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9:02PM And that's the ball game. The final Score is St. John's 66 , Georgia 56. Much like the last time the Storm played at MSG, it was an ugly game, but I'm sure they'll take a win any day of the week.
9:01PM: In advance of the Connecticut-Kentucky game, half of the crowd is chanting "Let's go Huskies", the other half is booing.
8:58PM: The clock is going to run out on this one. St. John's should move to 7-1 with dates coming up against Hofstra, Cornell or Davidson (the Holiday Festival), and Bryant. There's not a single game that St. John's should lose out of that batch, so Storm fans can be dissapointed if they're not 10-1 heading into the New Years Eve matchup with Georgetown.
8:49PM: Travis Leslie just threw down a monster alley-oop. For those who joined me in wondering, Hatten was last spotted playing in Italy. Someone get Mike D'Antoni on the line. St. John's leads 61-51 with 2:15 remaining.
8:44PM: There's a timeout on the floor, and that gets me wondering: Whatever happened to Marcus Hatten? The NCAA can scrub out St. John's 2003 NIT championship all they want, but I remember it, and I wonder where Hatten is now, six years later.
8:41PM: DJ Kennedy with a dunk, and then with a steal and layup. The DJ Kennedy mini-hour. St. John's leads
59-45, Kennedy has 5 points.
8:38PM: Would you believe me if I said that St. John's was shooting almost 47 percent from the field?
8:33PM: St. John's has taken control of this game. Evan's basket make the score 52-41 with 9:12 remaining.
This is what you had hoped to see if you were a St. John's fan.
8:27PM: Omari Lawrence just took a hard tumble. He kinda got up gingerly, but it looks like he just got
the wind knocked out of him.
8:25PM: Dwight Hardy adds a three. 48-36, largest lead of the game for the Red Storm.
8:22PM: There's a timeout, St. John's leads 45-36. Georgia's Trey Thompkins is scoring at will against the Red Storm, but the rest of the Bulldogs have combined to score five field goals.
8:21PM: Malik Boothe with a three! 43-34
8:20PM: DJ Kennedy just crossed up Ricky McPhee so badly he tripped. Kennedy finishes with a basket, but Georgia answers with a three. 40-34.
8:19PM: Paris Horne just hit a big three, and Travis Wesley answered on the other end. 38-31 St. John's.
8:18PM: Brownlee adds a basket, the lead is 35-27 St. John's.
8:17PM: Travis Leslie tried to stuff one down Dele Coker's gullet, Coker rejected it (but was called for a foul.) 33-27 St. John's, 18:07 left.
8:12PM: Great passing leads to a Sean Evans basket. St. John's opens the second half with a 30-25 lead.
7:54PM: And we're at halftime. St. John's 28, Georgia 25. I'm going to go find a pillow. Dwight Hardy
leads St. John's with 7 points, and Trey Thompkins leads Georiga with 11.
7:52PM: St. John's calls a time out to set up a play with 42 seconds left in the first half. They're up three. It's encouraging that they haven't been blown out by a team from a power conference (ahem Virginia Tech), but it's a little disconcerting that they can only play a 4-3 team to the tune of a three point lead.
7:48PM: And DJ Kennedy comes up with a layup off a steal. St. John's extends their lead to 6, 26-20 with 1:38 to play in the first half.
7:45PM: Apologies for the, struggling with wifi connection issues here at MSG. Anyway, you haven't missed much. St. John's leads by two. Travis Leslie of Georgia just missed an alley-oop but hit a free throw.
7:24PM: Defense leads to baskets. Stith scores on a steal, while Vincent Williams answers from the top of the key. Score's still tied.
7:22PM: St. John's problem is that they can struggle to shoot the baskebtall. They're missing shots, while Georgia is moving the ball around. Bulldogs are on an 8-3 run, game's tied 12-12.
7:16PM: Coker with a nice block, Evans is called for a foul. Travis Leslie is at the free throw line. 9-4 St. John's.
7:11PM: Seans Evans in for Brownlee, DJ Kennedy in for Lawrence. St. John's defense is swarming early. 9-3 St. John's.
