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Mets Roll Over Yankees 19-3 in AA Baseball

June 20, 2007 — The Mets left no doubt they will be a team to reckon with come playoff time after thrashing the perennial powerhouse Yankees 19-3 Tuesday night.
In fact, it was the second straight game between the Raphael Jackson AA baseball league teams in which the Mets have come away with a lopsided win. The defeat sent the Yankees to a team-record five-game losing streak, but player-manager Steve Simmonds is not deterred. He says he realizes his team is in a funk, but strongly believes things will turn around soon.
Batting first, the Mets plated two runs on a two-run single off the bat of scalding Juan Santana, whose hot bat is one of the main reasons the Mets are now surging. The Yankees tied the game at two in the bottom of the inning on an RBI sac fly off the bat of Leroy Simmonds and a wild pitch.
After the Mets failed to score in the top of the second, the Yankees took their only lead of the game at 3-2 on an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Omari Eastman. It also would be the last run that Mets starter, Ariel Gil, would allow for the game. Gill settled down after a shaky start and stayed in control the rest of the way.
The Mets took the lead for good in the top of the third as the wheels came off for the Yankees. The Mets scored 13 runs in the inning to take a 15-3 lead, but they were also aided by an almost unheard of seven errors in one inning by one of the better defensive teams in the league. Their third-inning barrage was highlighted by a two-run double and an RBI single by Santana, a two-run single by Dario Linares and an RBI double by Enercido Bon.
The Mets added two more runs in the top of the fifth on a pinch-hit, two-run home run off the bat of Edwin Derweer to lead 17-3. With Gil pitching strongly, it seemed that the only thing that could save the Yankees from a sure defeat was mother nature’s intervention. After the Mets took the field to start the bottom of the fifth, the skies did open up and down poured the rain, as though the Yankees' prayers had been answered. Unfortunately for the Yankees, after about a 15-minutes delay, it disappeared as quickly as it came and the game resumed.
With the allotted game time now expired, the chief umpire, Reuben Mercado, alerted both managers that the sixth inning would be the last one. The Mets then completed the scoring for the game by plating two more runs on a two-run single by Santana.
Gil went the distance to pick up the win for the Mets, while Omar Encarnacion got the loss for the Yankees. The Mets offensive onslaught was led by Santana, arguably the league’s hottest hitter, who went 5 for 5 with seven RBIs. Juan Isaac and Tony Cruz both went 2 for 5 with one RBI and Derweer went 1 for 1 with a two-run blast. For the Yankees, Steve Simmonds Jr. went 2 for 3 and Ellerton Maynard 1 for 1.
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