Ivan Nova was not at his best but he was able to effectively keep his team in the game during his sixth quality start in seven outings. He allowed one walk and 11 hits, but was able to limit the damage by only surrendering three runs during his six and two-thirds innings.
This escape act by Nova might be partly because the Mets are without David Wright, Angel Pagan and Ike Davis but it is also a result of making the right pitch when he had to in order to prevent the game from getting out of hand. The Mets left seven runners on base which proves the Yankees made pitches when they had to.
The Yankees scored a run in the first inning off of a home run by Curtis Granderson, his 16th, which is second in baseball to Jose Bautista, but he even admitted that his bunt in the seventh inning to advance runners to second and third was more important. This goes to show that he is all about winning games and doing anything he can for the team.
It seemed like the Mets were going to win the game but the Yankees were able to have an offensive outburst in the seventh inning, scoring eight runs without hitting a single home run. Alex Rodriguez led the Yankees in hits with four and was able to give the team the lead for good with his 55-foot single which scored Francisco Cervelli. After the game he playfully said “I showed them didn’t I”?
Another notable hit from the seventh inning was that Chris Dickerson hit single that drove in Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner. This proves that he is recovered from getting hit in the head by a pitch from Mike Gonzalez during the marathon game against the Orioles. Nick Swisher is still struggling so it would make sense for Dickerson to see increased playing time.
Pedro Beato, the Mets rookie Rule 5 signee who went to Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, had recorded 18 and two-thirds innings without an earned run to start his Mets career. That was a franchise record. However, the Yankees were able to score two runs off of Beato to end his streak.
A positive sign is that the offense did not hit into any double plays. In addition, Gardner and Dickerson were both able to come through in the clutch in the seventh innings because their two RBI, double and single, respectively, both came with two outs. Virtually the only negative was that Mark Teixeira went 0 for 4 but he was on a four game hitting streak where he had knocked in seven runs.
Luis Ayala, who recently came off the disabled list, got the win, pitching one and one-third flawless innings in relief of Nova. Lance Pendleton, who just recently got recalled by the Yankees because he is “more of a long-man than Amauri Sanit” pitched a perfect ninth to keep his ERA at 0. Sanit has an ERA of 8.53 so far so this move makes sense.
The Yankees needed this game because the Mets are not nearly at full strength, so it was crucial that they took advantage of the edge in personnel over their rivals from Queens. The Mets are now two games under .500 and start a three-game series against the Cubs on Tuesday.
Now, the Blue Jays, who are currently in fourth place but only 2.5 games back, come to the Bronx for a three-game series. The Yankees are tied with the Rays for first place so winning two out of three would help give the Yankees some separation in the AL East. However, it does seem like the division will stay tight longer than it has in recent years because there is no true walk over.