Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Late Inning Heroics Push Mets Past Yankees

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

New York Yankees vs. New York Mets

Final Score: Yankees: 1 Mets: 2

After an hour and 40 minute delay to start the game because of rain, more late inning heroics for the Mets led to another victory, as the 2-1 victory over the Yankees at Citi Field Tuesday night pushes the Mets winning streak to three.  Tonight’s game was very similar to the game Monday night as a pitcher’s duel was on once again between the team’s aces this season in Hiroki Kuroda and Matt Harvey.  The win gave Mariano Rivera the rudest goodbye that the Mets could give him, as this was the last regular season appearance he will make in Queens and resulted in Rivera’s first blown save of the season.

Tonight was Happy Harvey Day and he did not disappoint as he delivered yet another gem for the Mets, keeping them in the game even without an offense to back him up.  The Mets did not give him any run support again tonight, as he would have received the loss tonight if not for the ninth inning heroics.  This was the third straight no-decision for a Mets starting pitcher who threw a great game, so hopefully this is the turning around of the Mets pitching staff.

Harvey dominated the Yankees tonight, tying the Mets franchise record for consecutive starts without a loss to start the season at 11 with Armando Reynoso.  Harvey was visibly pumped up to face his favorite team from his childhood and it showed in his stat line, as Harvey went eight innings, giving up one run on six hits and no walks while striking out 10, needing 114 pitches.

The only blemish on the night for Harvey was in the sixth inning, when Brett Gardner started off the inning with a single and advanced to second after Marlon Byrd muffed the ball in centerfield.  Robinson Cano moved him over on a groundout and Lyle Overbay followed with an RBI single to knock Gardner in.
Kuroda was twirling a gem of his own as he matched Harvey inning for inning, throwing seven shutout innings of his own, giving up only four hits and striking out seven while throwing 110 pitches. 

It took until the ninth inning for the Mets to get their offense going, but its better late than never as it resulted in a win tonight for them.  The Mets made history in the ninth inning, as Rivera had never once in his career gotten a loss without retiring at least one batter; the Mets sent three batters to the plate in the ninth inning and all three got hits, resulting in the Mets victory and Rivera blown save.

Daniel Murphy started the ninth inning with a double, yet another big late inning hit after being robbed by Gardner earlier in the game. David Wright followed with a single, knocking in Murphy and advanced to second on a throwing error by Gardner.  Lucas Duda followed up with a hit of his own to knock Wright in and walking off.

It was another rough night for the rest of the Mets lineup though, as Rick Ankiel was the only other player than Murphy, Wright and Duda to get a hit.  Ruben Tejada had a rough night all over the field, as he committed his eighth error of the season and got picked off at second base.  The pickoff was a weird play as he was originally called safe, but then second base umpire Adrian Johnson changed his mind and called Tejada out; this resulted in manager Terry Collins getting ejected.   

Ike Davis was back at his usual antics, striking out two of his three at-bats tonight.  He was able to make contact once, which is a big improvement from Monday night and at this point can be considered progress for Davis who has been abysmal all season and looks as close as ever to being sent down to Triple-A.

Next up for the Mets and Yankees will be the third game in the Subway Series, as the series will flip to the Bronx and Yankee Stadium for the last two games of the series.  Jeremy Hefner will toe the rubber for the Mets against David Phelps for the Yankees. 

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