Sunday, May 15, 2022

Mets Rock Ray, But Seattle Steals It Late To Take Series

 

Cal Raleigh and Abraham Toro after scoring on Raleigh's home run in the sixth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets lost a heartbreaker to the Seattle Mariners, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Seattle took two of three in the series, handing the Mets (23-13) their first series loss of the season.

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 34

 

From now until the end of the season, we will be comparing how the current 2022 Yankees team stacks up with their 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.

Through 34 games: 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Mets Outlast Mariners, Win It On Mazieka Homer

 

George Kirby fires to Starling Marte in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets beat the Mariners, 5-4, on a home run from Patrick Mazieka in his season debut, on a rainy Saturday night at Citi Field. 

The Mets are now 23-12, on top in the National League, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are 20-12 after dropping a pair to the Phillies, who are now at .500, at 17-17, 5 1/2 games behind the Mets in the National League East.

Yankee Stadium To Host Joel & Victoria Osteen August 6th

 

Photo by Jason Schott.


Joel and Victoria Osteen will host a night of hope and inspirations at Yankee Stadium on August 6, their third time holding servies there, Yankee Stadium Events announced recently.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Mets, Despite Strong Start From Scherzer, Fall To Seattle

 

Max Scherzer warms up...even when the mound is being worked on. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets lost a nailbiter, 2-1, to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night at Citi Field in their first game back home after a 4-2 road trip in Philadelhia and Washington. The Mets fell to 22-12 on the season, and they remain the only team with a winning record in the National League East.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Yankees Welcome Special Guest Dominick Krankall

 

Dominick Krankall, with his parents Maria and Aaron, and Yankees Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Jordan Montgomery. All photos provided by the New York Yankees.

On Wednesday, the Yankees had a very speciael guest for their aftenoon game against the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-year-old Dominick Krankall.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Torres 5, Toronto 3 As Yankees Sweep

 

Gleyber Torres crosses the plate after rounding the bases on his home run. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium to sweep their brief two-game series, with Gleyber Torres knocking in all five runs.

Yankees Host Bronx Education All Star Day

 

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On Wednesday morning, ahead of their game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees, in conjunction with the NYC Board of Education, hosted Bronx Education All Star Day.

Stanton & Judge Powering Yankees’ Historic Start

 

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge surveying the field during a recent batting practice. Photo by Jason Schott.


On Tuesday night, the Yankees pulled off a stirring comeback win against the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-5, and it was not hard to see where their offense came from.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Yankees Split Doubleheader With Texas

 

The Yankees mob Gleyber Torres at the plate after his walk-off homer in the first game. Photos by Jason Schott.


The Yankees split their Mother’s Day Sunday doubleheader with the Texas Rangers, as they won the first game, 2-1, on a walk-off home run by Gleyber Torres, and dropped the second game, 4-2.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Yankees Washed Out Again Saturday, To Be Made Up Monday

 

Photo by Jason Schott.


For the second straight day, the Yankees had to postpone their game with the Texas Rangers due to the massive rain storm in the New York area. 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Books: "Killing The Killers" By Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

 



Killing the Killers: The Secret War Against Terrorists

By Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

St. Martin's Press; hardcover, 304 pages; $30.00

Bill O'Reilly, the trailblazing journalist who can be heard on WABC Radio in New York nightly, and is the host of "The O'Reilly Update," which can be heard on 225 radio stations, and the "No Spin News" every evening on BillOReilly.com, has added another ledger to his acclaimed Killing series, which now comprises 11 books. 

Yankees Game Postponed Friday Night; Doubleheader Sunday

 

Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees announced on Friday morning that their game that night with the Texas Rangers is postponed, and it will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday starting at 1:35 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Force Was With Atlanta In Series Finale With Mets

 

Star Wars was the theme of the day on the video boards. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Atlanta Braves were stifled by Mets starter Tylor Megill early, but once they found the force on May The Fourth Star Wars Day at Citi Field Wednesday afternoon, they put up seven runs in the sixth inning on their way to a 9-2 win.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Mets Sweep Braves In Doubleheader Thanks To Superb Pitching

 

David Peterson on the mound for the Mets during the first game. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets swept the Braves in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Citi Field, as they won the first game, 5-4, and shutout Atlanta, 3-0, in the nightcap as Carlos Carrasco threw eight shutout innings. The Mets are now 18-8 on the season, best in the National League.

Though it’s early, they have opened up a seven-game lead on the defending World Champions, who fell to 11-15, in the National League East. Miami is currently in second with a record of 12-11, and Philadelphia is third at 11-13.

This was precipitated by their brief two-game series, which would have taken place on April 4 and 5, in the first week of the season being lost due to the lockout. The other game will be made up on Saturday, August 6 as part of a day-night doubleheader, with games at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

GAME 1: METS 5, BRAVES 4

The Mets won this one with tremendous pitching, as David Peterson earned his first win of the season with a solid outing in a spot start, and then Adam Ottavino, Drew Smith, and Edwin Diaz provided four scoreless innings in relief.

The Mets jumped out to the early lead in this one against Braves starter Charlie Morton, who entered this one with a 1-2 record and an uncharacteristic 7.00 ERA.

In the first, Pete Alonso and Eduardo Escobar had RBI singles in the first inning to make it 2-0.

Atlanta got one back in the second whan Adam Duvall drew a one-out walk, followed by a Dansby Swanson double that brought him to third, and he came in on a sacrifice fly by Travis Demeritte.

The Mets went right back at it in the bottom of the second, as Luis Guillorme walked to open the inning, then  after Tomas Nido popped out, Travis Jankowski walked, and Mark Canha hit one to second that Ozzie Albies fielded and tried to get Jankowski at second, but Dansby Swanson did not get over in time, so everyone was safe.

Francisco Lindor hit one to second that was a force out, and it brought in Guillorme, and Alonso got another RBI single to bring in Jankowski and make it 4-1 Mets.

They tacked on another run, which would turn out to be very valuable, in the fourth when Jankowski reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and reached third on a throwing error on the attempt by Atlanta catcher Travis d'Arnaud. A Canha sacrifice fly would bring home Jankowksi and make it 5-1.

In the fifth, Atlanta put some pressure on Peterson, as Demeritte led off with a single, and then with one out, Albies hit a dribbler that Peterson couldn't handle, so instead of having an inning-ending double play, the inning continued.

