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Friday, June 18, 2010
Game 67: Mets @ Yanks

By Ian Begley

10:52 p.m.: The Mets entered the first round of the Subway Series on May 21 on the wrong side of the tracks -- three games below .500 and seven games out of first place.

They’ve gone 19-6 since and have now won eight straight overall and seven in a row on the road after Friday night’s 4-0 road win over the Yankees. The Mets’ 19-5 mark in their last 23 games is the best in baseball. They’re a half-game back of the Braves, who beat Kansas City, 6-4 on Friday night.

Hisanori Takahashi pitched six shutout innings against the Yanks, matching his May 21 performance and Angel Pagan had a two-RBI double in the eighth to put the Mets up, 3-0.

The seven straight wins on the road is the team’s longest streak since August 2008.

A win Saturday or Sunday and the Mets can take the Subway Series for just the third time in the 13-year history of interleague play.

1o:51 p.m. Swisher pops out to Wright to end it. Mets 4, Yankees 0.

10:50 p.m. Jeter strikes out, argues with Reilly on the call. That's about as animated as he gets. Two outs in the ninth.

10:47 p.m. Gardner works a walk on a 12-pitch at-bat. Bases loaded, one out. Jeter at the plate. Sticky situation for K-Rod.

10:37 p.m. Valdes gives up back-to-back singles to Cervelli and Granderson. That prompts Jerry Manuel to call on Francisco Rodriguez to try and seal the deal.

10:32 p.m. Lefty Raul Valdes on in the ninth. He'll face Posada, Cervelli and Granderson.

10:29 p.m. Wright grounds into a 4-6-3 double play to end the ninth. Mets 4, Yankees 0

10:26 p.m. Francoeur scores on Reyes single to right to put the Mets up, 4-0, with one out in the ninth. Two on and one out for Met hero Pagan.

10:18 p.m. Cano flies out to left to end the eighth. Mets 3, Yankees 0.

10:15 p.m. Strange to hear cheers after A-Rod struck out looking against Feliciano, but that's all I heard from the press box. Mets fans have been more vocal here all night.

10:11 p.m. Teixeira hits his second fly ball to the warning track and Bay nearly gets Swisher tagging at second, but Tejada drops the throw. They had Swisher out by at least a foot if Tejada makes a clean play there. Bay gets an assist on the play and Tejada gets an error.

10:08 p.m. Feliciano back on the bump in the eighth. He faces Swisher, who starts things off with a single to right.

 10:07 p.m. Fernando Tatis flies out to Granderson on the 10th pitch of his at-bat against Loganto end the top of the eighth. Mets 3, Yankees 0

10:00 p.m. This just in from the Mets: John Maine threw 4 1/3 innings in his start for Triple-A Buffalo, allowing one run (unearned) and one hit while walking four and striking out three.

9:56 p.m. Lefty Boone Logan on for Park. He'll face Davis.

9:53 p.m. To borrow one from my colleague Ian O'Connor, Chan Ho "All Over The" Park strikes again. Pagan doubles to left to score Tejada and Reyes and put the Mets up, 3-0.

9:51 p.m. Reyes lines a double to right on pitch No. 9 of that battle against Park. Tejada, who walked, advanced to third. Two on, none out for Pagan.

9:46 p.m. Great play by Cervelli to let that Reyes bunt go foul. No way he gets Reyes at first if he fields that in fair territory.

9:39 p.m. Chan Ho Park on for Vazquez in the top of the eighth. He'll face Tejada, Reyes and Pagan.

9:37 p.m. Reyes offers a few words of encouragement to Feliciano in back of the mound before he faces Jeter with two out in the seventh. Whatever he said worked as Feliciano retired Jeter on a comebacker to the mound to end the inning. Mets 1, Yankees 0

9:34 p.m. Feliciano gets Granderson swinging at a 75-mph slider for the first out of the inning.  

9:31 p.m. Pedro Feliciano on for Dessens with no out and Cervcelli on second in the seventh. He'll face Curtis Granderson, hitting for Huffman.

9:28 p.m. This stat, courtesy of Elias: Takahashi is the first rookie with 12 straight scoreless innings against the Yankees since Sidney Ponson threw 14 straight in 1998.

9:27 p.m. Eighth-inning Elmer Dessens on for the Mets in the seventh. Gives up a leadoff double to Cervelli to open the inning.

9:23 p.m. Barajas' long foul ball down the left field line made things interesting, but Vazquez sent the Mets down quietly in the seventh. Mets 1, Yankees 0

9:15 p.m. Great play by Wright to get Posada by a step at first. He grabbed Posada's infield chopper with his bare hand and fired to Davis for the final out of the sixth. Any other Yankee running there and it's a tie ball game. Mets 1, Yankees 0. 

