In what was shaping up to be a relatively quiet pitcher's duel between Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander ended up a messy bullpen slugfest between the Yankees and Mets in the Subway Series finale Wednesday night.
After the two aces were removed from the game after the sixth inning with the score 1-0, six runs crossed the plate and the Mets won on a walk-off because the Yankees couldn't keep it together and take advantage of very easy situations.
The Yankees were gifted two runs in the seventh inning when the Mets defense broke down in embarrassing fashion. A Jeff McNeil throwing error broke the tie. A Francisco Alvarez throwing error turned a stolen base into Isiah Kiner-Falefa going first to third. Then Brooks Raley's slow windup allowed IKF to steal home in an electrifying manner.
But they coughed up that two-run lead in a flash because the bullpen melted down. Jimmy Cordero walked the bases loaded. Ron Marinaccio came in and hit a batter and allowed a single.
The Bombers got bailed out, still! Brandon Nimmo made a boneheaded baserunning mistake and was thrown out at second with the bases loaded. The inning ended in a 3-3 tie. Call it "controversial," but this wasn't getting overturned unless we want to start ruining the game of baseball.
Yankees blow Subway Series finale against Mets in sad fashion
Fans were complaining that Nimmo was safe, but he was dead to rights on the throw. The call was indeed too close to overturn, which is why the umpires original ruling took the cake. If calls like that start getting reversed then we're entering dangerous territory with the replay system.
Here's IKF stealing home, though, before we get into more of the bad news.
The Yankees went 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position. They once again didn't bring the ghost runner home in extras, and their streak of failing to do so on the road has now reached alarming heights (they're 2-10 in extra-inning road games since the start of 2022). Anthony Rizzo is 2 for his last 37. It's infuriating to watch Josh Donaldson. The bottom of the Yankees' order continues to outperform the top. They had a chance to break the bad Mets' bullpen's back and didn't. The Mets walked it off in the 10th as Nimmo got revenge with an RBI double.
This isn't sustainable. And it's certainly an unacceptable way to follow up Tuesday night's win. We're sure this'll go over well at Fenway Park, right? We're gonna need that breather on Thursday.