Game Three: Yanks 6 Mets 5
NEW YORK — The terrific pitching matchup that had been advertised for Sunday night never materialized, but the Yankees rolled out of Citi Field satisfied, letting the final scores do the talking in this year’s Subway Series finale.
Nick Swisher slugged a three-run homer to interrupt R.A. Dickey’s storybook season and Robinson Cano’s eighth-inning blast off Miguel Batista counted as the game-winning blow, lifting the Yankees to a 6-5 victory over the Mets.
The victory gave the Yankees ownership of five wins in this year’s six Subway Series contests. It was, as Swisher observed with a wry grin, “not too bad for a bunch of chickens.”
There wasn’t much boasting — or clucking? — from the visitors, but the Yankees hadn’t appreciated the fowl taunts from the Mets’ Frank Francisco, who added injury to insult as he ended the weekend on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.
“With all the talk coming into this, it’s pretty good for us,” Swisher said. “I feel like we wanted to go out there and win, with the little added something.”
Cano atoned for an earlier error by crushing his 16th homer off Batista in the eighth, nearly depositing it into the Home Run Apple in center field.
Perpetually a club that lives and dies with the long ball without apology, the Yankees hit seven homers in the weekend series and appreciated Citi Field’s new and friendlier dimensions.
“I never had it in my mind that I wanted to hit it out or anything like that,” Cano said. “It was nice here to get a win. You want to hit homers, but you want to hit them in a situation like that, where you help the team get a win.”
The Bombers’ victory came on a night in which they were able to rough up Dickey for five runs in six innings, but CC Sabathia accepted a no-decision as wildness and defense let him down in his shortest start of the year.
Boone Logan picked up the win with four outs, while Rafael Soriano locked down the ninth inning for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Sabathia’s lead was erased by three unearned runs in the sixth inning, as Cano’s error on a bad-hop grounder opened the door for trouble.
“I just didn’t make two-strike pitches,” Sabathia said. “You have to give them a lot of credit. Still, I feel like I gave up a lot of hits with two strikes and they ended up coming back to get me.”
Andres Torres made Sabathia pay for a free pass to Vinny Rottino, slicing a two-run single under Mark Teixeira’s glove at first base that ended Sabathia’s night after 5 2/3 innings. Teixeira said he’d been screened by Rottino, preventing him from making the play.
“That happens once or twice a year,” Teixeira said. “It’s just a weird play when I’m trying to field the ball — the runner is right in front of me. It’s always going to score a run; it stinks, but there’s really not much you can do there.”
Ruben Tejada greeted Cory Wade with a game-tying single to left field, as Sabathia wrapped up permitting five runs (one earned) on nine hits, walking two and striking out three.
“[The Mets are] just pesky, just shortening up and making contact,” Sabathia said. “I didn’t make good enough pitches with two strikes to get these guys out, and they extended innings and made me throw a lot of pitches.”
Early on, it looked as if the Yankees might regret missing a prime run-scoring chance when Teixeira was held at third base in the second inning, only to be stranded there by the next two batters.
But the Yankees shattered Dickey’s string of consecutive innings without an earned run at 44 2/3 in the fourth, as Teixeira lifted a sacrifice fly and Swisher crushed the three-run homer, his 11th.
“I just tried to look for something up in the zone and just got lucky on that,” Swisher said, “because I’ve never hit a ball like that off a knuckleballer, I know that.”
Dickey said that he didn’t have a great knuckler working for him on Sunday, but he couldn’t be intimidated by the Bombers’ big-swinging lineup.
“They have the capability of beating you on one swing,” Dickey said. “I was going to live and die with my girl. She’s been nice so far, and that’s just the way of it.”
Teixeira’s fifth-inning fielder’s choice drove in the fifth and final run against Dickey, marking the first time since May 17 that the right-hander did not complete at least seven innings.
“When you throw two straight one-hitters, you’re doing everything right,” Teixeira said. “He might have been off a little bit.”
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Game Two: Yanks 4 Mets 3
NEW YORK — The Yankees love to wear their reliance on the home run like a badge of honor, and a pair of big blasts from Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez gave them more reasons to be proud on Saturday.
Ibanez crushed a key three-run homer and Chavez cracked a go-ahead shot as the Yankees rallied for four runs in the seventh inning, holding on to stun the Mets with a 4-3 victory at Citi Field.
“We definitely have an offense that can get explosive,” Ibanez said. “Having that power as a team is a nice thing to have, for sure.”
Ibanez’s blast inside the right-field foul pole sparked the Bombers’ offense after they had been blanked by right-hander Chris Young through the first six frames.
The Yankees knew the gap could be closed with just a few timely swings. It was a formula that worked during their Subway Series sweep at Yankee Stadium earlier this month, when the Bombers hit eight homers to account for 12 of their 18 runs.
“When you think about our club, they’re in scoring position when they walk to the plate,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s the type of club that we have.”
Mark Teixeira started the seventh with a walk — one pitch after nearly striking out on a foul tip that catcher Josh Thole couldn’t hold — and Nick Swisher sliced a ball that right fielder Lucas Duda broke back on, misplaying it into a double, the 1,000th hit of Swisher’s career.
Ibanez took advantage of the breaks and laced the first pitch he saw down the right-field line, clearing the eight-foot fence to tie the game and knock Young out of the contest with a no-decision.
“I was just trying to get a guy in,” Ibanez said. “When I hit it, I thought I was going to have to run hard to try to get two [bases]. Fortunately for us, it went out of the park.”
Chavez then gave the Yankees the lead when he blasted his first career pinch-hit homer down the left-field line off reliever Jon Rauch (3-7), ripping an 0-2 pitch.
“He hit a good pitch,” Rauch said. “He takes a panic swing and somehow barreled it. I think everybody in this clubhouse is amazed that he was able to do that with that pitch.”
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