The New York Yankees defeated the New York Mets by a score of 9-3 this cloudy afternoon. The Mets had a two-run lead for most of the game, but the offense exploded in the seventh to put the Yankees on top for good. Luis Ayala got the win for the Yanks and Mike Pelfrey took the loss for the Mets. The Yankees move to 25-20 with the win and the Mets move to 22-24 with the loss.

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Recap

Ivan Nova allowed a lot of base runners, but only allowed three runs to cross home plate. Mike Pelfrey started out shaky, settled down, but eventually gave up the lead:

IP H R ER K BB
Pelfrey 6 8 5 5 4 2
Nova 6.2 11 3 3 2 1

 

After a flawless first by Ivan Nova, Curtis Granderson smacked his 16th home run of the season right by the Bleacher Creatures in right field. However, the Mets answered back by rallying for three runs in the top of the second. Some of this damage could have been limited, but Nova bobbled a few soft grounders hit back to him that prevented a double play from being turned. These “errors” don’t show up in the box score, but ultimately affect the final score of the game.

Ivan Nova was erratic in today’s start, allowing nine baserunners in the second through fourth innings. However, he was able to make it 6.2 innings while only allowing the three runs in the second. The big pitching story in today’s game was Big Mike Pelfrey, who really settled down after allowing the Grandy home run.

Pelfrey allowed one run through the first six innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh. Brett Gardner led off with a single before a Chris Dickerson walk put runners on first and second for Francisco Cervelli. After Cervelli squared to bunt on the first pitch, Pelfrey came up and inside to hit Cervelli on the shoulder – thankfully, he ball missed his face/head and he was able to run. Derek Jeter hit his 2,975th career hit to score two and tie the game.

Curtis Granderson came up with runners on first and second, still with no outs, to bunt over the runners. This had to be Grandy’s call, because no one in their right mind wants someone with 16 home runs to bunt. Mark Teixeira was walked to load the bases for A-Rod. He had a swinging bunt down the third base line which Willie Harris had no play and the Yankees took the lead. Robinson Cano delivered a single to right field to score Derek Jeter for another run, which would ultimately prove to be enough damage. The Yankees would eventually score eight runs in the inning, highlighted by both Brett Gardner and Chris Dickerson getting two hits and two RBIs apiece in the inning.

Key Stats

3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter singled in the third and seventh to put his career hits total at 2,975.

Power Outage: The Mets had 25 hits in this series – and all 25 were either singles or doubles! (21 singles, 4 doubles).

8: The 8-spot the Yankees put up in the seventh was the most runs they have scored in an inning this year.

TBS: Listening to these guys (John Smoltz and Brian Anderson) broadcast is just torture. I’ve been a baseball fan my entire life, and I still have no idea what “manufacturing runs” means. I think it’s just mainstream media’s way of belittling the Yankee’s power production, current hitting struggles, and ballpark size.

What’s Next?

The Toronto Blue Jays touch down in the Bronx for a three-game series.

7:05 PM, YES. Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.48 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.16 ERA). This is Villanueva’s first start this year, as he has pitched 24 innings in relief.