Braves first baseman Matt Olson took advantage, and he ripped a three-run home run to pull Atlanta within a run, at 5-4.

In the sixth, with Morton still in there for Atlanta, the Mets had a chance to add some insurance. Guillorme and Janksowski each had singles, and Atlanta turned to Jesse Chaves with two on and two out for Canha, and he struck him out.

Morton went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. He was one or two well-timed hits away from being knocked out in those first two innings, but he did what veterans do and kept his team in the game.

Peterson went five innings, and allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. 

Ottavino was in next, coming off a nice outing Monday night in which he struck out the side in the ninth inning. He kept that going in this one, as he retired Duvall and Swanson and then got Demeritte to ground to second to complete another perfect inning.

Drew Smith, in his first action since he threw 1 1/3 innings in Friday's combined no-hitter, threw two innings in this one, in which he didn't allow a hit, surrendered just a walk, and struck out two.

Edwin Diaz came on for the ninth, and struck out Swanson and Demeritte before allowing a single to pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia. He then got Albies to ground out to second to end it and earn his fifth save of the season.  

GAME 2: METS 3,BRAVES 0

Carlos Carrasco’s last outing at Citi Field, in which he shut down the San Francisco Giants on April 21 was an appetizer to what he did to Atlanta.

The right-hander nicknamed Cookie, which was ironically a trivia contest question during the game, threw eight shutout innings, scattering six hits and two walks, while notching five strikeouts, to improve to 2-1 on the season, with an ERA of 3.30.

Carrasco was off a tough outing in St. Louis last Wednesday, got the start for the Mets in this one, and he ran into trouble in a hurry.

Ronald Acuna, Jr. led the game off with a double, but Carrasco settled in to retire Matt Olson on a grounder to second base, which did move Acuna to third with one out. Austin Riley struck out, removing the chance at a sacrifice fly, and Marcell Ozuna grounded back to Carrasco to end the inning.

Just as they did in the first game, the Mets cashed in quickly in the bottom of the first. Brandon Nimmo, back to his customary leadoff spot after having Game 1 off, led off with a single, and then Jeff McNeil got a one-out single before Pete Alonso grounded out.

Dom Smith, who did not play the opener, was at first base in this one, and he received a nice ovation as the crowd was reacting to the Mets keeping him around when the roster was trimmed yesterday. He rewarded their cheers with a double into the left field corner to bring in Nimmo and McNeil and make it 2-0 Mets.

In the second, Atlanta got singles from Ozzie Albies and Adam Duvall to open the inning, but just as in the first, Carrasco got out of it, striking out Travis Demeritte, getting Dansby Swanson to pop out to the catcher,and striking out William Contreras.

Smith had another big chance in the bottom of the third, after McNeil and Alonso got two-out singles, but he grounded to short to end the inning.

Carrasco settled in, with the Duvall hit in the second being the last one until he allowed a single to Contreras with two out in the fifth before he got Acuna to ground out. The only runner between the base hits was Acuna, who walked to open the third, and he was erased when Olson hit into a double play.

Atlanta got a lead off double from Olson in the top pf the sixth, and he moved to third on a Riley ground out to second, but Carrasco once again got out of it with a strike out of Ozuna and he got Albies to ground out.

In the bottom half, Alonso led off with a home run into the Mets bullpen in right field, his fifth of the year and 21st RBI, to make it 3-0.

After Edwin Diaz closed out the first game, it was up to Seth Lugo to finish off Game 2, and he did, working around an Albies single and getting Demeritte to hit into a double play to end it, and earn his second save.


Mets To Host Second Annual Military Transition Summit This Saturday

 


The Mets will host the second annual Military Transition Summit at Citi Field this Saturday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Veterans, active service members, spouses, and organizations are invited to attend.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Braves, Driven by d'Arnaud, Take Opener From Mets

 

Chris Bassitt looking in for the sign against Travis Demeritte. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets lost a tough one to the defending World Champion Atlanta Braves, 5-2, on Monday night at Citi Field, as old friend Travis d'Arnaud drove in three runs for Atlanta.

The Mets fell to 16-8, while Atlanta improved to 11-13, in what already feels like a pivotal four-game set - which includes a one-admission doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon starting at 3:00 p.m - in terms of setting the tone in the National League East.

Max Fried got the win for Atlanta to improve to 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA on the season, as he went six innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and no walks, while striking out six.

Chris Bassitt, who sailed through the first five innings before surrendering a 2-1 lead in the sixth, went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk, with eight strikeouts, fell to 3-2 on the season and his ERA ticked up to 2.61.

The biggest news on the day for the Mets came in the morning when they decided to designate second baseman/designted hitter Robinson Cano for assignment with two years and around $40 million left on his contract, and option right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez to Triple-A Syracuse as the roster trimmed down to 26 players from 28, which owed to the shortened spring training. To read about the Mets letting Cano go, click here.

In the game, the Mets jumped out to an early lead in the second inning as Starling Marte manufactured a run. Marte got a one-out double, moved to third on a fly ball to center by Jeff McNeil, and came in to score on a wild pitch. 

The Mets doubled their lead in the third when Mark Canha, who has been superb in his first year with the Mets after coming over from Oakland, hit his first homer of the season, to make it 2-0 Mets.

Atlanta got one of those runs back in the fourth when Austin Riley launched a home run to center field, and they took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when d'Arnaud got an RBI double and Adam Duvall got a sacrifice fly.

The Mets had a big chance in the seventh as they loaded the bases against Tyler Matzek with two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Atlanta turned to Collin McHugh, who began his professional career with the Mets, including with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2009, and he struck out Canha to end the inning.

Atlanta added to their lead in the eighth against Mets reliever Trevor May. Matt Olson led off the inning with a walk, and after the next two were retired, Ozzie Albies singled to keep the inning alive for d'Arnaud, who delivered a double to bring them home and make it 5-2.

The Mets turned to Adam Ottavino, who blew Saturday night's game against Philadelphia, for the ninth, and he had a nice bounce-back outing, as he struck out the side.

Kenley Jansen, the longtime Dodger in his first year with the Braves, came on to close it out, and he worked around a Marte single to earn his seventh save of the season.





Mets Tell Cano It's Time To Go

 

Robinson Cano with the Mets in 2019. 


