Game 81: Yankees at Mets • 07.02.11
Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Bartolo Colon RHP
RHP Bartolo Colon (5-3, 3.10)
Colon vs. Mets
Jose Reyes SS
Justin Turner 2B
Carlos Beltran RF
Daniel Murphy 3B
Angel Pagan CF
Jason Bay LF
Lucas Duda 1B
Josh Thole C
Dillon Gee RHP
RHP Dillon Gee (8-1, 3.32)
Gee vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., FOX
WEATHER: Another gorgeous day in New York. Little bit of wind blowing from left to right, but it doesn’t seem to significant.
UMPIRES: HP Brian Knight, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Jerry Layne
GOOD DAY SUNSHINE: The Yankees are 23-4 in day games this season. According to Elias, the only team in the past 50 years with that many wins through their first 27 days games is the 1998 Yankees, who were also 23-4.
LUCKY SEVEN: The Yankees are one of two Major League teams with four seven-win pitchers. CC Sabathia (11), A.J. Burnett (8), Ivan Nova (8) and Freddy Garcia (7) all have at least seven wins. The only other team with so many is Tampa Bay (Price-8, Shields-8, Davis-7, Hellickson-7).
HALFWAY TO 100: The Yankees have four players with at least 50 runs and 50 RBI. Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano have each reached 50 and 50. No other team has more than one such player.
ON THIS DATE: On July 2, 1941, Joe DiMaggio went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to 45 games. He surpassed Wee Willie Keeler’s single-season Major League record 44-game hitting streak, a record set in 1897.
UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: Well that’s a new way to make a defensive mistake. Nunez dropped a throw to second when the Yankees might have had Reyes in a rundown. Doesn’t matter, because Colon got out of the first with Reyes stranded.
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Reyes is out of the game. That’s probably not a great situation for the Mets.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Nunez doubles, Colon gets down the sac bunt and the Yankees are in business with a runner at third and the top of the order coming to the plate.
In other news: The Yankees have released Carlos Silva.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: Hamstring tightness for Reyes. The Mets are calling this a precautionary move.
UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: Nunez is 2-for-2 this afternoon and 6-for-6 for the series. He just drove his second double into the left-field corner.
UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Colon is not much of a hitter. This much is clear.
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Huge play to end the fifth. Bases loaded, Colon got Gee to ground to third. Rodriguez stepped on the bag for one out, threw to first for the other and got the Yankees out of the jam. Still scoreless heading into the sixth.
UPDATE, 5:36 p.m.: How’s this for a weird sight? Here’s Derek Jeter in a Trenton uniform. Thanks to the AP for the picture.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: Granderson goes deep and the Yankees are up 1-0 in the sixth.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Two-run triple by Cano, and the Yankees have finally gotten something going against Gee. It’s 3-0 with one out in the sixth.
UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.: Line drive stabbed by Turner keeps Nunez from going 7-for-7. It’s 4-0 Yankees heading into the bottom of the sixth. Swisher added a sac fly.
UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: Six scoreless from Colon, and here’s Posada to pinch hit. Colon didn’t walk anyone. He struck out six, allowed five hits and looked exactly like the guy who pitched so well through the first two months of the season. Impressive. Very, very impressive.
UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: Eduardo Nunez is hitting .339 since Jeter went on the disabled list. He’s 7-for-8 in these first two games of the Subway Series.
UPDATE, 6:39 p.m.: Double. Wild pitch. Walk. Not the best return for Sergio Mitre.