Brett Gardner Pulls Off Highlight-Reel Catch, But Yankees Can’t Make It Stick
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — David Robertson got right to the point after giving up the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Monday night.
“I did a terrible job. I didn’t have command of anything tonight. I kept getting behind in the count, I couldn’t throw any first-pitch strikes,” Robertson said. “It was really tough, frustrating.”
Robertson gave up Daniel Murphy’s RBI single in the eighth after Brett Gardner denied him a homer two innings earlier, and the Mets rallied to beat the rival Yankees 2-1 for their second straight home win after losing eight in a row.
Gardner’s catch was undoubtedly the highlight of the game through six innings.
“It looked for a while like Gardy was going to be the star of the game, with the triple and then taking away the home run there,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “But it didn’t end up that way, unfortunately.”
Murphy’s drive to left-center in the sixth was caught above the wall by Gardner to end the inning. Starter Phil Hughes was there to slap Gardner five when he ran into the dugout.
“I was just ecstatic that I got away with a mistake,” Hughes said. “It’s the best catch I’ve ever been on the mound for, by far.”
Gardner jumped in front of the 385-foot marker and caught the ball above the fence at Citi Field. His grab quickly got the attention of the Twitterverse.
“I didn’t think it was hit as good as it showed,” Gardner said. “I didn’t realize it was going out.”
“I thought I had another step or so,” he added. “Thank goodness it’s a part of the park where it’s a fence, not a wall. The poles out there have got some pretty good pads in front of them, so I’m fine.”
Murphy came through against Robertson (3-1) to hand the Yankees their first loss in 23 games when leading after six innings. Robertson pitched in relief of Hughes, who worked seven sharp innings, giving up four hits without walking a batter.
“I was fairly angry after (Gardner) took that from us,” Murphy said.
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