On Monday morning, the Mets released infielder/designated hitter Robinson Cano on Monday morning, in a somewhat expected move, as they had to trim their roster from 28 players, which was meant to make up for the truncated spring training, to the normal 26.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Dom-inant Mets Take Series Finale From Phillies

 

Max Scherzer looking in for the sign against Kyle Schwarber. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets beat the Phillies, 10-6, in the finale of their three-game series on Sunday night at Citi Field.

Combined with their no-hitter on Friday night, the Mets won two games in the series and run their National League-best record to 16-7. 

Dom Smith led the way for the Mets, as he went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, and Starling Marte also had a hit and three RBIs.

The Mets sent Max Scherzer to the mound, and he has been a strikeout machine, as he racked up 10 apiece in his prior two starts, against San Francisco on April 19 and in St. Louis on April 25, and he kept it up in this one, as he struck out nine.

The Mets ace improved to 4-0 on the season, with a 2.61 ERA, as he went 6 innings, and allowed 4 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk. The only blemish on the night was the three home runs he allowed, with Kyle Schwarber getting two of them, and Bryce Harper a solo shot.

Scherzer started off the game by striking out the first five Phillies he faced in dominant fashion, a few of them on three pitches. This was the first time he did this in his illustrious career.

The run ended in a hurry when Schwarber (who else?) hit a bomb to right field for a solo home run. Schwarber, who has become a Met killer, picked up where he left off after getting the game-winning two-run homer on Saturday night.

The Mets came right back against Phillies starter Zach Eflin in the bottom of the second, as Eduardo Escobar got a one-out single, followed by a bloop hit into center field by Dom Smith. Escobar got to third on that hit, which proved to be huge because when Starling Marte dribbled one to third base, too slow for Alec Bohm to turn a double play, he came into score to tie the game.

The big blow of the inning came from Luis Guillorme, who hit one of the base of the fence in center field for a double to bring home Smith and make it 2-1 Mets. That was the second baseman's first RBI of the season.

Scherzer worked around a Jean Segura single in the third, getting out of the inning with a Rhys Hopkins double play, and then retired the first two Phillies in the fourth.

J.T. Realmuto drew a two-out walk which kept the inning alive for, you guessed it, Schwarber, and he took advantage. He deposited another bomb into the seats, a two-run shot this time, to make it Schwarber, I mean, Phillies 3, Mets 2.

The Mets got the run back quickly in the bottom half of the fourth, as Escobar got a lead-off single and he came home on a double by Dom Smith.

In the fifth, the Mets took the lead when Lindor, who singled to open the inning, came in on a passed ball by reliever Jose Alvarado with the bases loaded, and Dom Smith delivered a two-run single to make it 6-3 Mets.

Scherzer, who retired the Phils in order in the fifth, including with two strikeouts, made it three in a row with Hoskins to open the sixth. 

Bryce Harper was up next, and he launched a home run to right center to cut the Mets' lead to 6-4.

The Mets blew it ipen in the seventh, starting with Lindor reaching on an error by Phillies second baseman Segura, followed by a Jeff McNeil single, and a Pete Alonso RBI single. After Escobar struck out, Smith singled to give the Mets two on and one out. Starling Marte cashed in, hitting one up the gap in right to bring in McNeil and Alonso to make it 9-4. Marte was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, and Guillorme struck out to end the threat.

The World Champion Atlanta Braves come in to Citi Field for a big four-game set starting Monday night. Atlanta is 10-13 on the season, but everyone knows what they’re capable of.




Saturday, April 30, 2022

Mets Bullpen Falters As Phillies Come Back Late

 

Eduardo Escobar at bat on a beautiful Saturday night at Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.


One night after being no-hit, the Phillies responded with a 4-1 comeback win over the Mets on Saturday night at Citi Field in the second game of their weekend series.

Taijuan Walker was making his second start of the season, and first since he threw two scoreless innings against the Phillies in Philadelphia on April 11 before exiting with right shoulder bursitis. 

The Mets picked this game to slip Walker back into the rotation to give Max Scherzer an extra day's rest after he threw seven shutout innings in St. Louis last Monday night, in which he allowed just two hits and a walk, while striking out 10 in a game the Mets won 5-2, with all five runs coming in the ninth inning.

Walker had an up-and-down first season with the Mets in 2021, as he went 7-3 in to make the All-Star team, and then tailed off in the second half to finish 7-11 with a 4.47 ERA, 159 inning pitched, 133 hits, 84 runs (79 earned), 26 home runs, 55 walks, and 146 strikeouts.  

The big right-hander picked off where the five Mets who no-hit Philadelphia on Friday night left off, as he retired the Phils in order, punctuated by a strikeout of Bryce Harper, in the first inning.

Nick Castellanos led off the second inning with a line drive to left field for the Phillies' first hit of the night (and the series), and then he was promptly picked off first base. J.T. Realmuto was at-bat during the caught stealing, but Walker then got Kyle Schwarber to hit into a double play to end the inning.

Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo made the defensive play of the night in the fourth inning when he scaled the wall to make take a possible home run away from Harper.

The Mets had chances of their own against Phillies starter Kyle Gibson, as Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso got two-out walks in the first inning, but Eduardo Escobar grounded to first base to end the inning. 

In the fourth, Escobar drew a walk with one out, moved to second base on a Jeff McNeil groundout to first, and took third on a hit by Mark Canha down the third base line that Alec Bohm got a glove on, but didn't make the throw to first. Dom Smith then grounded out to second to end the inning. 

The Mets cashed in an inning later, with a rally that began with a Brandon Nimmo one-out walk. Starling Marte was up next, and he hit one back to Gibson, who tried throwing Nimmo out at second, and it went into center field, allowing Nimmo to go to third.

Lindor then lined one to first, and Hoskins tried throwing Nimmo out at the plate, but he slid around the late tag to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Alonso followed with a walk to load the bases and chase Gibson from the game. 

Philadelphia turned to left-handed Jose Alvarado for Escobar, switching him around to the right side, and it worked as he got the strikeout, and then he struck out McNeil to end the inning. To sum up how crazy that inning was, Mets got 1 run on no hits, an error, and three left on base.

That was all for Walker, and his final line was superb: 5 innings, 0 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 73 pitches/44 strikes.

Trevor May was on next for the Mets, and he gave up a double to Odubel Herrera to open the sixth inning. Jean Segura then hit a fly ball to deep right to move Herrera to third with one out.

The Mets had the infield in, and Hoskins hit a sharp one to Lindor, who threw it to third, where Escobar was right on the bag, and with no way for Herrera to come back, they got him in the rundown and Escobar tagged him out. Harper then flew out to left to end the inning.

