Sunday, June 20, 2010
Game 69: Mets @ Yankees
By Adam Rubin
Johan Santana now has a share of a pair of franchise records. They ain’t desirable ones, either.
After serving up a grand slam to Mark Teixeira in the fourth inning Sunday in the Mets’ 4-0 rubber-game loss to the Yankees at the Stadium, Santana has now surrendered three homers with the bases loaded this season. The only other Mets to allow that many grand slams in a season: Ron Taylor in 1969 and Armando Benitez in 2000.
(Hey, at least the Mets reached the World Series both of those years.)
The four slams allowed by Santana as a Met also match a franchise record, which is also held by Tug McGraw, Al Leiter, Taylor and Benitez, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Entering 2010, Santana had allowed only two grand slams in his career.
In fact, in his first two seasons as a Met, opponents were 2-for-19 with a walk in bases-loaded situations against Santana. The only grand slam: by Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, on June 23, 2008.
4:13 p.m.: Yankees win Subway Series Stadium edition rubber game, 4-0. The teams split the season series.
4:06 p.m.: Good news: Rain delay secures CC Sabathia's departure after eight innings. Bad news: Mariano Rivera on to protect 4-0 lead in ninth.
3:57 p.m.: Fernando Nieve throwing warm-up pitches.
3:54 p.m.: Tarp nearly off the field. Game to resume shortly.
3:37 p.m.: Rain delay in the middle of the eighth, with the Yankees leading, 4-0.
3:23 p.m.: Jenrry Mejia on for Johan Santana in the seventh. Jerry Manuel taking the use-him-so-you-don't-lose-him approach with Mejia. Santana allowed four runs on eight hits, while walking one, hitting a batter and striking out three in six innings. He threw 114 pitches (73 strikes).
3:19 p.m.: Or not in business. Rod Barajas strikes out looking and Fernando Tatis grounds into a double play. The Mets trail, 4-0, at the Seventh Inning Stretch.
3:13 p.m.: Angel Pagan leads off the seventh inning with a single. It's only the fourth hit, and fifth baserunner, against CC Sabathia on the afternoon. Jason Bay then follows with a walk, so the Mets are finally in business perhaps.
2:50 p.m.: A leadoff double by Derek Jeter in the fifth goes for naught as Johan Santana strands him. Yankees still lead, 4-0, headed to the sixth.
2:07 p.m.: Grand slam for Mark Teixeira. The Yankees loaded the bases in the third inning with none out without exactly crushing the ball. After Brett Gardner has a clean single, Derek Jeter follows with a tapper to third base for an infield hit. Nick Swisher then bunts. Ike Davis fields it, but Johan Santana and Ruben Tejada both head for first base, and neither holds onto the ball. Yankees lead, 4-0. They have seven grand slams this season -- tops in the majors.
1:49 p.m.: Johan Santana allows a pair of baserunners with one out in the second, after plunking Robinson Cano with a 79 mph offering on the left side and surrendering a single to Jorge Posada. Santana escapes, though, by retiring Curtis Granderson and Francisco Cervelli on flyouts. No score, headed to the third inning.
1:05 p.m.: Lineups:
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Rod Barajas, C
Fernando Tatis, DH
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Johan Santana, LHP
Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Francisco Cervelli, C
Brett Gardner, LF
CC Sabathia, LHP
Game note: From the Elias Sports Bureau: Former Cy Young Award winners will go head-to-head in the rubber game of the latest edition of the subway series this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Johan Santana is one of 12 former Cy Young Award winners acquired by the Mets and CC Sabathia is one of nine former winners of that award acquired by the Yankees. The 12 acquired by the Mets is the most of any MLB team. Red Sox are second with 11. Yankees and Braves tied for third with nine. ... Fox has claimed the Mets' July 3 game in D.C., moving the game against the Washington Nationals to 4 p.m. that day. Not coincidentally, Stephen Strasburg is lining up for that outing. ... Check out where ex-Met Jason Phillips is getting married Sunday.