Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Midday Recap: Buck passes the buck to Brown

Eights are Great in Toronto on Canada Day.  A former Ranger and Whale skater is coming to the Phantoms.  Serena Williams is out at Wimbledon.  And Chris Paul is staying to play for Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers.

But the big story is the Mets walk-off victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the late night last night.  It was shaping up to be a tough loss for the Mets as Paul Goldschmidt belted a 2-run shot off Shaun Marcum in the first inning, meanwhile the Mets were able to make base runners, but couldn't get them home.  

With starting pitcher Wade Miley gone after 5 2/3rd innings, the Mets started clawing back, with a run in the 7th and a run in the 8th to cut the deficit to one.  Then in the 9th inning, Marlon Byrd traveled home on a Josh Satin single, and scored when Miguel Montero failed to hold onto the ball.

However, the Mets rally for a walk-off fell short when John Buck, the run that didn't matter, tried to advance to 2nd on a passed ball, and was easily tagged for the 3rd out, stranding Josh Satin at 3rd base.

So in extra innings, the Mets used up their bench, and facing a one-run deficit in the bottom of the 13th after Cody Ross led off with a homer, Terry Collins had no choice but to use his next pinch hitter available, Matt Harvey.  With runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out, Harvey successfully bunted the two runners to 2nd and 3rd. A walk to Omar Quintanilla loaded the bases for Andrew Brown, who took an 0-2 pitch up high into left field to score the two runs needed for the Mets victory.

The come-from-behind win saves Marcum from losing his 10th of the year.  In the means of winning, the Mets left 20 on base, going 5-for-20 with runners in scoring position.

The Mets may not get as many opportunities tonight when they face Patrick Corbin, a 9-0 pitcher who is searching for his first win since June 2nd.  He regularly goes 6 or more innings, with nearly a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  His lone game against the Mets did not go well, only going 3 1/3rd innings as the Mets scored four in a winning effort at Citi Field last season.  However, that was Corbin's 2nd career start.

Jeremy Hefner may sport a 2-6 record, but the Mets have won the last three games he started.  In that span, he has nearly a 5:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  

R.A. Dickey's record with the Toronto Blue Jays is 8-8 after the team celebrated Canada Day with an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Dickey allowed 6 hits in his 7 innings pitched, allowing two runs as the Blue Jays evened their record to 41-41.  Mark DeRosa was the biggest contributor for the Blue Jays, belting out his 5th of the year in the 4th inning to plate 3 runs.

Two American Hockey League veterans are sporting new jerseys today after being traded by their parent clubs.  Danny Syvret, a favorite with the Adirondack Phantoms, is heading to the New York Rangers organization after he was traded for Connecticut Whale regular Kris Newbury.  In 599 games, Newbury lit the lamp 142 times and assisted 297 times.

Syvret leaves the Phantoms third all-time on the Adirondack Phantoms assist list with 67, and 7th in the history of the Phantoms franchise (including Philadelphia Phantoms era) with 112.

Serena Williams 34 match win streak is done after losing to Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon.  The top seed fell behind early and lost the first set to Lisicki 6-2, then rebounded to dominate the 2nd set 1-6.  However, she was critical of her serve in the 3rd set, to which Lisicki exploited to win the 3rd set 6-4.

Serena's departure leaves one lone American left in the singles tournament, Sloane Stephens.  She defeated Monica Puig in three sets after losing the 1st set 4-6 to advance to the quarterfinals.  She will face Marion Bartoli next.

[editor's update: After typing this, Sloane Stephens fell to Marion Bartoli in the quarterfinals in two straight sets to leave no American left in the singles field, men or women.  Sabine Lisicki won her quarterfinals match and will be playing Agnieszka Radwanska in the semis.]

Chris Paul is staying in the city of Angels after agreeing to a 5 year contract.  The 28 year old agrees to terms on a 5 year contract with the Clippers that will widen his wallet by $107 million dollars, and will give Doc Rivers some options to mull as he tries to build of this year's success in Los Angeles.

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