In the middle game of a three-game series, the New York Mets defeated the New York Yankees 5-1. Mike Pelfrey picked up the win for the Mets and Phil Hughes picked up his first loss of the season. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 26-17 on the season, and fall five back of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. For a Mets’ perspective of their win, check out Kenny’s article here.

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Initial Reaction:

Overall, you cannot really complain about Phil Hughes tonight. He located his pitches very well. Although he picked up the loss, he still went seven innings strong. He allowed eight hits and four earned runs while striking out seven. If a team cannot get more than one or two runs across the plate, it will be tough for any pitcher to win (ask Zack Grienke).

The Yankees managed eleven hits and four walks tonight. However, that only amounted to three runs. The number of runners left on base were simply staggering (see below…).

Positives From The Game:

Swish and Winn: Nick Swisher and Randy Winn were the only Yankee batters who were unfazed by Mike Pelfrey. The duo reached base twice against him.

Bottom of the 5th: Phil Hughes got a quick out, then allowed a walk and a single to Luis Castillo and Jason Bay, respectively. With runners on first and third, Hughes turned it on, striking out the troublesome Ike Davis and David Wright.

Kevin Russo: The rook had another productive game, going 1-1 with a walk. He was also credited with a run scored and an RBI. Look for him to bat eighth tomorrow against the lefty Johan Santana.

Negatives From The Game:

Bottom of the 1st and 3rd: Phil Hughes quickly got the first two men out, but proceeded to allow hits to Jason Bay, walks to Ike Davis, and hits to the slumping David Wright. The innings were so similar it would have been humorous if it didn’t happen to the Yanks.

RISP: It’s honestly a terrible stat. Batting average with runners in scoring position has any number of factors, many of which cannot be explained. You cannot measure “clutch”; a player will either get a hit or won’t in any situation. However, the Yankees left fourteen runners on base tonight. That’s just bad across the board.

1-3 hitters: 0-12. Five strikeouts. Another reason a win wasn’t possible.

Interesting Facts:

88: Number of pitches thrown for strikes by Phil Hughes out of 117 for an astounding 75.2 percent.

14: Number of runners left on base for the Yankees.

1: Number of innings in which the Yankees DID NOT leave a runner on base. Simply amazing.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees and the Mets finish their series tomorrow night at 8 PM. This game can be seen on ESPN, and, of course, will be covered by Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. Sigh.

Projected Starters:

CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.43 ERA) vs. Johan Santana (3-2, 3.72 ERA)