The New York Mets lost to the New York Yankees 2-1 Friday night. A pitching duel that eventually turned into a mess in the seventh inning, ultimately led to a tough Mets loss against their crosstown rivals.

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Initial Reaction:

Hisanori Takahashi took the mound against Javier Vazquez in the opener of the three-game subway series. Takahashi made his case for being put in the starting rotation tonight, as he was able to shut down the Yankees offense. He got into trouble a few times, but was able to strand the runners in scoring position each time.

After the two consecutive doubles hit in the ninth inning, David Wright couldn’t put together a good enough at-bat to tie the game. He ended the late rally, as well as the game…

Positives From The Game:

Takahashi: In his first major league start, Hisanori Takahashi pitched six shutout innings, while yielding only five hits and a walk, and fanning five batters. His repertoire is outstanding, which makes his transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation easier. It doesn’t hurt that he was a starter in Japan as well.

Doubles in 9th: Jason Bay and Ike Davis gave the Mets a greater chance of tying the game in the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back 2-out doubles. Unfortunately, David Wright couldn’t drive the tying run (Davis) in.

Negatives From The Game:

Cora: Alex Cora botched a routine double play with no outs in the seventh inning. It allowed the only Yankee runs to score. On a lighter note, he reached base three times tonight, which is better than anyone else in the lineup could say.

Disaster Dessens: Elmer Dessens, promoted today from Triple-A Buffalo, came into the seventh inning and immediately ran into trouble. He gave up a leadoff single, then an error forced him into a second and third situation, which then led to a two run double allowed to rookie Kevin Russo.

Mets Offense: They only scratched one hit against Javier Vazquez, who had an 8.01 ERA coming into the game. Even though the middle of the lineup attempted a late rally in the ninth inning, the offense looked dead throughout the night.

Interesting Facts:

  • Oliver Perez has allowed a walk in every appearance this season, including his two relief outings (30 walks in 34 innings pitched).
  • Hisanori Takahashi has struck out 38 batters in 32 innings pitched.
  • Rookie Ike Davis leads the Mets in batting average at .287.

What’s Next?: Both New York teams square off in the middle game of the three-game set at CitiField on Saturday night. Game Time 7:10 PM.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (5-1) 3.02 ERA vs. NYY Phil Hughes (5-0) 2.25 ERA