(That's a lonely walk. Courtesy of Getty Images)
Losing back-to-back 1-run games to a team like the Mets is the baseball equivalent to a swift kick in the apple bag to any baseball team, no matter how much that team may be overachieving. The Yankees lived in that reality the last 2 nights, dropping both games at the hand of their 2 best pitchers and having the added insult of only scoring 2 runs total in those games. Getting outscored by the Mets lineup is difficult to do and the Yanks managed to do it in consecutive days. They tried to wash the stink of all that off last night back at The Stadium with David Phelps on the mound. The shit only got stinkier and got stinkier quick.
- There's nothing to say other than to just call Phelps' top of the 1st a complete disaster. It was an awful combination of badly-located fastballs, missed curveballs, and poor defense behind him and when it was all said and done the Mets had 5 on the board and Phelps was out of the game after recording 1 out.
- Not much more to say after that horrid 1st inning. Adam Warren gave up a run in the 3rd on a Marlon Byrd HR and 2 in the 4th on a 2-out Lucas Duda double. That made it 8-0 Mets and the Yanks basically folded their tent at that point.
- Brennan Boesch at least tried to contribute, hitting a solo HR in the bottom of the 4th to get the Yanks on the board and singling in another run in a 2-run 6th.
- Of course Ivan Nova came on to pitch 5 good relief innings in a game that didn't mean anything. For what it's worth, Nova looked really good last night, mixing and commanding his fastball and curveball really well and striking out 6 to just 1 walk.
-Garbage time RBI single for Robinson Cano in the 9th. Yay.
- Boesch: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K. When is he going to start getting more of Ichiro's playing time?
- Phelps: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Like I said last night, I was shocked that somebody beat Phil Hughes' 7 ER in 0.2 IP stinker and even more shocked that it happened so quickly. Phelps was horrible last night. He had nothing, he knew it, Joe knew it, everybody knew it. Oh well, put it behind you and do better next time, kid.
- Reid Brignac: 0-4, 1 K, 5 LOB. What Brignac's glove giveth, his bat taketh away.
The Yankees will try to avoid completely puking on their shoes tonight in the 2013 Subway Series finale. Vidal Nuno gets his likely final start in Andy's rotation spot against Dillon Gee.