Adam Ottavino, the Brooklyn native, came on for the seventh, and the Phillies finally broke through. Realmuto drew a one-out walk, and Schwarber then took a down-and-in fastball and deposited it into the seats in right-center field to make it 2-1 Phillies.

Bohm drew a walk, and he stole second, and took third on Mets catcher McCann's throw into center field. Didi Gregorious struck out for the second out on the pitch Bohm made his steal attempt.

Herrera was up next, and for the second straight inning, he laced a double, this one down the left field line, to bring in Bohm and make it 3-1 Phillies, and that was it for Ottavino.

Hoskins launched a solo home run to left-center in the eighth off Sean Reid-Foley to make it 4-1.

Ex-Met Jeurys Familia came on with two out in the seventh to a smattering of boos, probably because of where he went as a free agent, and he got Alonso to line out to second to end the inning, and then got two outs in the eighth.

Corey Knebel pitched 1 1/3 innings, in which he allowed a hit and a walk, while notching a strikeout, to close it out.

Max Scherzer will take the mound for the Mets in the series finale on Sunday Night Baseball.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Mets No-Hit Phillies

Tylor Megill on the mound facing Bryce Harper, with the Mets defense on the shift. Photo by Jason Schott


The Mets made some history on Friday night, as they used five pitchers to no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game set on Friday night at Citi Field. 

Tylor Megill got the ball rolling with five no-hit innings, followed by Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo, and Edwin Diaz to complete the second no-hitter in Mets franchise’s history.

The only other one was about a month shy of 10 years ago when Johan Santana no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals on another Friday night, June 1, 2012.

It’s interesting to note that this was the first Friday night this season that the Mets wore their black uniforms, so they brought them a little luck. 

This was a pitching duel early between the Mets' Tylor Megill and Aaron Nola of the Phillies.

Megill retired the first five Phillies hitters before allowing a walk to Kyle Schwarber. He then retired Alec Bohm on a fly to center field to end the inning, and that began a stretch in which Megill retired eight Phillies in a row before he walked Schwarber again with one out in the fifth. 

Schwarber then stole second, but Megill then struck out Bohm looking before walking Didi Gregorius to give Philadelphia two on base with one out. Odubel Herrera then struck out, chasing a high fastball, to end the inning, and Megill ended up striking the side around the two walks to finish his night.

Nola allowed a single to Brandon Nimmo to open the game, but then got Starling Marte to hit in a tailor-made double play. Francisco Lindor then hit a mile-high pop-up that second baseman Jean Sugura appeared to catch in shallow center field, but it fell out of his glove. Somehow, Lindor was credited with a hit, let's say it was creative accounting.

Then Mets didn't take advantage of that major break, as Nola then struck out Alonso to end the frame. That began a stretch for Nola in which he retired 10 Mets in a row until Educardo Escobar hit a single up the middle through the shift.

After a Robinson Cano strikeout, Mark Canha laced a double down the left field line to give the Mets second and third with one out. Jeff McNeil brought them both home with a single to center field to make it 2-0 Mets.

Megill did not come back for the sixth inning, even though he was throwing a no-hitter, such is baseball now. He allowed just three walks, while striking out five, and threw 88 pitches (53 strikes).

Drew Smith came on for the Mets in the sixth, and he picked up where Megill left out, striking out the side in the sixth around a walk to Bryce Harper.

The Mets added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth when Pete Alonso launched a solo shot to left field with two outs to make it 3-0. It would have been more if Starling Marte, who singled to open the frame, was not caught trying to steal second base.

Smith struck out J.T. Realmuto to open the seventh, and that was all for his night, as he got all four of his outs via the K.

Joely Rodriguez was next out of the Mets bullpen, and he walked Schwarber (his third BB of the night), and then got Bohm to hit into a perfect 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and keep the no-hitter going.

Rodriguez stayed on for the eighth and he got Greogorius  to ground out before allowing a walk to Johan Carmago.

Seth Lugo came on and got Jean Segura and Rhys Hopkins to both pop out within the infield to close out the eighth inning.

Mets closer Edwin Diaz came on for the ninth, and he struck out Harper, Nick Castellanos, and Realmuto to end it.

Megill earned the win, thanks to the Mets taking the lead in the bottom of the fifth, and he improved to 4-0 on the season and lowered his earned-run average to 1.93.

The right-hander, in his second season with the Mets, took Jacob deGrom’s spot in the rotation and he’s putting up numbers befitting of the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

The Mets improved to 15-6 on the season, the best record in baseball, and have a three-game lead over Miami (11-8) and a five-game edge over the Phillies and Braves, who are both 10-11.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

"Today" Show's Savannah & Hoda At Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame

 

Hotas Kotb and Savannah Guthrie (2nd & 3rd from left) flanked by their Today show colleagues, including Al Roker (right), who co-hosted the award ceremony. Photo by Jason Schott


The Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame recently held their induction ceremony, and among the inductees were the co-hosts of NBC's "Today" show, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

Al Roker, the longtime weather and feature Anchor, and Co-Host of the 3rd Hour of "Today," was one of the hosts of the awards ceremony at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Hannah Storm, longtime sports announcer for NBC and currently an anchor for ESPN's Sports Center, was the other host.

Savannah Guthrie was born in Melbourne, Australia, where her father was stationed for his job, and she was named after her great-great-grandmother. When she was two years old, the family moved to Tucson, Arizona. She was one of three children, and the family suffered a tragedy when her father passed away when she was 16. That prompted her mother, who was a homemaker,to return to work. Guthrie later said that her mother was her biggest inspiration.

Guthrie started her television career at NBC affiliates in Missouri, Arizona, and Washington, D.C. She earned a law degree at Georgetown University and became a legal correspondent for Court TV, then NBC News. 

Guthrie joined the Today show in 2011, and within a year was named a co-host of the show in July 2012, replacing Ann Curry.

Hoda Kotb began her broadcasting career right after college, joinging CBS in 1986 as a news assistant in Cairo, where her parents are originally from. She them moved on to CBS and ABC affiliates in Illinois, Mississippi, and Florida before becoming a reporter and anchor for WWL-TV in New Orleans from 1992 to 1998.

Kotb then got her big break, as she joined NBC as a correspondent for Dateline NBC in 1998, and covered some of the biggest news stories in the ensuing decade, including the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, and the War on Terror. She also hosted the weekly syndicated series Your Total Health from 2004 to 2008. 