7:08PM: Dele Coker looks to be in much better shape than he was last year. He looks much stronger. St. John's out to the early 7-3 lead.
7:02PM: Last time St. John's played at the Garden, they were embarrassed by Marque
tte in the Big East Tourmanent.
Hardy, Lawrence, and Coker are all starting tonight for St. John's
6:45PM: Good evening, sports fans. I'm here at Madison Square Garden to cover the opening game of the Big East-SEC Invitational: St. John's vs Georgia.
St. John's enters the game at 6-1, while the Bulldogs enter at 4-3. This is the third all time meeting between the two teams, and the first since 1983 in the NCAA tournament. St. John's won 66-43 in 1946, and Georgia beat the Storm 70-67 in the 1983.
More when the game starts.
10:24pm Bringing our night to an end, team LeBron picks up Christian Eyenga from the Congo.
10:20pm: Toney Douglass is selected by the Lakers at 29, but remember that I said the Lakers sold that pick to the Knicks. The hometowners a kid that averaged 21ppg in a tough ACC.
10:12pm: Minnesota is a Center and a bunch of guards. It's awesome.
9:53pm: With some history, Omri Casspri was selected by Sacramento at number 23. Casspri is the first Israeli player selected in the first round of the NBA draft.
9:38pm: Keeping with the recaps: Atlanta picks Teague (Bibby's replacement!), Utah gets Eric Maynor, and New Orleans picks Darren Collison. Pardon me, I'm yawning.
9:26pm: Minnesota just picked Ty Lawson. Point guard party! Although Ric Bucher is predicting that Lawson is getting traded.
9:15pm Did anyone see Jrue Holiday sliding this far? Down to number 17 and Philadelphia.
9:02pm Phoenix picks Earl Clark, Detroit picks Austin Daye. Hearing word of Daye being kinda lazy on the court. That stuff won't fly in Motown.
8:54pm Tyler Hansbrough goes to Indiana. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not very high on him. I don't think he'll be great pro, but it's good that he's to a lower pressure (relatively speaking, they're basketball nuts in Indiana) place.
8:46pm: Gerald Henderson (SG-Duke) goes next. Charlotte loves picking North Carolinians. Saw him at the St. John's Duke game, and I don't think he's a lottery pick.
8:39pm Brandon Jennings goes to Milwaukee, and Terrance Williams goes to Jersey, not a surprise considering they just traded Vince Carter.
8:33pm: While I'm here, I've got to point everyone to my friend Mike McCray's twitter. He has been uncanny in his selections: @yomike
8:30pm Jordan Hill says he can rebound and run the floor. He took part in the Amare Stoudemire basketball camp in the summers. Now looks like he'll learn from the master.
8:25pm DeMar Derozan (SG- USC) goes next to Toronto. Toronto's going to have a nice inside-out game with Bosh, Bargnani, and now DeRozan.
8:22pm The Hometowners pick Jordan Hill at 8, so suddenly David Lee is on the block.
8:17pm Stephen Curry gets drafted by Golden State. Golden State now has a glut of gaurds. New Yorkers are in mourning.
8:14pm While we wait for Golden State to play, what happens with Flynn and Rubio? Which one gets traded? Does Rubio play in Spain another year?
8:13pm Awesome quote: Rubio when asked if he knew about the Timberwolves. "No!"
8:11pm Johnny Flynn (PG Syracuse) gets picked instead! I saw him at the Big East tournament. He's a great player! Sebastian Telfair is totally on the way out!
8:07pm New Yorkers will boo if Curry gets picked next. The Knicks want him sooooo bad.
8:04pm: Minessota just picked Ricky Rubio (PG- Spain). They're totally picking Curry next.
7:59pm: Tyreke Evans (SG- Memphis) goes 4th to Sacramento. Minnesota (which went trade-crazy lately) up next with two picks!
7:56pm: Some of the trades that have gone down today: Shaq to Cavs, Carter to Magic, 29th Pick to Knicks.
