Luck played a good part in the Yankees’ 10-game winning streak. They weren’t blowing teams out, instead, they won close games. And now they’ve lost three straight, games they would have won last week. That’s baseball.
Andy Pettitte had a tough first inning and it gave the Mets enough of a lead to carry them to a 6-4 win on a rainy summer night in Queens. Couple of walks and a hit loaded the bases. Pettitte had two outs but Justin Turner lofted a soft line drive to center to drive in two and then Ike Davis swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a high fly ball to right field. Nick Swisher moved close to the fence and it appeared as if he had a hard time seeing the ball. He jumped when he reached the wall and the ball bounced off the thumb of his glove and dropped out of view for a three-run home run.
The Yanks continued their season-long futility driving home base runners stranding men in almost every inning. Alex Rodriguez and Andruw Jones hit solo homers and Robinson Cano hit a two run home run–all three of them were shots–and the Mets tacked on a run against Corey Wade.
All of which set things up nicely for Frank Francisco, he of the fat ass and fatter mouth.
The Yankees put the tying run on base after Russell Martin led off the inning with a hard line drive that was caught, but Curtis Granderson looked at a fastball right down the middle for a third strike (it seemed inexplicable at first but he must simply have been fooled, expecting the split-finger pitch), and Mark Teixeira popped up to short.
Francisco survived to back up his dopey boast and for a night Mets fans have bragging rights. They may be damp and Francisco may have tested their patience, but they go home happy.
As for the Yanks, tomorrow becomes a big game what with R.A. Dickey waiting for them on Sunday night. I believe Ivan Nova will pitch well and they’ll end this small losing streak.
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