Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Midday Recap: A great night on the island

Adam Hunger | Reuters
The New York Mets didn't need a lot of offense on Tuesday night, especially with ace Matt Harvey on the mound.

All they needed was 1 run.  They got that run thanks to Mike Baxter, whose RBI single in the 10th inning gave the Mets the win to back up the best performance we've seen from Matt Harvey to date.  He fanned 12 in 9 innings of work on his way to a 1-hitter, which that lone hit was an infield single from Alex Rios that beat the throw of Ruben Tejada with 2 outs in the top of the 7th.

Bobby Parnell preserved the shutout with 2 strikeouts of his own, as he earned the win being the pitcher of record on the mound in the 10th inning.  He's 3-0 for the season.

The 2nd of the mini-series against the Chicago White Sox kicks off at 7:10PM as Jeremy Hefner takes the mound for the Mets.  Hefner has looked good in his last two starts as his ERA has lowered from 7.04 after he faced the Washington Nationals to the 4.34 it sits at now.  But for his good effort, he has yet to earn a win, as Los Angeles won the game in the 9th inning against the bullpen, and Miami was able to come back for their walk-off his last start when he pitched into the 9th.

The Mets will have to face Jake Peavy, who has a 3-1 record and is coming back after missing his last start due to back spasms.  His last time out, Peavy struck out 6 as the White Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays. His last start against the National League East, however, didn't fare as well, as he gave up 6 runs in 5 1/3rds innings of work.  Radio Coverage: 1230 FOX Sports Radio, 6:30PM

Goaltending was not essential in Game 4 between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

10 goals in all were scored, and the Islanders crowd roared loudly as the Islanders have suddenly tied the series at 2-2 against the number one team in the east, the Pittsburgh Penguins.  John Tavares came up big midway through the third period as he settled a 4-4 tie and gave the Islanders the lead.  Then with less than 90 seconds left, Casey Cizikas added insurance as Marc-Andrew Fleury had to retreat back to the net, trying to come off the ice for the extra attacker.

For a team that for 70 minutes in the series looked like they didn't belong, the Islanders find themselves back on even terms, and could return to Uniondale with the chance to win the series on Saturday if they can take Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

It was not a good series for the Vancouver Canucks.  Troubles scoring, troubles with starting goaltenders, the Canucks were looking anything to help save their season.  In the 3rd Period, that help came by the two Alexes, Alexandre Burrows and Alexander Edler, whose goals gave the Canucks the 3-2 lead with under 9 minutes to play.  For four and a half minutes, it was looking like Vancouver was going to see another game, but then came Joe Pavelski, whose shot beat Schenider with 4:27 left to play to force overtime.

After a 3-on-1 that ringed the post, the Sharks clinched the series about 3 minutes later with Patrick Marleau's goal that beat Schenider with traffic in front.

As the National Hockey League bases 2nd round matchups based on seeds and not on 2/7-3/6 brackets, the San Jose Sharks will have to wait and see how the rest of the Western Conference 1st Round plays out.

After Sunday's Montreal/Ottawa game brought 236 minutes worth of penalties and 9 game misconducts, it's a little surprising to see that Tuesday's Game 4 only brought 8 minutes of penalties, all in the first 40 minutes of the game.

In the game, it was looking like the Canadiens were going to even the series until Cory Conacher, last year's American Hockey League MVP with the Calder Cup winning Norfolk Admirals, tied the game at 2-2 with 23 seconds left to play.

In overtime, Kyle Turris ended things quickly as he gives the Sens a 3-1 series lead with the chance to clinch it at Montreal on Thursday.

In the other game played on Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks have the chance to clinch their series at home after the 3-0 win against the Minnesota Wild.

The New York Knicks shot 49% from the field, had 3 times fewer turnovers than the Indiana Pacers, and saw 32 points from Carmelo Anthony as the Knicks evened the series 105-79.  Oh, yeah, the Knicks outscored the Pacers 33-13 in the 4th Quarter in the victory.  Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points.

Tonight: Chicago White Sox vs. New York Mets - 6:30PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio
Mets are off on Thursday.

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