Yesterday afternoon at a jam-packed, SRO Citi Field the Bronx Bombers shut-out the Mets 5-0.
The weekend series is even at one as they enter the rubber match tonight at 8PM. The game will be live on ESPN.
I always wondered where that tern, “rubber match” came from. Thanks to Dr. Google, rubber-match comes from a 16th century English game called, “Lawn ball.” It’s similar to Bocce ball.
Soon as the Yankees got off the 7-train they went right to the bat rack and started swinging.
Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury singled in the top of the first setting the table for Carlos Beltran who got the party started with a three-run blast off Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. Noah needs to visit Harry on the avenue.
“We feel like we have played consistent baseball since Day One,” said Beltran. “We are in the hunt to play in October. It’s a great feeling, that I’m also capable of being able to turn the season around after a tough April.”
That was all the scoring the Yankees would need but a Brian McCann two-run shot in the sixth was the icing on the cake.
“I think we’ve been playing like this for a while,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve been close to Toronto, but they’ve got a little bit of a lead on us — and we’ve been fighting and fighting. I think, in a sense, we’ve been playing playoff baseball for a while.”
Yankees starter Michael Pineda pitched a masterpiece giving up four singles and a walk over 5 1/3 innings.
Pineda struck out four.
By the way, Girardi used seven pitchers in the game.
New York City Parks and Recreation should organize a stickball game between the two teams. I think that would be so cool. Matter of fact, have a series of games and play them throughout the city. On the streets of course.
Bumped into Carmine this morning, he told me they (Mets) will win tonight.
Wonder who the Mighty Quinn is going with tonight?
My guy Joe Lee is a happy camper today.
Tonight it’s CC vs Matt Harvey. How many pitches do we see Harvey throw in front of what should be another packed house in Queens?
Hoping Farrell’s is packed tonight. Don’t forget to tip your bartender.