Friday, May 17, 2013

Midday Recap: That's.... between the cushions!

The New York Mets/St. Louis Cardinals game was not the smoothest game played, but left plenty of interesting moments.

In the 6th inning, Daniel Murphy hit a ball to right field that went into a seam in the fence and out of play for a ground-rule double.  He would later score on David Wright's 7th double of the season.

Then in the 7th inning, Rick Ankiel gets awarded 2nd base after umpires ruled that someone touched the ball as it bounced against the stands for a ground-rule double.  This was a gift for two reasons, as first Rick Ankiel would have been tagged out trying to stretch his hit into a double, and upon further review, nobody actually touched the ball.  This would not come back to haunt the Cardinals, as David Wright would line out to end the inning with the bases loaded, stranding Ankiel and company.

After trading runs in the 8th, the Mets closed the game with Bobby Parnell delivering a 12-pitch save, as they broke their 6 game losing streak with the 5-2 victory.

In-depth: Yesterday's live blog of the game.

Today the Mets begin a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs, all under the sunlight at Wrigley Field.  The first of the three features Matt Harvey's first-ever trip to Wrigley, pitching against Edwin Jackson.  Jackson is 1-5 this season, but earned that win his last time out as he pitched 5 1/3rd innings against the Washington Nationals.

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The Boston Red Sox won 4-3, but the most talked about moment occurred before the game where a father and daughter were reunited.

The father, Army Lieutenant Colonel William Adams, was deployed in Afghanistan.  The daughter was notified by the USO about the first pitch opportunity.  When on the field, an image of her father showed on the screens, and after she threw the first pitch, the masked catcher took off his mask to identify himself as her father.  She ran up, hugged him and the reunited two enjoyed the game together.

It's a great moment in which words does it no justice.  So watch the video.

The New York Rangers entered the 3rd Period with a lot of momentum, thanks to Ryan McDonagh's goal that came with 1.3 seconds left in the 2nd Period.  They used that momentum to earn them a second goal, coming from the stick of Derek Stepan.

But the Boston Bruins stopped that momentum before it was able to blossom into anything bigger, as Torey Krug tied the game on a power play goal two minutes later.  After a crossbar hit, the Rangers and Bruins went to overtime tied 2-2.

In overtime, the Bruins dominated, with most of the play occurring on the Rangers side of the ice.  Brad Marchand brought the TD Garden crowd home happy as he took a feed from Patrice Bergeron and buried it behind Henrik Lundqvist for the game-winner.

Game 2 is on Sunday, at 3 PM - TV Coverage: WNYT Channel 13

Momentum shifted three times in the Sharks/Kings game.  The first two goals were scored by the Kings, followed up with three from the San Jose Sharks as they took a 3-2 lead deep in the 3rd Period.  Then, with less than two minutes to play, Dustin Brown took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play to tie the game. Still on the power play, the Kings made the Sharks pay for their penalties as Trevor Lewis scored 21 seconds later, as the Kings take a 2-0 series lead to the HP Pavilion.

Game 3 is Saturday night at 9PM - TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network

The New York Knicks live to play another game as they beat the Indiana Pacers 85-75. Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points on 12/28 shooting, and saw contributions from J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland.  Paul George scored 23 points for the Pacers as the series shifts back to Indiana for Game 6.

Game 6 is Saturday at 8PM.

Out west, the Golden State Warriors are done for the season after losing Game 6 to the San Antonio Spurs 94-82.  Tim Duncan scored 19 points for the Spurs, and Kawhi Leonard had a double-double, scoring 16 points with 10 boards, as the Spurs will play the Memphis Grizzlies, who won their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

The UFC is on FX tomorrow night, and 1230 FOX Sports Radio will be simulcasting the bouts live on the radio.  Coverage begins at 9PM and continues after the fights with the UFC Post-Fight Report.  So if you can't watch the fights, we've got them on the radio for you.

Find out more about tomorrow's fight card and join us beginning at 9PM.

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