Saturday, April 20, 2013

Midday Recap 4/20: Harvey Delights, Sweet Caroline

Julio Cortez/AP Credited Photo

Bostonians celebrated the news that the 2nd man wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured, and that feeling of jubilation spread to arenas and stadiums across the country.  Locally, once Dan Miner alerted the crowd at the Glens Falls Civic Center of the news during the Adirondack Phantoms game, they cheered, joined in for "Sweet Caroline", and then chanted "U-S-A".

It was the end of a stressful week for Boston and its supporting communities.

As we pointed out on Twitter:

They deserve the chance to hear the love and support from the people they serve.

Harvey Delights
Getting back to the sports world, the big matchup of the night was the two young pitchers doing battle on the mound at Citi Field.  Stephen Strasburg was hoping to bounce back from two straight losses.  Matt Harvey took a no-hitter into the 7th inning in his last start against Minnesota, and had an 0.82 E.R.A. entering the game after winning his first three decisions.  Harvey would not get deep in the no-hit bid this time, as Strasburg was the first to hit off him in the 3rd Inning.  That would be the 1st of 4 hits that Harvey allowed, only earning 1 run against his ledger as he struck out 7 as the Mets win the 1st of 3 against the Washington Nationals this weekend.

Harvey's E.R.A. now sits at 0.93, with a 4-0 record. 

Today's Outlook
Both pitchers allowed two home runs the last time on the mound.  Gio Gonzalez surrendered 7 runs against the Braves last Saturday.  Jeremy Hefner was taken deep twice in a relief appearance to keep him loose on Thursday when the Mets fell to the Rockies.  Coverage: Radio - 1230 FOX Sports Radio, 2:25PM; TV: FOX (FOX 23 WXXA-TV, TWC Ch. 7), 3:00PM

American Hockey Drama
It's a shame the Adirondack Phantoms are not a part of the playoff picture in the American Hockey League this final week of the regular season.  If they were, they would find themselves involved in what is turning out to be a very exciting weekend for the league, as entering play today four teams are tied for the 7th and 8th playoff spots.  Manchester and Hershey were setting 9th and 10th entering play yesterday, and with their wins, they were able to leapfrog both Norfolk and Hershey, who lost.  All four teams have 76 points.  The Connecticut Whale sit with a disadvantage, as they are the only team of the four who wrap up the season tonight.  The other three play both tonight and tomorrow.  That'll make for a lot of scoreboard watching for those four clubs.

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets - 3:05PM; 1230 FOX Sports Radio
AHL: Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms - 7:00PM; Classic Hits Q101.7

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets - 1:10PM; 1230 FOX Sports Radio
AHL: Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils - 3:00PM; Classic Hits Q101.7

LIVE SPORTS IN PERSON:We're organizing a bus trip to see the New York Mets take on the Chicago Cubs on Father's Day, June 16th.  $99 gets you round-trip bus transportation, a ticket to Citi Field's Pepsi Porch, and lunch on the bus.  A baseball game together with father and son makes for a great Father's Day idea, or maybe just a great way to spend a June afternoon.

If you're interested, or have any further questions, call our business office at (518) 793-7733 during our business hours, Monday-Friday, 9AM to 5PM.

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