[jbox color="gray"]The Least You Should Know:
- Russell Martin hit a walk off home run (his second homer of the day) leading off the ninth inning against Jon Rauch to give the Yankees the win.
- Jon Niese threw seven innings and allowed 2 runs (none earned) on seven hits and a walk and struck out six.
- Jordany Valdespin's two-run double gave the Mets a 3-0 lead in the second.
- David Wright made a two out throwing error in the seventh, which opened the door for Martin's first homer (a two run shot) to cut the Mets' lead to 3-2.
- Bobby Parnell surrendered two runs on four hits without recording an out in the eighth.
- Ike Davis tied the game in the ninth with an RBI double off Rafael Soriano.
For a complete box score and game recap, check out SNY's In-Game Live.
[avatar name="erni"]Brian Erni: Niese thrived under pressure today. The Yankees put the lead off man on in five of the seven innings Niese threw, but each time, he rose to the occasion. Niese induced pivotal double play grounders in the third, sixth and seventh to elude trouble. Had he gotten through the seventh cleanly, it would have totaled 13 straight shut out innings over his last two starts.
With two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the seventh, the whole tenor of the game changed. Niese got Andruw Jones to ground to Wright, who fielded the ball cleanly, but fired low and in the dirt to first base. Vinny Rottino couldn't bail him out with a scoop, and the inning was prolonged. Three pitches later, Martin hit a line drive that wouldn't have gotten out of most travel league fields, no less Major League ballparks. But of course, it skimmed the top of the wall that makes up the joke of a short porch at Yankee Stadium and hopped over the fence to bring the Yanks within a run.
Parnell pitched in tough luck again. Derek Jeter led off the eighth with a slow roller Omar Quintanilla tried to make a tough play on, and it stayed down under his glove and rolled into center. That allowed Jeter, who was hustling down the line, to make an aggressive play and reach second. Curtis Granderson followed with a single, then Mark Teixeira snuck a ground ball through the infield to tie the game. Alex Rodriguez followed with a meek pop up to right that dunked in between Valdespin, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ike Davis (both whom were in the game for their defense).
Even though it was for naught, it was good to see Ike contribute in a big spot. Lucas Duda ripped a double over Granderson's head that he got turned around on a bit, then Davis followed with a booming double up the gap to tie the game. The Mets had a chance to get more, but Josh Thole struck out looking and Nieuwenhuis grounded out to second to leave runners stranded at the corners.
Obviously, a tough weekend, which comes with the extra sting of having to hear about it from your Yankees fan friends tomorrow morning. It won't get any easier, as the Mets will face the American League's best pitching staff in their next series.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra: