The New York Yankees hammered the Mets pitcher Johan Santana for a career-high nine runs in three-plus innings and crushed their New York rivals 15-0 to win baseball's interleague Subway Series on Sunday.
Yankees go run crazy on the Mets
The New York Yankees hammered the Mets pitcher Johan Santana for a career-high nine runs in three-plus innings and crushed their New York rivals 15-0 to win baseball's interleague Subway Series on Sunday. The Yankees, playing in their home stadium, scored nine runs in the fourth inning and had 17 total hits, nine of them off Santana (8-4), to take the deciding contest in the three-game series.
Their 15 runs were a season-high and the margin of victory was the largest in the 69 games between the two teams. "You should have heard us in there [in the clubhouse] - it was wild," the Yankees winning pitcher AJ Burnett (5-3) said. "It was just a good all-around day. We came out swinging the bats and made a lot of defensive plays." To add to the Mets' misery, manager Jerry Manuel was ejected in the sixth for arguing over a called third strike on David Wright.
Shortstop Derek Jeter was a perfect 4-4 for the Yankees with Robinson Cano and Francisco Cervelli both getting three hits. The American Leaguers scored four runs in the second inning, then unloaded on the National League Mets for nine more in the fourth. Hideki Matsui and Cano both hit two-run homers in the big inning as the Yankees collected eight hits while sending 12 batters to the plate. The start was the worst of Santana's career. He left after five batters in the fourth, having been charged with nine runs while striking out three and walking two.
"It shows you he's human," Burnett said. "It happens to everybody. This is a very, very potent line-up. Our job is to keep them in the game as best we can, because they're going to score runs." Santana offered no excuses and said he was fine. The Mets relief pitcher Brian Stokes gave up four more runs after Santana left the mound, including Cano's homer, before the Mets finally retired the Yankees in the fourth.
Burnett held the Mets to four hits through seven innings. He loaded the bases in the third on two walks and a single before striking out Alex Cora and Fernando Martinez and getting Carlos Beltran to line out a shot to the shortstop. "You don't want to see someone put themselves in that kind of jam, but he went to work," the Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. * Reuters