Monday, August 19, 2013

Midday Recap - Harvey ND'd again, Giants fall flat

Matt Harvey gets another no decision. The Giants falter against the Colts. And the Bills may have figured out their week 1 starter. Only 1 problem.

But the big story is the bean heard around the world in Beantown last night.

Ryan Dempster took exception to Alex Rodriguez playing under appeal of his suspension and in the 2nd inning, delivered his first offering to A-Rod way inside, nearly plunking the 3rd baseman. The 2nd and 3rd pitches to A-Rod also were inside, but not as close. But the 4th pitch came inside and plunked A-Rod below the elbow.

A-Rod was displeased, but more displeased was Skipper Joe Girardi about Dempster only getting a warning instead of an ejection on what he saw was a blatant bean.  A fired up Girardi caused the benches to clear, fueling up a rivalry that hasn't been much to talk about otherwise this year.

After the plunked Rod, all eyes were on C.C. Sabathia to see if he would retaliate and hit a batter, but through 6 1/3rd innings, he did not.

The Yankees would go on to win the game 9-6 as Sabathia earned his 11th win of the season.  Ryan Dempster was charged with his 9th loss of the year.

Boston Pride: Fans at Fenway Park did give an ovation to Mariano Rivera as he walked out onto the field in the middle of the 9th inning, before earning his 36th save of the season.

Matt Harvey remains at 9-4 for the year after a no-decision start on Sunday against the San Diego Padres.

Things were going well for Harvey until the 5th inning, when he started the inning by plunking Logan Forsythe on the first pitch, and then surrendered a single by Nick Hundley.  Both would be brought home to tie the score at 2-2.

Then in the 6th inning, a single to Jedd Gyorko started the inning.  He would be stranded, however, after Logan Forsythe grounded out.

That would be all for Harvey, as after a two-out double by Omar Quintanilla, Terry Collins decided to pinch-hit for the pitcher, sending Andrew Brown to the plate.  That move proved to be good when Brown doubled home Quintanilla for the go-ahead run, putting Harvey back in line for the win.

But that wouldn't last, as Gonzalez Germen would get into trouble, surrendering a walk to Yonder Alonso.  Chase Headley doubled to right, but the strong arm of Marlon Byrd kept Alonso at 3rd until Chris Denorfia singled him home.

After a scoreless top 9th, and Pedro Feliciano on the mound for the Mets, Will Venable took a 1-2 slider deep for the Mets 12th walk-off loss of the year, as the Padres won the back 2 games to split the four game series.

Fly like a Byrd: Marlon Byrd came within inches of extending the Mets lead in the 8th inning when he crushed a ball to deep center.  However, a jumping grab by game-winner Will Venable at the wall brought the 2nd out of the inning.  It was a close call, as the downward trajectory of the ball would possibly have clipped the top of the wall.

Infield Singles: The Mets surrendered three infield singles during the game.  Two of those three brought men home, as Venable's soft grounder to Justin Turner in the 5th allowed Forsythe to score and Nick Hundley to move over to 3rd, where he would be brought home with the next batter's sac-fly.  Then in the 8th, Denorfia's single to Quintanilla brought home Alonso to tie the game once again.

Walk it Off: The Mets are now 31-34 on the road, with 12 of those losses of the walk-off variety. The 12 walk-off losses this season ties them for the most in the majors with the Miami Marlins.

Detour: The Mets have a detour on their way home from the west coast as they play a make-up game against the Minnesota Twins. There will be friendlier weather for the Mets this time at Target Field as the high is forecasted to reach 90, a considerable difference from the snowy conditions that brought about the postponement back in April.  Dillon Gee will start for the Mets, and Kyle Gibson gets the nod for the Twins. Pregame Coverage: 1:30PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio

The Giants lead, but cannot stay ahead as the New York Giants lose to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.

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The Giants took the lead on a Josh Brown 25 yard field goal.  But four minutes was all it took for the Colts to seize control of the lead with Andrew Luck's pass to Reggie Wayne for the 28 yard touchdown reception.  Adam Vinatieri showed he has kicking power still at the end of the first quarter, as he booted a 52 yard field goal for the 10-3 Indy lead.

In the 2nd quarter, the Colts got a 18 yard touchdown reception as Luck and T.Y. Hilton combine efforts.  But two Josh Brown field goals would move the Giants back within a possession at the end of the half.

Both teams would trade a field goal in the 2nd half, and the Giants would go down 20-12.

Sacked Pack: Eli Manning went 8-for-17 for 91 yards, including a pick as he obtained a 39.1 QB rating in the game.  The other two on the Giants depth chart weren't much better - David Carr's 7/11 was better, but 3 sacks helped shut down drives fast.  Ryan Nassib's 2 sacks didn't help either, combined with his 2/6 passing.

Mellow Yellow: So if through most of the stats, the Giants were equal to the Colts, how did they lose the game?  Negative yardage could be a reason.  44 yards lost to sacks and the 10 yellow flags that accounted for 96 penalty yards did not help the G-men.

After looking nearly unstoppable in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, it appeared as if the 1st round draft pick was going to be named the Buffalo Bills starter for the 1st regular season matchup against the New England Patriots.

After all, EJ Manuel went 10/12 in the 3rd quarter, passing for 92 yards as his arm helped lift the Buffalo Bills to victory over the Minnesota Vikings, 20-16.

However, Saturday, it was learned that EJ Manuel will be sidelined for the remainder of the preseason, there is some swelling going on with his knee that needs to be looked at, and that Kevin Kolb will be getting the start in the 3rd preseason game against the Washington Redskins [4:30PM, 1410 CBS Sports Radio WENU].

At this time, Manuel should be back with the Bills in time for the regular season.

Kids take to the field for the first time today as high school football practices begin across New York State.  Some schools, especially downstate, decided to make this a special occasion by opening practice at Midnight.

Locally, we'll be keeping an eye on how all our local teams are doing and will provide reports as the high school football season draws closer.

Our first game of the year will take place on Saturday, September 7th as the Troy Flying Horses take on the Queensbury Spartans in a Class A match.  Broadcast will be on 1230 FOX Sports Radio starting at 1:15PM.

A full listing of our scheduled broadcasts can be found here.

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