Yankees 7-9 Mets: Judge’s grand slam fails to fill Cole’s hole

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits a grand slam home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in New York.
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New York Yankees 8-3 New York Mets

NEW YORK — Powered by a two-home run performance from Mark Vientos, the New York Mets narrowly defeated their crosstown rivals, the AL East-leading New York Yankees, with a 9-7 victory on Tuesday night. This win marked the Mets’ 11th in their last 14 games and came in the opening game of the season’s first Subway Series. Despite a late rally by the Yankees, the Mets held strong to clinch the win.

Mets rookie Mark Vientos stepped up to the plate in both the second and fourth innings and launched solo home runs off Yankees starter Gerrit Cole, marking his first career multi-homer game. This accomplishment also made him the 12th Mets player to achieve this feat in Subway Series history.

While Vientos aimed to match the record-setting three-homer performance by teammate Francisco Lindor against the Yankees on September 12, 2021, a fielder’s choice in the fifth and a strikeout in the seventh ultimately ended his quest.

Yankees Frustrated by Mets Power Surge

Harrison Bader and Brandon Nimmo capitalized on Yankees starter Gerrit Cole’s fastball, hitting home runs on pitches clocked at 91 and 93 mph, respectively. Cole’s struggles persisted as he lasted just four innings in his second outing of the season.

The reigning Cy Young winner, still recovering from spring training elbow inflammation, appeared uncharacteristically vulnerable. This was only the second time in his 302 career starts that Cole allowed four home runs and recorded no strikeouts.

The Mets’ barrage fell just one short of their single-game record against the Yankees, set at Yankee Stadium on August 13, 2018. While starter David Peterson struggled with walks, reliever Dedniel Nuñez, who was awarded the win, shut down the Yankees with 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball.

Yankees Mount Late Comeback But Fall Short

Despite a late offensive surge, the Yankees’ comeback attempt fell short in a 9-7 defeat. The scoring started slowly, with Juan Soto hitting a solo homer in the fifth and Aaron Judge driving in a run with a double in the seventh.

The Yankees erupted in the eighth inning, as a pinch-hit single by Austin Wells and a towering grand slam by Judge, his seventh career grand slam, brought them within striking distance. However, Mets reliever Reed Garrett managed to shut the door, forcing a groundout and securing the final three outs for the win.

This loss continues the Yankees‘ struggles, as they have only secured one series victory in their last six attempts. New addition J.D. Davis, acquired from Oakland and a former Met (2019-2022), went hitless in his debut. The Yankees will look to rebound in the next game.

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Hoping to salvage the Subway Series finale, the Yankees will turn to rookie right-hander Luis Gil (9-2, 2.77 ERA) as they face Mets lefty Sean Manaea (4-3, 4.16 ERA) on Wednesday. Gil has been a bright spot for the Bronx Bombers this season, and they’ll need another strong outing from him to avoid a sweep at the hands of their crosstown rivals.

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  1. What MORON thought having Gleyber Torres hit 4th was a good idea? Torres can’t hit in the clutch. He showed that throughout the game, YET AGAIN, for, what? the 1,557th time or so.

    TORRES STINKS! What does he have to do before Boonehead & Brainless Brian Cashman, the Abbott & Costello of modern baseball, STOP believing this piece of dung is anything other than a piece of dung?

    I wanted to vomit listening to Boone’s post-game interview in which he Doubled Down on counting on Torres to help turn things around for the Yankees. WTF?!

    Jesus! Somebody give Boone a Drug Test & a Psych Test because he’s either on Crack or he’s suffering from Early Onset of Dementia if he really believes that Torres is anything other than what he’s ALWAYS been: Lazy, Stupid, and Careless.

    AND TORRES IS GETTING WORSE BY THE WEEK:

    * In his lat 30 games, he’s hitting .202.

    * In his lat 15 games, he’s hitting .154.

    * In his lat 7 games, he’s hitting .091.

    So, he’s Getting WORSE with every passing day, so only a couple of MORONS like Boone & Cashman would think he’s important to the Yankees chances of winning.

    And yet, Bonehead continues to defend him:

    Torres strikes out in a key situation by swinging from his butt for a home run, when a single would have scored 2 runs, and Boonehead replies: Duh, no problem.

    Torres makes his Universe Leading 12th Error on a routine grounder, and Bonehead replies: Duh, no problem.

    Torres follows a Judge Grand Slam by hitting a grounder & stopping at a Dunkin’ Donuts for a cup of coffee on his stroll to first base, and Bonehead replies: Duh, I think he was saving his hammy.

    Bullsh*t! Torres didn’t run it out because he’s Lazy, Stupid, and Careless. That’s who he’s always been, including when I saw him play 5 times in Double AA; that’s 7 Years Ago now, so anyone who expects him to change after 7 years is Truly a Moron.

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