Contrary to what Curtis Granderson might say, true New Yorkers are Yangervis Solarte fans.
Solarte picked up two hits, including a solo homerun in the 8th inning, and scored a pair of runs, continuing to defy the odds as a 26-year-old in his first Major League season, but the Yankees' pitching staff only wanted to give up runs, as the Bombers fell to the New York Mets, 12-7, for the sixth straight time in the Subway Series, dating back to last season.
Vidal Nuno made the start for the Yankees, but didn't last very long, giving up seven runs in just 3.1 innings.
The long night got off to a rough start very quickly for Nuno and the Yankees, as the Mets jumped on the board for four runs just five batters into the game.
Nuno opened the game by hitting Eric Young Jr. with a pitch, then walked Daniel Murphy, gave up an RBI single to David Wright, got Chris Young to pop out, and then gave up a three-run homerun to the former Yankee, Granderson, who also homered on Monday. Granderson appears to love Yankee Stadium, and he probably misses that place a lot.
Nuno was eventually able to get out of the 1st inning after throwing over 40 pitches. The was the first sign that this would be a long night.
The Yankees, though, didn't give up, initially, after being down by four runs in the first inning. They tagged Mets starter Zack Wheeler for three runs in the bottom half of the 1st to cut the lead to one run.
Brett Gardner walked and Derek Jeter singled to get things going, and after Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been slumping at the plate lately, grounded into a double play that moved Gardner to third base, the hot-hitting Mark Teixeira singled home Gardner, then Brian McCann made friends with the short right field porch, launching a two-run homerun off Wheeler.
McCann also drove in a run in the 9th inning with a hard-hit single to right field. He's starting to hit the ball hard, and be starting to heat up with the bat. Let's hope so.
Nuno tossed a three up, three down 2nd inning, but gave the Mets a run back in the 3rd inning on a Juan Lagares sac-fly, extending their lead to 5-3. The two-run lead turned into a four-run lead again in the 4th inning after Murphy hit a sac-fly to score Rubin Tejada, forcing Joe Girardi to pull Nuno from the game after 78 pitches, then Alfredo Aceves gave up a Wright single to bring home the second run.
To cut to the chase, the Mets scored four more runs off Aceves in the 5th -- the most damage on a three-run homerun off Murphy's bat -- to push their lead to 11-4 after Gardner drove in a run for the Bombers in the bottom of the 4th. Alfonso Soriano collected an RBI in the 5th inning, and the Yankees didn't score again until Solarte's solo blast in the 8th.
Having fun at this point, the Mets added one more run in the 9th inning off of Preston Claiborne. And as you would expect, they won the game. both New York teams are now 19-19 this season.
Aside from Solarte, the Yankees' best performance of the night came from Matt Daley, who tossed three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, putting just one batter on base with a walk in the 6th. The Yankees didn't get anything from Nuno or Aceves, so this outing from Daley was very much needed.
The Series now heads about 10 minutes over to Queens for the final two games to be played at Citi Field. Masahiro Tanaka gets the call for the Yankees, so we finally have a pitcher to look forward to watching, while the Mets have called up one of their top pitching prospects, Rafael Montero, to make his MLB debut.
And for what it's worth, the Yankees are expected to call up Chase Whitley from Triple-A Scranton to start Thursday's game against the Mets, and because he's not on the 40-man roster, some one will have to be kicked off. My guess: Aceves.