May 20, 2011: Eleven Strikeouts Lead Mets Past Yankees

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Date: May 20, 2011
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 2
Yankees: 1
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): R. A. Dickey, Justin Turner, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Turner’s double in 4th, Murphy’s homer in 6th

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Friday night in the Bronx. The teams played the opening game of a weekend Subway Series. A total of eleven strikeouts by four pitchers led to a 2-1 Mets win.

After a scoreless first inning, Yanks’ starter Freddy Garcia shut down the Mets in the top of the second. Alex Rodriguez doubled against the Mets’ R. A. Dickey to begin the bottom half. Dickey struck out Robinson Cano and retired Russell Martin on a ground ball back to the mound. Jorge Posada drew a walk and Nick Swisher was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dickey got Brett Gardner on a force play grounder to third baseman Justin Turner to end the inning. Garcia then set down the Mets in order in the top of the third.

Dickey fanned Derek Jeter to open the bottom of the third inning. Curtis Granderson followed by grounding out to second baseman Ruben Tejada. A home run by Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Rodriguez was retired on a line drive to first baseman Daniel Murphy for the third out and Fernando Martinez hit a double with two outs in the top of the fourth. Martinez advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Turner’s double to tie the game. Garcia got Josh Thole to ground out to shortstop Jeter and end the inning. Dickey then hurled a scoreless bottom half, fanning Swisher for the final out.

Garcia retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth inning. To begin the bottom half, Gardner reached on an error by shortstop Jose Reyes and stole second base. Jeter got an infield single and Granderson flied out to right fielder Carlos Beltran. Dickey then threw a called third strike past Teixeira and got Rodriguez to ground out to Reyes for the third out of the inning.

Leading off the top of the sixth, Murphy homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Beltran drew a walk and Jason Bay flied out to center fielder Granderson. Martinez popped out to third baseman Rodriguez and a double by Turner sent Beltran to third base. Garcia retired Thole on a ground ball to first baseman Teixeira to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Martin doubled to left field. Dickey then got Posada on a called third strike and fanned Swisher for the inning’s final out.

Garcia set down the side in order in the top of the seventh inning. Mets’ reliever Michael O'Connor struck out Gardner to begin a perfect bottom half. Yanks’ reliever Joba Chamberlain hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. For the Mets, Jason Isringhausen struck out Teixeira and Rodriguez in a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Jason Pridie singled against Yankees’ reliever David Robertson. After Pridie stole second base, Robertson threw a called third strike past Tejada to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez got Martin to ground out to Reyes to start the bottom of the ninth. Posada took a called third strike for the second out of the inning. Francisco Rodriguez then fanned Swisher for the Mets’ eleventh strikeout to end the game. The Mets had a well-pitched victory to begin the weekend series.