When Brett Gardner robbed Daniel Murphy of a go ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning, it looked like it was going to be another game where the Yankees didn't play great, but still came away with a win. That didn't happen.
Citi Field looked to be the perfect place to reduce Phil Hughes' problem with home runs. He had only allowed three hits through six innings, and looked pretty good up until the seventh. (Excluding the hard hit fly outs, of which there were a few.) Problem for the Yankees was that the offense wasn't doing much either.
Brett Gardner led off the sixth with a triple, after Lucas Duda's attempt at a diving catch went poorly. Jayson Nix was up next and he hit a fly ball to right. Mike Baxter's attempt at a sliding catch also went poorly, allowing a single to Nix and Gardner to score to put the Yankees up 1-0.
The Mets almost took the lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning. With one out, Jon Niese singled for his second hit of the game. (Yes, the pitcher. I don't know either.) After Ruben Tejada flew out, Daniel Murphy came to the plate. Murphy hit one deep to centerfield, where Gardner made his aforementioned, spectacular catch at the wall to preserve the Yankee lead.
That preservation only lasted one more inning. In the bottom of the seventh inning, David Wright led off with a home run off Hughes to tie the game. Hughes made it through the rest of the inning, and handed it over to the bullpen. That didn't go well.
David Robertson came in to pitch the eighth. He retired the first batter, but Mike Baxter blooped one into left field which bounced into the stands for a ground rule double. Robertson then issued a walk to Jordany Valdespin. Chris Stewart then allowed a passed ball during the next at bat, which allowed Baxter and Valdespin to move to second and third. In that same at bat, Ruben Tejada grounded to Robinson Cano, and Bob went home to try and keep the game tied. Stewart made up for his earlier error, making a nice tag on Baxter to preserve the tie. But Daniel Murphy was up next, and he singled off of Robertson, giving the Mets the lead. Robertson then did us the service of beaning Wright, to load the bases. After that, Boone Logan replaced Robertson and struck out Duda, but the Yankees were trailing and now only had three outs left.
Mets' closer Bobby Parnell struck out David Adams to start the ninth, but gave the Yankees a lifeline when he walked Ichiro Suzuki on four pitches. But Lyle Overbay and Travis Hafner couldn't bring Ichiro home, as Parnell struck both out to end the game.
But to try and make up for the loss, here's a fun horse racing gif!