When it comes to Mets errors, they always seem to go the Yankees’ way.
With three errors in the second inning in last night’s game, the Yankees won their third game of the Subway Series, 9-1 behind strong pitching by CC Sabathia and clutch hitting by the rising center fielder, Brett Gardner.
In seven innings Sabathia allowed one run on three hits, walked none and struck out eight. He threw 99 pitches, 67 of which were strikes. His fastball averaged 94.34 mph and topped out at 97.9. The lone Mets run came on a Gary Sheffield homer in the fifth. The Mets put two more runners on in the inning before CC slammed the door. CC would then retire the final seven batters he faced.
Offensively Brett Gardner, who picked up career-high five hits on the night including a solo homer and a triple, led the Yankees. He also drove in two, scored three runs, and stole his 17th base of the year.
Most of the Yankees damage came in an error filled four-run top of the second. Melky Cabrera led off against Mets starter Mike Pelfrey with an infield single and advanced to third on a David Wright throwing error. Following a Francisco Cervelli strikeout, Ramiro Pena doubled in the Yankees first run. Pena ended up having a very nice three-hit night replacing Derek Jeter who was out with the flu. After Pena doubled Sabathia then lined a single up the middle scoring Pena to make it a 2-0 lead.
Gardner picked up his second hit of the night to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Johnny Damon hit what should have been an inning ending double play, but Alex Cora threw the ball into right field and CC scored and Damon and Gardner were on second and third. The Mets’ third and final error of the inning came when Mark Teixeira grounded a ball right to Nick Evans, but he bobbled it, Gardner scored and Teixeira reached safely.
After Gardner’s solo homer in the 7th, Rodriguez capped off the inning with a two-run homer deep into the Mets bullpen in right-center. It was A-Rod’s only hit of the night, but he walked three times.
The Yanks would put two more on the board in the ninth. Gardner brought in Pena with an RBI triple, and Damon drove Gardner in with an RBI double.
Brett Tomko pitched the final two innings in relief to close out the game.
They will get their chance tonight to at least win the season series against the Mets with A.J. Burnett on the mound.