May 27, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

5/27 Game Recap: Mets Clip Yankees 2-1


Tonight at Citi Field, the Mets edged the Yankees 2-1 to take the first of a two game series.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the sixth.  Leading off, Brett Gardner hit a blooper to left that should’ve been either caught or played on a hop for a single.  Instead, Lucas Duda dove past the ball while playing it into a triple.  The next batter, Jayson Nix, blooped a single into shallow right field to plate Gardner and give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Daniel Murphy hit what would’ve been a go ahead two run homer to left center field.  As the ball was about to clear the fence, Brett Gardner jumped up to make the catch and take two RBI’s away from Murphy.

After Jonathon Niese stranded runners at second and third in the top of the seventh, David Wright evened things up in the bottom of the frame, as he led the inning off with a long solo shot to left field.

In the eighth, Mike Baxter doubled and Jordany Valdespin walked with one out.  After a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, Ruben Tejada grounded out to second.  Robinson Cano fired home and Mike Baxter was tagged out while attempting to score.  Daniel Murphy had the next crack at it, and came through, lining a basehit to center field to plate Valdespin and put the Mets ahead 2-1.

Bobby Parnell worked around a one out walk in the ninth to close things out.

Highlights:

  • Jonathon Niese put together another very solid start.  He tossed 7 strong innings, while allowing 1 run on 8 hits.  He walked 1 and struck out 4.  His ERA on the year is down to 4.40.
  • After a strong game last night, Ike Davis struggled.  He went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

Thoughts:

Whenever the Mets play the Yankees, regardless of the fact that this has been going on since 1997, there are extra juices flowing.  The Mets found themselves trailing 1-0 after gifting the Yankees a run and having two stolen from them (on the Gardner catch).  Instead of giving up, they fought back and came away with a victory.  Daniel Murphy, who was robbed by Gardner in the sixth, slammed his bat down in a moment of exuberance after delivering what turned out to be the game winning hit in the eighth.

Next Up:

The Mets wrap up their two game series with the Yankees tomorrow night at 7:10.  Matt Harvey will be on the hill for New York.  He’ll be opposed by Hiroki Kuroda.

 

 

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  • Joe_JP

    That outfield positioning in the sixth seemed off — both Duda and Baxter seemed to be playing too far back for a pair of singles hitters. Not the first time outfield positioning cost them.