Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Midday Recap: Mariano's mortal, after all.

Ron Antonelli, Robert Sabo | New York Daily News
Mariano Rivera threw out both the first and last pitches last night at Citi Field.

He, however, enjoyed that first pitch better.

His last pitch was a 90 M.P.H. cutter to Lucas Duda which Duda struck over to right field to bring David Wright home for the game-winner as the Mets swept the two games at Citi Field in the 2013 Subway Series with a 2-1 win.

Rivera, who came on with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 9th, failed to save the game for the first time in 19 opportunities this season. He failed to retire a batter, as Daniel Murphy reached on a ground-rule double to lead off the inning.  Then David Wright singled in Daniel Murphy, reaching 2nd on the throw to home to set up the at-bat with Lucas Duda.

It was Mariano's 3rd career blown save against the Mets, and the first time in his storied career which he failed to record a single out prior to blowing a save.

It also saved Matt Harvey from his first loss of the season.  Harvey threw 8 innings, striking out 10 while giving up only 1 run on 6 hits. Hiroki Kuroda pitched fantastically for the Yankees, throwing 7 innings, giving up only 4 hits and not allowing a single run.

Rivera was charged with the loss, and Scott Rice, who relieved Harvey for the 9th inning, earns his 3rd win of the season.  The Mets now have won three straight, all in comeback fashion.

The Subway Series now shifts over to the Bronx for a pair of games at Yankee Stadium.  Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 4.76) will take the mound, hoping to finally break a string where the Mets fail to win a post-Harvey start.  Hefner struck out 7 against the Atlanta Braves over the weekend in a no-decision, giving up two earned runs in his 6 innings pitched.  For the Yankees, David Phelps (3-2, 3.88) will go on the mound.  He had offensive help as he won his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays despite giving up 4 runs and striking out only 3 in his 6 2/3rd innings pitched.

Radio Coverage: 6:25PM Pregame; 7:05PM First Pitch - 1230 FOX Sports Radio, WMML
TV Coverage: 7:00PM - SNY, YES

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