The Mets jumped out to a very early lead against Andy Pettitte, plating five runs in the bottom of the first. The game was still scoreless when the Mets loaded the bases with two outs, and Justin Turner hit a two-run single to put them on the board first. Ike Davis followed up with a three-run home run to right field -- give an assist to Nick Swisher for giving what may or may not have been a home run a push with his glove and getting it over the wall.
Jon Niese was mostly good but gave up a pair of solo home runs in his 6.1 innings of work. Bobby Parnell took care of the rest of the seventh inning without issue, but Miguel Batista served up two runs on a Robinson Cano home run in the eighth to pull the Yankees within two. Frank Francisco took over in the ninth and put a couple runners on base to make things interesting before closing out the victory.
We knew it was over when...
Omar Quintanilla caught Mark Teixeira's pop-up to end the game in the ninth, with two hands!
Batista should not be the Mets' primary eighth-inning, high-leverage pitcher, as we noted when Terry Collins first suggested the idea.
Nice job by mzvalaren; his effort in the gamethread embiggens us all.
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