In September 2007, Kotb began hosting the 10 a.m. hour of the Today show, and a year later, was paired with Kathie Lee Gifford, creating one of the best talk show teams on television. The show is currently hosted by Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, who took Gifford's spot after she left Today in April 2019.

Kotb then became the co-host of today on January 2, 2018, alongside Savannah Guthrie. She has served as interim host after Matt Lauer was dismissed in November 2017 for inappropriate workplace behavior. Kotb and Guthrie won over the viewers, and they quickly surpassed ABC's Good Morning America to become the top-rated network morning show.

The other Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame honorees were: 

Emily Barr - President & CEO, Graham Media Group

Nomi Bergman - Presdient, Advance/Newhouse Investment Partnership 

Brandon Burgess - Former Chairman/CEO, ION Media Networks

Susanne Daniels - Media Consultant & Lecturer - Former Global Head of YouTube Originals

Pearlena Igbokwe - Chairman, Universal Studio Group

Leo MacCourtney - President, Katz Television Group

Dan Mason - Past President and CEO, CBS Radio

Steve Miron - Cheif Executive Officer, Advance/Newhouse Partnership

Steven R. Swartz - Presdident & CEO, Hearst

Curtis Symonds - President, HBCU GO TV/Allen Media Group


 


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Mets Continue Historic Start With Big Road Trip

 

Chris Bassitt. @Mets.



The Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0, on Tuesday night, to run their record to a Major League Baseball-best 14-5, and four wins out of five on their road trip in Arizona, where they took two of three over the Diamonbacks, and St. Louis.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Severino Beneficiary Of Friendly Competition Among Yankees Starters

 

Luis Severino on the mound for the Yankees against Baltimore's Cedric Mullins. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees entered Tuesday night's series opener with the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium with the second-best record in the American League and the reason is due to the other-worldly performance of their starting pitchers.

In the series against the Cleveland Guardians over the weekend, their three starters put on an incredible display, especially Gerrit Cole on Sunday. The Yankees ace, who had an uneven start to the season, went 6 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on four hits and a walk,with nine strikeouts to earn his first win of the season as the Yankees rolled to a 10-2 win. 

Jameson Taillon opened the series with Cleveland on Friday with a superb outing, as he went five innings, and allowed one run while scattering seven hits and no walks (he has allowed just one walk in 145.2 innings pitched) in the 4-1 Yankees win. Nestor Cortez, the secret weapon from the left side, followed on Saturday with a solid performance, as he went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit, two runs, two walks, and notched eight strikeouts in the 5-4 Yankees walk-off win.

Before that, in Detroit on Wednesday, to start the turn around the rotation, Luis Severino allowed one run on seven hits and two walks, with three strikeouts, in five innings, in a game the Yankees won late, 5-3. Jordan Montgomery pitched the series finale in Detroit on Thursday afternoon, and he allowed just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out five, in six innings, in a game the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 3-0.

The earned run averages are the best measure to gauge their performance so early in the season, and they are as follows (through Sunday): Cortes - 1.15; Severino - 2.08; Montgomery - 2.51; Taillon, 2.50; Cole - 4.00

Severino is coming back from essentially two years on the shelf due to injuries, with his only action late last season coming in relief. He has reclaimed his ace form pretty rapidly, as he has a record of 1-0 with 13.0 innings pitched, notched 14 strikeuts, and allowed three runs (all earned) 14 hits and 4 walks. 

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone was asked if Severino has been helped by how strong all the pitchers in the rotation have been, and if he could sense a competition among them, and he said, "Yeah, I think there's something to that, no question, and I always think when that manifests itself on a team, whether that's with position players, competition amongst each other, certainly a pitching staff from a starting standpoint, and in a relief standpoint, you know it's like, next guy up with the ball, it's like, 'I gotta get it to the next guy in good shape' and I think our guys take a lot of pride in that, and I am seeing that, I feel like, build in a really good way."

Severino's signature outing so far was on Thursday, April 14 against the Toronto Blue Jays, when he threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, while striking out six, in a 3-0 Yankees win.

That night, Severino showed a ton of emotion, punctuated by fist pumps after strikeouts, as he dominated arguably the strongest lineup in baseball. Boone said of how valuable Severino's passion on the mound is, "I think it's been great because, I think it's been tough for a starting pitcher to pitch with that kind of emotion all the time, but I think there's periods where it's good to let it out, and that's kind of been consistent with who Sevy's been, not only this year, but throughout his career. You know, he has that big moment in the game where he makes a pitch and gets out of an inning or something, that's kind of his signature release. 

"I think he's just done a really good job here early in the season, you know, and obviously missing the bulk of a couple of seasons and to come out of gate so much in control, while also flashing his really good stuff, I just feel like he's done a really good job kind of navigating that. It's been fun to see him go out and do it, and really, I think his delivery's been really consistent, and it allowed him to pitch consistently so far."

Severino took the hill Tuesday night against the Orioles, and he threw a solid six innings, and flirted with perfection, in a 12-8 Yankees win. Anthony Rizzo had three home runs and 6 RBI to power the Yankee offense.

The Yankees gave Severino plenty of fun support via the long ball, as Rizzo’s first homer came in the third, a three-run shot to right field to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and Joey Gallo hit a solo shot in the fourth. 

Rizzo was at it again in the fifth, as he launched a two-run homer to nearly the same spot in right to make it 6-0 Yankees.

Through it all, the right-hander retired the first 14 Orioles he faced before allowing a walk to Austin Hays with two out in the fifth. Ramon Urias was up next, and hit a liner that looked sure to be Baltimore’s first hit, but it was snared by Yankees second baseman D.J. LaMahieu.

Severino retired Robinson Chirinos on a pop-up, then alllowed a single to Jorge Mateo to break up the no-hitter, which drew a polite cheer from the crowd. 

Cedric Mullins followed with a walk, and then Anthony Santander launched a three-run homer to left and draw Baltimore within 6-3.

Roughned Odor led off the seventh with a double, and he would be the last batter Severino faced. 

Odor came into score and he came into score on a single by Ramon Urias off Yankee reliever Clay Holmes that made it 6-4.

The Yankees got all four runs back in the bottom of the seventh when Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single, and Gleyber Torres followed with a three-run triple to make it 10-4.

After Baltimore put up four in the top of eighth, Aaron Judge, the birthday boy, hit a solo shot, Rizzo got one of his own, his third of the night, and league-leading eighth homer of the year, to make it 12-8.

