The Yanks are dominating today, already boasting a 13-0 lead through 6. In case you forgot the legendary Johan Santana started for the Mets today. He got through 3 innings, and then pitched to 5 batters in the 4th with out recording an out. During that time he let in 9 runs, the most he has ever allowed in a game. He walked 2 and allowed 9 hits, including a 2 run bomb from Hideki Matsui to center. Brian Stokes then came in, allowing 4 runs before finishing the inning. He pitched another inning before Jon Switzer was brought in for the 6th. Mets' pitching has already thrown 141 pitches through 6 innings. Through one batter in the 6th, AJ Burnett has hurled a 4 hit, 3 walk shutout, and struck out 8. His pitch count is at 103 as I write while he faces Daniel Murphy. Talk about defying the odds both by the offense and Burnett. Let's keep this lead safe.
Update: The Mets have basically waived their white flag, as Carlos Beltran, David Wright, and Luis Castillo are all sitting on the bench now. Why waste injury in a game you don't think you can win?
Update: Sheffield on second, Murphy at first, Brian Schneider at the plate. Burnett has no outs in the 7th, a little double play ball here would be nice.
Update: Schneider flies out to Melky. Reed grounds into a double play. Inning over. 7 shutout innings for Burnett. 4 hits, 4 walks, 8 K's. 111 pitches, 66 for strikes. I wonder if Girardi sends him back out there for the 8th to face Alex Cora, Fernando Martinez, and Wilson Valdez. Cora and F-Mart are a combined 0-6 with 3 K's, and Valdez hasn't had an AB yet. Seems like sending AJ out for another inning wouldn't be the worst thing. Keep him out there until he reahes 125-130 or gets himself into trouble, then give the game to the 'pen.
Update: Forgot to mention, Pena came in to replace A-Rod in the 6th, then in the 7th Berroa came in, taking Jeter's lineup spot and playing third while Pena moved to short. Gardner took Tex's batting spot, playing center while Swisher moved to first. Melky moved over from center to right. This is a good day for all of them to get a rest with such a big lead.
Update: After a Frankie Cervelli fly out Angel Berroa was hit by a pitch. Johnny Damon drew a walk. Brett Gardner drew a walk. Now Ramiro Pena is at the plate...and a liner up the middle hits second base! Berroa scores and the bases are still loaded as Robby Cano steps up to the plate. After my last post suggesting we trade Robby, he has gone 3 for 4 with two doubles and a home run. I love it. The Mets are wisely calling the 'pen, and Ken Takahashi will replace Switzer.
Update: Robby Cano deep fly ball caught at the track. 15-0 as Damon scores. 2 outs. Runners on first and second. Swisher at the plate.
Update: Swisher grounds out to short. Inning over. 15-0.
Update: Over in Philly Pedro Feliz just hit a two run double to give the Phillies a four run lead over Boston. Beckett pitched terribly for six innings, but he did hit a home run to his credit.
Update: Girardi brought in Robertson for the eighth.
Update: Robertson gets Cora to pop up. Then he strikes out F-Mart and Fernando Tatis. I though Valdez was up, but miscounted the lineup.
Update: Hughes closes out the game in the ninth. Yankees win 15-0. Boston loses to Philly, 11-6, and the Yanks are now just 2 games back.