Friday, June 28, 2013

Midday Recap 6/28: Mets, NBA, Dodgers & More

Marlon Byrd's two-run homer lifts the Mets to a Rocky Mountain Victory.  Aaron Hernadez awaits trial, denied bail.  The Los Angeles Dodgers are winners of 6 straight.  And Anthony Bennett is your NBA #1 Draft Pick.

Celtics Life Photo
But the big story today is the trade that went down while the GM's were selecting new talent.  Rumors were speculating before the draft began, but became publicized towards the end of the evening, as the Brooklyn Nets acquire the remaining two pieces of Boston's original big three.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will call the Barclays Center their new home come November in a deal that is still being ironed out, and won't be official until July 10th.  This comes just days after it was announced Doc Rivers would be taking his coaching talents to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Meanwhile the NBA Draft had several twists and turns, no bigger than Nerlens Noel falling to the 6th pick, originally selected by the New Orleans Pelicans before trading his contract off to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for all-star Jrue Holiday.

Anthony Bennett was the 1st overall pick, selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Bennett is the first Canadian player to be selected 1st overall, having spent a year at UNLV.

Over in Colorado, the Mets and Rockies were making a game that was snowed-out in April.  Playing in 70 degree warmer weather, the Rockies jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to Todd Helton's sac-fly and then Wilin Rosario, who was given the gift of a Josh Satin throwing error.

The Mets would get one back in the 5th inning when Zack Lutz scored when Jeremy Hefner grounded into a fielder's choice.

David Zalubowski | Associated Press
Then in the 8th inning, Daniel Murphy singled and then Marlon Byrd homered to left field to drive in two runs to give the Mets the lead.  Scott Rice and Bobby Parnell were able to keep the Rockies off the board in the 8th and 9th innings for the win.

The Mets have won 7 of 11 during this roadtrip, and return to Citi Field to begin a three game series against the Washington Nationals.  Matt Harvey is due up on the mound today, with Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler to follow.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won 6 in a row to put themselves back in the race for the NL West.  At the start of their June 22nd game against the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers were 9 1/2 games back.  Following yesterday's 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, they are now within 6 of the division-leading Arizona Cardinals.

Alex Gallardo | Associated Press
Much of their comeback can be attributed to rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.  Since being called up to the majors, Puig has hit .427 in 23 games, including 7 homers.  He has accounted for 16 runs coming home, including two of them yesterday when he took a two-out two-strike pitch to left field for a single to put the Dodgers in the lead.

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