7,554: Error-filled second dooms Mets, Yanks win 9-1

C.C. Sabathia shut the Mets down for seven innings Friday night to lead the Yankees to a 9-1 win over the Mets to begin the Flushing Meadows portion of the Subway Series.

Mike Pelfrey lost his no-hitter when the leadoff hitter stepped into the box, as Brett Gardner (who had a 5-for-5 night) singled up the middle to make it 7,554 New York Mets games without a no-no. (All your favorite stats on quick no-no kills are on our No-hitters killed by first at bat page.

Gary Sheffield’s solo homer – one of just three Mets’ hits – was the only highlight, so let’s list the lowlights and be done with this game.

  • An embarrassing four-run second inning that began with a David Wright throwing error doomed us early. The inning degraded further with an Alex Cora throwing error to second, and got worse when Nick Evans fielded a ball right on top of first base yet couldn’t get the out. By this time, I was expecting to hear the organist break into “The Toreador.”
  • Elmer Dessens looked great in the seventh by getting a couple of pop ups to end a jam, then gave up solo homers to Gardner and Alex Rodriguez in the eighth.
  • Bobby Parnell came in the eighth inning, dropped the ball for a balk and then threw a wild pitch. The runner on first advanced two bases by the time Parnell threw his first pitch.
  • Sean Green wasn’t much better, giving up two runs on three hits.
    • That’s all folks.

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