Mariano Rivera blows a save in 2-1 loss to the Mets

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For the second night in a row the Mets beat the Yankees 2-1 at Citi Field, but on Wednesday night they did it by scoring a pair of runs off of Mariano Rivera.

It was a pitcher’s duel between the Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda and Mets ace Matt Harvey that lived up to its billing. Kuroda held the Mets scoreless over seven innings while Harvey gave up just one run on a sixth inning RBI-single by Lyle Overbay that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

That’s the way it stood until the ninth inning when Rivera came in and promptly gave up a ground rule double to David Murphy, a RBI single by David Wright that tied it at 1-1, and another RBI single by Lucas Duda to win the game.

• It was the first blown save of the season for Mariano Rivera, who also threw out the first pitch before the game. He had 18 consecutive saves to start the season before that. He still has an impressive 1.86 ERA, 7.4 K/9, and 0.9 BB/9 in 19.1 innings this season.

• This was a particularly weak lineup for the Yankees and Brett Gardner was the only player with more than one hit. A 6-7-8-9 of Ichiro Suzuki, Reid Brignac, Chris Stewart, and Hiroki Kuroda is potentially the worst that I have seen in my life as a Yankee fan.

• Harvey took advantage. The rookie really is having an incredible season with a 1.85 ERA, a 9.7 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9 in 78 innings so far this season. That’s Cy Young caliber in his rookie season.

• Don’t forget to buy your Yankees tickets for this weekend.

Photo credit: (May 26, 2013 - Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America).

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2 Responses to Mariano Rivera blows a save in 2-1 loss to the Mets

  1. Mike Sommer says:

    What I didn't realize, until I saw it on the LoHud blog, was this: (from LoHud): Mariano Rivera made his 1,072nd appearance in this game, passing Dennis Eckersley for the fourth-most ever. Remarkably, this was the first time in all those games, on all those nights pitching where the cushion was nothing or close to it, that Rivera had blown a save without recording an out.