I would say I have attended a Subway Series game just about every season since interleague play began. As a baseball fan in New York there is no better event to attend as you get that unique feel in the stands surrounded by both fan bases as they battle for bragging rights. The match up has certainly lost some of its initial lust, but match up still creates a buzz that is seldom felt in Citi Field these days which made attending last nights game all the better. Last night’s opening game of the Subway Series was everything you could hope for in a baseball game. It was well pitched, had some tremendous defensive plays with late inning dramatics in a 2-1 Mets victory.
Jonathon Niese and Phil Hughes both pitched excellent games. The first run of the game didn’t come until the 6th inning after Lucas Duda misplayed a Brett Garder fly ball which turned into a triple and was later driven in by Jayson Nix. But that would be the only blemish of Niese’s night as he threw 7 innings while allowing just that one run. Hughes cruised through the Mets lineup for most of the game looking the best he has so far this season. Just after the Yankees had taken the lead in the top of the 6th, Daniel Murphy appeared to hit a 2-run home run in the bottom half of the inning until Brett Gardner made as good a catch as you will ever see to rob him and end the Mets scoring threat.
Hughes wouldn’t be so fortunate the following inning. David Wright crushed a home run to deep left field which left no doubt that this one would not be taken away as well. This was a huge home run for the Mets as the offense had been so stagnant and Wright did what a captain should do and came through with the big hit that changed the game. David Robertson came on in relief in the 8th inning and Daniel Murphy avenged himself after being robbed just two innings earlier. Murphy lined a ball into center field to drive in Jordanny Valdepsin who walked earlier in the inning for what would be the winning run.
Bobby Parnell came on to close the game out and looked terrific, despite a 4-pitch walk to Ichiro. Travis Hafner popped out to David Wright to end the game and I know every Mets fan had the thought in the back of their mind of reliving the nightmare of Luis Castillo dropping that ball in 2009. Luckily that didn’t happen as the Mets hung on to win a great opening game to the 2013 Subway Series.