After providing bulletin board material earlier today, Frank
After a nearly one hour rain delay prior to the first pitch, the Mets kept the thunder rolling, scoring five runs off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte. The big blow came off the bat of Ike Davis, who used Nick Swisher's glove to his advantage. The Yankee loudmouth helped push Davis' high fly ball over the right field wall for a three-run homer, giving the Mets the big early lead.
As is what usually happens with the Yankees, the Bronx Bummers chipped away at the Mets' lead with three home runs. All four of their runs scored on longballs. Solo shots by Alex Rodriguez and Andruw Jones, followed by a two-run blast by Robinson Cano, cut the Mets' lead to 6-4. That set the stage for Francisco to come into the game in the ninth.
Russell Martin, whose cheap Yankee Stadium home run helped defeat the Mets two weeks ago, sent another ball deep into the night. But this time, the venue was different and Andres Torres was able to track the long fly ball down, flopping to the ground as he caught it in center field, Lenny Dykstra style.
Then Frank Squared allowed a couple of chickens to cross the road, walking Raul Ibañez and allowing a single to Derek Jeter. The Yankees now had the tying runs on base, with Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira waiting to pluck back. Instead, Frank Francisco roasted them.
Granderson struck out looking at a fastball down the middle and Teixeira popped up to the middle of the infield, where shortstop Omar Quintanilla did his best not to copy Luis Castillo, catching the ball for the final out.
It could have been a fowl moment for Frank Francisco and the Mets tonight. But the closer backed up his words and sealed the deal on the Mets' victory. Perhaps the great Metstradamus said it best when he tweeted the following:
Put it in the bok bok boks!
— Metstradamus (@Metstradamus) June 23, 2012
Frank Francisco might have been foolish to say what he said. In the past, those words would have come back to bite the Mets in their collective @$$e$. But this isn't the past. And these aren't those Mets.
The Mets are now 39-32 heading into Saturday night's middle game of the Subway Series. Their 23 home victories are second in the majors to the Dodgers, who have an MLB-best 24 home wins. The Mets are proving that they're not hanging on in the division race on a wing and a prayer (and a drumstick). They really are a good team. And they're not chicken to prove it to anyone who gets in their way.