The Yankees may not be overwhelming with runners in scoring position, but Joe Girardi has to like his power potential. The majors’ leading home-run-hitting team scored all its runs on homers in the 4-3 win over the Mets. The Yankees are up to 42-28 overall and 41-15 when they launch at least one homer.
“When you think about our club, they’re in scoring position when they walk to the plate,” Girardi said. “That’s the kind of club we have. They hit the ball out of the ballpark and we win games.”
Terry Collins said: “They can get you in a minute. There’s not a guy in the lineup who can’t hit the ball out of the ballpark.”
Still, the Yankees were getting nowhere with Chris Young, who owned a two-hitter after six.
“He was using his fastball, sneaky fastball,” Raul Ibanez said. “You look up and think it says 84, 85 and it seems a lot harder than that.”
But Ibanez erased the 3-0 lead with one swing against Young before Eric Chavez delivered the go-ahead shot off Jon Rauch. Ibanez now has 11 homers and 35 RBI.
“He’s just a guy who gives you a solid at-bat every time he goes out there,” Girardi said.
Ibanez said: “I was just trying to get a guy in. … I think it was a big lift for us.”
The bullpen provided another big lift, going 3 1/3, allowing no runs and two hits, and picking up eight of the 10 outs via strikeouts.
“Outstanding again,” Girardi said after using five guys to navigate through.
Boone Logan certainly did his job against two lefties with the potential tying run at third in the seventh. The lefty fanned Lucas Duda and Dan Murphy to end the inning.
“I think the consistency of his slider has been much better,” Girardi said. “And he has grown as a pitcher.”
David Robertson walked two and fanned three in the eighth.
“I’m at the point where I might be able to use him two games in a row,” Girardi said.
Russell Martin left in the ninth with stiffness in his back. Girardi said he will be a reserve tonight.
The Mets were the ones who struggled with runners in scoring position, going 1 for 14.
Collins was shorthanded because Ike Davis had to be scratched with food poisoning and Frank Francisco was unavailable due to a sore left oblique.
This game drew the largest crowd in Citi Field history, 42,122.
Tonight’s Subway Series finale on ESPN has the marquee matchup, CC Sabathia vs. R.A. Dickey.