Mike Pelfrey took the mound tonight to try toÂ even up the Subway Series and he had hisÂ work cut outÂ for himÂ for theÂ opposingÂ pitcher wasÂ 5 game winner Phil Hughes.Â Both pitchers had trouble in the first inning.Â Pelfrey gaveÂ up aÂ walk to Teixeira and gave up a base hit to A-Rod but managed to get out of it with a Cano pop up.Â Hughes, however, wouldÂ get tagged for aÂ couple of runs and it would begin with Â a doubleÂ from Jason Bay. HughesÂ would then walk IkeÂ Davis and DavidÂ WrightÂ would single up the middle and score Bay.Â Angel Pagan would single tooÂ and score Davis and the inning would end with WrightÂ getting tagged out going to third.
BothÂ pitchers seem to settle in as they bothÂ threw a scoreless Second inning.Â Â The top of the third saw a great leaping catchÂ Â by Ike Davis to snag a base hit away fromÂ Derek Jeter. Â HughesÂ was cruising through theÂ third and had two outsÂ until BayÂ singled and Davis drew a walk, Wright would again single up the middle and score Bay from second.Â Angel Pagan would fly out.Â Pelfrey would give up only a single in the top of the fourth and Hughes would match him with a zero in the bottom of the frame.
Â A little action in the fifth when RandyÂ Winn led off with a single and was sacrificed over by Hughes, but Â Derek Jeter would ground out and Â Bret Gardner would strike out to end the threat.Â The Mets alsoÂ threatened in the bottom of the fifth after Reyes would pop up for the third time, however, Castillo would draw a walk and Bay would single again to pushÂ Castillo over to third. Â ButÂ both Davis and WrightÂ would strike out on fast balls to end the inning.
Mike Pelfrey got in trouble in the sixth when, after striking outÂ Teixeira andÂ A-Rod, gaveÂ up a Â hit to Cano and a double to Â Swisher. Â A singleÂ from Cervelli would score the first runÂ for the Yankees.Â Â Pelfrey was done for the night- His line:Â 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 5 strike outs….WOW
The Mets would get that run back when Pagan would lead off the bottom of the sixth with a doubleÂ when RandyÂ Winn botched a fly ball in the corner of Right Field.Â Rod Barajas would hit a ground ball to first that would move Pagan over to thirdÂ base.Â Frenchy would strike out and Alex Cora, whoÂ was hitting for Pelfrey, would hit a base hit and score Pagan.Â The Yankees would go to their bull pen with Chan Ho Park who gave up a hit to Jose Reyes.Â Castillo would end the threat with a ground ball to Teixeira.
Jenrry MejiaÂ would come in the top of the 7th and give up a lead off hit to Russo and a walk to Jeter but Â Bret Gardner would ground out and Teixeira would come to bat with runners on second and third and strike out.Â Jenrry Mejia was throwing 97 mph fastballs at A-Rod to get him to ground out to David Wright.Â Chan Ho Park would come out for the bottom of the seventh and immediately give up an infield hit toÂ Jason Bay, who would steal second later in the inning for his 6th stolen base of the season. Â After an Ike Davis pop up, Wright would fly out and Angel Pagan, would stay hot,Â would single him in to increase the Met leadÂ toÂ 5-1.Â
Feliciano wouldÂ not retire aÂ batterÂ and load the bases to boot in the bottom of the 8th.Â Manuel would give him the hook forÂ Nieve who would strike out Juan Miranda but walkÂ Â Kevin Russo thus cutting the Met lead to 3.Â Nieve would get the hook tooÂ forÂ K-Rod for a 5 out save.Â Jeter would hit into a fielders choice, scoring a run and Bret Gardner would ground out to Wright.Â
The real test for K-Rod would be in the top of the ninth when he would have to face Teixeira, A-Rod andÂ Cano.Â K-Rod would strike out Teixeira,Â give up a base hit to A-Rod, get Cano ground out and give up a hit to Nick Swisher.Â Cervelli would end the game byÂ strikingÂ out.
The Mets will try a take the rubber game tomorrow with Johan Santana on the hill.