The pregame question was fielded smoothly, as though it were a hot grounder smashed toward third base back in Aaron Boone’s playing days. Despite their current skid, the Yankees’ manager promised that his team would soon reverse what he described as a “terrible week,” expressing confidence that their best baseball is still ahead of them.
“I know we’re going to do it,” Boone said.
That will have to begin the next time they take the field. Beginning with a first-inning misplay by catcher Gary Sánchez and continuing into a five-run third, the Yankees stumbled again in Friday’s Subway Series opener at Citi Field, handed a 10-3 loss to the Mets that extended their losing streak to a season-high seven games.
The Yanks struck first, as Brett Gardner tripled and scored on a groundout, but their first lead in 38 innings did not last. Sánchez saw Jonathan Villar slide safely under his tag for the Mets’ first run, a play overturned by review that wasted a strong throw from left fielder Joey Gallo on what initially appeared to be an inning-ending assist.
Though Gallo cracked his 32nd homer of the season (and seventh with the Yankees) to right-center field in the second inning, the wheels came off for Jordan Montgomery in the third.
A bases-loaded walk to Pete Alonso tied the game, and third baseman Gio Urshela threw wildly to home plate after stabbing a Javier Báez grounder, seeing the go-ahead run score.
Jeff McNeil squeezed home another run with a bunt to the right side of the infield, Kevin Pillar lifted a sacrifice fly and James McCann doubled in a run against Montgomery, whose night ended after surrendering a fourth-inning homer to Francisco Lindor. Montgomery was charged with seven runs (five earned) and seven hits over 3 1/3 innings.