Is it regression to the mean? Is it one team stepping up their game to face their rival? Is it just pure dumb luck? For whatever the reason, the New York Mets have looked like a different team when they’ve played the Yankees. The Mets beat the Yankees for the third night in a row 9-4.
Yankee starter David Phelps was hit early and often, and didn’t get help from his defense either. Ruben Tejada led off with a single. Daniel Murphy followed with a double to bring Tejada home. David Wright walked. After a strikeout, John Buck singled to bring home another run. Rick Ankiel walked to load the bases. Jayson Nix‘s error on Marlon Byrd‘s ground ball allowed another run to come in. Ike Davis followed with another run scoring single to knock out Phelps.
The Mets made it 6-0 in the third when Byrd hit his fifth homer of the year. The Mets tacked on another run in the fourth. Mike Baxter led off with being hit by a pitch. After two strikeouts, Wright singled and Lucas Duda doubled in two to make it 8-0. The Yanks finally got on the board in bottom half when Brennan Boesch hit his third homer of the year.
The Yanks got two runs in the sixth. Travis Hafner led off with a single. Lyle Overbay followed with a ground rule double. Boesch singled home another run. Two batters later, Nix singled home a run to make it 8-3.
YGY Player Of The Game: Byrd
Notes: Tomorrow will be the last game without Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. Both will be activated before Friday night’s game. Derek Jeter played catch today in the first step of his rehab after getting his boot removed. Curtis Granderson had surgery on his finger and will start rehab in four weeks.