Sunday, April 7, 2013

Midday Recap: Mets, Phantoms, Orange

A collision at home plate seemed to be a changing point in the Mets/Marlins game on Saturday.

Greg Dobbs singled to right in the top of the 7th, bringing Juan Pierre home from 2nd to tie the game.  A throw from Mike Baxter was wide to the right of home plate, and as Pierre crossed home plate, he collided with catcher John Buck.  Immediately home plate umpire Jim Joyce called Dobbs out as he was making his way to 2nd, calling interference on Pierre to bring about the 3rd out of the inning.

The Mets used that momentum and seized control of the game with a 3-run bottom of the 7th as two throwing errors from Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo allowed runners to advance to 3rd on steal attempts.  Both would later score.

A Collin Cowgill homerun in the 8th brought the final score as the Mets defeated the Marlins 7-3.

Today: Jose Fernandez (Marlins) and Aaron Laffey (Mets) both make their season debuts in the rubber match and the closing game of the Mets homestand.  Laffey, an acquisition from the Toronto Blue Jays, went 4-6 last year with a 4.56 ERA.  In his last Major League start, Laffey had a no-decision against the Minnesota Twins on October 1st, going 5 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits.  Coverage begins at 12:30PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio.

Overtime Slump: The Phantoms continued their 6 game home point streak, but on the same token, continued another streak in their 5-4 shootout loss to the Rochester Americans on Saturday.  The shootout loss was their 5th straight overtime/shootout loss.  The last time they've won in overtime or in a shootout was January 20th, when they won a shootout against the Albany Devils in Atlantic City.

As far as the game itself goes, the Phantoms gave their fans, as well as AHL President David Andrews, a thrilling and exciting game.  Down 4-2 at the 2nd Intermission, Jon Sim gave the Phantoms hope at 1:31 in the 3rd Period.  Then with under 8 minutes left to play, Garret Roe tied the score with his 11th of the season.

The Phantoms would be outscored 2-1 in the shootout, and now are 1 point away from being mathematically eliminated in the playoff race as they travel to Bridgeport to face the Sound Tigers (5:00PM, Classic Hits Q101.7).

Fouled Orange: With less than 20 seconds left, the Syracuse Orange had the opportunity to tie the game on a lay-up.  However, Brandon Triche plowed into a Michigan defender and was called for the charge, which was the right call, but allowed the Wolverines to cement their place in the title game against Louisville, who rebounded from 12 points down to defeat the Wichita State Shockers earlier in the evening.

Championship: Michigan vs. Louisville, 9:23PM Monday (Broadcast begins 8PM on AM1410 CBS Sports Radio)

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