7:53pm: And in a semi-surprising move, the Thunder picks James Harden (SG-Arizona State). Suddenly I where Rubio will fall. The Kings were hot for Rubio, but I they're also hot for Stephen Curry.
7:50pm Oklahoma City is up next. Speculation is that they'll pick Ricky Rubio, <a href="http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/06/25/westbrook-backs-off-rubio-friction">something that doesn't make Russell Westbrook happy.</a>
7:47pm A little more about Hasheem Thabeet, he's a defensive minded center. I had a chance to look at him during some Big East games. Will he turn Memphis into a contender? No. Not at all. But he will provide a strong body against Duncan and Yao in the Midwest.
7:45pm Good evening everyone. Welcome to my NBA draft liveblog. I'll be here all night to talk about the picks and the trades (and boy were there trades!).
The draft started off pretty obviously, as the Clippers picked Blake Griffin (PF-Oklahoma) with the first pick. With the second pick, Memphis picked Hasheem Thabeet (C- Connecticut).
8:17PM Pedro Sosa vs Jose Florentino for the 141-pound open title. Sosa is 16, the youngest fighter in the tourney and the junior national champion. I feel like I wasted my teenage years now.
8:18PM: It's round 2. Florentino is doing some dancing around, but he's also throwing a lot of punches at Sosa. He's looking very elusive.
8:22PM Round 3 now. Both boxers are really throwing punches in the center of the ring now. Florentino has better combos.
8:24PM I think I'm going to call this one for Florentino baring a knockdown. He's just thrown so many more punches.
8:25PM Both boxers ended the match with a huge flurry in the final seconds, but I think Florentino threw more punches.
8:27PM And in yet another show that I know nothing, Sosa is declared the winner. Color me actually shocked.
8:44PM My computer just crashed. I lost about 20 minutes of blogging, but that's alright. I'll press on! In the 152-pound novice, Shawn Cameron of Canarsie just defeated Richie Neves of Garden City, much to the disdain of the massive crowd that Neves brought on hand.
8:50PM 119-pound women: Alexis Asher vs Christina Cruz. Cruz is the defending champion, Asher was champion in 2007. Should be a good fight.
8:53PM Asher came out fighting in the sound round. In the middle of the match, she threw a right that connected square to Cruz's chest and could be heard throughout the theater. Cruz answered back with a right to Asher's head.
8:59PM Cruz was backpedaling until she could find an opening and then throwing a punch. Ahser countered by getting her up against a corner. Fourth round coming up.
9:02PM Cruz caught Asher square on the jaw right before the bell. Asher threw more punches, Cruz landed more powerful ones. Let's see who wins.
9:04PM Cruz is declared winner, holds onto her title.
9:06PM Up next is the 132 pound novice matchup between William Moyet and Wesley Ferrer. There's quite an age gap here, Moyet is 25, Ferrer is 17. Both fighters have 3 decisions and 1 knockout.
9:13PM We have our first knockdown of the night. Moyet went down with about 1:40 remaining in the second round. He's come back with a vengence though, as he pinned Ferrer in the corner for most about 30 of the next 60 seconds.
9:15PM Ferrer is hitting Moyet hard in the third round. Moyet just got a standing 8 count.
9:17PM Ferrer knocked Moyet down again! This one's over, the referee stopped the fight. Ferrer is the winner, folks.
9:23PM First Heavyweight fight of the night folks. This one is between Abdelghani Bousmah of France and Ngoli Okafor of the Bronx and is for the heavyweight open championship. Okafor last year's Golden Gloves novice champion.
9:26PM Okafor has Bousmah up against the ropes early. Bousmah just caught a right to the chin.
9:29PM End of round 1. Bousmah took a lot of shots. Okafor is just a little quicker.
9:31PM Match halted while Bousmah's headguard is tightened. Okafor just hit Bousmah below the belt, prompting boos from the crowd.
9:33PM Bousmah gets Okafor up against the ropes and starts delivering some blows.
