Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Yankees 1
By Wallace Matthews
What it means: If you're Mariano Rivera, beware of Mets bearing gifts. The Mets honored Mo before the game, and some three hours later ended his streak of 18 saves in 18 opportunities with a ninth-inning rally that gave them a sweep in the Flushing portion of this year's Subway Series.
Say it ain't Mo! The Mets got three straight ninth-inning hits, a leadoff double sliced down the line by Daniel Murphy, an RBI single by David Wright, who went to second on a throwing error by Brett Gardner, and the game winner, a line single to right-center by Lucas Duda.
Pair of aces: Both Matt Harvey and Hiroki Kuroda pitched exceptionally well. Through seven innings, Kuroda had allowed no runs, four hits and struck out seven; Harvey allowed one run, four hits and struck out nine. The difference in their games to that point was an RBI single by Lyle Overbay in the sixth.
Harvey went eight innings, allowed just one run on six hits, walked none and struck out 10. He became the third Mets pitcher to go at least seven innings, walk no one, strike out at least 10 -- and come away without a win. In fact, it was the second time it happened to him this year. Shaun Marcum was the third. Thanks to the ninth-inning rally, Harvey got a no-decision.
Check the oil, sir? Harvey came out pumping gas, hitting 98 mph in the first inning and "slowing down" to a mere 91 for his slider to Vernon Wells. By the sixth inning, Harvey's heater had cooled down -- all the way to 96.
Flushing Bay: Overbay did a good job hanging in and stroking an 86 mph changeup from Harvey to drive in Gardner from third with the game's first run in the sixth inning. Gardner had singled and reached second when Mets RF Marlon Byrd booted the ball, but the run was charged as an earned run because it was assumed Gardner would have gone to second on Robinson Cano's groundout for the first out of the inning.
Robbie Cannot ... come up with Ruben Tejada's line drive hit at him in the bottom of the sixth. The usually sure-handed Cano allowed the shot to deflect off his glove for an error, giving the Mets a leadoff baserunner for the first time in the game.
Stop, thief: Gardner, who stole a home run from Murphy on Monday night, took a double away from him in the sixth inning Tuesday, running full speed into the wall in left-center to flag down his drive, bouncing off, rolling over and firing to the infield to hold Tejada at first base.
Hit the road: mets manager Terry Collins showed plenty of fire in arguing the out call by 2B umpire Adrian Johnson on Tejada, who was picked off second by Chris Stewart to end the sixth. Collins punctuated his colorful exit from the field by booting the first-base bag, drawing the biggest cheer of the night from Mets fans -- until the ninth-inning rally, that is.
They like Ike:The Citi Field crowd booed Ike Davis unmercifully after he struck out in his first two at-bats, but cheered him -- OK, mockingly -- when he made contact in the eighth, grounding out to first.
Record crowd: The attendance -- 31,877 on a rainy Tuesday night -- was the lowest ever for a Subway Series game.
Thanks for the Mo-mories: Mets COO Jeff Wilpon presented Rivera with a a fire nozzle, indicative of his status as the game's premier relief pitcher, before the game. The Mets also ran a video tribute on the scoreboard and had Mo toss out the ceremonial first pitch to John Franco, the former Mets closer who had 424 saves, fourth-best on the all-time list.
Mo threw the last pitch, too: But not with the result the Yankees expected.
What's next: The subway pulls into the Bronx for Game 3 of this four-game home-and-home set, David Phelps (3-2, 3.96) vs. RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 4.76), first pitch at 7:05 p.m.