Pena, Mets Beat Yanks, Avoid Sweep, Snap StreakPosted: July 3, 2011
What a roller coaster ride this one was. It, of course, meant more to the Mets than the Yankees for pride reason, but the win today would have been nice to stick in some of my friends faces. Whatever, I guess. Let’s recap:
- If you think that the first inning is an indication of how a game will turn out, then this one would have proven you wrong. The Yankees went down in order to RA Dickey, including two strikeouts while Freddy Garcia gave up a run. From here on out, however, it was a different ball game.
- Garcia had a very Freddy-like performance today. He worked very economically, changed speeds, worked corners, and limited damage. It seemed like as the game went on, he got stronger. He only needed 82 pitches to complete his seven frames until Joe Girardi went to his eighth inning man, David Robertson. He would only allow that lone run on six hits while striking out one and walking none. Classic Garcia.
- The first four innings were not encouraging to say the least. RA Dickey had the Yankees baffled and hadn’t given up a hit. But then the fifth inning came and Robinson Cano led off with a double and Nick Swisher singled him in. The Yanks would load the bases, but couldn’t get anything more. Dickey would be lifted after this with a tweak in his hip or glute or back or something like that (I’ve heard different reports).
- Things were pretty quiet until the eighth when Brett Gardner led off with a triple down the right field line and scored on Curtis Granderson sac fly. When D-Rob got through the eighth unscathed, we all figured that this one was in the bag, especially when Mo got the first two outs with ease. But then, as David Cone pointed out in the post-game, his cutter flattened out and it lost some depth. He walked Jason Bay, allowed a single to Duda, and then another to pinch hitting Ronnie Paulino to tie it. I knew it was over here.
- Ramiro Pena had a
toughdreadful day. First of all, he went 0 for 4 at the plate. I guess you could say as long as he plays solid defense, it doesn’t matter, but with the game tied at two in the bottom of the ninth and runners on first and second, a ball went through his legs, but luckily Gardner fielded it and came up throwing and threw out Lucas Duda trying to score.
- The Bombers had runners on the corners and two outs in the tenth, but couldn’t score. Luis Ayala came in to pitch the bottom half and looked really bad. He had not command as he walked Scott Hairston, who was then bunted to second by Angel Pagan, and then hit Justin Turner with a pitch. Bonone logan then came on and struck out Carlos Beltran and then got a soft ground ball that Pena could not handle leaving the bases loaded for Jason Bay, who got the game-winning hit against Hector Noesi.
This one was a tough one to lose, especially with Mo on the mound with two outs, nobody on, a lead, and two strikes on the hitter in the bottom of the ninth. That is when he issued his first walk since May 28. The Yankees now go to Cleveland where they might be met by Derek Jeter, who will play for Double-A Trenton tonight.