Yankees Walk Off With Sweep of Mets
Behind two home runs from Russell Martin – including a walk off in the bottom of the ninth – the Yankees battled through the stellar pitching of Jonathon Niese to claim a 5-4 win and a sweep of the Mets.
The day looked destined to be a disappointment for the Yankees, as the Bronx Bombers found themselves trailing the Mets 3-0 as Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America filled the 7th inning stretch. Martin’s first home run – which cleared the wall only after bouncing off its top – cut that deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of that inning and RBI singles from Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees the lead in the bottom of the eighth, however. The lead would last only so long, though, as Soriano – for the first time this year – was unable to convert the save.
A Lucas Duda RBI double tied the game for the Mets, and set the stage for Martin’s second, and exponentially more dramatic, home run of the game. In the first at bat of the bottom of the ninth, Martin deposited the John Rauch pitch into the left field seats for the 5-4 win.
Boone Logan, who recorded the final outs of the top of the ninth, gets the win, with Rauch taking the loss. Both Pettitte – who started for the Yankees – and Neise – who looked brilliant throughout for the Mets – were given no decisions.
Pettitte settled in after a rocky second inning, but left the game after fielding a ground ball with his bare hand. He finished the inning, but it was confirmed during the post-game that the hand had swelled. The potential injury is one that will certainly be examined as the Yankees board a plane for Atlanta, where they’ll play the Braves tomorrow night.