Rapid Reaction: Yankees 9, Mets 3
May, 22, 2011
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets dropped two out of three games to the Yankees in the Bronx and fell to two games below the .500 mark (22-24). The Mets have never beaten the Yankees in a rubber game at Yankee Stadium (0-9).
SEVENTH HELL: The Mets allowed a season-high eight runs in the seventh inning. Their previous high was six in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies in the second game of a doubleheader on April 14. In all, the Yankees sent 13 hitters to the plate in the frame, recording six hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Third baseman Willie Harris also made an error.
SMALL PELF: Right-hander Mike Pelfrey was absolutely stellar for six innings, a solo homer by center fielder Curtis Granderson being the only blemish. But it all unraveled for the 27-year-old -- as well as his team -- in the seventh.
Pelfrey allowed a single, a walk and then hit Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in the shoulder to load the bases, and captain Derek Jeter chased him from the game with a two-run single up the middle. The worst was yet to come.
Pelfrey's line: 6+ IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
IT ENDS TODAY: Second baseman Justin Turner's streak of consecutive games with an RBI ended at seven. So did his career-high eight-game hitting streak. Turner, who set the franchise's rookie record in that category, went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position, stranding a pair in both the second and third innings. According to ESPN Stats & Information, catcher Mike Piazza holds the franchise record for consecutive games with an RBI (15 in 2000).
Right-handed reliever Pedro Beato also gave up the first two earned runs of his career, ending a franchise-record streak of 18 2/3 innings pitched without allowing one.
RI(S)P: The Mets went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They came into the game batting .233 with RISP.
65 FEET: Manager Terry Collins elected to intentionally walk first baseman Mark Teixeira, loading the bases for third baseman Alex Rodriguez (6-for-8, 3 HR, 19 RBI with the bases loaded after a Teixeira intentional pass). Rodriguez managed to hit a 65-foot dribbler up the third base line, but he reached on an infield single, giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead they'd never relinquish.
WHAT’S NEXT: A trip to the North Side of Chicago to take on the Cubs. The three-game series between the two teams will begin on Tuesday night, when left-hander Jonathon Niese (3-4, 4.39) takes the ball for the Mets. He'll be opposed by right-hander Ryan Dempster (2-4, 6.91).
Niese is coming off his best outing of the season. The 24-year-old threw seven shutout innings against the Washington Nationals on May 18. Niese has won his past two starts.
Final/OT New Jersey 4 NY Rangers 3 Final NY Islanders 0 Los Angeles 3
Final Fordham 58 St. John's 104 Final Binghamton 65 4 Syracuse 93 Final Columbia 52 Bucknell 57 Postponed Hofstra SMU Final St Francis (NY) 54 Army 67 Final Fair Dickinson 55 Princeton 77 Final - OT Wagner 75 Pennsylvania 69 Final La Salle 65 Stony Brook 57 Final UMass Lowell 44 N.J.I.T. 55
Final Seton Hall 77 Rutgers 71 Final Monmouth 66 Manhattan 75 Final Iona 83 Fairfield 72 Final St. Peter's 56 Niagara 61
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