Monday, May 13, 2013

Midday Recap: Game 7 excitement...

Maybe there is.   Maybe there isn't.  But you have to feel that the phrase Game 7 brings more excitement than any other phrase out there?

NBA fans were treated to one Game 7 in the first round, as the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls needed 7 games to determine that the Bulls would be the Heat's next opponent.  Hockey fans get triple the excitement, as three first rounds now need 7 games to determine who moves on.

One of them was last night, as the Detroit Red Wings advanced to the 2nd round after they beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.  Henrik Zetterberg scored the first goal for the Red Wings, who now will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2nd Round.

The other two are tonight, as the Rangers were able to hold off the Washington Capitals, thanks to Derick Brassard's goal that came in the 2nd Period.  Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Rangers forced the 7th game after their 1-0 victory.  And the Toronto Maple Leafs earned their first home victory over the Bruins since 1959 thanks to their 2-1 victory last night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates take three of the four games in the series thanks to their 3-2 victory on Sunday.  Matt Harvey didn't pitch his best, but keeps his name off the loss ledger after going 7 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 earned runs.  The third run came against Scott Rice, who replaced Harvey in the 8th inning.

The Mets will try to bounce back, but will have to try against a hot pitching crew in the St. Louis Cardinals.  After retiring 27 in a row on Friday in a one-hitter, starting pitching proceeded to retire the following 13 before a walk was issued in the 5th inning.  The Mets will have to contend with those two in this series: Shelby Miller on Wednesday night, then Adam Wainwright on Thursday afternoon.  But tonight, Jeremy Hefner takes the ball and will search for his first win.  He will oppose Lance Lynn, who struck out 8 but allowed 2 runs as the Cardinals fell to the Chicago Cubs in his last start.  Radio Coverage: 6:30PM, 1230 FOX Sports Radio.

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