Sunday, May 22, 2011

We 8 the Mets

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North London Derby: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur, a.k.a. Spurs

Today, we 8 Mets.

The Yankees trailed the Mets 3-1 going into the bottom of the 7th inning. But during that inning, it became necessary to call the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, because the Mets became radioactive and had a meltdown:

* Brett Gardner led off and singled to center.

* Chris Dickerson drew a walk, sending Gardner to 2nd.

* Mike Pelfrey, who'd been pitching pretty well for the Mets over 6 innings, hit Francisco Cervelli with a pitch. I'm presuming this was unintentional. This loaded the bases with nobody out.

* Derek Jeter singled to center, driving in Gardner and Dickerson. 3-3 tie.

* Met manager Terry Collins pulled Pelfrey, bringing in Tim Byrdak. Tim who?

* Curtis Granderson bunted to 3rd, moving Cervelli to 3rd and Jeter to 2nd. That's the 1st out of the inning.

* Collins orders Byrdak to intentionally walk Mark Teixeira. This sets up a double play, potentially getting out of the inning with the score still tied. But it also brings to the plate Alex Rodriguez, who has more grand slams than any player not named Lou Gehrig.

* Collins replaces Byrdak with Pedro Beato.

* A-Rod grounds to 3rd, and Willie Harris can't make the play. Cervelli scores. 4-3 Yanks. Bases remain loaded. Still only 1 out.

* Robinson Cano singles to right. Jeter scores. 5-3 Yanks. Bases remain loaded. Still only one out.

* Jorge Posada takes a called 3rd strike. He disputes it, and one of the Mets' own broadcasters (I think it might have been Ron Darling) agreed that it was low. Strangely, it looked like a strike to me. 2 out.

* Collins pulls Beato for Pat Misch. That's the 4th Met pitcher of the game. And of the inning.

* Gardner bats for the 2nd time in the inning, and doubles to left. Teix and A-Rod score. Cano goes to 3rd. 7-3 Yanks.

* Dickerson bats for the 2nd time in the inning, and singles to left. Cano and Gardner score. 9-3 Yanks.

* Cervelli bats for the 2nd time in the inning, and reaches on a fielding error by Harris. Dickerson goes to 2nd.

* The carnage finally ends when Jeter his a 2010-onward "typical Jeter" grounder to 2nd.

8 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, 1 error, 1 hit batsman. 3 of the Yankees' hits in the inning came on the first pitch.

WP: Luis Ayala (1-0), in relief of Ivan Nova, who didn't pitch badly, but was not the Yankees' last pitcher before the 8-run explosion. No save. LP: Pelfrey (3-4).

So the Yankees take 2 of 3 from The Other Team, putting them back in their place.

The Pesky Blue Jays of Toronto come to town, as we return to AL and AL East normalcy. I hate Interleague play.

Jeter 2975 25
Rivera 572 29
A-Rod 622 141
Magic Number 117 (to eliminate Scum, 116 for Rays, 115 for Jays, 114 for O's)

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