Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Midday Recap: Firsts of the Season

A man who police want to talk to in conjunction with the Aaron Hernandez case dies in a one-car accident.  The Mets deal Patrick Corbin his first loss of the season.  And a divided city council votes on the future of hockey Phoenix.

But the big story today is the first no-no of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.  Homer Bailey strikes out 9 as he throws his second career no-hitter as the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0.  Gregor Blanco was the lone player to reach base against Bailey, doing so to lead off the 7th inning.

The last no-hitter to be thrown in the majors also came from Bailey, on September 28th when the Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates.  In that game, two Pirates made it onto base against Bailey, one coming from an error to lead off the 3rd, and a walk to Andrew McCutchen in the 7th.

It's the 16th no-hitter in Reds franchise history.

There's been so many twists and turns in the Aaron Hernandez case that you don't know where it's going to head next.  Now a person of interest to police dies in a one-man car accident when, according to the Hartford Courant, the car went airborne and crashed into the Farmington Country Club.

Police are looking for any possible linkage between Hernandez and a 2012 double murder in Boston and were hoping to speak to the man, identified as Hernandez's Uncle.

There'll be more to this story as details become more available.

Associated Press via
FOX Sports Arizona
What's the best way to emerge from a rain delay?  How about plating 6 more runs in that inning to deal Patrick Corbin his first loss of the season as the Mets roll to a 9-1 victory.  When rain caused the game to be suspended in the 7th inning, the Mets had the bases loaded.

After the 100 minute delay, the Mets got back-to-back singles from Anthony Recker and Omar Quintanilla to plate 3, and Eric Young and Juan Lagares batted in runs as well.

Corbin, now 9-1 for the season, allowed a season-high 5 runs, and continues a streak where no D-Back starter has earned a winning decision since June 5th.  Jeremy Hefner allowed just 4 hits, striking out 6 in his 7 innings of work, allowing just the single run off Martin Prado's homer in the top of the 7th.

Next up for the Mets is Harvey Day.  Matt Harvey struck out 11 in his last start against the Washington Nationals, but couldn't get the win as the Nats exploded for 5 runs in the last two innings.  Randall Delgado gets his 4th major league start of the season as he will try to control his pitches better.  He walked four in the loss against the Atlanta Braves last time out.

Hockey's staying in Glendale.  The City Council voted last night 4-3 in favor of a 15-year $225 million lease for arena to the Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, a.k.a. IceArizona.  The vote reassures the Phoenix suburb that hockey will continue to be played for years to come, and ends four years of court challenges and rumors of relocation of the Coyotes to either Seattle or Quebec City.

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