Man, oh man.
This game had the potential to be one of those ‘break your remotes out of frustration’ games until the seventh inning when thanks to home runs by Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez, the Yankees stole what seemed like a sure victory out of the Mets’ grasp.
Ivan Nova wasn’t bad, his defense failed him on a couple of occasions and he ended up leaving after 5.2 innings. He gave up two earned runs – three runs total – on five hits, walked three and struck out seven.
The top of the seventh started innocently with a walk to Mark Teixeira which was followed by a Nick Swisher double – hit # 1,000 of his career – which moved Teixeira to third.
Most Yankee fans were wondering just how the offense was going to screw up with two on and no outs, especially with the runners on second and third. That particular situation seems to be the one they have the most trouble with.
Well, Raul Ibanez didn’t give us enough to time to think of any horrifying scenarios because he hit the first pitch he saw from Chris Young out of the park.
The game was tied and the Yankees had new life.
After Jon Rauch and his scary neck tattoo, replaced Young, he struck out Russell Martin for the first out. Eric Chavez was brought in to pinch hit for Clay Rapada and hit an 0-2 pitch into the left field seats giving the Yankees and Rapada the lead.
Rapada pitched a third of an inning and he earned the win. I love baseball.
The Yankee bullpen pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings and recorded eight strikeouts. Boone Logan had two huge strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh – both Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy went down swinging. David Robertson did his usual Houdini act in the bottom of the eighth. It started off well with him striking out Scott Hariston but then he walked Omar Quintanilla and Josh Thole.
Terry Collins inserted Justin Turner to pinch hit for Tim Brydak who pitched the top of the eighth and Robertson struck him out, then struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis swinging.
No harm, no foul.
In the bottom of the ninth, Rafael Soriano came in and struck out Jordany Valdespin to start the inning, gave up a single to David Wright, struck out Duda swinging and got Murphy to fly out to Swisher to end the game. It was Soriano’s 14th save of the year.
After it was all said and done, Clay Rapada picked up the win and the Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak. They also won the season series against the Mets.
At the time of this entry, we’re under 24 hours away from tomorrow night’s much anticipated matchup between R.A. Dickey who hasn’t lost a game since Burger King was a Prince – or so it seems – and CC Sabathia who is looking to shut the doubters up and show that he is still worthy of the title of ace. Why do I have this weird feeling that it’s not going to live up to expectations? Probably because match ups like that rarely ever do.
Don’t forget that tomorrow’s game is an ESPN Sunday Night Game. Also, don’t forget to mentally prepare yourselves for it. One last thing, nap during the afternoon since you never know how late it will end.