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Best Laid Plans

It was all set up. Freddy Garcia pitched a wonderful game and the Yanks led 2-1 going to the bottom of the ninth on a wet afternoon in Queens. Enter Sandman and the Great Mariano retired the first two batters.

That’s a wrap, right? The fans headed for the parking lot. But it’s not always that easy, even for the best. Jason Bay walked, Luke Duda singled and with two strikes Ronny Paulino slapped a cutter that didn’t cut far enough into right field and the game was tied.

Then, a ground ball went through Ramiro Pena’s legs:

Brett Gardner came up firing…

…and nailed Duda at the plate to send the game into extra innings.

But that was it for Mo and it came as no surprise with him gone, Jason Bay drove home the winning run for the home team in the bottom of the 10th. So the Yanks blow a chance for the sweep and the Mets head out to Los Angeles feeling better about themselves.

Final Score: Mets 3, Yanks 2.

As the Dude says, “That’s a bummer, man.” But these things happen, even to Rivera. So let’s not get un-Dude about anything. It was still a good weekend even if the Yanks couldn’t put the cherry on top. Tomorrow is another day.

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Categories:  1: Featured  Game Recap  Yankees

Tags:  Mariano Rivera  subway series

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1 Chyll Will   ~  Jul 3, 2011 8:23 pm

Meh, throw em a bone and move on. The Yanks have already made their point.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 3, 2011 8:37 pm


3 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 3, 2011 9:04 pm

Lucas Duda?

4 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 3, 2011 9:07 pm

3) I saw him at the game yesterday. Dude is the side of a mountain. Huge guy.

5 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 4, 2011 12:25 am

Really don't mind the loss here. Start a new streak tomorrow.

6 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 4, 2011 12:52 am

[3] That name doesn't sit will with me. It's distracting. All kinds of thoughts enter my head and most aren't pleasant:"dud," "do-do," "dog-do," "doody" and, of course "dude."

7 Hank Waddles   ~  Jul 4, 2011 3:07 am

[6] I agree completely. It bothered me all weekend long. I almost felt embarrassed for the announcers just because they had to say it. Just an odd name.

8 Hank Waddles   ~  Jul 4, 2011 3:07 am

And by the way, when you grow up with a last name like Waddles, you're pretty much allowed to comment on anyone else's name for the rest of your life.

9 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 4, 2011 9:38 am

[8] Hysterical! I'm not even going to share my last name but Boatzilla and AB know it and can vouch for its ridiculousness.

10 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jul 4, 2011 10:35 am

Camptown ladies sing dis song, Doo-dah! doo-dah!

Listening to the last few innings on the radio, the outcome seemed inevitable. It doesn't feel so bad, was exciting for Mets fans, and taking two of three in a series is always good. As stated by Chyll above, throwing a bone to the other NY team makes everyone feel positive.

Proves that Mo is flesh and blood.

11 Chyll Will   ~  Jul 4, 2011 10:36 am

[8] It's not so bad, hank. in fact, when I see you're name, I automatically think of Belgian waffles >;)

12 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 4, 2011 10:41 am

this reeked of "one of those games" from about the 8th inning on. Obviously no one likes it, but you're due a few of these over the course of the year. Now go beat up the tribe and we'll all forget about it.

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