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Friday, June 22, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Yankees 4

By Andrew Marchand




WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets are on the board against the Yankees in 2012, courtesy of a 6-4 victory on Friday night. After being swept in the Bronx, the Mets have made sure that won't happen again in Flushing. If anyone is going to sweep, it will be them this time around.

CHICKEN DANCE: Before the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Frank Francisco's chicken comments could put more pressure on Francisco. In the ninth, when Francisco entered a two-run game, Russell Martin led off and gave the ball a ride, but Andres Torres made a nice catch in center. Raul Ibanez followed with a walk to put the tying run at the plate. Derek Jeter, who was pictured as a chicken on the New York Post's front page on Friday, smacked a line-drive single to left. With two men on and one out, Curtis Granderson looked at strike three. Finally, Mark Teixeira popped out to give Francisco his 18th save. And everyone in Mets land was doing the Chicken Dance.

NIESE JOB: It was the old Andy Pettitte against the young Andy Pettitte -- or, at least, the Mets hope Jon Niese is a young Pettitte. Niese went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs (on solo homers by Alex Rodriguez and Andruw Jones). It was a good bounce-back start for Niese after his last outing, in which he gave up four runs in seven innings versus the Reds. Niese left with the Mets up 5-2.

FIVE HOLE: In their highest-scoring first inning of the season, the Mets put up a five spot thanks to Ike Davis (with an assist from Nick Swisher). With two runners aboard, Davis connected on a drive to the right-field corner. It looked just far enough to hit the top of the wall. Swisher jumped and almost made an inning-ending grab. Instead, almost like an alley-oop, Swisher knocked the ball over the fence.

However you slice it, Davis had a three-run homer and the Mets scored five runs on five hits in the inning, putting the biggest beating of the year on Pettitte. Pettitte did settle down the rest of the way.

WRIGHT STUFF: In the seventh, David Wright added a tack-on run with a double. He made it 6-2 Mets and put the "chicken" drama in jeopardy.

BAD-TISTA: In the top of the eighth, Miguel Batista gave up a two-run jack to Robinson Cano and Chicken-gate was back in play.

NO SELLOUT:The Mets announced a crowd of 40,191. It was not a sellout. The fans had to endure a 53-minute rain delay before this one started.

UP NEXT: On Saturday, it is Chris Young (1-1, 3.06 ERA) versus Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.32). It is a 7:15 p.m. start.