Hisanori Takahashi made his major league starting debut tonight, and unfortunately despite his best efforts, the Mets succumb to the Yankees after his departure from the game.
Takahashi put together six excellent innings, allowing five hits, only one walk (extra amazin’ for a Mets pitcher), and best of all – zero runs! Being his first start since joining the rotation, Takahashi was pulled after pitching the top of the sixth, throwing 101 pitches.
Elmer Dessens relieved the superb Takahashi in the seventh, despite arriving at Citi Field only two innings prior. Elmer let up two hits and two runs in two thirds of an inning, which ended up being all the Yankees needed to scratch out the big W.
The Mets’ bats were silenced by Javier Vasquez, who came into the came with an ERA near 8, and then by the Yankees’ bullpen. Mariano Rivera came in for the 9th and a save. With two outs in the inning, Jason Bay and Ike Davis string together back-to-back doubles for the first and only Mets run of the affair. David Wright came up with a man on second and two outs, and proceeded to fail miserably for his second clutch-attempt of the game. It sucked.