Thursday, June 6, 2013

Midday Recap: Penguin-slayer, Golden, Hitter's Party, Complete Control Sabathia

Never during this year's postseason have the Pittsburgh Penguins been on the brink of elimination.  Until now. 

Jaromir Jagr's handy stick-work between the blues helped to develop the game-winning goal from Patrice Bergeron in double-overtime that gives the Boston Bruins a 3-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins.  

Jagr was working on the far boards, trying to prevent Evengi Malkin from skating away with the puck for the Penguins, effectively fished it away and dished it over to Brad Marchand, who passed it over to Bergeron for the tip-in that ended 95 minutes of hockey between the two clubs.

Now the Pittsburgh Penguins face an elimination game at the TD Garden, and the Boston Bruins are now 1 game away from their 2nd finals in 3 years, a surprising feat given three weeks ago they were staring down the barrel of a 3-goal deficit in the 3rd Period against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7.

Game 4 is Friday night, in Boston.

Glens Falls Golden Eagles
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles didn't take long to usher in the 2013 season in style.

In the bottom of the 1st, Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch, then stole second.  After Emmanuel Forcier walked to set up 1st and 2nd with one out, Buddy Putnam doubled to bring Laureano home.  A hit-and-run from Blake Sydeski brought home Forcier, and then Putnam came home on a Raphael Gladu single to bring a 3-0 lead into the 2nd.

After getting 1 run in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th, the Golden Eagles blew the game open with a six-run 5th, aided by two errors that let the first two hitters on base, and a 3rd that allowed one more run to score to make the score 12-2 in favor of the Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles would cap things off with a five-run 8th.

On the mound, Queensbury native Ryan Davis looked good, pitching 6 innings where he struck out 11, giving up three runs, two earned, to set his ERA at 3.00 after the first game of the season.

[Find the complete boxscore here, provided by the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League]

Tonight the Golden Eagles are scheduled to travel west to face the Newark Pilots at 7:15PM, providing rain doesn't hamper their plans.  They're back at East Field tomorrow night when the league champions, the Amsterdam Mohawks, come to town for a rematch of last year's championship series.  The festivities at East Field will include a pre-game concert and a post-game fireworks show, with first pitch scheduled for 7PM.

Every starter had a hit as the New York Mets rebounded nicely from their walk-off loss to the Nationals on Tuesday with a 10-1 win last night.  Juan Lagares had three hits, and Marlon Byrd and Anthony Recker were key players with three RBI's a piece.

Dillon Gee allowed 9 hits, but struck out 7 as he wins his second straight.  He allowed one run, coming in the bottom of the 1st where Ian Desmond brought Dernard Span home.

TONIGHT: No Stephen Strasburg, which will make Mets fans happy, as he was officially placed on the DL yesterday.  Instead, the Nationals elect to jump his spot in the rotation and will go with Gio Gonzalez.  Gonzalez faced the Mets back on April 20th and was rocked for 5 runs on 5 hits as he didn't make it to the 5th inning.  The Mets will try to give Shawn Marcum his first win of the season.  He was doing well through 6 innings for the Mets his last time out, but became unglued in the 7th inning, when the Marlins took the lead to snap the Mets 5 game win streak.

Radio Coverage: 6:25PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio.

C.C. Sabathia pitched a complete game as the New York Yankees struck early in their win against the Cleveland Indians.  Sabathia pitched a 7-hitter, striking out 9 and surrendering 4 runs as he went the distance.

Travis Hafner hit his 10th home run of the year to put the Yankees on the board in the 1st inning, then Brett Gardner added three more with his 6th in the 2nd inning.

Corey Kluber was the losing pitcher for Cleveland.

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