Friday, July 5, 2013

Midday Recap: Arizona persistent in win, Trades and a wild 9th for the Halos.

Tyler Seguin is calling somewhere else home now.  The Sacramento Kings make a trade, but it doesn't involve Jimmer Fredette.  Claude Giroux will be spending the next 8 years in Philadelphia.  Daniel Alfredsson will not be retiring as an Ottawa Senator.  And a wild finish in Los Angeles.

But the big story this post-Independence Day is the Arizona Diamondbacks coming away with a 5-4 win over the New York Mets in 15 innings.

In the 4th inning, the Mets take advantage of David Wright's 19th double of the season as he would later score thanks to an Ian Kennedy wild pitch and a Marlon Byrd sacrifice ground out.

But a walk and a double in the top of the 5th gets Dillon Gee and the Mets into trouble, and Wil Nieves capitalizes on a single to center to bring both runners in.

But Gee answers back, with a single to center to bring home Omar Quintanilla in the bottom half of the inning.

The two teams would remain scoreless until the 13th when Cody Ross walks in the go-ahead run for the Diamondbacks.  And on the last hope, the Mets extend the game with Anthony Recker's long ball to bring the 14th inning.

In the 14th, Martin Prado singles in to put the Diamondbacks ahead again, but it was answered by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who homered.

In the 15th inning, the Mets had no answer for Cliff Pennington's RBI single, earning Scott Rice his 5th loss of the season.

It's another Wheeler Day for the Mets as they spin the wheels out west in Milwaukee to begin a three-stop road trip leading to the All-Star Break.

Tyler Seguin is moving west.  The 2010 Number 2 draft pick highlights a 7-player trade that helps close a gap at Center for the Dallas Stars.  Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow will now call Boston home as the Stars acquire Rich Peverly and Ryan Button in addition to Seguin.

Seguin scored 16 goals for the Bruins in the 48-game regular season, but lit the lamp only once during the postseason.

The Sacramento Kings conduct a three-team trade, but it doesn't involve hometown grown Jimmer Fredette.  According to the sources for the Associated Press, Tyreke Evans will play for the Portland Trail Blazers, Robin Lopez will play for the New Orleans Pelicans, and Greivis Vasquez will become a King.

The trade will not become official until July 10th.

Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers agree on terms.  Sources tell the Associated Press that the Flyers captain will sign a $64 million contract to play for the Flyers for the next 8 years.  Giroux scored 13 goals last year with the Flyers, but his assist numbers improved, getting 35 assists during the strike-shortened season.

Daniel Alfredsson will not retire an Ottawa Senator.  The 17-season Senator signed a one-year deal to play for the Detroit Red Wings, a shock to those in Ottawa as during contract negotiations the Sweeden-born player was offered a blank check by the Senators brass.

Alfredsson, however, felt that another team would give him an improved chance to win the Stanley Cup.

In over 1,100 career games, Alfredsson lit the lamp 426 times, and contributed on another 682 through assists.

Looking good through 8 innings, Adam Wainwright steps onto the mound to finish off the Los Angeles Angels.  Unfortunately, the Angels had other things in mind, as Albert Pujols finished off a 6 pitch at-bat with a liner to left.  That would be the end of Adam Wainwright's night.  Edward Mujica, a perfect 21-for-21 in save opportunities this year, steps onto the mound.

It only took two pitches to Josh Hamilton to end that perfect streak, as took a Splitter deep to center field, tying the game at 5-5.  It would be Mujica's first blown save since September 14th last year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo would make four straight Angels to reach base without anyone being retired, and two fly outs later, Erick Aybar took a 2-1 Splitter to left field to score the game-winning run.

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