Friday, May 18, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 3 Yankees 2

Round 1 in the Subway Series goes to the Mets, courtesy of Endy Chavez and Oliver Perez.

Endy, of course, won the game with his two run homer that gave the Mets a 3-2 lead.

Endy homers

But a bigger play by him earlier in the game was as important. Damon led off the game with a single to left and tried to stretch it into a double. Endy's throw was perfect and Damon was out. This was key because Perez struggled with his control in the first and allowed 2 walks. He got out of that jam in the first the pitched great the rest of the game allowing only a 2-run homer to Matsui. He finished with a flourish, striking out Abreu and Damon in the 8th before Willie took him out. Perez got a well-deserved standing ovation from the crowd.

Perez was pumped up after being taken out
and perez never steps on the line

Joe Smith struck out Jeter in the 8th then Wagner put the Yankees down in the 9th for the save.

So the Mets took the first game of the series, the one, based on pitching matchups, that they weren't supposed to win. And they won it in close fashion with a strong save by Billy Wagner.

The crowd was subdued compared to previous Mets-Yankees games. The novelty is wearing off, plus usually loud and obnoxious Yankees fans are subdued by their team's awful start.

Professor Jose Reyes taught us how to say "I have to go to the airport." Tengo que ir al aeropuerto. The pronounciations of this one were horrible. The best was by special guest pronouncer, David Wright.

And it hardly rained, an occassional drizzle yes, but nothing serious. It was damn cold, though. Definitely the coldest May game I've ever been to.

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