new york – Johan Santana was way off track in the Subway Series.
Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees hammered Santana in the worst start of his career, routing the Mets, 15-0, on Sunday for the biggest interleague blowout between the Big Apple rivals.
“Today was a terrible day and that’s about it,” Santana said. “I didn’t locate my fastball today the way it’s supposed to be located.”
Jeter went 4 for 4, and the Yankees got two-run homers from Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano in a nine-run fourth inning, chasing Santana early to take two of three in a testy series at Yankee Stadium.
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Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez shouted at Yankees reliever Brian Bruney in left field during batting practice and the two were separated by teammates. The confrontation came one day after Bruney and Rodriguez exchanged barbs through the media.
“It’s over. Turn the page. That’s it,” Rodriguez said.
Once the first pitch was thrown, the Yankees provided all the fireworks.
They needed only four innings to set a season high for runs in a game, building a 13-0 cushion for A.J. Burnett (5-3). The Yankees finished with 17 hits, three by No. 9 batter Francisco Cervelli, and pulled several stars before the seventh.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel wasn’t around at the end, either. He was ejected by plate umpire Jim Wolf for arguing after David Wright took exception to a called third strike in the sixth.
It was the Yankees’ largest shutout victory since a 15-0 win over Toronto in the opener of a doubleheader on Sept. 25, 1977 – and their biggest at home since routing Detroit by the same score on Aug. 4, 1953.
“When you’re going up against a guy like that you raise your level because you know that he’s one of the best,” Nick Swisher said. “And today we got a good piece of him.”
Santana (8-4) didn’t look right all day. The velocity on his fastball was down, around 89-90 mph, and he was touched up for four two-out runs in the second. He allowed a career-high nine runs and nine hits in three-plus innings – matching his shortest start – and his ERA spiked from 2.39 to 3.29
Asked if he’s worried about his ace, Manuel said: “Not really. Everyone hits a bump in the road every now and then.”