Sunday, May 22, 2011

Yankees Rally In The 7th To Win Subway Series

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
A-Rod scored one of eight runs in Game Three vs the Mets.
The Yankees would win the series 2-1.

Coming into the Subway Series, both the Yankees and the Mets were looking to come out victorious, and get themselves back on track. The Mets were a game behind .500 going into the series, while the Yankees were four games over, but recently overcoming a six game losing streak.

As expected though, the Yankees, despite dropping Game One, would go on to win the series 2-1, thanks to some late offense.

The rain kept away from Game One, as Freddy Garcia took the mound against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Mark Teixeira broke open the game in the bottom of the third with a solo blast to right. It was Tex's 11th home run of the season and the only run of the night for the Yankees.

The Mets would get even with the Yanks in the top of the next inning, when Josh Turner, who has been playing in place of injured third-basemen David Wright, doubled to right field scoring Fernando Martinez.

Turner's RBI would make it six straight games with one, and would continue his hot hitting into Saturday. His streak would come to an end though on Sunday.

The 1-1 game was broken up by a solo home run by Daniel Murphy off of Freddy Garcia. From that shot to right, the relievers would cancel each others out, and the Mets would take Game One 2-1.

Game Two took place the next day, despite the rumors that the world was ending, with AJ Burnett pitching for the Bombers, and Chris Capuano for the Mets.

The Mets would get off to a hot start in the top of the first inning, scoring two quick runs off of Burnett. The Yankees responded right away though, with two two-run homeruns, by Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira, to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.

It would be all Yankees from here, with two more solo home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson, who is second in the American League in home runs.

Burnett would allow one more run, but it was good enough to give the Yankees a win in Game Two. The Yankees would go on to win by a final score of 7-3, thanks to a late sac fly by Tex. Mark Teixeira would have a great series against the Mets, and going into the final game of the series, had 29 RBI's.

The final game of the series was played during the Sunday afternoon. Ivan Nova pitched for the Yankees, while Mets ace Mike Pelfrey looked to give the Mets the series win.

Curtis Granderson homered in his first at bat, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. That makes it two straight games with a home run for Granderson, who is hoping to catch up to Jose Bautista's MLB leading 18 home runs. Granderson is only two behind with 16.

In just the next inning though, the Mets would answer and score three runs off of Ivan Nova. Nova pitched six and two thirds innings, allowing 11 hits, a walk, and three runs.

The game was pretty quiet for the next five innings, but in the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees had a rapture of their own.

Derek Jeter, who tore apart the Mets this series, singled scoring two runs, in what would be an eight run seventh inning. Jeter had five hits this series, narrowing his 3,000 hits goal to just 25.

After A-Rod reached on a bases loaded infield single, Cano singled to right, and Brett Gardner and Chris Dickerson singled  to left, The Yankees led the Mets 9-3.

Luis Ayala, who pitched an inning and a third for the Yankees was awarded with the win.

Coming out of the series, the Yankees have retaken over the AL East. They are tied atop the standings with the Rays. Still with the Red Sox and Blue Jays both playing good baseball, the AL East is still wide open.

The Yankees will play the Blue Jays over the next three days, before going on their first west coast road trip of the season. The Yankees will then play the Mariners, Athletics, and Angels before heading home to a series against Boston.

As for the Mets, they are only two games below .500. They are in 4th place in the NL East, but only six games back (for now). The Mets next three series are against the Chicago Cubs, division rivals Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates. If the Mets can win two out of these three series, it will put them in good shape come June.

The Mets are still playing without David Wright and Johan Santana, so when both return to the Mets it will be a huge help.

Inter-league play doesn't pick up again until late June, but the Mets and Yankees will rematch in early July at Citi Field.

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