The Mets suffered a bad loss Saturday afternoon.
Oh, and they also were beaten by the Yankees, 5-2.
The Mets have been plagued by injuries all year, but the worst of them all came in the first inning today. Major League hits leader Jose Reyes felt tightness in his left hamstring while beating out an infield hit and would leave the game two innings later. The extent of the injury is unknown, but Reyes has had hamstring injuries in the past. In 2004 he injured his right hamstring and played in only 53 games. Then in 2009 he tore a right hamstring tendon and didn’t play after May 20.
Reyes can now be added to the list of players currently on the DL, including David Wright, Ike Davis and Chris Young.
As for Saturday’s game, it didn’t go much better for the Mets. Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon – making his first start since June 11 – were locked in a pitchers duel through the first five innings. Neither pitcher allowed a run until Gee got hit hard in the top of the 6th.
Curtis Granderson hit his 22nd home run of the season with one out, followed by consecutive singles from Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. They both scored on a triple by Robinson Cano. Cano would score the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher.
Colon (6-3) went six scoreless, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out six. He lowered his season ERA to 2.88.
Sergio Mitre allowed two runs – both on fielder’s choices – in the 9th inning for the Mets’ only runs.
It was the Yankees’ seventh consecutive victory and they have now clinched series victories in both halves of the Subway Series this year.
R.A. Dickey (4-7) and Freddy Garcia (7-6) will square off in the final game of the series Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m.
3 things we noticed
1. Nunez keeps raking
Eduardo Nunez continued his hot streak replacing Derek Jeter. He hit his third homer of the season in the 9th inning and was promptly given the silent treatment by his teammates on his return to the dugout. Jeter is scheduled to start for Double-A Trenton tonight as they face the Altoona Curve. He is six hits from 3,000 for his career.
2. Too many pitchers
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would wait until after the game to see how he would structure the starting rotation as Phil Hughes readies to return from the DL. After Colon’s start, it appears unlikely he will be removed from the rotation. CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett are obvious locks, so that leaves Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova as the possibilities for removal. Brian Gordon was sent down to Triple-A before the game to make room for Colon.
3. Gee Whiz
Despite taking the loss, Gee did not look bad for most of the game. It was just the 6th inning when he allowed four runs and four hits that cost him the game. He even bounced back from that ugly inning to retire the side easily in the 7th. It’s easy to forget Gee is still classified as a rookie, and a game like today’s is a good learning experience.