For six innings, Chris Young was dazzling for the New York Mets. The Mets number five starter, and arguably the most forgotten man on New York's roster was dominating the New York Yankees. He held the Bronx Bombers to two hits, befudled the middle of the Yankees order, holding A-Rod, Mark Tiexiera and Robinson Cano to a combined 0-for-7. Young, even contributed offensively, with an RBI single in the sixth to build a 3-0 Mets lead.
It looked like the Mets were well on their way to taking their second straight against the Yankees, after Ike Davis and his three-run bomb in the first inning led the Mets to a 6-4 victory on Friday night.
Instead, as we all know, no lead is ever safe when facing the Yankees.
After a lead-off walk to Tiexiera, Nick Swisher popped the ball up to Lucas Duda in right. Duda misplayed the ball, and watched as it bounced off the ground and trickle under his legs for double.
Then, on Young's next pitch, Raul Ibanez blasted a three run homer to the right field corner to tie the game at three.
Just like that a 3-0 Mets lead disappeared, and with it, the hopes the Metropolitans had of taking a 2-0 lead in this weekend series.
Shortly after Terry Collins removed Young for Jon Rauch, Eric Chavez cracked a solo homer to left to give the Bombers a 4-3 lead.
For the rest of the evening the Mets threatened, but never chased in. In the bottom of the seventh, Boone Logan struck out both Duda and Daniel Murphy swinging to get out of trouble. Then in the eighth after Omar Quintanilla and Josh Thole walked, Justin Turner struck out looking and Kurt Nieuwenhuis struck out swinging, killing the Mets momentum again.
The Yankees and Mets will finish up the Subway Series tomorrow night, with a classic match-up. R.A. Dickey who has 42.2 consecutive innings without an earned run, squaring off against Yankees hefty-lefty CC Sabathia. It should be a heck of a night.