Six things to know from Saturday's game
1. The Mets just couldn’t seem to figure out J.A. Happ, as the lefty seemed to breeze his way through the lineup. Through the first seven innings, Happ allowed just three hits – all singles – while striking out five hitters and throwing 61 of his 86 pitches for strikes. Happ retired Robinson Cano to start the eighth inning, but Aaron Boone elected to pull him for Adam Ottavino, who was promptly greeted by Wilson Ramos, who smashed a solo home run to tie the game 1-1.
2. With the scored tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Dellin Betances walked Clint Frazier to start the frame. Following a strikeout, Jordy Mercer singled to right field to give the Yankees men on first and third with one out. Betances then sailed a pitch high to the backstop, allowing Frazier to come in and score the winning run.
3. After scuffling during his first couple of starts, Robert Gsellman was much better on Saturday. The right-hander gave the Mets four innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out four. Gsellman’s lone blemish came in the bottom of the first inning, when the red-hot Luke Voit slugged his 12th home run of the season over the wall in right.
4. The Yankees had a chance to extend their lead in the bottom of the fourth, but the Mets turned in a pair of strong defensive plays to save the run. With Mike Tauchman on third and one out, Frazier grounded to J.D. Davis at third, who made a perfect throw home to nab Tauchman at the plate. The next hitter, Brett Gardner drove a ball to deep center field. Billy Hamilton played the ball perfectly off the wall and hit the cut-off man Amed Rosario, whose throw home was on the money and in time to beat Frazier and end the inning.
5. After Gsellman’s four innings, the Mets turned the ball over to Steven Matz, hoping for some length from the former starter. Matz gave the Mets a scoreless fifth inning, but he gave the team just one inning after appearing to try to stretch out either his back or shoulder on the mound.
6. Brad Brach pitched himself into a jam in the seventh, eventually walking the bases loaded with two outs. Jeurys Famila was then called upon to deal with D.J. LeMahieu with the bases loaded. LeMahieu worked a full count, but Familia eventually got him to ground out to third to end the threat.
The Mets and Yankees will finish off their five-game weekend series with another doubleheader on Sunday. Rick Porcello will start Game 1 at 1:05 p.m., while Seth Lugo is scheduled to pitch the second game.
Coverage on SNY begins at 12:30 p.m.