Books: One Of Golf's Great Rivalries Examined In "Tiger & Phil" By Bob Harig

 



Tiger & Phil: Golf's Most Fascinating Rivalry

By Bob Harig

St. Martin's Press; hardcover, 336 pages; $29.99; available today, Tuesday, April 26th

Tiger and Phil. Their names, first names, bring to mind the last 25 years of golf, filled with plenty of triumphs and trials and tribulations.

Tiger Woods went on an unparalleled run of dominance that began when he burst on the scene at the 1997 Masters, and along with him was the only golfer that came close to being an equal, Phil Mickelson. 

They are two of the most recognizable athletes in the world, Woods in his trademark logo "TW" cap and red-and-black outfit on Sunday, and Mickelson, a left-hander with his long hair flowing out of his cap, and in recent years, Aviator sunglasses, like he wore when he stunned the world and won the PGA Championship at 50 years old, making him the oldest man to ever win a Major.

Bob Harig, SI.com's golf writer and a longtime writer for ESPN and the Tampa Bay Times, has covered Tiger and Phil for the durations of their remarkable careers. He has conducted plenty of one-on-one interviews with each of them, making him the perfect one to write this definitive work on them, Tiger & Phil: Golf's Most Fascinating Rivalry.

When one thinks of golf rivalries, for quite a long time, the one between Arnie and Jack - Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus - would come to mind. Now, especially among the younger set drawn to golf because of them, the answer is likely Tiger and Phil.

Through all their success, they each has faced adversity, starting with injuries, legal hassles, personal trials, and a love-hate relationship with the press.

While there are many books on Woods (I mean, there is a lot there to warrant the library you could fill on Tiger), there is not nearly as much on Mickelson, let alone his rivalry with Mickelson, making Harig's book a unique one.

Harig begins with the genesis of their rivalry in 1996, when Tiger won his third consecutive U.S. Amateur, while Mickelson won his ninth PGA Tour victory, which nearly nobody noticed. Tiger was the focus, and within days of that victory, he signed $40 million worth of endorsement deals and turned pro. Just four days later, he played at his first pro event, and while Mickelson was also competing, all the talk was about Tiger.

One thing readers will wonder is, how have they interacted with each other through the years? Are they friends off the course, like other rivals, such as Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, become over time?

Through anecdotes, it is known that most of Tiger's angst toward Phil was behind the scenes. At the 1998 Nissan Open, which was played at Valencia Country Club, Tiger and Phil played a practice round together. Phil, a reputed gambler, took $500 off Tiger, and paid him in $100 bills. Not content to just win the bet, Phil took a picture of the bills and wrote a note to Woods saying the "benjis" were happy in their new home, and he put it in Tiger's locker. It would take 20 years for them to play another practice round together.

Before Phil won his first major in 2004 - seven years after Woods won his first of eight to that point - Tiger questioned his commitment. He knew Mickelson was an incredible talent, but felt he was wasting his talent and that he was out of shape. However, Tiger didn't mind that the number of majors was 8 to 0 in his rivalry with Phil.

That ledger was put to the test at the 2001 Masters, when Tiger was aiming for his fourth straight Major championship, what was referred to as the "Tiger Slam," and he was matched with Mickelson in the final pairing on Sunday. This was a big chance for Phil to get his first Major and stake a claim in their rivalry, while, for Tiger, it would have been the worst way to see his dream of holding all four major trophies at once, go up in smoke. Tiger pulled it out, while Phil finished third. "He was so friggin' hard to beat at that time," Mickelson is quoted as saying.

In this excerpt, Harig describes the complexity of their rivalry in terms of what each golfer won: "Woods won more majors (15 to 6) and more PGA Tour events (82 to 45) than Mickelson. And while Mickleson never got to No. 1 in the world, he was a constant in Woods' career. On the very day Woods won the third of three straight U.S. Amateur titles in August of 1996 - and just hours ahead of announcing he would be turning professional - Mickelson, then 25, moved to ninth in the world with his fourth victory of that season, his first time cracking the top 10 and securing a space atop the game he occupied fo the next 15 years.

Tiger won early and big as a pro and was No. 1 in the world less than a year into his career, but much of the time the guy right behind him was Mickelson, who spent eight different periods at No. 2 for a total of 270 weeks - all with Woods in the top position.

While Woods won more, one could imagine Mickelson becoming a Hall of Famer anyway. Woods was winning everything, everywhere, but in his professional era, Mickelson managed 36 PGA Tour victories, including six major championships. Mickelson is tied for eighth all-time on the PGA Tour with his 45 victories, but the 36 he captured in the Tiger era is bettered by just 11 others in the entirety of their careers...

Theirs isn't a rivalry in the classic sense. Golf doesn't really work that way. But Woods has always been aware of Mickelson, and Mickelson has certainly been aware of Woods.

'It's been an incredible opportunity for me to play my career against him, but also been incredibly difficult,' Mickelson said. 'I oftentimes wonder what my career would be had he not come along, and I think it could go either way. He's brought out the best of me at times, and it's also been very intimidating and difficult to compete against his level of play.'

Their relationship has run the gamut from frigid to friendly, with some epic moments along the way: that ill-fated Ryder Cup pairing; a highly publicized spat between Woods' caddie, Steve Williams, and Mickelson; Phil's deriding of Tiger's equipment; and an underlying racial bias that seemed to shift some popularity toward Mickelson despite Woods' better record...

Much like Arnie and Jack, Phil and Tiger typically had their 'sides.' To many, you were a 'Phil fan' or a 'Tiger fan' and rarely both. That meant rooting for one at the expense of the other, not unlike Magic and Bird or the Yankees and the Red Sox or Ohio State and Michigan.

And while they might not have always gone head-to-head, they were always there, competing in the biggest tournaments, especially the major championships. In fact, it took until the 2019 Open for a remarkable statistic to emerge: for the first time in 83 major championships in which they both competed, they each missed the 36-hole cut...

Year after year, decade after decade, Woods had Mickelson, and Mickelson had Woods. They pursued championships and No. 1 rankings, but they also pursued each other. Their battles have had an iconic quality to them. Their respective defining shots take up much of the room on any top 10 list. And few players could verbally spar with one another like Woods and Mickelson or compete for the same endorsement real estate, which led to lucrative business holdings for both."

