“There’s Concern” : Mets 9, Yankees 7

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There was a ballgame played this evening, but it’s easy to forget with all of the injury news surrounding the 9 hours reporters spent at the Stadium.

The Yankees would be without Mark Teixeira for the start of this one, adding to an already long list of banged up players including Ichiro, who tweaked his back trying to make a sliding grab on Sunday, according to Joe Girardi. It was also learned before the game via Brian Cashman that CC Sabathia was headed to Dr. James Andrews for a 2nd Opinion on his knee. Girardi would confirm this postgame. He’d also speak of an injury of “concern” to Carlos Beltran – a hyperextention of his right elbow.

That aside, there was baseball to be played, and the Yankees scored many runs off of Bartolo Colon. The first of the night’s five home runs came off the bat of Brett Gardner, who knocked a Grand Slam to right to put the Yankees up 4-1 early. The Mets, who came into the game with just 22 HRs on the year (2nd fewest in ML), proceeded to hit four home runs in the six innings following.

Only one probably would have made it out at Citi Field, though, a rocket from Chris Young in the 8th which proved to be the difference

Noted short-porch enthusiast Curtis Granderson hit a two-run shot to right to tie things at 4 in the 6th, which came an inning after Travis d’Arnaud took Hiroki Kuroda yard. Granderson was also booed a considerable amount in his first plate appearance.

During the bottom of the frame, the Yankees exhibited some offense, highlighted by Kelly Johnson’s RBI Triple. That put them in front 7-4.

At that point, Alfredo Aceves entered the game and gave up a two-run homer to Eric Young Jr (his first of the year), but still got the hold because baseball. Matt Thornton then came on, and after finishing up the 7th allowed a Lucas Duda game-tying single. Duda would then come around to score on Young’s aforementioned bomb to left.

The Yankees had runners on the corners and one man out in the 9th, but that ended quickly after a Brian McCann GIDP. Farnsworth almost Farnsworthed the game away, but it was not to be on this night. He got the save.

The Bullpen (Aceves, Thornton, Claiborne) went 3 Innings and let in 5 runs on 7 hits. Hiroki Kuroda started the game and went 6, surrendering 4 runs on 7 hits. Both had forgettable nights.

The Good:

  • Derek Jeter was 3/4 on the game, probably due to the fact that he changed his walk-up song to “Trophies” by Drake.
  • Yangervis Solarte remains pretty good – he was 3/4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI after going 2/2 with 2 RBIs on Sunday.
  • Mark Teixeira isn’t too hurt, considering he was used as a pinch hitter in the 9th, and got a nice hit. He said he’ll for sure play tomorrow.

The Bad:

  • More injuries: Carlos Beltran hyperextended his right elbow in between innings and is going for an MRI. Joe Girardi said “There’s concern.”
  • Everything relating to pitching. Everything. Even guys who aren’t playing, like CC, are still the bad.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 0/5 and is now 1 for his last 12. That’s weird.
  • The Yankees wore their Batting Practice hats with white brims. They’re wearing them again at Citi Field later on in the series. Bad.

Notes:

Mark Teixeira said before the game he wished the Subway Series was a 3-and-3, and a little more special…Alfonso Soriano became the 7th player in MLB history to record 1,000 hits in both the AL and NL…There’s no answer yet from Joe Girardi on who will start Thursday’s game…The Yankees have now lost 8 of 12.

Kenny covers the Yankees (and Knicks) for WFUV Sports & is a freelance radio reporter with the AP, MetroSource, WFAN & CBS Sports. Ridgefield, CT native. Long-time Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez defender.

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