From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.
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Mets 2b Alex Cora’s poor throw set up the two runs the Yankees would need as they defeated the Mets, 2-1 Friday night at Citi Field. Mets spot starter LH Hisanori Takahashi(5 hits over 6 innings) and Yankees RH 5 man Javier Vasquez(1 hit over 6) engaged in a great pitchers duel and you had a feeling a mistake would turn the game. That came in the 7th when Alex Cora’s poor relay throw on a grounder put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Rookie OF Kevin Russo(West Babylon native) made the Mets pay when he doubled down the right field line to plate both runs. NY staged a mini rally in the 9th when LF Jason Bay and 1B Ike Davis doubled back to back vs. future Hall of Famer closer Mariano Rivera. However, David Wright grounded out to 2B Robinson Cano to end the game, The Mets have dropped 7 of 9 and are now 20-23 on the year.
METS LINEUP: SS Jose Reyes, 2B Alex Cora, LF Jason Bay, 1B Ike Davis, 3B David Wright, CF Angel Pagan, C Rod Barajas, RF Jeff Francoeur, Pitcher
GAME NOTES: Cora drew 2 walks and added a hit…..Yankees 3B Alex Rodriquez and Russo had 2 hits apiece… Team DL-ed RH SP John Maine and recalled RH Elmer Dessens, Friday night’s losing pitcher. Maine, who has weakness in his right shoulder, will be further evaluated this week… 1B- OF Daniel Murphy went 2 for 3 with a homer in his first rehab game(Knee injury) in Class A. He was at 1B all game… RH RP Ryota Igarashi(Hamstring) pitched scoreless inning for Triple A Buffalo. According to Jerry Manuel, he will stay there thru Saturday MINIMUM…. Vasquez was pulled after taking a ball of his index finger attempting to bunt in the 7th. Post game he claimed to be fine
PULVERIZED PEN: With the staff down 3 starting pitchers and both Raul Valdez(took over for Maine after 5 pitches) and Jenrry Mejia unavailable, Manuel was forced to turn to Dessens, who arrived at the park in the 5th inning!
STAR OF THE GAME: Takahashi, who will remain the rotation according to Manuel, kept one of the better line-ups in all of baseball at bay while K-ing 5. “I did very well because I threw more than 100 pitches without any runs in six innings,” Takahashi said through a translator. “I did everything I could do.”
SATURDAY, Game 2 of the Subway Series vs the Yankees at Citi Field
Yankees RHP Phil Hughes(5-0,2.25) vs. Mets RHP Mike Pelfrey(5-1,3.02)
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