Watching a game on Fox and losing to the cross-town Yankees are two of the most unpleasant things for Mets fans, and unfortunately both of them happened tonight. In between the inane rambling of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, there was a baseball game that didn't go so well for the Mets.
The first inning looked very promising for the Mets as Jose Reyes, Daniel Murphy, and Carlos Beltran loaded the bases. With A.J. Burnett on the ropes, Jason Bay hit a weak fly ball to right field that scored Reyes. After Fernando Martinez struck out, Justin Turner had an excellent plate appearance which ended in a run-scoring single. With that, Turner set the team's all-time record for consecutive games with an RBI by a rookie. With runners on the corners, the struggling Josh Thole once again made an out to end the inning. The bats would remain mostly quiet from then on.
Chris Capuano's woes began in the third inning on a two-run home run by Russell Martin that tied the game. An inning later, Mark Teixeira followed suit by hitting a two-run home run of his own that put the Yankees ahead 4-2. Those were the last runs the Yankees would need, but they were not the last they scored off Capuano.
Reyes and Beltran made the game close in the fifth inning after Reyes singled and stole second and Beltran drove him in with a single. With two outs in the inning, Jason Bay was the potential go-ahead run at the plate, but he popped up to put an end to the threat.
Although it felt like the Mets could come back after the fifth, their chances went downhill in the sixth. Capuano was still on the mound and allowed a pair of solo home runs to Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez, and the Mets trailed 6-3. Capuano was pulled after Rodriguez's home run, and Pedro Beato finished off the inning without further issue.
Despite the three-run deficit, the Mets had an opportunity to come back in the seventh inning after Reyes single forced Burnett from the game. Murphy followed up with a single, advancing Reyes to third, but Beltran struck out, and Bay once again squandered an opportunity to make a difference with a pop up.
Beato stayed on to pitch a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning, and his outing extended his rookie-record-setting streak of innings without an earned run to 18.2. The Yanks got a run off Taylor Buchholz, and the Mets didn't do anything of significance against Joba Chamberlain or former Mets scrub Luis Ayala, who ended the game rather easily.
Chris Capuano didn't figure to fare all that well at Yankee Stadium 3, and he didn't. The Mets are now a game under .500 but have a chance to get back to even tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 pm with Mike Pelfrey on the mound. Ivan Nova gets the start for the Yankees.
Big winners: Jose Reyes, +11.5% WPA
Big losers: Chris Capuano, -30.3% WPA, Jason Bay and Josh Thole, -10.2% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Carlos Beltran single in the sixth, +9.4% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Mark Teixeira home run in the third, -19.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -28.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: -21.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Mark Teixeira
Nice job by BobbyV_Incognito; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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*freakeystyley's quotations of commercials padded his stats.