The Mets managed to split their series with the Yankees on Thursday night with a 4-1 in the Bronx. Bartolo Colon started for the Mets opposite Nathan Eovaldi, and both starters were effective early.
The first four innings passed by largely without incident. In the bottom of the second inning, Brian McCann lined a single off Neil Walker’s glove, and Starlin Castro followed with a single to left field to put Bartolo Colon in a no-out jam. The ageless wonder worked his way out of trouble by inducing a pair of comebackers and a fly out. The third and fourth innings were uneventful, with both teams managing a total of three base runners.
Kelly Johnson broke the scoreless tie on the first pitch of the fifth inning with a laser-beam of a home run down the right field line. After a Matt Reynolds strikeout, Curtis Granderson laced a double into left-center field. Alejandro De Aza then hit a check-swing comebacker to Eovaldi, who attempted to throw out Granderson as he returned to second base. Granderson was safe on the play, leaving the Mets with two men on base. After a Neil Walker fly out, Jay Bruce hit a three-run home run to right center field, putting the Mets up 4-0.
Colon continued cruising in the bottom of the fifth inning, and escaped a two-out jam in the sixth inning. He finally started to crack in the bottom of the seventh, allowing a one-out double to rookie Gary Sanchez. Colon recorded one more out before Terry Collins decided to pull his starter at 90 pitches with the light hitting Aaron Hicks at the plate. Colon ended his night at 6 2/3 innings with only six hits allowed, no walks, and one strikeout.
Collins turned to Jerry Blevins to escape the seventh despite the fact that Hicks is a switch hitter, and after reaching an 0-2 count, Hicks laced a single to center field to score Sanchez and put a one-run blemish on Colon’s night. Blevins then induced a force out from Brett Gardner to end the inning.
The Mets only managed a single baserunner over the final two innings when Walker led off the eighth with a ground ball to the second baseman Starlin Castro. Castro bounced his throw, and Rob Refsnyder, an outfielder by trade, was unable to dig it out. Addison Reed pitched a dominant eighth inning, striking out Chase Headley and Brian McCann.
Jeurys Familia worked his way into trouble in the ninth, when Didi Gregorius lined a one-out single into left field. Gary Sanchez followed with a dribbler up the third base line that went for an infield hit. Familia then ran a 2-0 count to Refsnyder before evening the count and inducing a 5-3 double play to end the game.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Bartolo Colon (30.3%), Jay Bruce (19.4%)
Big losers: Neil Walker (-8.9%), Michael Conforto (-6.8%)
Teh aw3s0mest play: Jay Bruce’s three-run home run (+25.3%)
Teh sux0rest play: Neil Walker flyout in the fifth (-4.6%)
Total pitcher WPA: 37.7%
Total batter WPA: 12.3%
GWRBI!: Jay Bruce