Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mets Offense Erupts in The Bronx
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 29th, 2013

New York Mets vs. New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Mets 9 Yankees 4

After two low scoring Mets wins in Citi Field, the Subway Series went back to the Bronx for Game 3, where the Mets offense erupted and took the third game, which ensures themselves victory in the Subway Series for 2013. The loss for the Yankees makes it their first four-game losing streak of the season, and on the other hand the Mets seem to have something going winning four straight games.

This game seemed to be over in the top of the first inning, as Yankees Starter David Phelps had the worst start of his career in a game the Yankees and their fans certainly wanted. Phelps got just one out in the first inning, while allowing five runs on four hits, and two walks before being pulled for Preston Claiborne. Phelps did get hit with a line drive in his last start, but said it wasn’t bothering him before the start; clearly something was not right for Phelps however on Wednesday night.

Preston Claiborne pitched a solid 1.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Yankees, but then Joe Girardi gave the ball to Adam Warren, and that’s when things got even worse for the Yankees. Warren would allow a solo-homerun to Marlon Byrd in the third inning, and then in the fourth inning Lucas Duda hit a two-run double scoring Mike Baxter along with David Wright to extend the lead to 8-0 at the time.

Mets Starter Jeremy Hefner was pretty solid in the win for the Mets, and while pitching pretty well and get a lot of run support Hefner was able to notch his first win of the season. Hefner went six innings, while only allowing three runs, as the Yankees got to him a bit in the middle innings of the game. Brennan Boesch got the Yankees on the board in the fourth inning with a solo-homerun, which was his third homerun of the year. The Yankees got two more in the sixth inning, as Brennan Boesch had an infield single which scored Travis Hafner, and then Jayson Nix had a RBI single to score Lyle Overbay.

Ivan Nova, who lost his fifth spot in the rotation to Phelps came in out of the bullpen in mop up duty, and after the dreadful start by Phelps may have worked his way back into the rotation by default. Nova went five innings allowing five hits, and one run which came in the ninth inning on a Rick Ankiel base hit that scored Daniel Murphy. Nova looked much better obviously then Phelps did, so it will be interesting to see how much rope Girardi is willing to give Phelps after this dreadful start with Nova lurking for his spot back.

The final run in this mop up game was scored of Latroy Hawkins in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Robinson Cano knocked in his 35th run of the season, scoring Brett Gardner on a single to left.

The final game between the Mets and the Yankees will be on Thursday night once again in the Bronx, as Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.93) will try to help the Yankees avoid the sweep, and the Mets will be sending Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34) to the mound.

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