Monday, July 1, 2013

Wheeler's flat in home debut

The Devils are showing signs of the future.  The Golden Eagles play a marathon Saturday night ... will it translate to Sunday success?  And Inbee Park does something no other woman has done since 1950.

Errol Anderson | Newsday
But the big story today is the big city debut of Zack Wheeler.  After an impressive win over the Atlanta Braves to start his major league career, Wheeler was taken off the hook when the Chicago White Sox misplayed what should have been the final out in a Mets loss.

The question was going to be, how would Zack handle playing for the first time in front of the hometown crowd.  The crowd was energetic and excited after Wheeler handled the Nationals in order in the 1st inning.

After the Mets failed to convert a runner on 1st and 2nd with only 1 out in the bottom half, Adam LaRoche made sure TV and Radio producers were back on the air as he took Wheeler's 1st offering deep to kick off a four-run 2nd inning for the Nationals where Wheeler was unable to retire the first three Nationals.

It didn't get much better for Wheeler, or the Mets.  Already down 5-0, Brandon Lyons got torched for 6 runs in the 8th, 5 of them under his arm and the 6th run coming in after he was replaced by Scott Rice.  Washington would score two more runs off Anthony Recker in the 9th, which was countered by John Buck's 13th homer of the season as the Mets drop the rubber game to the Nationals 13-2.

Zack Wheeler's first loss of the season came after a 4 2/3rd inning effort where he allowed 5 runs, all earned,  on 6 hits.  He struck out 5 and offered 2 free passes via walks.

Bryan Ramirez
Glens Falls Golden Eagles
Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League history was made at East Field on Saturday.  Saturday night's game between the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and the Albany Dutchmen marked the first time a game in the league has reached 16 innings.

In the bottom of the 9th, the Dutchmen went with closer Ben Seabrook with a 1 run lead.  Seabrook got into trouble quickly, allowing a hit from Ramon Laureano.  Laureano would gain 2nd base on a Wild Pitch, then reached 3rd base when a strike out to Josh Anderson wasn't caught by Nate Rupiper, forcing him to throw to 1st.  Laureano would score on a Wild Pitch to tie the game.

Both teams would trade runs in the 13th inning, and then after a couple of scoreless innings that saw rain threaten to suspend play, the Golden Eagles would win the game on Bryan Ramirez's single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 16th inning to cap a marathon game that started at 7:05PM and saw its completion at 11:30PM.

Following Saturday night's 16-inning affair, the Golden Eagles were able to win in 9 innings, beating the Newark Pilots 3-1.  Starting pitcher Ryan Gray got into trouble in the 3rd inning as he walked the first three batters he faced.  The Golden Eagles were able to transcribe two of those walks into runs, and then held on thanks to some strong pitching from Andy Cheray and Armand Rugel.

GOLDEN EAGLE: Josh Anderson has been selected as a co-Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Week, thanks to his strong contributions in the batter's box this week.  Anderson went .526 with two homers last week in his return to the Golden Eagles.  Anderson was last selected as a Player of the Week back in the final week of the 2011 regular season.

Of the splashes made in the NHL Draft on Sunday, none were greater than the ones created by the team that was hosting the draft, the New Jersey Devils.  The draft started with the Devils trading their first round pick with the Vancouver Canucks for Corey Schneider, giving the Devils a future option for when Martin Brodeur hangs up his goalie mask for the final time.

The draft concluded with Brodeur himself announcing the Devils 7th Round pick, Anthony Brodeur.  The offspring of Martin Brodeur will be playing Junior Hockey this winter with the Gatineau Olympiques.

In all, it's been a pretty good weekend for the elder Brodeur.  He learned to begin the weekend that he will be on the cover of EA Sports yearly hockey game, NHL '14.

Inbee Park has done something no other woman has done since 1950 - win the first three majors of a season in Women's Golf.  She accomplished the feat after her four stroke victory in the U.S. Women's Open yesterday on Long Island.

Babe Zaharias was the only other woman to complete that feat.  The next major on the schedule for the women is the Women's British Open, which will be held in St. Andrews the first weekend of August.

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