive for the coronavirus. The Mets will be the “home” team at Yankee Stadium in Game 2.
Award-winning pitcher Deivi Garcia will start a game for the Yankees, making his major league debut. RHP Michael King (1-1, 6.59 ERA) will start the other game, but the order was yet to be determined. The Mets plan to start RHP Rick Porcello (1-4, 6.43 ERA) and RHP Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.03).