Friday, April 22, 2022

Yankees Hitters "Need to be disciplined to the process," Says Boone

Yankees 1B Anthony Rizzo at bat in the first inning on a beautiful Friday night at Yankee Stadium, in front of 41,062 fans. Photo by Jason Schott. 

 

The Yankees enter every season with a star-studded lineup of sluggers that lives up to their moniker, the Bronx Bombers. With Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Anthony Rizzo, this season was no exception.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Mets, Led By A Dominant Carrasco, Take Finale From Giants

 

Carlos Carrasco on the mound for the Mets in the first inning on Thursday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets beat the San Francisco Giants, 6-2, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field to take three of four in their big series and run their record to 10-4. They are the first team in Major League Baseball to reach 10 wins.

This is quite a statement for the Mets to have this performance against a team that won 107 games last season. They should certainly be considered among the elite in the National League. 

Carlos Carrasco got the start for the Mets, and he was just as good as Max Scherzer was the other night. He pitched into the eighth inning, and had a stretch in which he retired 18 straight Giants in his longest start as a Met.

The Mets got on the board with one out in the bottom of the first against Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani when Francisco Lindor launched a bomb into the second deck in right field for his fourth home run of the season. It also was his 10th RBI of the young season.

The Giants tied it in the second when Brandon Crawford got hit by a pitch, followed by a single from Wilmer Flores, and an RBI single from Thairo Estrada that brought in Crawford and tied it at 1.

The Giants' rally was halted when center fielder Steven Duggar had to leave after he was left wincing on a 1-2 count, with an apparent injury on his left side. Mauricio Dubon came in to finish the at-bart, and he swung and missed on attempted bunt for the third strike. The strikeout was charged to Duggar, and it was announced during the seventh inning that he suffered a left oblique injury.

Carrasco then got Curt Casali to fly out to center, and Mike Yastrzemski to ground to second to end the inning.

The Mets got right back at it in the bottom of the second, as Eduardo Escobar  hit one that just cleared the fence in right (practically right below Lindor's if you drew a straight line down),  to lead off the inning with his first home run as a Met.

Mark Canha followed with a single, was erased on a fielder's choice hit into by Travis Jankowski, and Luis Guillorme got a single of his own to give the Mets two on with one out. Tomas Nido hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Jankowski and make it 3-1 Mets.

In the bottom of the third, Lindor led off with a single, followed by a Jeff McNeil double, and - after a Pete Alonso groundout and an Escobar strikeout - they came in on a single by Mark Canha to open up a 5-1 lead for the Mets. 

DeSclafani finally had a clean inning in the fourth, but he ran into trouble in the fifth. Lindor led off with his third hit of the day, a single, but he was erased trying to take second. He chose to go with two strikes on the following hitter, McNeil, and he struck out swinging, making it basically a double play. Alonso kept the inning alive with a single, and Escobar then walked, but Canha grounded into a force out to end the frame.

That was all for the Giants right-hander, as he completed five innings, and allowed five runs (all earned), nine hits, and a walk, while striking out four. It should be noted that the Mets had the same approach with their starters in this series - Tylor Megill in the first game and Chris Bassitt in the third game - where they ran into trouble, but hung in to give a representative amount of innings and keep their team in the game.

Through it all, Carrasco was cruising. His strikeout of Duggar with two on base and none out in the second began a streak in which he retired 18 in a row. Ironically, it was broken up on a hit by Dubon, who hit one to Lindor at short, and his throw to first pulled Alonso off the bag. 

Carrasco then got Casali to ground into a double play, but then Yastrzemski followed by hitting a solo shot off the facade of the upper deck in right field to cut the Mets’ lead to 5-2.

Mets Manager Buck Showalter came out of the dugout to pull Carrasco, who left to a rousing ovation from the crowd. (Pictures below by Jason Schott)



Carrasco’s final line read: 7 2/3 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs (both earned), 0 walks, 7 strikeouts.





Books: "Stolen Dreams" by Chris Lamb

 



Stolen Dreams: The 1955 Cannon Street All-Stars and Little League Baseball's Civil War

By Chris Lamb

Nebraska; hardcover, 400 pages; $34.95

Chris Lamb is the chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations at Indiana University-Indianapolis. He is the editor, authot, and coauthor of twelve books, most recently Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball (click here for Broooklyn Digest's review from September 2021).

Stolen Dreams is the story of the Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars and of the early Civil Rights movement. It involves centuries of bigotry in Charleston, Sough Carolina, where millions of enslaved people were brought to this country and where the Civil War began. Segregation lasted here for a century after the war ended, and anyone who dared challenge it did it at their own risk.

In June 1955, there was a baseball tournament set to be played in Charleston, and the eleven- and twelve-year-olds from the Cannon Street All-Stars registered for it, and that put them on a collision course with the forces of integration, as well as segregation, bigotry, and the southern way of life.

This was the first Black Little League team in South Carolina, and white teams refused to take the field with them. The Cannon Street team wound up winning the tournament by forfeit, and went on to advance to the state tournament. The white teams withdrew in protest, so they won that, as well.

If they won the regional tournament in Rome, Georgia, it would have moved on to the Little League World Series. However, Little League officials ruled the team ineligible to play in the tournament because it had advanced by winning on forfeit and not on the field. 

The Cannon Street team's dream of playing in the Little League World Series were dashed, but Little League Baseball officials invited them to be the organization's guests at the World Series. 

The young players were greeted by chants of "Let them play! Let them play!" when the ballplayers were introduced, and it became a national story for weeks. It faded away as other civil rights stories, such as the torture and murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, dominated the news.

In this excerpt, Lamb writes: "The story of the Cannon Street All-Stars is inextricably linked to postwar Charleston and a white federal judge, J. Waties Waring, who broke with his aristocratic family and decided in one ruling after another that racial discrimination was unconstitutional. Waties's nephew, Thomas, the editor of the Charleston News and Courier, became the voice of segregation and white supremacy. 

Danny Jones, the director of the parks and recreation department and the state's director of Little League Baseball, found himself between the rules of Little League Baseball that prohibited racial discrimination and the laws and customs of South Carolina that prohibited integration, but then sided with the segregationist. Jones's primary antagonist was Robert Morrison, an African American businessman, who had been a racial accommodationist most of his life; but in the last decades of his life he became a race man. It also is the story of Augustus Holt, who brought the story back to life and redeemed the Cannon Street All-Stars nearly forty years later as he struggled with his own personal tragedy.

