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It took only 8 pitches for Bobby Parnell to blow the save last night against the Washington Nationals. 11 pitches later, Parnell was staring down the wrong end of a Nationals walk-off as Steve Lombardozzi drove in the winning run through a sac-fly to left field.
It wrecks what should have been Jeremy Hefner's 2nd win of the season. Hefner allowed only 4 hits, as his only blemish was a solo shot from Ian Desmond in the 2nd inning. He struck out 7 in his 7 innings pitched, and has seen his ERA improve from the high of 7.20 when he pitched in relief in Colorado and gave up two home runs, to the better looking 4.36 it sits after yesterday's game.
Omar Quintanilla continues to bat well, going 2 for 3 with a double and a triple. Since being called up from Las Vegas, Quintanilla has batted .529, including 7 for 11 in June. He batted in both of the Mets runs.
It was the first walkoff for the Nationals this year, who needed the win to get back at .500 on the year. They'll try to stay above that line tonight as they send Dan Haren to the mound. He surrendered two runs in a losing effort against the Baltimore Orioles last week, and is hoping to get his ERA below 5.00. Dillon Gee is coming off a career-high 12 strikeouts against the Yankees last week, and would love to have a similarly satisfying game to help get his ERA under control.
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Yesterday we mentioned the work Mark Teixeira did against the Cleveland Indians as he helped the Yankees get off their losing ways. Well, last night, he did it again.
His 3-run shot in the 3rd inning helped make David Phelps a winner as the Yankees hung on for the 4-3 win. It was a nervous moment for Yankees fans as Joba Chamberlain surrendered a homer to Drew Stubbs that pulled the Indians within one, but got out of the mess with the lead intact.
The Yankees wrap up the series with a matinee at Yankee Stadium, as C.C. Sabathia takes the mound for the 1:05PM start. The Yankees then start a west coast swing as they start a four game series in Seattle on Thursday.
Every starter for the Boston Red Sox made it on the bases as the Boston Red Sox struck early and often on their way to a 17-5 pummeling of the Texas Rangers.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Justin Grimm only made it 5 outs before having to be yanked, having already surrendered 8 runs at that time. The Rangers used 6 pitchers in the game, accumulating as many strike outs combined as Ryan Dempster had for the Red Sox, 6.
In all, 7 home runs were hit at Fenway, four from the bats of the Red Sox. Mike Carp accounted for one of those homers on his way to a three-for-four game where he batted in 3 runs. David Ortiz also drove in 3 runs as he hit a double and a triple.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
The Los Angeles Kings cut the deficit in half with their 3-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
Justin Williams got the Kings on the board 3 minutes into the game with his 6th of the playoffs. Slava Voynov scored in the 2nd period to give the Kings a 2-0 lead in the 2nd Period. Just before the intermission, though, Bryan Bickell's 7th of the Playoffs trimmed the deficit, and gave Chicago some momentum heading into the 3rd Period.
But the Blackhawks were unable to solve Jonathan Quick, stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced, and the Kings prevailed 3-1 at the Staples Center.
Game #4 is slated for Thursday night in Los Angeles.
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles start their 2013 campaign tonight at East Field as they host the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. The Golden Eagles are trying to build off last year's success where they made it to the League Championship Series before falling to the Amsterdam Mohawks.
Queensbury alum Ryan Davis is scheduled to start on the mound for the Golden Eagles this evening.
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles play in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and are in their 10th season of play at East Field.
First Pitch is at 7PM.
Speaking of the Queensbury Spartans, they're heading to Binghamton this weekend. The Spartans held on and survived a Cortland four-run 6th inning as they move onto the state semifinals in Class A with their 6-5 win.
It is the first final four appearance for the Spartans since 2003. They will face Bayport-Blue Point this Saturday at NYSEG Field in Binghamton.
For more on the Spartans win, including reaction and boxscore, read Laura Owens' story for the Post-Star.
In addition to the Spartans, the Fort Ann Cardinals also will be playing in the state final four after disposing of Heuvelton 20-0. For more about this game, read Greg Brownell's story in the Post-Star.
The baseball team will not be the only Cardinal representative in the state final four this weekend. The Lady Cardinal softball team punched their ticket for the semifinals at the Morse Sports Complex in Queensbury after their 2-0 victory over Crown Point. The Lady Cardinals are ranked #2 in Class D. For a full recap and reaction, take a look at Pete Tobey's story for the Post-Star.
We wish our local high school athletes the best of luck this weekend.