Thursday, April 25, 2013

Matt Harvey's the price of admission, but Jordany Valdespin adds extra value.

For fans attending Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Harvey was the value behind the ticket purchase.  But Jordany Valdespin's home run blast in the bottom of the 10th gave extra value to those who stuck around long enough to see it.  

It almost didn't come to that. 

Down 3-2 in the 9th inning, Terry Collins chose to go to the bench and sent Mike Baxter to hit for Scott Atchison.  That decision paid off as Baxter took a 2-2 Sinker for a double.  After a sacrifice bunt moved Baxter over to 3rd, and Daniel Murphy's foul out, it was up to David Wright, with 2 men out and the tying run on 3rd.  Wright's line-drive single to right scored Baxter, but then would be out trying to steal 2nd with John Buck at the plate.

The tying run took Harvey's name off the loss ledger and kept him 4-0.  Harvey may not have dazzled like he  did in his last four starts, giving up all three runs in 6 innings pitched. But he struck out 7 while only walking 1 as his E.R.A. now sits at 1.54.

The Mets and the Dodgers conclude the series under the sunlight as they meet for a matinee.  Jeremy Hefner will look to calm his season down, currently at 0-2 with a 7.07 E.R.A.  Hefner has already been hit deep 7 times this season in four games, compared to last season when he gave up 9 home runs in 26 games.  In his last two starts he failed to make it past the halfway mark of the game.  Hyun-Jin Ryu is 2-1, but got roughed up for 5 runs on 8 hits, including two over the walls in a no-decision against the Baltimore Orioles.  Radio Coverage: 12:30PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio

The Mets/Dodgers wasn't the only East/West game to be decided with an extra-inning walk-off.  With runners on 1st and 2nd, and 1 man out, Yorvitt Torrealba sent the Coors Field crowd home happy with a line-drive to left field that brought home Wilin Rosario, as the Colorado Rockies improved to 14-7 with their 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves in 12 innings.  And, by the way, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in 10 innings, making all four NL West teams going extra innings on Wednesday.

As the final week of the NHL Regular Season is played out this week, it was possible that one of the league's perennial playoff teams be excluded from play after this weekend.  With a game in-hand over the 8th place Columbus Blue Jackets and only a point behind, the Detroit Red Wings took advantage of their extra game on Wednesday with a 3-1 win of the Los Angeles Kings.  It was tied 1-1 until 5:42 into the 3rd Period when Jordin Tootoo tipped a Patrick Eaves shot past the Kings netminder.  Johan Franzen would provide insurance with under 7 minutes to play, as the Red Wings jump into 8th in the Western Conference with two games to play.  

The playoff picture could get a little clearer today.  The Red Wings can eliminate the loser the Dallas Stars/Columbus Blue Jackets game with a win of their own.  The Rangers, Islanders and Senators can all clinch spots tonight with wins, or if the Winnipeg Jets lose in regulation in their season finale tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.  

No surprising results last night on the hardwood.  The San Antonio Spurs now have a 2-0 series lead over the Bryant-less Lakers, the Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks to take a 2-0 series lead as the series shifts to Atlanta, and Oklahoma City narrowly got past the Houston Rockets 105-102 for a 2-0 series lead there.

With the NFL Draft taking place in New York tonight, both 1230 FOX Sports Radio and 1410 CBS Sports Radio will be covering it live, with the latest picks, reactions and news from Radio City Music Hall.  Be sure to listen starting at 7PM as our sports team helps cover the draft like you've never heard before.

MLB - Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets - 1:10PM; 1230 FOX Sports Radio
NFL - The NFL Draft - 7:00PM; BOTH 1230 FOX Sports Radio & 1410 CBS Sports Radio

NFL - The NFL Draft - 7:00PM; 1410 CBS Sports Radio
MLB - Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets - 7:10PM; 1230 FOX Sports Radio


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