WP: Pelfrey (6-1, 2.86)
LP: Hughes (5-1, 2.72)
S: Rodriguez (7)
Phil Hughes gave his best effort, and pitched well enough to win, but the Yankee bats did not show up. Hughes picked up his first loss of the season, and the Mets beat the Yankees, 5-3.
Hughes pitched 5 2/3 innings, while giving up four earned runs. He surrendered a run in the sixth inning, courtesy of an Alex Cora single, and that forced him out of the game.
Meanwhile, the Yankees failed to back up their starter. The Bronx Bombers had 15 total base runners, including 11 hits during the game, but they only crossed the plate three times. The Yanks left 13 runners on base, and finished the game 3-14 with runners in scoring position.
The Yankees were playing from behind from the beginning of the game, as Hughes got into early trouble. With two outs in the inning, Jason Bay doubled to left, and Ike Davis followed with a walk.
After a visit to the mound, David Wright singled to center, which scored Bay. Then, Angel Pagan singled on a blooper to left, which scored Davis. The Mets had an instant 2-0 lead, which they would not let up.
In the third, the Mets middle of the order would deliver again. David Wright ripped another RBI single to center, and it was 3-0, Mets.
The Yankees finally scored in the sixth inning, when Francisco Cervelli singled off the leg of Pelfrey. The lead was cut to 3-1, but the Mets would again respond.
Hughes had found his command, but things fell apart in the bottom of the sixth. Angel Pagan doubled to lead off the inning.
Hughes would retire the next two batters, but Alex Cora singled in Pagan, and the Mets took a 4-1 lead. Joe Girardi replaced Hughes with reliever Chan Ho Park.
The Yankees scrounged together a pathetic attempt at a comeback in the eighth inning. Robinson Cano singled to center to start out the inning. Nick Swisher was hit by a pitch immediately after. Cervell followed with a single to load the bases. The Yankees had the bases loaded with no outs.
Juan Miranda failed to make contact with the ball, and he struck out swinging for the first out. The Yanks then scored their second run of the game when Kevin Russo was hit by a pitch. Fernando Nieve was then replaced by Met closer Francisco Rodriguez.
K-Rod got the job done as he always does. He forced Derek Jeter to ground out, but a run scored, and the score was 5-3. But Brett Gardner grounded out, and the best chance of the night was squandered.
After a pair of singles from Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher, Francisco Cervelli represented the tying run. But K-Rod struck him out, and the game ended.
The series wraps up with a thrilling game on primetime television. Yankee ace CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.43) will take on the Mets’ ace, Johan Santana (3-2, 3.72). That game is set for 8:05, and can be seen on ESPN.