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Game 45: Yankees vs. Mets

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 22, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees lineup
1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez DH
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Jorge Posada DH
7. Brett Gardner LF
8. Chris Dickerson RF
9. Francisco Cervelli C
Ivan Nova P

Mets lineup
1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Daniel Murphy 1B
3. Carlos Beltran DH
4. Jason Bay LF
5. Fernando Martinez RF
6. Justin Turner 2B
7. Willie Harris 3B
8. Ronny Paulino C
9. Jason Pridie CF
Mike Pelfrey P

Time/TV: 1:08/YES

Weather: Cloudy, 58 degrees

Umpires: Eric Cooper HP, Mark Carlson 1B, Tim Timmons 2B, Jeff Kellogg 3B

Power show: Since Aug. 14, Curtis Granderson is second in the majors in homers behind the Jays’ Jose Bautista, hitting 29 compared to Bautista’s 36. Granderson, with 15 homers, is also second this season to Bautista, who has 18.

A-Rod heating up: Alex Rodriguez is batting .409 (9 for 22) with a double, three solo homers and a walk in his last five games.

Spelling relief: The Yankees’ bullpen has the lowest ERA in the AL since April 7, at 2.68.

Rivera one away: Mariano Rivera needs one more appearance to become the 15th big-league pitcher to appear in 1,000 games and the first to do it with one team.

Update, 1:12: Nova has a 1-2-3 first, helped by a nice sliding catch in left by Gardner.

Update, 1:16: Running out of superlatives for Curtis Granderson. There’s goes No. 16 to the right-field seats, 1-0.

Update, 1:49: Bad top of the second for Nova, three runs, four hits. And Pelfrey could have had a bad bottom half. Both Posada and Gardner just missed solo homers down the right-field line. So two outs, man on first right now.

Update, 1:51: Cervelli flies to left, so it’s 3-1 heading to the top of the third.

Update, 1:56: Nova isn’t fooling anybody, first and second, one out, after two more hard-hit singles.

Update, 2:02: Nova works out of trouble with his fastball, strikeout and bouncer to third.

Update, 2:05: Jeter lined that pitch with authority into center for a single, hit No. 2,974.

Update, 2:18: After a single and a walk for the Mets, there were two on with one out in the fourth. But Jose Reyes rapped a curve for a 4-6-3 double play, side retired.

Update, 2:23: At least Posada hit the ball well, lining a single to left-center. But he was out by a lot trying to stretch it. Jason Pridie threw him out.

Update, 2:26: One run, four hits through four for the inconsistent offense.

Update, 2:30: By the way, an error on Francisco Cervelli on a steal attempt by Pridie in the second has been changed to an error on Jeter for letting the tailing throw get by him and into center.

Update, 2:34: Nova’s first 1-2-3 inning since the first, 3-1 going to the bottom of the fifth.

Update, 2:45: Leadoff double by Dickerson, and the Yankees can’t bring him around, 3-1 after five.

Update, 2:50: Willie Harris couldn’t hit when he got here today, showed up at .203. But he’s got three singles in three at-bats now against Nova.

Update, 2:51: Ronny Paulino lines a hanging curve into center. That’s 10 hits off Nova, all singles. But only three runs off him. Pridie grounds out to end the sixth.

Update, 3:02: Pelfrey has held the Yankees to the run and six hits through six.

Update, 3:05: Luis Ayala is warming with Nova now at 100 pitches.

Update, 3:11: Beltran doubles, Nova is at 110 pitches and done.

Update, 3:15: Ayala gets out of trouble, fly to right-center.

Update, 3:19: Tim Byrdak is warming. Pelfrey is at 94 pitches after Brett Gardner’s leadoff single. The 11 hits Nova gave up were a career high against him.

Update, 3:23: Walk to Dickerson, first and second, no outs.

Update, 3:24: Cervelli is hit on the first pitch trying to bunt, bases loaded. Jeter up.

Update, 3:25: Jeter delivers, two-run single bounced through the middle, we’re tied. Hit No. 2,975. Pelfrey is done. Byrdak is in. Granderson bunts the runners over.

Update, 3:30: Intentional walk to Teixeira. Bases loaded. A-Rod has been known to deliver in these situations. Impressive rookie righty Pedro Beato will come in to face him. Beato is from Queens and went to high school in Brooklyn. He hasn’t been charged with an earned run in his big-league career so far, in 18 2-3 innings, a Mets record to start a career.

Update, 3:34: Not far but effective. Roller toward third, RBI single, 4-3 Yankees.

Update, 3:36: Cano lines a single to right, 5-3, bases still loaded, one out for Posada. Amazing how this game has turned so swiftly.

Update, 3:39: Strikeout looking at a curve. Posada wasn’t happy, one of a handful not happy with plate ump Eric Cooper today. Lefty Pat Misch is coming in to pitch.

Update, 3:43: Gardner punches a two-run double down the left-field line, 7-3. After all the talk about the home-run reliance, they’re doing this with small ball.

Update, 3:46: Dickerson bloops a two-run single to left, eight-run inning. It’s 9-3. Beato’s streak is over.

Update, 3:47: Harris boots the third out. This inning is a Mets nightmare. The Captain is up again.

Update, 3:48: The inning is over, finally.




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