The Yankees and Nationals had different, but not surprising, results in their respective games tonight.
The Yankees defeated the Mets tonight, 9-8, thanks to an error by Luis Castillo in the 9th inning. This was a crazy game, to say the least…..
The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on Robinson Cano’s home run.
The Mets came right back in the 3rd inning to regain the lead, 2-1
The Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 3rd.
The Mets jumped out to a 6-3 in the top of the 5th inning.
The Yankees scored a run in the bottom of the 5th.
The Yankees regained the lead in the 6th inning, 7-6.
Then the Mets tied the game in the 7th.
The Mets took the lead, 8-7, in the 8th inning.
And then, finally, the Yankees scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, when Luis Castillo dropped a 2 out pop-up off the bat of Alex Rodriguez, allowing Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira to score the tying and winning runs, respectively. The final score was 9-8.
Whew…it was exhausting just typing all of that. I can’t imagine how tiring it must have been to watch the game in person, much less to play in it!
Postscript to the Yankees/Red Sox series: the last Yankees pitcher to win a game against the Red Sox was Mike Mussina. It was his 20th win of the season last year.
And then, there were the Nationals, who lost to the Rays tonight, 4-3. Pitching into the 6th inning, starter Craig Stammen, did a decent job, putting his team into a position to win. But the 3 runs that the Nats scored in the 1st inning were all they could manage. And then, with 2 outs in the 8th, Nick Johnson misplayed a pop-up in foul territory. Instead of the inning coming to an end, Gabe Kapler stepped up to the plate and hit the home run that won the game for the Rays.
SSDD…same stuff, different day. Another day, another loss.