When Michael Kay informed us that the Yankee bullpen has been outstanding in the month of May the game was tied 1-1 in the 8th inning. Jonathan Niese and Phil Hughes both pitched well. The Yanks scored their run thanks to Lucas Duda misplaying a short fly ball by Brett Gardner into a triple (he scored on a base hit by Jayson Nix); the Mets tied it up an inning later on a long solo home run by David Wright. It could have been worse for Hughes but Gardner ended the sixth with a beautiful catch robbing Daniel Murphy of a two-run homer.
So with the reliable David Robertson in the game, bottom of the 8th, Michael Kay was just reporting the facts when he told us how well the Yankee bullpen has been. But as any self-respecting Yankee fan–already agitated at the way the game was shaping up and seeking to pin their frustration on a fatheaded announcer–well knew, that meant something had to give. Course it was Robertson. He didn’t get bombed but a one-out bloop double, a walk, and a solid single up the middle by Murphy–ah, sweet revenge–gave the Mets a humble 2-1 lead.
It was enough as Bobby Parnell set the Yanks down without incident in the 9th. And so with the imposing young Matt Harvey looming tomorrow the Mets take the first game of the Subway Serious as the Yanks slip out of first place.
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