Not good days to be a Yankees or Mets fan right now. The boys in the boroughs just about can't stay out of their own way.
The Jorge Posada affair, which lingered Monday with a conference call involving Derek Jeter, is really masking a much bigger problem for the Yankees: They stink. For the second day in a row, a lead went kaput as A.J. Burnett gave up a 5-1 cushion in a five-run sixth and the Bombers lost at Tampa Bay, 6-5.
And it only got worse for the Yankees a couple hours later at Fenway, as Adrian Gonzalez's two-run double in the bottom of the ninth gave the Red Sox an 8-7 win over the Orioles in a game they trailed, 6-0, in the fifth. The Blue Jays won their sixth straight, 4-2 at Detroit, and joined Boston in a virtual tie with the Yankees for second place.
The Mets, meanwhile, waited 90 minutes for rain to stop and suffered a head-scratching loss to the Marlins, 2-1 in 11 innings. It was a full-moon kind of night at misty, fog-shrouded and largely empty Citi Field. Before the game, the Mets learned that David Wright has been playing for nearly a month with a stress fracture in his back, a likely culprit for that .226 batting average. The game itself was a good pitching duel between Josh Johnson and Mike Pelfrey but was won on a two-out RBI single in the 11th inning by Marlins reliever Burke Badenhop.
With the Mets playing a man short because Wright had yet to go on the DL, they had to pinch-hit pitcher Jon Niese with two out and no one on in the 11th. So what does Niese do? Triple to the left-center gap. But can Jose Reyes get him home? Noooo. Whiffs.
The Mets have called up Ruben Tejada from the Bisons and Nick Evans might be next, assuming Wright goes on the DL. Infielder Chin-lung Hu and reliever Ryota Igarashi, the losing pitcher last night, have been sent here. The Bisons are big losers in that swap.
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