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Where do you even start with this one? Blown leads early, blown leads late, more guys hurt. The list of Yankee problems is growing exponentially and a Subway Series-opening loss to the Mets at home last night added fuel to the dumpster fire.
- The first blown lead came after Brett Gardner
tagged a grand slam in the bottom of the 2nd to give the Yanks a 4-1 lead. People had been calling for him to be more aggressive earlier in the count and he did that here, smoking a first-pitch fastball down the middle.
- Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda
made the lead hold up through 4, but he wasn't as sharp as he was his last time out and gave up some hard contact. A Travis D'Arnaud home run in the 5th was the hardest.
- That is until Curtis Granderson
came up with 1 on and nobody out in the top of the 6th. C-Grand has seen enough of Hirok to know when he's got something good to hit, and he made Kuroda pay for leaving a 3-0 sinker up by hitting it out and tying the game at 4.
- As they've done a lot lately, the offense responded quickly. A double by Alfonso Soriano
, RBI single by Yangervis Solarte
, RBI triple by Kelly Johnson
, and a throwing error on a steal attempt added up to 3 runs in the bottom half of the 6th.
- Then the second giveaway came. Joe was short in the 'pen again and nobody he went to could get the job done. Aceves gave up a HR in the 7th, Thornton a few more hits and runs in the 8th, and Claiborne the deciding runs on a Chis Young 2-run blast, the Mets' 4th homer of the night.