Mets Walk It Off over the Yankees on a Nimmo RBI Hiti n the 10th by Rich Coutinho/TheNYExtra.com
For the 10th time in team history the Mets won a walk-off over the Yankees as Brandon Nimmo crushed an RBI double in the tenth inning to beat the Bronx Bombers 4-3 at Citifield.
For Nimmo, it was an eventful night as his base running blunder short circuited a 7th inning rally in which the Mets scored the tying run but lost a chance to put his team ahead. But he brought the sell-out crowd to its feet (at least the Met fans in attendance) with an extra inning game-winning hit. Extra frames seem to be a Met specialty as they are 4-1 in those games this year with a 14-3 record in extra innings since 2022.
But this game had more turns than a country road with both Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole matching zeroes for most of the night. Each hurler gave up only one earned run in 6 innings of work before the bullpens took over. The Yanks went up by 2 and that rally was highlighted by a steal of home from the feet of Isiah Kiner-Falefa before the Mets rallied to tie it up on RBI at bats from Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte.
The Met bullpen tossed 3 scoreless innings before the offense took center stage in the 10th inning giving the Mets a split of this 2-game series with the Yankees. Francisco Lindor summed it up best when he said,”Despite our losses, everyone in this room trusts the process and that was illustrated tonight as we won a game where everything was not picture perfect.”
What was picture perfect was Justin Verlander who once again dominated the Yankees. In his career, Verlander has a 1.90 ERA versus the Bronx Bombers in his last seven starts against them. His 144 career strikeouts against the Yankees is the second most by any active pitcher. But more importantly, the Met ace is starting to enjoy the home cooking at Citifield with a 1.35 ERA in his last 3 home starts.
Verlander is a key component in the Met plans to earn a playoff spot despite the slow start of the team this season. And on this night, he showed us why he could be a game changer dominating a tough Yankee lineup.
Next up for the Mets is a three-game series against the Cards at Citi this weekend and a win like we saw on this night coupled with a day off on Thursday could very well push the Mets into a good weekend in Flushing.