Monday, May 12, 2014

Series Recap: Mets Lose 2 of 3 To Phillies, Drop 3rd Straight Series

By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets

Series Recap, May 9th – May 11th

May 9th Phillies 3 Mets 2
May 10th Phillies 5 Mets 4
May 11th Phillies 4 Mets 5

It was another rough series for the Mets, as the Phillies were able to come into Citi Field and take two of three in the series. Both teams were coming into the series after getting swept in their previous series played. It would have been a second consecutive series on the wrong side of a sweep for the Mets had their offense not bailed them out in the ninth inning on Mother’s Day. A rough May continued for the Mets, as they have lost all three series played, losing eight of 10 games played. Their record now sits at 17-19 on the season, with an uninspiring 9-10 record at home. The Phillies also have a 17-19 record, and are 11-10 on the road. Next up for the Mets is the Subway Series, four games against the New York Yankees


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Yankees Falter Late Against the Brewers

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By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 11th, 2014

New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Brewers Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 5 Brewers 6

On Sunday afternoon the New York Yankees were unable to win the rubber-game of the inter-league series with the Milwaukee Brewers, as they lost on Sunday by a score of 6-5. The loss moves the Yankees to 19-17 on the season, which is 1.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.

Yankees Starter David Phelps struggled in his second start of the season, as even with a three-run lead handed to him in the first inning, Phelps got a no decision, as the bullpen let him down in relief. He finished going five innings allowing four runs on eight hits, three walks, and only struck out one batter.

Brewers starter Matt Garza didn’t fair much better on Sunday, as he had a tough first inning but did settle down afterwards. Garza finished going five innings allowing the three runs on six hits, and four walks. Kelly Johnson got the big hit off of Garza in the first, as he hit a ground-rule double to score two runs.

In the sixth inning the Yankees bullpen struggled after Phelps allowed back to back base-hits, as Matt Thornton came in and allowed an RBI single to Jonathon Lucroy. Dellin Betances quickly replaced Thornton, but after a pop-out bunt by Carlos Gomez, Betances gave up two more runs on a double by Logan Schafer, and then a RBI ground-out from Rickie Weeks, who had a nice day at the plate.

The Yankees would rally in the top of the ninth after being down to their final strike with Mark Teixeira at the plate. Teixeira would take Francisco Rodriguez deep to tie the game in the ninth, as it was his seventh homerun of the season, and a clutch hit if their ever was one.

Sadly for the Yankees despite the homerun from Teixeira in the ninth, they would not force extra innings, as Adam Warren couldn’t keep it a tie game in the bottom of the ninth. Warren would allow a double to Weeks, who then advanced to Third Base on a wild pitch. With Weeks on Third, Mark Reynolds was able to single him home to end the game in walk-off fashion and hand Warren his second loss of the season.

Next up for the Yankees will be the start of the Subway Series against the New York Mets on Monday night, as Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.43) will be facing off against Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.36).

Nets Hand the Heat First Loss of Playoffs
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 10th, 2014

Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets Game 3 Recap

Final Score: Heat 90 Nets 104

In a must win Game 3 at home for the Brooklyn Nets, they were able to avoid the certain series loss if they fell in Game 3 to the Miami Heat. The victory keeps hope alive for the Nets, as they were able to control the defending champs for most of the game with a barrage of three-pointers.

Player of the Game: Joe Johnson

As it has been so many times for the Nets in the postseason thus far, it was Joe Johnson who was the Nets best player. In a well balanced scoring attack for the Nets, Johnson led the team with 19 points on seven for 10 shooting, which included five three-pointers made. Johnson continued to do a good job recognizing when to make the pass, as he had six assists.


Brooklyn’s bench played a big factor in the Nets victory, as Mirza Teletovic and Andray Blatche were both in double figures off of the bench. Teletovic was one of the main guys in the Nets three-point barrage, as all of his shot were from behind the arc. He went four for seven from deep for 12 points to go along with six rebounds in 19 minutes. Blatche was a monster for the Nets, as he was able to notch a double-double in just 20 minutes. Blatche finished with 15 points on five for 10 shooting with 10 rebounds in what was his best game by far of the series.

The combination of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were both able to have nice efficient, effective games for the Nets in their supporting roles on Saturday. They were both in double figures, as Pierce finished with 14 points on five for 10 shooting, and Garnett was able to add 10 points on five for six shooting.

On defense the Nets did a much better job stopping Ray Allen, who scored 19 points in Game 1 and then 13 points in Game 2. Game 3 however Allen scored just nine points on two for six shooting and missed his only three-point attempt. Alan Anderson and Allen got into a little skirmish in the second half that resulted in double technicals for both players.

Chris Bosh was also held in check by the Nets, as Miami’s third weapon had a quiet Game 3. Bosh finished with just 12 points on five for 11 shooting with just five rebounds, as it was the worst game of the series so far for Bosh, and the Heat clearly missed his production.


Trying to stop the great duo of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James is going to be a difficult task, but with the their supporting cast have bad games for the most part, the Nets were able to survive good games from Wade and James. Wade finished with 20 points on nine for 18 shooting. James scored 16 points in the first quarter, as it looked early like it was going to be a special game from James. He finished with 28 points on eight for 15 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and five assists.

Next up for the Nets will be Game 4 in Brooklyn on Monday, as Brooklyn will look to even up the series.