By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
New York Mets vs. New York Yankees
Post Game Recap
The Mets and Yankees continued their Subway Series Tuesday night, playing the last of two games at Yankee Stadium. If you thought Monday’s game was rough for the starting pitchers, Tuesday’s performances by the starting pitchers were down right ugly. The Mets were able to take this high scoring affair once again, by a score of 12-6. It was a long game, as 20 3-2 counts were racked up on the night.
Both Zack Wheeler and Vidal Nuno had rough goes at it tonight. Wheeler was handed a four run lead before even taking the mound, yet labored through 4.1 innings, needing 118 pitches before exiting. He almost blew the lead right away, giving back three of them in the bottom of the first. You could visibly see Wheeler was too excited and jacked up for this start, as his front shoulder continuously flew open on his delivery. It resulted in poor results, as he surrendered five runs, all earned, on seven hits and six walks to go with only two strikeouts.
Nuno, who opposed Wheeler, did not fair much better. He surrendered four runs in the top of the first inning in a hurry, putting the Yankees in an early hole they were unable to come out of. Nuno didn’t fare much better as the game wore on, surviving only 3.1 innings. He gave up seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and four walks, striking out only one.
Alfredo Aceves came in for relieve for the second straight game out of the Yankees’ bullpen, and for the second straight game he was hammered. He pitched only 1.2 innings, but still managed to give up four earned runs on four hits and one walk. Preston Claiborne was called upon once again, and again he gave up runs as well, surrendering one run in his inning of work as well.
The only saving grace out of the Yankees’ bullpen was Matt Daley, who threw three hitless innings with three strikeouts and one walk.
Curtis Granderson once again hurt his old team, as he is as locked in as he has been since becoming a Met. He launched another home run in his return to Yankee stadium in the first inning, this one of the three-run variety. He added another hit later in the game, finishing 2-3 with two runs, three RBI and two walks. Granderson is now above the Mendoza-line, hitting a season-high .205.
Granderson was not alone for the Mets in hitting a three-run homer, as Daniel Murphy joined the party as well, knocking his third of the season over the wall.
David Wright added a multi-hit game, going 3-5 from the plate with two runs and two RBI. Lucas Duda performed well at the plate too, registering a multi-hit game of his own.
Eric Young Jr. may not have gotten a hit in the game, but he was still a thorn in the Yankees side. He went 0-3 at the plate with a walk, but scored three runs.
Brian McCann had a big night at the plate for the Yankees, launching his fifth home run of the season and collecting three RBI on the night to go with his three hits.
Yangervis Solarte continued his surprisingly good start at the plate, hitting his third home run of the season. His throwing error did open allow the Mets to score two runs in the fourth inning, as he threw a potential double-play ball into right-center field. On the other hand, the Mets defense was stellar throughout the night. They were able to get their pitchers out of multiple jams, turning three double-plays on the night.
Credit needs to be given to Daisuke Matsuzaka as well, coming in and pitching strong for the Mets out of the bullpen to calm things down. He surrendered only one run in his 3.2 innings of work, making one mistake Solarte turned into a solo home run.
The Mets and Yankees will move the Subway Series now into Queens and Citi Field. It will be electric there Wednesday night, as Rafael Montero will be making his major league debut against Yankee ‘rookie’ phenom Masahiro Tanaka (5-0, 2.57 ERA). In addition, the Mets will be looking to extend their six-game winning streak over the Yankees.