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Carlos Beltran must have loved rubbing it in last night. After all, it was his hit that was ruled foul that helped preserve Johan Santana's no-hit bid on June 1st last year.
That's why his three-run shot in the 5th inning that gave the Cardinals the 9-0 lead must have felt so sweet. It was his 10th of the year as the Cardinals roughed up Dillon Gee and the New York Mets, 10-4. Gee went 4 innings and was held accountable for 5 of the 6 runs scored against him.
John Gast didn't dazzle in his debut, giving up 4 runs, all of them in the 6th inning, but had the offensive support needed for his first major league win.
Things get tougher for the Mets in the next two games as they face the two hot pitchers from this past weekend. Tonight, it's Shelby Miller, who comes in having retired his last 27 batters. Shaun Marcum will be on the mound for the Mets, hoping to go past the 5th inning for the first time this season. Radio Coverage: 7:35PM, 1230 FOX Sports Radio.
Then tomorrow the Mets play a day game against Adam Wainwright, who had a complete game shutout facing the Rockies last Saturday. The Rockies were only able to get three base runners, two via hits and 1 via walk. The Mets will send Jonathan Niese, who is looking to get back to his early-season form after giving up 8 runs against the Pirates. Radio Coverage: 1:05PM, 1230 FOX Sports Radio.
Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins felt tested in their first round series against the New York Islanders. They applied that testing as they looked good both even strength and on the power play as they took the early 1-0 series lead over the Ottawa Senators following their 4-1 win. Malkin scored the go-ahead goal at 12:15 in the 1st Period, and capped the scoring with a Pascal Dupuis shortie in the 3rd Period.
A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
The San Jose Sharks suffered their first loss of the playoffs with a 2-0 shutout against the Los Angeles Kings. Slava Voynov put the Kings on the board with 13 seconds left in the 1st Period, and Mike Richards added insurance in the 2nd Period. Jonathan Quick stopped all 35 shots he faced to earn 1st Star honors.
Stephen Curry got smothered as the Golden State Warriors lost control of the game in the 2nd half, giving the San Antonio Spurs a 3-2 series lead after their 109-91 win on Tuesday. Curry went 4/14 from the field, turning the ball over 4 times and only put 9 points on the scoreboard as the Spurs concentrated their defense on him. Harrison Barnes shot 10/18 as he led the Warriors with 25 points, and started a block party with Spurs Danny Green at the end of the 2nd Quarter.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 25 points as they travel west to Oakland for Game 6 tomorrow night.
Meanwhile, in the East, the New York Knicks got off to a slow start, going 0/6 from beyond the arch as Indiana Pacers started with a 11-3 run en route to a 93-82 win. Carmelo Anthony shot 9/23 from the field, scoring a team-high 24 points before fouling out. George Hill led the Pacers with 26 points as they take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS:
HOCKEY SCHEDULE PIECES
Thanks to the Bethlehem Eagles (@BCEaglesPuck on Twitter), we know a few pieces of the upcoming 2013-14 hockey season schedule. Glens Falls will host the Eagles on December 13th at the Glens Falls Rec Center, and the Queensbury Spartans will travel down to Bethlehem on December 20th. The puzzle should be complete in the coming weeks, but it's good to get small pieces to the puzzle now.
Once we see the full puzzle, we'll let you know here.