9:13 p.m. Posada has singled and walked against Takahashi tonight. If you were Manuel, would you leave the lefty in to face Posada with the bases loaded?

9:09 p.m. Takahashi fell behind Cano, 3-0, but got Cano to foul off two pitches. Barajas came out for a visit before Tak's first 3-2 offering. Cano fouled that off and fouled off the next two pitches before taking ball four. Great nine-pitch at-bat right there.

9:06 p.m. A-Rod was well behind on a 90-mph fastball from Takahashi and bounced out softly to Davis two pitches later. Takahashi ran to cover and beat A-Rod to the bag for the second out of the inning.

9:00 p.m. Big spot for Takahashi. Swish on second, Tex on first and A-Rod up with one out in the sixth. After a mound visit by Dan Warthen, the Mets elect to stick with Takahashi. Fernando Nieve is warming in the bullpen.

8:52 p.m. Davis flips his helmet after striking out swinging on a 1-2 changeup, flashing a look of frustration all over his face. Four Ks for Vazquez through six innings.

8:47 p.m. First time all night you noticed the near sellout crowd on hand here tonight. The Yankee faithful made its presence felt after Posada threw out Pagan for the second out of the inning. Wright followed with a walk, Vazquez's second of the frame.

8:41 p.m. Web Geb material by Teixeira right there. He dove to his left to snag Reyes hard shot to the right side and flipped to Vazquez for the first out of the sixth.

8:36 p.m. Great stab by Takahashi on that Gardner comebacker. He flipped to Davis for the final out of the fifth. The crafty lefty has steered clear of trouble thus far. Through five innings, this game closely resembles the last time Vazquez and Takahashi faced off, a 2-1 Met win on May 21.

8:29 p.m. Posada protested loudly after Mike Reilly called that 3-1 outside fastball a strike. He then worked a walk, the first one issued by Takahashi tonight.

 8:25 p.m. Another 1-2-3 for Vazquez - his third straight. Mets 1, Yankees 0

8:17 p.m. Takahashi has Cano, one of the hottest hitters in baseball as evidenced by his 10-game hitting streak, completely off-balance in his first two at-bats, which have resulted in two weak infield pop-outs. Mets 1, Yankees 0

8:11 p.m. Vazquez fooled Chris Carter badly on that 3-2, 82-mph changeup. Carter struck out swinging to end the top of the fourth. Vazquez has retired ten of 11 since giving up an RBI single to Davis in the first.

8:07 p.m. I know Mets fans won't want to hear this, but can we just hand Cano the Gold Glove today? He makes difficult plays - such as the Ike Davis in-between-hop grounder he just stabbed - look routine.

8:01 p.m. Jeter beats-out a slow roller to second for an infield hit. Two homegrown talents - Jeter and Davis - are chatting it up at first base. It'd be fun to listen in on that conversation, no? Swisher grounds out to Tejada to end the third. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:58 p.m. Takahashi gets Gardner swining on a 1-2, 80-mph changeup for his first strikeout of the game.

7:50 p.m. Brett Gardner got a late jump on that Angel Pagan liner, but recovered nicely to make a sliding grab. Pagan shook his left hand while heading back to the dugout. Looked like his hand stung after that lineout and it was nothing serious. Wright strikes out looking to end the top of the third. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:42 p.m. Robbie Cano basically dropped his bat down before Takahashi's first-pitch curveball reached the plate, like he didn't even want to look at the offering. That look strange to anyone else? Either way, Tak got Cano to pop-out to Barajas for the second out of the second.

7:38 p.m. Vazquez gets Ruben Tejada chasing a 2-2 high fastball to end the top of the second. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:35 p.m. Jeff Francoeur slaps a liner into the right-field gap and advances to second on a Vazquez wild pitch. His single is the third hard-hit ball against Vazquez thus far.

7:32 p.m. Nice diving grab by LF Chad Huffman on Rod Barajas' sinking liner.

7:26 p.m. Mark Teixeira shows warning-track power against Hisanori Takahashi, who got Tex to fly out to deep left-center to end the first. It looks like the Yanks are being more patient with the lefty after he shut them down in his first start major-league start against the Bombers on May 21. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:16 p.m. Nick Swisher fielded Ike Davis' single to right and fired a one-hop strike to Francisco Cervelli, but home plate ump Mike Reilly ruled that Wright got in under Cervelli's tag. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:14 p.m.  Red-hot David Wright picks up right where he left off on the road with a two-out double to left.  

7:10 p.m. Javy Vazquez fires a first-pitch strike to Jose Reyes and we're under way.