Ibanez, Chavez Lift Yanks Over Mets 4-3
The Yankees (42-28) evened the series at a game a piece on Saturday night against the Mets (39-33) in a come from behind 4-3 victory. The Yankees down 3-0 at one point in the ballgame did it with the long ball as usual.
After struggling against Chris Young all night the Yankees finally got to him in the seventh inning. Mark Teixeira led off with a walk, Nick Swisher followed with a double which led to a Raul Ibanez line drive home run in the right field corner tying the game at three. It was Ibanez 11th home run of the season. Mets starter Chris Young was then pulled for Jon Rauch who gave up a solo home run to the second batter he faced Eric Chavez. Chavez fifth homer of the season put the Yankees up 4-3 and was the difference in the game.
The Mets got on the board first in the third inning off of Yankees starter Ivan Nova when Kirk Nieuwenhuis lifted a solo home run over the left field wall, his seventh of the season.
In the fourth inning Alex Rodriguez booted a ground ball from Scott Hairston to start the inning. Omar Quintanilla doubled advancing Hairston to third and a Josh Thole RBI ground out made the score 2-0 Mets.
The Mets scored again in the sixth inning thanks to starting pitcher Chris Young’s RBI single scoring Daniel Murphy. Nova finished the game going 5 2/3 gave up three runs, two earned on five hits and struck out seven.
Clay Rapada earned the win (2-0), Rafael Soriano the save (14).
The Yankees and Mets will the rubber game on Sunday night at 8:05pm, pregame at 7:30. The marquee pitching matchup between C.C. Sabathia (9-3 3.55) and R.A. Dickey (11-1 2.00) can be heard right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.