June 18, 2010: Mets Shut Out Yankees in Bronx

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Date: June 18, 2010
Mets starter: Hisanori Takahashi
Mets: 4
Yankees: 0
Winning pitcher: Hisanori Takahashi
Key player(s): Hisanori Takahashi, Ike Davis, Angel Pagan
Key play: Davis’s single, Pagan’s double

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Friday night in the Bronx. The teams played the opener of a three-game Subway Series. The Mets got off to a good start in the series with a 4-0 win over their cross-city rivals.

In the top of the first inning, David Wright hit a double with two outs. An ensuing single by Ike Davis brought home Wright with the first run of the game. Yankees’ starter Javier Vazquez retired Jason Bay on a pop-up to first baseman Mark Teixeira for the third out. For the Mets, Hisanori Takahashi pitched a perfect bottom half.

Takahashi and Vazquez each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. Vazquez shut down the Mets again in the top of the seventh. Francisco Cervelli doubled against Mets’ reliever Elmer Dessens to lead off the bottom half. Pedro Feliciano came in to pitch and struck out pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson. Brett Gardner grounded out to first baseman Davis to advance Cervelli to third base. Feliciano then got Derek Jeter on a grounder back to the mound to end the inning.

Yanks’ reliever Chan Ho Park issued a walk to Ruben Tejada to open the top of the eighth. Jose Reyes followed with a double to right field. An ensuing double by Angel Pagan scored Tejada and Reyes for a 3-0 Mets lead. Wright hit a ground ball to shortstop Jeter for the inning’s first out. Boone Logan replaced Park on the mound and struck out Davis. Bay was given an intentional walk and Logan retired pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Granderson. Feliciano then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Jeff Francoeur got a one-out double in the top of the ninth. A single by Tejada moved Francoeur to third base. Reyes singled to bring home Francoeur with the Mets’ fourth run. Pagan drew a walk that loaded the bases. Logan then got Wright on a ground ball to second baseman Robinson Cano for a double play to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Raul Valdes retired Jorge Posada on a fly ball to right fielder Francoeur to start the bottom of the ninth. Cervelli and Granderson followed with back-to-back singles. Francisco Rodriguez came in to pitch for the Mets and walked Gardner to load the bases. Rodriguez then fanned Jeter and got Nick Swisher to pop out to third baseman Wright for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to open the intra-city series.