Robert Morrison, the president of the Cannon Street YMCA in downtown Charleston, was in his seventies when Little League Baseball approved his application for a league. His tired eyes saw beyond the white lines of a baseball field. He knew there were no Black teams in any of the Little Leagues in Charleston or anywhere else in the state. If youth baseball could be integrated in Charleston, he thought, so could municipal parks, swimming pools, and schools. If there could be equal opportunities for Black kids, there could be equal opportunities for Black adults. Morrison wanted Blacks to have the same opportunities as whites. he intended to use the Cannon Street team and Little League Baseball to further that agenda.

The news of a league for Black boys meant one thing to Morrison but something else top the nine-, ten-, eleven-, and twelve-year-olds who lived on the peninsula, some of whom had been playing baseball with broomsticks and rubber balls that were cut in half. To those boys, it meant wearing uniforms and playing with bats and baseballs on a diamond with bases and chalked basepaths and an outfield fence for home runs and having your family cheer you from the bleachers.

During the early spring of 1954, dozens of boys tried out for one of the league's four teams. When the season ended, the best players from every Little League team were selected for an All-Star team that played against other All-Star teams in district tournaments throughout the state. The winner of the tournament advanced to the state tournament. If you won that tournament you went to one of eight regional tournaments. If you won one of the regionals, you played in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Cannon Street YMCA league did not have a team in this year's Charleston tournament because first-year leagues were not eligible.

When Morrison registered the Cannon Street All-Stars for the district tournament the following year, it put Morrison, the All-Stars, and the forces of integration on a collision course with Danny Jones, Thomas Waring, Senator Storm Thurmond, and the state's political establishment. The Brown decision prompted Waring and Thurmond to call for massive resistance against any attempt to end segregation. 'Segregationists believed that any crack in white solidarity constituted an existential threat to white supremacy.' Richard Gergel, a federal judge in Charleston, said.

Jones did not object when Morrison told him he wanted to start a Black Little League because he thought its players would stay on their own diamonds and white players would stay on theirs. Jones supported baseball for African American children, but he drew the line at Blacks and whites playing on the same field. Jones had no reason to think that Morrison would register his team in the district tournament. Morrison's 'dastardly act.' as Jones called it, was an act of belligerence."


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Giants Rebound To Take 3rd Game Of Set From Mets

Brandon Belt running back to the Giants dugout after he crossed the plate on his home run. Photo by Jason Schott.


The San Francisco Giants jumped out to an early lead, and it held up as they beat the Mets, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Citi Field. The Mets, who entered the day with the best record in the National League, fell to 9-4, while the Giants improved to 8-4.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Mets-Giants Game 2: Scherzer Makes His Home Debut A Memorable One

 

Max Scherzer walking off the mound after one after one of his many strikeouts. Photo by Jason Schott.


Max Scherzer made his Citi Field debut as a member of the Mets after they pulled off an astonishing come-from-behind win in the first game of their doubleheader with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Mets-Giants Doubleheader Game 1: Mets Storm Back To Win It In 10

The Mets mob Francisco Lindor after his hit won the opening game of the doubleheader. Photo by Jason Schott.



After a rainout Monday, the Mets and Giants opened their series on Tuesday with an old-fashioned one-admission doubleheader that was a thriller. The Mets came from three runs down to take the opening game, 5-4, in 10 innings.

It was another cold day at Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.

GAME 1: METS 5, GIANTS 4 (10 INNINGS):

The Mets didn't waste any time getting a lead in this one in the bottom of the first, as Starling Marte singled, stole second, reached third on a throwing error on the attempt, and then came home on a wild pitch by Giants starter Alex Cobb.

The Giants didn't take long to respond against Mets starter Tylor Megill. In the second, Joc Pederson launched a home run to center field to tie it, and Jason Vosler got an RBI single to make it 2-1.

In the third, Mike Yastrzemski singled, Brandon Belt walked to open the inning, and then with two out, Brandon Crawford singled them both home to make open up a 4-1 lead for the Giants.

Cobb was cruising with that lead until the 5th, when J.D. Davis singled (he was then erased on a force out by Travis Jankowski) and James McCann doubled. The lineup turned over to bring up Jeff McNeil, and he laced a two-run double to pull the Mets within 4-3. Cobb suffered a hamstring injury coming off the mound and exited the game.

Dominic Leone came in for San Francisco and retired Starling Marte for the second out of the inning on a ground out before allowing a double to Francisco Lindor to tie the game at 4.

Despite the tough start, Megill hung around and gave the Mets six innings, ending his day by retiring San Francisco in order in the sixth. He allowed four runs (all earned) on seven hits, with two walks and four strikeouts, in what of those old-fashioned outings that a starter is allowed to work through their issues and have a quality start.

Joely Rodriguez came in for the Mets in the seventh and retired San Francisco in order, and Seth Lugo worked around a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth to keep it tied.

The Mets had a golden opportunity to win it in the ninth when San Frnacisco turned to tall right-hander Camilo Doval. He started the inning by walking Eduardo Escobar and Robinson Cano, and then Luis Guillorme (who was pinch-hitting for J.D. Davis) laid down a perfect bunt to move them over to second and third with one out.

Doval settled down and struck out Travis Jankowski looking for the second out, and did the same thing to Dom Smith, who was pinch-hitting for catcher James McCann, to end the frame.

Adam Ottavino came on to pitch for the Mets in the 10th, and he ran into some trouble when he walked Darren Ruf to give San Francisco two runners on base with one out. He then got Crawford to line one to Cano at second, and then he got Thairo Estrada to ground one to shortstop.

Lindor took a while to get to the slow-moving grounder, and he fired one to first that appeared to pull Pete Alonso off the bag at first, allowing him to reach and Belt (who was the ghost runner) to come around to score.

The Mets challenged the call, basically because they had nothing to lose, and there was a freeze-frame of Alonso having the ball in his glove and foot still on the bag, which got the crowd and players pretty excited. Just as the Mets were about to leave the field, guessing that the call would be overturned and the inning completed, they were proven correct as the umpires announced just that.

In the bottom of the 10th, Brandon Nimmo, who has been out with Covid and came on to play center field in the top half of the frame, served as the ghost runner at second. McNeil grounded out to move him to third, and then Starling Marte walked to give them two on and one out for Lindor, who laced a single to the right-center field gap to bring Nimmo in and give the Mets the 5-4 win.

The Mets improved to 8-3 on the season, while San Francisco fell to 7-3.