It was a pretty dismal night for New York’s baseball teams on Friday, although one wouldn’t have guessed that about five innings into both games.
For the Mets, Matt Harvey pitched seven innings, struck out 11 and allowed one run on three hits. He left his team with a 4-1 lead. The bullpen couldn’t hang on.
The next three pitchers Terry Collins called on allowed one run apiece: David Aardsma, Josh Edgin and Brandon Lyon. Bobby Parnell gave up two runs in the ninth inning as the Mets lost, 6-4.
Harvey’s raw numbers are still terrific: in 117 innings, he’s allowed 76 hits, 26 runs, walked 24 and struck out 132. He should be much better than his 7-1 record and 2.00 ERA would indicate. Harvey currently leads the NL in ERA, starts, strikeouts, WHIP and hits and strikeouts per 9 innings. Harvey’s lack of wins are the only thing that could keep him from starting the All-Star game at Citi Field in July, but he’s done everything else to earn that start.
In Baltimore, CC Sabathia flirted with a no-hitter for five innings, but he fell apart in the sixth.
Nate McLouth and Alexi Casilla led off the inning with singles and Manny Machado followed with a double to put the Orioles on the board. Adam Jones later singled in Machado to tie the game at 3-3. In the seventh, Sabathia allowed a home run to McLouth and that was that. Baltimore hung on for the 4-3 victory at Camden Yards.
The Mets and Nationals are playing a day game today.
The Yankees David Phelps to the mound against Zach Britton in Baltimore tonight.
Elsewhere in baseball…
- It was a wild and record-breaking night to play two in Chicago on Friday. The White Sox took a 5-0 lead over Cleveland in the first game of a doubleheader, but Cleveland stormed back to win, 19-10. Outfielder Casper Wells was called on to pitch the top of the ninth for the White Sox. He had plenty of prior experience in pitching, as he threw for Towson University and was on the mound when he led Schenectady High School to a Section 2 Class A title in 2002. The Indians also rallied in the nightcap, as Nick Swisher hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth in a 9-8 win. It was the longest doubleheader in major league history.
- Josh Johnson allowed five runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings, but the Blue Jays still rallied to tie the score against Boston. The Red Sox scored two runs in the seventh to beat Toronto, 7-5.
- James Shields won a game for the first time in nearly two months as the Royals beat the Twins, 9-3. Shields, acquired from Tampa Bay in an offseason trade, had last won a game on April 30. He had taken six no-decisions and four losses since. The Royals have actually won all of the last six games in which Shields has started – he just hasn’t been able to stick around for the win.
- Bartolo Colon has had the opposite luck, as he picked up the win in Oakland’s 6-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday. Colon, 40, has won eight straight games – not decisions – but each of the last eight games in which he’s started. Colon isn’t doing it with the power he had back in the late 90s…he’s a control artist now, maxing out around 92 MPH.
- The Mariners beat the Cubs in 10 innings on Mike Zunino’s walk-off single.
- Max Scherzer improved to 12-0 as the Tigers beat Tampa Bay, 6-3. There are still about three weeks to go before the All-Star game, but it should be Scherzer vs. Matt Harvey in the starting pitching spots.
- The Phillies beat the Dodgers, 16-1. Skip Schumaker pitched the final inning for the Dodgers.
- The Pirates topped the Brewers, 10-3. Rookie Gerrit Cole won his fourth game in his fourth start…and with the Cardinals’ loss in Oakland, Pittsburgh held sole control of the best record in MLB. Not bad for a team that hasn’t even made the playoffs in 20 years.