9:35PM Time for round 3. Okafor is missing a lot of big shots, but he cornered Bousmah and started pummeling him.
9:37PM Both boxers look exhausted. The end of the third round was just a slog-fest.
9:39PM Okafor is dancing around and screaming before he's been announced the winner. It's a formailty, but still, you'd like to see a little more class and respect for his opponent.
9:41PM Okafor is officially announced the winner.
9:44PM Next match is between Shemuel Pagan of Borough Park and Vasilly Zherbnenko of Brighton Beach. This match is for the 132-pound open title. Pagan is a three time champion, Zherbnenko won the novice title in 2007.
9:54PM Zherbnenko has walked into a few punches thus far. Literally. He has leaned in. He also tends to try to wrap up Pagan the moment he starts throwing combos. This would annoy me greatly if I were fighting him. (But I'm not, and it's a good thing, because he'd destroy me easily!)
9:59PNM Zherbnenko leaned in tried to throw and punch, and caught a left to the face. He just caught a right and stumbled.
10:03PM The holding in this bought has been incredible. Both boxers have stumbled often. I'm almost expecting them to body slam each other.
10:05PM Fans are booing at the conclusion of the match. I have to agree. It was pretty ugly. Like watching an old Detroit Pistons-San Antonio Spurs game. Both boxers are being booed loudly when raising their arms to the crowd.
10:07PM Pagan is declared the winner, Zherbnenko is pretty unhappy about it, tearing his hand away from the ref.
Ok, well I've got to catch the Long Island Railroad back home, but I'll be back tomorrow!
And it's time for Night two of the Golden Gloves. This is it folks, the final night. There are 14 matches on the schedule tonight, starting with with the 141-pound women championship bout between Kirsten Havdoglous of Long Island and Grace Claudio of the Bronx. It's 7:35, I'm up on red bull, let's get it on!
7:37 Round one went to Havdoglous. Claudio came out strong to start, but Havdoglous started hammering away around the mid point of the first round, landing about eight head shots and forcing a standing eight count.
7:40 And it's over. Havdoglous kept going to Claudio's head, forcing two eight counts, with the second count ending the match. The ref stopped the match a little over a minute into the second round. This was a mismatch.
7:43PM Second match of the night is a 112 pound novice fight between Daveshua Sepulveda and Joshua James Gonzalez. Both fighters hail from the Bronx. Sepulveda has a record of 2 decisions, Gonzalez has a knockout and a disqualification. I tend to keep an eye on the fighters with KO's in their records, so I'm expecting Gonzalez to pull this one out.
7:49PM Two fighters with very different styles. Sepulveda favors his jab, and throws a flurry of punches, while Gonzalez has a very powerful right hook that he waits to throw. The two fights danced around in round 1, with Gonzalez trying to corner Sepulveda. If he lands that hook...ouch.
7:52PM Another good round. Sepulveda is too fast for Gonzalez, although he did get pinned a few times in the corner. Whichever boxer tires first will be the one that gets downed.
7: 56PM End of the three rounds. Sepulveda did a magnificent job of avoiding Gonzalez's hook and landing punches. He even cornered Gonzalez in the third round. And the winner is...Sepulveda. Can't say I'm surprised, he threw way more punches than Gonzalez. Speed beat out power this time.
7:59PM Next up is the 106 pound women bout between Ruth O'Sullivan of Brooklyn and Jillkerry Ward of Manhattan. This is the first bout of the year for both boxers. Fun fact, Ward is an actress and model.
8:12PM O'Sullivan does not play around, she's keeps hammering away at Ward's face. (Ward doesnt seem to be doing a very good job of protecting her face.) I'm certain she's bleeding too, and shes had two eight counts already This match is getting stopped.
8:15PM Color me correct. The match was stopped with 25 seconds left in the third round. Ward was given her third eight count a minute into the round, and just could not protect her face. O'Sullivan: a two time champion, wins her third.
8:19PM Next up is the 119-pound open match between Raul Lopez of Manhattan, and Noel Solis of Long Island City. Lopez was last year's 112-pound open champion. (Hint, hint)
8:22PM Score a knockdown for Lopez. Lopez is using a lot of body blows.
