Travis d’Arnaud and Alejandro De Aza overshadowed Jay Bruce’s debut while Jacob deGrom gave a command performance tossing seven scoreless innings for the Mets in a 7-1 victory over their crosstown rivals.
Bruce went 0-4 with a couple of call strike three’s, but his presence could have provided the catalyst to ignite a lackluster line-up that scored the most runs since the 7th of July.
De Aza took center field stage, taking Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka deep for a 2 run homer in the third, making a case for more playing time since the loss of Juan Lagares.
The outlander of the outfield has come through in the clutch of late – hoping to salvage the second half of what has been a painfully unprolific season.
Tanaka was run out of town after the Mets batted around in the 7th. Matt Reynolds keeps finding ways to get on base poking a bloop single, Michael Conforto and Neil Walker had double duties, and Yoenis Cespedes, in a pinch hitting role, defied his ailing quadriceps, beating Starlin Castro’s throw for a run scoring single.
Tuesday night, DeGrom was more dependable than a Maytag appliance. He struck out 8, walked one, retiring 12 in a row before Mark Teixeira dinged him for a double in the 6th.
Newly reacquired Jon Niese surrendered 2 hits in relief, one of which, a solo shot in the 9th to shortstop, Didi Gregorius.
As the series shifts to the Bronx on Wednesday, it’s a match made in 25 year-old heaven between Mets LHP Steven Matz (7-5), and RHP Chad Green (1-2), who’s sporting an impressive 8.1 scoreless innings in his last three appearances.