The Yankees lost 12-7 Tuesday night, in a game in which Vidal Nuno showed he's no long-term answer for the pitching woes, and Alfredo Aceves showed that it's a good thing manager Joe Girardi used him in Monday night's 9-7 loss to their Flushing rivals, eliminating him as a possibility for starting Thursday's Subway Series finale at Citi Field.
Nuno was bad, Aceves was worse (four runs on four hits, including a big three-run HR in 1 2/3 innings), Preston Claiborne was about the same as he was Monday night, and what does it say about a staff when the best Yankees pitcher of the night is Matt Daley, recalled only last night from AAA Scranton?
The Yankees have now lost six straight games to the Mets, both here at home and all four last season. And unless they come up with viable replacements for CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda, who is still probably a month away, nights like Tuesday's could become more common than anyone would have believed a couple of months ago, when it seemed as though the Yankees had an overabundance of quality starters.
Vidal oh no! Nuno's first inning was a disaster, from his second pitch of the game, which hit Eric Young Jr., to the lollipop curve he hung to Curtis Granderson that wound up in the right-field seats for a three-run homer that gave the Mets a 4-0 lead in the first. In between, Nuno walked a batter and surrendered an RBI single to David Wright. It took him 24 pitches to get his first out and 37 to make it through the inning. Nuno lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowed seven runs (five earned), walked four, struck out one and threw a whopping 78 pitches.
Model of inefficiency: Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn't much better than Nuno, needing 99 pitches to get through four innings, thanks largely to five walks. Mets manager Terry Collins did his best to get Wheeler a win, but he couldn't get through the fifth inning and wound up throwing a career-high 118 pitches and a career-high six walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Missed this place: Granderson's first-inning home run gave him two homers and five RBIs in 18 innings here in his old park; back home at Citi Field, Grandy has just one homer and seven RBIs in 19 games.
McBam!: The Yankees cut the Mets' first-inning lead to 4-3 on an RBI single by Mark Teixeira and a two-run blast into the right-field seats by Brian McCann, his fifth homer of the season. Tex's hit was his 13th in his past 38 at-bats (.342). McCann also added an RBI single in the ninth to make it 12-7.
Murphy's Law: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy busted it open with a three-run homer to right on the first pitch he saw from Aceves in the fifth inning. The shot made it 11-4 Mets.
Joe gone? Girardi was apparently ejected from the game at some point, but no official announcement was made in the press box, so we'll find out downstairs.
Late, long and cold: The game took 2 minutes shy of 4 hours. There were nearly 400 pitches thrown, 16 walks issued and the temperature felt as though they plunged at least 15 degrees from the 65 at first pitch. No wonder the sellout crowd of 45,958 had dwindled to what looked like a few dozen by the seventh inning.
Coming soon: The one and only Ian O'Connor on Curtis' grand mistake. I'll tackle the Yankees pitching, or lack thereof, and Kieran Darcy is here to help out with whatever news comes out of the postgame clubhouse.
Tomorrow: Take the 7 Train to Flushing for Game 3 of this home-and-home Subway Series. Masahiro Tanaka (5-0, 2.57) vs. RHP Rafael Montero, making his major league debut, first pitch at 7:10 p.m.