Thursday, April 24, 2014

The New York Mets win a close one over the St. Louis Cardinals



The New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.  The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 3-2 Mets.  Jon Niese started for the Mets and pitched well and the bullpen was good.  The Mets offense only managed four hits but they made them count. 

Niese pitched 6 2/3 giving up six hits and a run with two walks and three strikeouts.  Niese won his first game of the season, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 1/3 of an inning and struck out the only batter that he faced.  Carlos Torres pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits  and Scott Rice retired the only batter that he faced.  Kyle Farnsworth earned his second save of the season.  Farnsworth pitched an inning giving up three hits and a run with a strikeout. 

Michael Wacha lost his second game of the season pitching four innings and giving up three hits and two runs with five walks and ten strikeouts.  Maness pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up a hit and a run with two strikeouts, Randy Choate pitched 1/3 of an inning and walked a batter and Pat Neshek pitched an inning striking out one.  Fornataro pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. 

Kirk Nieuwenhuis  had an RBI and drew a walk, Curtis Granderson had a hit and drew a walk and Daniel Murphy had a hit.  Lucas Duda had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Travis d'Arnaud had a hit and drew a walk and Ruben Tejada had an RBI and drew a walk.  Niese drew a walk, Duda hit a homerun and the Mets were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.  Nieuwenhuis had an outfield assist. 

Matt Carpenter had four hits, Descalso had a hit and an RBI and Matt Holliday drew a walk.  Allen Craig had a hit, Yadier Molina had three hits, an RBI and drew a walk and Shane Robinson had a hit.  John Jay had a hit, Molina hit two doubles and Carpenter and Daniel Descalso each hit a double.  The Cardinals were 2-8 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base.  Peralta committed an error. 

Molina hit an RBI double in the first to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.  In the fourth Tejada had an RBI walk and Nieuwenhuis had an RBI walk to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.  In the sixth Duda hit a solo homerun to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.  The Cardinals would score a run in the ninth but the game would end 3-2 Mets.  Descalso hit an RBI double.   The two teams will play the rubber game of their three game series on Thursday afternoon. 

The New York Yankees lose but the story is Michael Pineda and pine tar


The New York Yankees were defeated by the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.  The game took place at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts and the final score was 5-1.  Michael Pineda started but was ejected in the second inning after pine tar was discovered on his neck.  The Yankees bullpen pitched well but their defense was sloppy and the offense didn't do much off of John Lackey. 
Pineda pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up four hits and two runs.  He didn't walk or strikeout a batter and he took the loss which was his second of the season.  It was such a short start because of the immediate ejection upon the finding of the pine tar.  It is expected he will be suspended as well for at least one start and maybe two.  David Phelps pitched two innings giving up three hits and two runs which were unearned.  He walked three and struck out four.  Matt Thornton pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a walk and striking out one, Preston Claiborne pitched two innings giving up three hits and a run with a strikeout and Adam Warren pitched a perfect inning. 
John Lackey picked up his third win of the season.  He pitched eight innings giving up one run on seven hits with 11 strikeouts.  Koji Uehara pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out the side. 
Carlos Beltran had two hits, Brian McCann had a hit and Alfonso Soriano had a hit and an RBI.  Brett Gardner had a hit, Brian Roberts had two hits and Kelly Johnson had a hit.  Johnson and Beltran each hit a double and the Yankees were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Johnson had a stolen base and Jeter, Johnson and Warren each committed an error. 
Grady Sizemore had a hit, Dustin Pedroia had two hits and an RBI and David Ortiz had a hit and drew a walk.  Mike Napoli had three hits and an RBI, A.J. Pierzynski had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and Xander Bogaerts had a hit.  Brock Holt had a hit, an RBI and drew two walks.  Napoli hit a double and Sizemore hit a triple.  The Red Sox were 4-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.  Napoli was caught stealing. 
In the first Pedroia hit an RBI single and Pierzynski hit an RBI single to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.  In the fourth Napoli hit an RBI double and a wild pitch scored another run to make it 4-0.  The Yankees got on the board in the sixth on a Soriano sacrifice fly.  The Red Sox would lead 4-1 and add another run in the eighth to extend the lead to 5-1 and that would be the final score.  The series is tied at one game each with the rubber game on Thursday night.   

The New York Mets are shutout by Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals



The New York Mets were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.  The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 3-0 Cardinals.  Dillon Gee started for the Mets and pitched well.  The Mets only managed four hits. 

Gee pitched six innings giving up six hits and two runs with two walks and four strikeouts.  Gee lost his first game of the season.  Gonzalez Germen pitched two innings giving up three hits and a walk with a strikeout and Jose Valverde pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a walk and two strikeouts. 

Wainwright pitched seven innings giving up four hits and no runs.  He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.  Siegrist pitched a perfect inning and Trevor Rosenthal pitched an inning walking two batters and striking out one.  Rosenthal earned his sixth save of the season. 

