What it means: Sometimes, a great pitching matchup fizzles but a pretty good game still emerges. R.A. Dickey and CC Sabathia were the names on the marquee, but both were out of the game before six innings were up, each having pitched poorly. Didn't matter, as the New York Yankees blew a 4-0 lead -- or the New York Mets stormed back, if you will -- to start the game all over at 5-5 in the seventh. The Yankees' 6-5 win gives them a 2-1 series win in Flushing and five out of six overall in a Subway Series that became a train wreck for the Mets.
Apple blossom time: Robbie Cano , who crossed the bridge Friday night, visited the orchard Sunday night, crushing an eighth-inning Miguel Batista meatball into the batter's eye way beyond the center-field fence, where only the big red apple grows. His solo shot may not have completely atoned for his sixth-inning error, but it gave the Yankees a 6-5 lead
CC + R.A. = P.U Neither Sabathia nor Dickey had much to be proud of. Staked to a 4-0 lead, Sabathia got hit hard early but always managed to wriggle out of trouble until the sixth inning, when, with the "help" of his infield -- and Cory Wade -- he allowed the Mets to tie the score with a four-pitch walk to pinch-hitter Vinny Rottino and a two-run single by Andres Torres. Ultimately, CC was done in by Cano's error but still, he couldn't pick up his teammates when he needed to; three of the next four batters reached base after Cano's gaffe.
The Knuck stops here: After all the buildup, Dickey turned in his worst outing in more than two months, allowing five runs in six innings, and if the Yankees had come up with another timely hit or two, he might have given up a lot more.
Screened Tex: The Torres single that chased Sabathia was a seeing-eye grounder that Mark Teixeira apparently couldn't see because Rottino, the base runner at first, seemed to hesitate long enough to block his view of the ball.
Knuckle sandwich: After not allowing an earned run since May 22, Dickey got torched for four of them in the third inning, three on a long home run by Nick Swisher on a 2-1 knuckler. Dickey's command was not nearly what it has been -- he walked three in the first three innings-- and Swisher's home run was the first he had allowed since May 17. Also, the four runs were the most Dickey had given up since the Braves nicked him for eight runs and three HRs on April 18 in Atlanta.
Mulligan Stew: Sabathia's (not) personal catcher, Chris Stewart, committed throwing errors on the first two steal attempts of the game, the second one costing the Yankees a run when Torres scored on Ruben Tejada's sac fly. Is it time to resurrect The Daily Cervelli?
Indefensible: In addition to Stewart's two errors, Cano booted a routine grounder in the sixth that led to the Mets tying the game, 5-5. That gave the Yankees three errors on the night, and the second one charged to Stewart might easily have been Cano's as well.
Dick Dastardly: Dickey came down the line slow but went in hard on Stewart after David Wright's fifth-inning single, knocking the ball out of his glove with his shoulder to (barely) score the Mets' second run of the game.
Bawk, bawk, bawk, bawk!: David Robertson commited a balk in the eighth inning, and considering the threat of "fowl" play hovering over this series all weekend, I couldn't resist the bad pun.
Bursting at the seams: An overflow crowd of 42,364, the largest in Citi Field history, came out for the rubber game, eclipsing the previous record of 42,122, set Saturday night. In all, 124,677 fans came to the three games this weekend.
What's coming: Johnette Howard will be offering a column on Dickey's disappointing night. I'm writing a column that says while interleague play may have jumped the shark, the Subway Series is still a whale of a good time. Mike Mazzeo will be filling the Yankees blog. For the Flushing side of the argument, check out Matt Ehalt on the Mets blog.
Monday: The locals go their separate ways, the Mets to Chicago and the Yankees back to the Bronx, where they will open a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Hiroki Kuroda (6-7, 3.57) gets the ball for the opener, facing RHP John Tomlin (3-4, 5.12), first pitch at 7:05 p.m.