A night after getting thumped 9-1 by the Bronx Bombers, the Mets actually out-hit the Yankees 8-6, but couldn’t cash in during key opportunities as Dillon Gee couldn’t keep the Yankee bats quiet enough to give the Mets a victory. Despite only six runs being scored between the two teams, four home runs were hit at the hitter friendly Yankee Stadium.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
As was said earlier, the Mets out hit the Yankees, but they weren’t able to cash in during crucial situations, as they left eight men on base while going 0-for-4 with runners scoring position. Omar Quintanilla continues to surprise with his bat, being the only Met to have a multiple hit game. He got the scoring started for the Amazins in the top of the third by tying the game with a solo home run.
David Wright gave the Mets the lead in the top of the sixth with a solo bomb of his own (8th of the year), but the Yankees stormed ahead in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. Jason Bay stayed hitless in his return, going 0-for-4 and leaving four men on base. Andres Torres struck out three times and also left four men on base.
Yankees Offensive Highlights:
No Yankee player recorded a multi-hit game, but they were able to cash in on big opportunities. Alex Rodriguez singled in Derek Jeter in the bottom of the first to immediately take a 1-0 lead. After going down 2-1 following the Wright home run, Curtis Granderson walked to open the sixth, then Mark Teixeira gave the Bombers the lead back with a two run homer. Bobby Parnell replaced Gee in the bottom of the eighth, and was greeted by a Granderson home run to extend the lead to 4-2, the eventual final score.
Last night’s match-up was a good one between Gee and Phil Hughes, both pitching deep into the ballgame. Gee did a solid job navigating through a tough Yankee lineup during his 7 innings of work, but he gave up 5 hits and 3 walks to go with those 3 earned runs. He struck out 5 in the process, but wasn’t able to get ample support from Parnell and the offense following his exit. On the other hand, Phil Hughes followed up his complete game effort with another great outing, throwing 6.1 innings and gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 earned runs, and 6 strikeouts. Joe Girardi used four relievers behind Hughes to save it, capped off by Rafael Soriano shutting the door for his ninth save on the season.
Quintanilla’s two hits raised his batting average to .344 since his recent call-up, helping solidify the bottom of the lineup and the shortstop position. Meanwhile, Ike Davis did get a hit and walked two more times tonight, raising his average to .162. Jason Bay is now 0-for-8 in his return to the Mets, dropping his average to .211. Curtis Granderson now has 18 home runs, third in the MLB and only three behind Josh Hamilton for the league lead.
The loss is the Mets second straight and 1-4 in their last five, putting their season record to 32-28, 3.5 games out of first.
Probable Pitchers Sunday:
The Mets will try to avoid the sweep for the second straight series as they run out Jonathon Niese (4-2, 4.11 ERA) on a week’s worth of rest to oppose the ageless Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.78 ERA). First pitch is scheduled at Yankee Stadium for 1:05pm.
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