April 25, 2015: Twelve Hits Bury Yanks

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Date: April 25, 2015
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 8
Yankees: 2
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Kevin Plawecki, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda
Key play: Duda’s and Plawecki’s home runs, Lagares’s triple

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. The teams played the second of three games in a Subway Series. The Mets pounded out twelve hits in an 8-2 win.

Lucas Duda hit a solo home run against Yanks’ starter CC Sabathia with two outs in the top of the first inning. Michael Cuddyer flied out to left fielder Brett Gardner to end the inning and the Mets’ Matt Harvey pitched a perfect bottom half. Eric Campbell was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the second. Juan Lagares hit a single and Wilmer Flores grounded out to third baseman Chase Headley. Sabathia retired Kevin Plawecki on a ground ball to Headley for the inning’s third out. Harvey then yielded just a single to Mark Teixeira in the bottom half.

Sabathia set down the side in order in the top of the third. Stephen Drew hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Drew moved to third base on Didi Gregorius’s bunt single and came home on Jacoby Ellsbury’s double play grounder to second baseman Daniel Murphy. Gardner drew a walk and Alex Rodriguez grounded back to Harvey to close out the inning.

Cuddyer singled to begin the top of the fourth. Murphy hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Drew and a fly ball by Campbell was caught by center fielder Ellsbury. Lagares tripled to drive home Murphy and scored on a single by Flores. Plawecki followed with his first major league homer for a 5-1 Mets lead. Curtis Granderson hit a single and John Mayberry lined out to Gardner to end the inning. Harvey then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Sabathia retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Harvey set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Campbell slugged a home run against Sabathia to begin the top of the sixth. Lagares hit a single and went to second base on a wild pitch by Yanks’ reliever Esmil Rogers. Flores was retired on a foul pop-up to Drew after which Lagares moved to third. Juan came home on another wild pitch to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Rogers got Plawecki to fly out to right fielder Chris Young and retired Granderson on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Teixeira. Harvey then recorded two strikeouts in a perfect bottom half.

Rogers struck out the side in order in the top of the seventh. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Teixeira homered to cut the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Brian McCann flied out to center fielder Lagares and consecutive strikeouts of Young and Headley finished off the inning. With two outs in the top of the eighth, Lagares singled and advanced to third base on a single by Flores. Plawecki got a single for the Mets’ twelfth hit, driving home Lagares with the eighth New York run of the game. Rogers retired Granderson on an inning-ending grounder to Teixeira. Harvey then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Yankees’ reliever Chris Martin pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Teixeira got a two-out single against Harvey in the bottom of the inning. McCann drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres got Young to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Flores that ended the game. The Mets had a solid victory over their cross-city rivals.