8:24PM Good first round of Lopez, body shots and combos had Solis on the ropes, literally. Solis has to move faster if he wants to win.
8:26PM Solis just got called for holding, lost a point. A great combo by Lopez just forced a standing eight count.
8:28PM And the fight was just stopped. I think the doctor stopped the match, and with good cause, Solis was taking a beating.
8:29PM A large portion of the crowd just started chanting for Leon Falconer, a fighter in the next match.
8:31PM The referee stopped the match. My mistake.
8:34PM Up next are two fighters from Jamaica, Queens, the aforementioned Leon Falconer from Gleason's Gym and De'Vaun Lee, who is fighting unattached. This is for the 178-pound novice title. Falconer clearly has the home-court advantage.
8:39PM This looks like the first really tough fight of the night. Both boxers stood and fought each other. Lee cornered Falconer a few times and let loose on him, one hitting him so hard against the ropes that his knees buckled. Round 2 times.
8:42PM Great second round. Lee really had Falconer on the defensive. Really cool, almost the entire crowd broke into chants of “Let's go Leon.” They're actually doing it again as I type this.
8:45PM What a round. Falconer came out of nowhere with a flurry of punches, but then Lee began to wear him down. Lee got Falconer on the ropes, but Falconer responded with another huge flurry. Falconer looked tired, but then responded with a HUGE flurry, including an uppercut that knocked Lee's head back before the end of the round. Hug e applause for both fighters. Well deserved. AND SOMEHOW FALCONER WON! WOW! Crowd is very happy! Half the crowd starts booing, and understandably so.
8:57PM Missed most of the next fight while getting over to Leon Falconer. He's very happy. His secret? “Hard work. I'm in the gym every day, and I stay away from girls.” You know, hes the second boxer to tell me this during this tournament. I wonder, what do girls have to do with your ability to punch someone?
8:59 Next match is a women,s heavyweight fight between Sonya Lamonakis and Shanell Mathis. From what I've seen, Lamonakis got a knockdown, but Mathis has come out swinging in round three. It was a big third round as both ladies really took it to each other. Mathis' corner seems to be working harder to get her ready for round 4.
9:02PM Both ladies are trading blows in the center of the ring. Lamonakis just nailed Mathis with a left to the face. Mathis has spent most of the round tied up against the ropes.
9:04PM And the fight is over. I've gotta say, from the short bit I saw, it looks like Lamonkis should win, she was pretty tough in rounds three and four.
9:05PM I just checked the records, Lamonkis has a knockout, Mathis has a decision. This makes Lamonakis' performance less of a surprise. And even less of a surprise is the fact that she won. Did I mention that Sonya Lamonakis is a sixth grade teacher? Man, I would not want to be a misbehaving student in her class!
9:08PM You know, watching the Golden Gloves makes me want to learn to box. Of course, I know that I would get destroyed very easily. (Heck, my dog routinely out-wrestles me!), but those golden glove necklaces that the winners get are just so darn mesmerizing.
9:21PM Apologies folks, I had to run to the little boxer's room. While I was gone, Jayquran Hazel of Bed-Stuy and Jose Peralta of Ridgewood got in on for the 141-pound novice title. Hazel came out on top, much to the disdain of the crowd.
927PM Last match before intermission. Steven Martinez from the Bronx and Chris Ventura from Yonkers.
9:34PM Good first round. These are big, fast fighters. Ventura has a very fast combo that he landed a few times, but he also lost a point for holding. Time for round 2.
938PM Eventful second round. Ventura was penalized again for holding, and once was hit so hard that his looked ready to fall had the ropes not caught him.
9:40PM Peralta gets knocked down! In the third round. Back he comes, and both boxers are really giving it to each other.
9:43PM Crowd's getting restless with the holds, and then Ventura gets knocked down right before the end of the round. Who wins, I dunno. Ventura hops to the top rope and gets booed. Peralta gets booed too. The match had a great flow until the third round. A LOT of holds were called, and it really broke up the flow of the fight. The winner is....Peralta! It really could've gone either way.