Eric Young Jr. had a hit and drew a walk, Curtis Granderson drew a walk and Daniel Murphy had a hit.  Chris Young had a hit, Lucas Duda had a hit and the Mets were 0-3 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.  Young was caught stealing, Quintanilla committed an error and Young Jr. and Granderson each had an outfield assist. 

Matt Carpenter had a hit, Matt Holliday had three hits, an RBI and drew a walk and Mike Adams had two hits.  Yadier Molina had a hit, John Jay had two hits and two RBI and Jhonny Peralta drew two walks.  Wainwright had a hit, Descalso drew a walk and the Cardinals were 3-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. 

In the fourth Jay hit a two run single giving the Cardinals the lead.  In the ninth they would add another run on a Holliday RBI single.  The final score was 3-0 Cardinals.  The two teams will play game two of their three game series on Wednesday night and then complete the series on Thursday afternoon. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees take down the Boston Red Sox



The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.  The game took place at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts and the final score was 9-3 in favor of the Yankees.  Masahiro Tanaka started and was impressive once again for the Yankees.  Carlos Beltran had a homerun, Jacoby Ellsbury in his return to Boston had a very good game. 

Tanaka pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up two runs on seven hits.  He didn't walk a batter and struck out seven.  Dellin Betances gave up a couple of hits in 1 2/3 innings.  He gave up his first run of the season and struck out two. 

Jon Lester pitched  4 2/3 innings giving up 11 hits and eight runs with three of them being earned.  He walked four and struck out seven and took his third loss of the season.  Chris Capuano pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up two hits and striking out one, Edward Mujica pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a strikeout and Junichi Tazawa pitched an inning giving up a hit. 

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and two RBI, Derek Jeter had two hits, two RBI and drew a walk and Carlos Beltran had two hits and two RBI.  Alfonso Soriano had a hit, Mark Teixeira had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Brian McCann had three hits, an RBI and drew a walk, Ichiro Suzuki had two hits and drew a walk and Brian Roberts had two hits.  Soriano, Teixeira, McCann, Ellsbury and Suzuki each hit a double and Ellsbury hit a triple.  Beltran hit a homerun and the Yankees were 7-18 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. 

Dustin Pedroia had a hit, David Ortiz had a hit and an RBI and Mike Napoli had two hits and an RBI.  Jonny Gomes had a hit, A.J. Pierzynski had a hit and Xander Bogaerts had a hit and an RBI.  Brock Holt had a hit, Jackie Bradley Jr. had a hit and Pedroia, Pierzynski, Napoli, Gomes and Bogaerts each hit a double.  Ortiz and Napoli each hit a homerun and the Red Sox were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Pierzynski and Napoli each committed an error and Pierzynski had a passed ball. 

In the first Jeter had an RBI single and Beltran had an RBI single to make it 2-0.  In the third Teixeira and McCann each hit an RBI double to push their lead to 4-0.  In the fourth Ortiz and Napoli hit back-to-back homeruns to cut the lead to 4-2.  In the fifth Roberts reached on an error and a run scored, Ellsbury had a two run double and Jeter had an RBI single.  The Yankees had a 8-2 lead and added another run in the eighth on a solo homerun by Beltran.  Bogaerts hit an RBI double in the ninth to complete the scoring at 9-3.  The Yankees won the first of three and the two teams will play game two on Wednesday night. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The New York Mets blank the St. Louis Cardinals



The New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.  The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 2-0 Mets.  Jenrry Mejia started for the Mets and pitched well and the bullpen was good.  Travis d'Arnaud had a couple hits to pace the Mets offensive attack. 

Mejia pitched  6 2/3 innings giving up four hits and no runs with three walks and seven strikeouts.  Mejia picked up his third win of the season, Scott Rice pitched 2/3 of an inning striking out one and Carlos Torres pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and striking out two.  Kyle Farnsworth earned his first save of the season pitching an inning and giving up a hit. 

Tyler Lyons lost his first game of the season pitching six innings and giving up six hits and two runs.  He walked four and struck out seven.  Pat Neshek pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and Eric Fornataro pitched a perfect inning. 

Eric Young Jr. had a hit, David Wright had a hit and an RBI and Chris Young had a hit.  Daniel Murphy had a hit and drew a walk, Josh Satin drew two walks and d'Arnaud had two hits and an RBI.  Ruben Tejada hda a hit and drew a walk, d'Arnaud hit a double and the Mets were 3-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.  Murphy had a stolen base. 

Matt Carpenter had two hits, Allen Craig had two hits and Yadier Molina had two hits.  Jhonny Peralta drew a walk, Jon Jay drew a walk and Mark Ellis drew a walk.  Craig hit a double and the Cardinals were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Lyons committed an error. 

In the third Wright hit an RBI single and in the sixth d'Arnaud hit an RBI single to make it 2-0 and that was the final score.  The Mets will play the Cardinals on Tuesday night in game two of their three game series. 
 

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