Game 80: Yankees at Mets • 07.01.11
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ivan Nova RHP
RHP Ivan Nova (7-4, 4.26)
Nova vs. Mets
Jose Reyes SS
Justin Turner 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Daniel Murphy 1B
Angel Pagan CF
Jason Bay LF
Ronny Paulino C
Ruben Tejada 2B
Jonathan Niese LHP
LHP Jonathan Niese (7-6, 3.67)
Niese vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Bright, sunny day here at Citi Field. Last time I was in this stadium, Dave Matthews Band was playing. This is obviously different. Also, I assume it’s warm out on the field, but it’s so cold in the press box that it’s hard for me to imagine such warmth.
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Brian Knight, 3B Ted Barrett
NEXT UP, JOSE REYES: The Yankees have held opposing lead-off hitters to a .209 batting average and a .267 on-base percentage. No other team has been as good against No. 1 hitters.
WAS THAT TEAM ANY GOOD? 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.
TIMING ISSUE: First pitch of the Yankees September 7 game against Baltimore was listed as TBA. It’s now been scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
ON THIS DATE: On July 1, 1990, Yankees starter Andy Hawkins had a no-hitter intact with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but the Yankees made three errors, leading to four unearned runs and a 4-0 loss… A better Yankees memory from this date came in 2004 when Derek Jeter made his famous diving catch into the third-base stands.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Top of the first, Neise couldn’t get out of trouble. Bottom of the first, Nova did get out of trouble. That’s the early difference and the reason for a 3-0 Yankees lead in the second.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Three straight singles pu the Mets on the board, but Nova managed to strand two runners with a key ground out by Jose Reyes. It’s a 3-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Another runner left stranded for Nova. Still 3-1 after three innings. Nova’s already topped 50 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: I haven’t seen a replay, but Swisher was certainly not pleased with that third strike call.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Alex can still throw the ball, no doubt.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: At-bat of the night? Nova struck out Murphy to strand the bases loaded and keep the 3-1 lead intact. The game could have fallen apart that inning, but Nova walked the tightrope and got out of it.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Fist bumps all around for Martin, who clobbered Tejada with that slide.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Big at-bat here, and Girardi’s decided to let Posada swing the bat rather than keep Nova in the game.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Terrific curveball from Neise got Posada looking, Swisher grounded to third and the Mets got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam. Here’s Ayala to pitch the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Nice work by Cory Wade. With Reyes and Beltran due up next inning, shouldn’t Robertson come in for the seventh instead of the eighth this time?
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: That’s a big risk for Reyes. I’m honestly not sure whether he was out or safe, but the throw beat him by quite a bit, and in a two-run game it really didn’t make a ton of sense for him to take the chance.