Mets sweep four-game set from Yankees with 3-1 win

The Yankees had never been swept in a season series with the Mets. But then again, they have never fielded a lineup devoid of so many regular players.

The good news is two regulars appear close to returning as Mark Teixeira (forearm) and Kevin Youkilis (back) completed rehab assignments and may return Friday against the Red Sox.

If they do return, they will be coming back to a team which has lost five straight and seven of nine after getting a solo home run from Robinson Cano and little else offensively in a 3-1 loss to the Mets Thursday night.

“[They will be] a big boost,” center fielder Brett Gardner said. “They fit nicely in our lineup and we look forward to getting them back.”

In between a 1-4 start to the season and this current slide, the Yankees went 27-12 with a lineup highlighted by solid performances from veterans Lyle Overbay, Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells. All three have experienced struggles as of late.

“I don’t know if they were playing over their heads,” manager Joe Girardi said of his patchwork lineup “I think they were playing well and I think whenever you’re playing well and you go through a bad streak, you’re always a little bit surprised because you don’t know what necessarily triggers it.”

Wells was 0-for-4 Thursday and has just seven hits in his last 44 at-bats. Hafner also was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Thursday has one hit in his last 15 at-bats. Overbay was 0-for-3 and went 3-for-14 in the series against the Mets.

The lack of consistent offense for the fourth time in five games meant the Yankees dropped to 17-10 in games decided by two runs or less. Four of those losses have occurred since this slump began May 21 in Baltimore.

The rough night offensively cost Vidal Nuno a chance at a second win before he likely heads back to the minors when Andy Pettitte returns Monday. Nuno allowed a Marlon Byrd home run in the second but just two other hits while pitching six innings.

While the Yankees continued their worst slide of the year, the Mets maintained their best week of the season by winning a season-high fifth straight game. Like the other games against the Yankees, Met pitching continued to perform well.

Dillon Gee followed the leads of Shaun Marcum, Jon Niese and Matt Harvey with an impressive victory. He struck out a career-high 12 hitters in 7 1/3 innings, retiring the final 15 hitters he faced with nine outs coming by strikeout.

Gee pitched more aggressively and during his dominant game-ending run, the Yankees saw first-pitch strikes 11 times.

“That was my mindset,” Gee said. “I went out in the sixth and seventh and [thought] this was my game. We’re going to attack guys. That’s the way I’m going to pitch and I hadn’t been doing it lately.”

It was Gee’s finest performance since July 7, 2012, which was his final start of last season before undergoing surgery to treat a blood clot in his right shoulder. It also came after manager Terry Collins hinted that repeated bad starts might force him to shift Gee to the bullpen when prized prospect Zack Wheeler arrives.

“I talked to Dillon the other day after his last start because he was sailing through and all of a sudden he hit a wall,” Collins said “My question was, ‘How are you feeling?’ and he said, ‘I’m disappointed in the fact that I haven’t been able to be very consistent.’

“Then I asked if he was hurt and if you’re not hurt, it’s got to be something else. There was some frustration and he understood that. I said if a change is going to have to be made, I’m going to have to take you out of the rotation and he said, ‘I don’t blame you.’”

The most revealing stretch from a Yankee standpoint came when Gee struck out the final five hitters he faced on 26 pitches.

“When you look up, he was throwing a lot of strikes,” Girardi said. “His changeup a lot of times looks like a strike. Guys were swinging and they didn’t hit it.”

The dominance by Gee gave the Mets their fourth series sweep against the Yankees while the ineptitude of the Yankee bats gave them five straight losses for the first time since a six-game slide May 11-16, 2011.

Follow Yankees beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.