Ivan Nova had a solid game, but had to fight through poor defense and left trailing 3-0. The Yankees offense picked him up with a 4-run 7th though and the bullpen struckout eight in 3.1 innings to slam the door on a 4-3 win over the Mets. Here is the complete recap and graph.
1ST TURNING POINT: Mark Teixeira led off the 7th with a walk and then just four pitches later Nick Swisher doubled and Raul Ibanez homered to tie the game and knock Mets starter Chris Young, who had kept the Yankees off balance all night, out of the game.
3RD TURNING POINT: In the bottom of the 7th, Cody Eppley came in and immediately put himself into trouble by allowing a leadoff double to Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin moved over to third with just one out after a David Wright ground out, but then Boone Logan came in and struck out Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy to escape the jam with the 4-3 lead in tact.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Raul Ibanez – Ibanez has struggled big time over his last 17 games – .143/.222/.286 – but he came through Saturday night when they really needed him to and picked up what has been a stagnant offense over the past few days.