Wowee zowee. I don’t know which part of tonight’s Yankees vs. Mets game is harder to believe. The fact that the Mets trailed after eight innings despite a brilliant Matt Harvey outing (okay, definitely not that part)? The fact that Lucas Duda actually made a nice play on a Brett Gardner fly ball? The fact that David Wright’s scorching base hit in the ninth inning didn’t hit Daniel Murphy in the leg? The fact that the Mets defeated Mariano Rivera for the second straight time? The fact that that was the first time that Rivera has ever blown a save without recording an out?
Those last two are especially hard for me to wrap my head around. The last time the Mets faced Rivera, they trailed 2-1 in the ninth inning on July 3, 2011. Rivera retired the first two Mets batters before walking Jason Bay to open the door. Lucas Duda and Ronny Paulino then hit back-to-back singles to tie the game. Bay later delivered the winning hit for the Metsies with a single off of Hector Noesi in the bottom of the 10th.
Tonight, the Mets entered the ninth inning without even a single run on the board. Harvey had been awesome, but he allowed a run to score on Lyle Overbay’s two-out sixth inning single. With the way Hiroki Kuroda and David Robertson had shut down the Mets over eight innings, it looked like Harvey’s great effort would go to waste.
Instead, Murphy opened the last frame by flicking a Rivera fastball down the left field line for a double. Wright followed up by ripping a single up the middle to tie the game and he advanced to second when Gardner’s throw bounced away from catcher Chris Stewart. The next batter, Duda, fought off an inside cutter and hit a soft liner to right-center field to end the game. Just like that, the Mets had themselves an Amazin’ victory.
The 2013 Subway Series swings over to Yankee Stadium tomorrow night. Jeremy Hefner and David Phelps will take the mound for their respective sides.