Well, this is going to be a much different liveblog than in weeks past. Unfortunately I can't connect to the internet here in swanky CitiField, so rather than keep a liveblog of a game you're probably watching online, I'll throw some insights into the game.
8:15PM We're starting here in the top of the 4th inning. Mike Pelfrey has been pretty shaky thus far, giving up a home run on the second pitch of the game. He's actually been literally shaky, as he fell down on a pitch delivery in the second inning. The Mets are losing, but since we're in a new stadium, no one seems to care. Wonder how long the grace period will last. Pirates fans got sick of it pretty fast.
8:17PM John Franco entered the press box to talk about “his memories”' whatever that means. Gonna go see.
8:2PM Franco likes the ballpark. He noted that it's going to take a “pretty good shot” to hit a home run. Interestingly, both Seaver and Franco were brought to the press room during the Mets at bats. Coincidence? I think not.
8:22PM Beltran was just robbed of a double on a leaping catch by Gerut. Mets still losing 4-1.
8:25PM Mets fans, I commend you for cheering Daniel Murphy for making a catch in the 3rd inning. I appreciate sarcasm, and that was dripping with it.
8:26PM Gonzalez hits a home run off the Pepsi porch. The boos are really starting to come down. Maybe Johan should have gotten an extra day's rest and pitched this game. He certainly couldn't be any worse.
8:31 PM Bud Selig just stopped by the press box (during a Padres at bat, in case you were wondering.) Selig talked about how all of the new ballparks are unique and then listed how each stadium tries to replicate a feature of an old ballpark (CitiField's copying of the Pepsi Porch in Detroit, for example.) Oh Bud, I love you contradictions. Selig also called Wrigley and Fenway “cathedrals” and said that they should be preserved “for as long as possible.” (Guess the old Yankee Stadium was just chopped liver.)
8:36PM Schneider just walked. I wanna see a come back. An opening day drubbing would suck. Speaking of drubbing, I'm hearing that the Yankees are losing 9-0. Guess the bullpen problems have made their way to the Bronx.
8:39PM Castillo flies out to center. Gary Sheffield pinch hits for Pelfrey. Crowd gets kinda interested. And there's Gary's crazy bat waggle. Good times.
8:41PM Sheffield grounds into a fielder's choice. Schneider out at second. But at least we got the bat waggle.
8:42PM Reyes walks. Now awaiting Daniel “Big Moment” Murphy. Padres have a meeting on the mound, but Sliva stays in. “Big Moment” better make him pay.
8:45PM “Big Moment” comes through with a single to right! Sheffield scores 5-2 Padres. The Heartthrob is up next.
8:47PM The line on Pelfrey: 5 Innings 8 Hits 5 Runs 2 Walks 3 Strikes out 2 Home Runs and 1 hilarious tumble. The heartthrob is still up. Is this suspense I'm starting to feel?
8:49PM Count goes full to Wright with 2 outs and 2 on. AND HE HITS A HOME RUN TO LEFT! Wow! Tie game with one swing! 5-5 All. 390 Feet, Wright's first homer of the year.
8:50PM Sliva comes out of the game. I told you the Mets would make them pay for keeping him in. Edward Mujica comes in. This is now fun because the game is in the hands of the bullpens, and for a change Mets fans don't seem to look depressed about that.
8:52PM Sliva's line: 4 2/3 Innings 5 Hits 5 Runs 3 Walks 2 Strikeouts 1 Home Run. Mujica gets Delgado to fly out to deep center.
8:54PM Brian Stokes is pitching for the Mets. I covered him when he was in the minors with New Orleans last year. We've both made it to the majors. “Sniff.” Amen' brother. Now don't blow the lead.
8:55PM Speaking of the minors, how come Valentino Passcucci never made it up? That man could swing a big stick!
8:56PM Church misplays a fly ball to right and it rolls into the crevice. That crevice will claim many victims over the next 40 years. Rodriguez to third on the error.
