May 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

5/28 Game Recap: Mets Destroy Rivera in 9th, Win 2-1

Tonight at Citi Field, the Mets and Yankees wrapped up their brief two game set.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the sixth.  Brett Gardner led off with a single to right and Marlon Byrd nonchalantly played the ball off his glove for an error.  That allowed Gardner to reach second base.  After Robinson Cano grounded out, Gardner moved to third.  Harvey got Vernon Wells to pop out for the second out, but gave up a single to Lyle Overbay to plate Gardner with what should’ve been an unearned run (the official scorer curiously charged it as an earned run) to give the Yankees gift 1-0 lead.

The Mets had a chance to tie things up in the bottom of the inning.  After a Robinson Cano error allowed Ruben Tejada to reach base, Daniel Murphy hit a drive to the wall in left center.  Of course, he was robbed again by Brett Gardner.  A passed ball then allowed Tejada to move to second before David Wright struck out.  With Lucas Duda at the plate and two outs, Ruben Tejada was inexplicably picked off second base to end the inning and the threat.

Daniel Murphy led off the ninth inning with a double against Mariano Rivera, and David Wright then drove him in with an RBI single up the middle that tied things at 1. Lucas Duda followed by flaring a single into right center to drive in Wright with the winning run as bedlam ensued on the field and in the stands.

Highlights:

  • Matt Harvey got the start for the Mets and was brilliant.  Over 8 innings, Harvey allowed 1 run (it should’ve been unearned, but was charged as earned) on 6 hits.  He walked none and struck out 10.  His ERA for the season is now 1.85.
  • Ike Davis had another dreadful night at the plate, going 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts.

Thoughts:

Having one black hole in your lineup is bad, but having five is mind boggling.  And in Ruben Tejada, Marlon Byrd, Rick Ankiel, John Buck, and Ike Davis, the Mets had five black holes in their lineup tonight.  It’s nearly impossible to score when half of your lineup is seemingly incapable of reaching base or even having decent at bats.  A shakeup is needed, sooner rather than later.

Ruben Tejada should’ve been immediately benched for getting picked off second base in the sixth inning with the go ahead run at the plate.  It was both inexcusable and embarrassing.  Second base umpire Adrian Johnson initially ruled Tejada safe (he wasn’t), before changing the call to out.  Terry Collins then went ballistic and was ejected from the game.  Unbelievably, Tejada made another lazy/horrific play in the top of the eighth.  With a runner on first, Vernon Wells grounded a ball up the middle that he easily could’ve stopped from going into the outfield.  Daniel Murphy peeled off so Tejada could snag the ball, but Tejada chose to stop and allow it to roll into center field.  It was as ugly as it sounds.

Coming back in the ninth against Rivera was both incredible and stunning.  It was Rivera’s first blown save of the season, got Matt Harvey off the hook, and ignited both the team and the fans.  It was a tremendous ending to what was shaping up to be an infuriating loss.

Next Up:

The Subway Series stops in the Bronx tomorrow night, as the Mets take on the Yankees at 7:05.  Jeremy Hefner gets the start for the Mets.  He’ll be opposed by David Phelps.

 

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