After overpowering the Mets on Saturday with a four-homer barage, the Yankees used an eight run 7th inning to show their rivals that they are not welcome in their house as the Yankees won the first round of the Subway Series two games to one at Yankee Stadium this weekend.
Mike Pelfrey was on the mound for most of yesterday’s 7th inning outburst. He was cruising through the first six, but that changed when a single, a walk, and a hit by pitch changed both side’s fortunes. After that the Mets couldn’t stop the Yankees as they saved the day for Ivan Nova who at that point was on the hook for the loss despite only having one bad inning.
The day before the Yankees got it done via the homer. Four different Yankees homered off of Mets starter Chris Capuano while A.J. Burnett was good enough to hold the Mets to three runs in 6.1 innings.
DAMN JOSE BAUTISTA: Curtis Granderson homered on both Saturday and Sunday bringing his season total to 16, or two homers behind Jose Bautista, the MLB leader.
1ST PLACE: By taking two of three from the Mets the Yankees have battled themselves back into a virtual tie with the Tampa Rays for first place in the AL East.
AYALA IS A PLEASANT SURPRISE: Despite Luis Ayala‘s 1.50 WHIP and .326 batting average against, he has actually gotten the job done this season. He is the owner of a 1.50 ERA over nine appearances and 12 innings. It might not be sustainable considering his peripherals, but he has been a big help in the pen this year nonetheless.