8:58PM Edgar Gonzalez is pinch hitting for Mujica. There's a meeting on the mound. And Stokes is staying in.
9:00PM Gonzo grounds to Wright. Rodriguez stays at third. The heartthrob made a great play with his glove too.
9:01PM Pedro Feliciano is now pitching. You know what that means. Asprin time!
9:05PM Feliciano has Eckstein down 0-2 and throws a ball. Why is David Eckstein, who won two World Series and was even Series MVP, playing for the Padres? Is he some kinda tiny prima dona, who leads teams to championships but destroys chemistry?
9:07PM Feliciano balked, Rodriguez scores. I hope you had that Asprin ready. I told you you'd need it.
9:08PM Almost unnoticed by everyone, Eckstein doubles to center.
9:09PM Giles grounds out to end the inning. Big boos for Feliciano. No one likes a balk. Even the Mets PA announcer sounded mad when he said “The San Diego Run is unearned. NOT EARNED.”
9:13PM Beltran gets a single to extend his hit streak. Now comes Church, who pops up and out.
9:20PM Castillo gets on, Jeremy Reed pinch hits for Feliciano. No nicknames for Reed, he'll have to earn his.
9:21PM Reed with a sad little pop up that eats up Rodriguez. Bases loaded with 2 outs for Jose Reyes. Get a hit here or Manuel will cut you.
9:23PM Reyes flies out to left.
9:25PM Shawn Green is now pitching for the Mets.
9:31PM Green gets Kouzmanoff to ground into a fielder's choice
9:33PM The line of Feliciano 2/3 Inning 1Hit 0 Runs 0 Strikeouts 1Balk and shattered dreams of little Mets fan kids everywhere.
9:34PM Green strikes out Hundley, inning over.
9:38PM “Big Moment” Murphy is up. Broke his bat on a pitch, and strikes out on the next pitch.
9:39PM Here comes David Wright. The Heartthrob came through last time. This time he toys with everyone's hearts by driving a pitch up out to center. Long loud out.
9:42PM Delgado strikes out. And the boos are back.
9:42PM The Mets are bringing out JJ Putz even though they're trailing. They're like a kid showing off their new toy. It's kinda adorable.
9:44PM Putz walks Rodriguez. Everth Cabrera is a pinch hitter.
9:48PM Cabrera tries a bunt that lands in Putz glove. Fail.
9:49PM Wild pitch from Putz moves Rodriguez to third. This is what happens when you try to show off your toys at inappropriate times.
9:50PM Fans are trying the wave in center field.
9:54PM With 2 outs and a runner on 3rd, Putz and Eckstein are battling.
9:55PM Tonights attendance: 41,741. A sellout.
9:56PM Eckstein walks. Now comes Brian Giles, who I think has the coolest plain name ever.
9:57PM Giles hits it to Putz, who fields to Delgado. Inning over.
10:00PM Beltran is up to lead off the inning. Beltran promptly pops up and out.
10:01PM Church time. Church breaks his bat and grounds to 2nd.
10:02PM Has this been a quick inning thus far or what?
10:04PM Schneider grounds out. It's time for K-Rod. Not surprisingly, there's no Sandman.
10:09PM Adrian Gonzalez leads off the inning. Rodriguez sets him down swinging.
10:10PM Headley flies out to right.
10:11PM K-Rod sets down the fathers in order. Last licks for the Mets coming up.
10:13PM Heath Bell is pitching for the Padres.
10:15PM Castillo is up to lead off. And he grounds out to third.
10:16PM Fernando Tatis is pinch hitting. Bell with a HIGH wild pitch. And would you believe Mike Bloomberg caught it?
10:19PM Tatis flies out to right. Reyes is the last hope.
10:20PM Reyes flies out to third and the Padres beat the Mets 6-5. And just like the last game at Shea, the first game at CitiField ends in a Mets loss. Also like the last game at Shea, the Mets bullpen gives up the lead late, and the Mets are unable to mount a comeback. The Mets fall to 3-4.