Sunday, May 22, 2011

Yankees Allow Mets to Taste Victory but Not to Touch It

With overcast skies hovering above Yankee Stadium on Sunday, the Bombers’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild possessed a look of nervousness as he watched his young right-hander, Ivan Nova, surrender a total of eleven base hits that gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Unable to finish the top half of the seventh inning, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was forced to summon his bullpen hoping to limit the damage caused by a Carlos Beltran single to centerfield. RHP Luis Ayala would eventually finish the job started by Nova and go on to pitch a scoreless eighth as well. What ensued between the top of the seventh and eighth innings for both teams would be another story altogether.

After confirming to his manager that he was feeling great, Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, took the hill in the bottom half of the seventh inning with his sights on recording his fourth victory of the season. Unfortunately for Pelfrey and the Mets, he would never get that chance or finish the seventh inning for that matter. Neither would two other Mets pitchers until left-hander Pat Misch was able to get Derek Jeter to ground out to second for the third out. By then it was too late, the Yankees had added eight runs on six hits and completed a disheartening 9-3 loss for the Mets that left nothing more than a bitter taste in their mouths.

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