In his eleventh start of the year, Jon Niese threw seven innings and gave up just one run, which should have never scored, as the Mets beat the Yankees. The Mets' cross-town rivals might be sporting a lineup that doesn't appear fit for Major League Baseball, but any progress by Niese is good to see.
As for the run that Niese gave up, it scored in the sixth inning. Brett Gardner hit a garden variety fly ball to shallow left field, but Lucas Duda misplayed it badly, diving to the ground without catching the ball. Gardner easily reached third for what the official scorer called a "triple." Jayson Nix followed up immediately with a bloop single to right field to score Gardner, and the Yankees led the Mets, who hadn't done much of anything at the plate themselves to that point.
In the seventh inning, however, the Mets finally got to Yankees start Phil Hughes on a very impressive home run off the bat of David Wright. It was the only run the Mets scored against Hughes, who was done after finishing the inning.
With the score tied, the bullpens took over, and Brandon Lyon threw a scoreless top of the eighth for the Mets. David Robertson took over for Hughes in the bottom half, and he began by striking out Ike Davis, who struck out in each of his three plate appearances in the game. But Robertson then ran into trouble, allowing a ground-rule double to Mike Baxter and walking Jordany Valdespin. A passed ball allowed the runners to move to second and third, setting up a prime opportunity for the Mets to take the lead.
Robertson got Ruben Tejada to hit a ground ball to second base, on which Robinson Cano was able to throw out Baxter at home plate. With runners on the corners and two outs, the Mets nearly missed an opportunity to take the lead, but Daniel Murphy roped a single into center field to plate Valdespin and put the Mets up by a run.
David Wright was hit by a Robertson curveball to load the bases, but Joe Girardi turned to Boone Logan to face Lucas Duda, and Logan struck him out to keep the Mets' lead at a minimum.
Bobby Parnell took the mound in the ninth, and he struck out two batters as he threw a scoreless frame. Had he not walked Ichiro Suzuki, who had a .279 OBP coming into the game, it might have been a flawless inning. But not every appearance can be a one-two-three inning.
The Mets play the Yankees again at 7:10 pm tomorrow at Citi Field. Matt Harvey gets the start for the Mets, and Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Yankees.
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Big winners: Daniel Murphy, +19.0% WPA, Jon Niese, +18.7% WPA
Big losers: Ruben Tejada, -29.9% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Daniel Murphy's go-ahead single in the eighth, +27.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Ruben Tejada's groudn out in the eighth, -17.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +43.5% WPA
Total batter WPA: +6.5% WPA
GWRBI!: Daniel Murphy