Monday, June 3, 2013

Midday Recap: Rainy night in the Bronx, Mets swept, Tiger hates that 12th hole

Bill Kostroun | New York Post
It was a thunderous night at Yankee Stadium.

So miserable, they couldn't complete the game.  Three rain delays later, umpires called the Red Sox/Yankees game after 5 1/2 innings played, with Boston leading 6-0.  David Ortiz capped the Red Sox scoring with his deep right homer in the top of the 6th inning to cap a two-for-three game.

Clay Buchholz kept the Yankee bats silent as he earns his 8th win of the season.  Giving up only 2 hits, Buchholz struck out 4 in his 5 innings pitched.  Hiroki Kuroda loses his third straight, pitching 5 1/3rd innings, giving up all three runs, two to the long ball.  Kuroda's last win came May 17th in a 5-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays where he went 8 innings.

The Yankees now prepare for a three game stretch against the Cleveland Indians.

The Miami Marlins put up a triple on the board in the 1st inning as they spoil any good feeling the Mets had following their sweep of the Subway Series with their 11-6 win on Sunday.  It was not the finest outing for ace Matt Harvey - giving up three in the 1st and another in the 2nd - but he walks away with the no-decision after Ike Davis tied the score with his two-run home run in the 4th inning.  Marlon Byrd contributed in the 5th inning that brought Omar Quintanilla home, then Ike again bats in a run with his single.

But the bullpen couldn't protect the lead.  In to relieve Harvey, Scott Rice allows 3 runs and 4 walks in 2/3rd innings pitched, as Marcell Ozuna cleaned up in the 6th inning with his 2-RBI double.  By contrast, the Mets couldn't get any offense against the Marlins bullpen, allowing only 3 hits in a combined 4 2/3rd innings after Kevin Slowey gave up 6 runs in his 4 1/3rd innings pitched.

The Mets are off Monday as they prepare for a three game series against the Washington Nationals, who could be seeing some injury trouble with Bryce Harper heading to the disabled list, and there are questions whether Stephen Strasburg will be able to pitch Thursday after a Grade 1 lat strain caused him to come out early in his Friday game against the Atlanta Braves.

Jonathan Quick wasn't quick enough Sunday, as the Chicago Blackhawks will travel to Los Angeles holding a 2-0 series lead after their 4-2 win.  Quick allowed 4 goals on 17 shots, before being yanked midway through the game for Jonathan Bernier, who stopped all 9 shots he faced.

It was a team effort for the Chicago Blackhawks, who saw goals from Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus.  Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad both had two assists.

Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli scored the goals for the Kings.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

The finest pairing of words in sports come alive tonight as the Miami Heat host the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.  The Pacers extinguished the Heat thanks to a 29-15 3rd Quarter en route to a home 91-77 win in Game 6 on Saturday.

LeBron James was a major contributor for the Heat on Saturday, scoring 29 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.  Paul George is making a name for himself for the Indiana Pacers, scoring 28 points and bringing in 8 rebounds as he shot nearly 58% from the field.

Tiger Woods is not a big fan of the Muirfield Village Golf Course back nine after his performance in the Memorial Tournament this weekend.  On Thursday, Woods escaped the back nine at even-par, but there were signs of trouble as he bogeyed the 12th, the 15th and the 18th holes to erase prior hole birdies.  Then on Friday, a bogey on the 13th and a double-bogey on the 15th pushed him to two-over-par.

The wheels came off on Saturday as Woods double-bogeyed the 12th and 15th holes.  A bogey on the 17th and a triple-bogey on the 18th hole put him at +9.  Three birdies early in the front nine put him back at +6, however two bogeys on the 6th and 9th holes would finish him at +8, several shots from the lead.

Woods would triple-bogey his final attempt on the 12th hole on Sunday, earning him a +6 for that hole alone as he finished at +8, 20 shots from the tournament winner, Matt Kuchar.

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