Chase Whitley impressed, Dellin Betances dealt, and Alfonso Soriano hit an RBI double in the 7th inning to drive in the Yankees' only run of the game in a 1-0 win over the Mets, their second shutout in as many nights.
The Yankees weren't able to muster up much against the Mets' starter, Jacob deGrom, who was making his Major League debut. The talented, young right-hander held the Bombers to just one-run in seven innings, but Whitley and the Yankees' bullpen was just slightly better keeping the Mets off the board to keep deGrom from getting a win.
Whitley wasn't able to qualify for the win because he left before the end of the 5th inning with the game still tied. Called up before the game to make his big league debut, Whitley looked pretty good on the mound before losing control in the 5th.
Whitley opened the inning by getting Lucas Duda to groundout, but then walked the next two batters to put a pair of with one out for deGrom, who dropped down a sac-bunt, ending Whitley's night after 74 pitches in 4.2 innings, with just two hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
His changeup, which has been advertised as his best pitch, looked good. He got quite a few outs early with the pitch. He seemed to be handling hitters well, and I think that he has definitely earned another starter, which I believe would be against the Chicago Cubs next week at Wrigley Field.
Betances, though, turned in the performance of the night by striking out six straight hitters after getting the final out of the 5th inning. He was clearly locked in, making hitters look foolish, as he has been all season.
By the way, the six strikeouts tonight raised Betances' strikeout-to-walk went from 14.9 to 15.88. He also has more strikeouts than Hiroki Kuroda, who has tossed more the twice as many innings this season. That's insane.
The Yankees didn't get on the board until the 7th inning against deGrom, finally breaking through against the righty when Brian McCann reached on a fielder's choice, then scored all the way from first base on a Soriano double that made it all the way to the wall in the left-center field gap, putting the Yanks up 1-0.
Adam Warren started the 8th inning, and began by striking out Juan Centeno, walking Bobby Abreu, and striking out Eric Young. Jr. But after giving up a single to Daniel Murphy, putting runners on the corners with two outs, Joe Girardi didn't want to risk the lead, calling to David Robertson for the four-out save.
Robertson recorded the final out of the 8th, then shut down the Mets in the 9th, retiring the side in order to finish off the Bombers' three-hit shutout. So after losing the first two games of the Subway Series in the Bronx earlier this week, the Yankees bounce back to take the final two games on the road at Citi Field.
** Box score notes: In his final career game against the Mets, Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 at the plate; he doesn't look very sharp up there right now, and I saw on Twitter that he hasn't hit a ball in the air since Anaheim, yikes ..... the bullpen was pretty deadly tonight, with 10 strikeouts in 4.1 innings ..... Whitely picked up a single in his first big league at-bat, against deGrom, who singled against him later in the game ..... McCann collected his 11th opposite field hit of the season with s soft-hit liner to left-center. He had 19 opposite field hits last season, and already has 11 this year ..... Teixeira picked up another base hit tonight; he's hitting .273 this season ..... and finally, Soriano had two of the Yankees' six hits.
** Up next: The Yankees come back to the Bronx for a short three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirate before hitting the road for a week in Chicago. David Phelps will get the ball against Edison Volquez at 7:05 pm ET on Friday night.