Mets beat Yankees 7-6
David Wright makes game winning hit in
bottom of 9th
Mets Win Battle of Closers
By TYLER KEPNER
Published: May 20, 2006
Every Mets pitcher who faced the Yankees last night was better than the last. Jeremi Gonzalez was overmatched. Darren Oliver was adequate. Aaron Heilman was dazzling. Billy Wagner was untouchable.
Wagner trotted in to his theme music, "Enter Sandman," for the ninth inning at Shea Stadium. He struck out the side on 12 pitches. Mariano Rivera, the Yankees' closer, uses the same song in the Bronx. But this was Queens, and this was very different.
Rivera came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth with the score tied, and he walked off as the losing pitcher. David Wright crushed a low cutter off the center-field warning track for a 400-foot, game-winning single in the Mets' 7-6 victory.
Wright's two-out blast scored Paul Lo Duca, who had doubled to the left-field corner with one out. As soon as he hit it, Wright bounced up and down the first-base line, eager to see where it would land. Johnny Damon, playing in, had no chance to catch it, and the Mets swarmed Wright near first base.
The Mets gained a game in the National League East standings, moving to three ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies, who lost to the Boston Red Sox last night. The Red Sox lead the Yankees by a game and a half in the American League East.
It was a dreary night for the Yankees, who led by 4-0 after their first time up against Gonzalez, who was filling in at the back of the Mets' wounded rotation. That is usually enough for Randy Johnson, who is supposed to be the Yankees' ace.
But for the second time this season, Johnson failed to hold a four-run lead. He lasted only five innings, throwing a season-high 113 pitches and allowing six runs and eight hits, including homers by Carlos Beltrán and Xavier Nady.
One down, two to go.
Oh yea, fuck the fucking Yankees.
posted by Steve @ 12:09:00 AM