Sunday, April 27, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 4.27.14

-The Giants were just to big for the Indians. With a 3-0 lead headed into the 5th inning, San Francisco's bats became GIANTS literally. They scored four runs on four hits to go up 4-3. Michael Morse singled to start the rally. Brandon Crawford singled to right, then Brandon Hicks loaded the bases. Pinch hitter Gregor Blanco hit a single to make the score 3-1. Later, Hunter Pence hit a two run double to take the lead 4-3. Buster Posey came up in the sixth inning and hit a solo shot off of CC Lee. Tribe pitcher Zack McAllister started off strong, putting out 12 of his first 13 batters he saw. McAllister went 5 innings with 5 hits and 4 earned runs. On a bright note, he did strikeout 6. Cleveland and San Francisco finish the series tomorrow with Ryan Vogelsong (0-1 7.71 era) facing Cleveland's Danny Salazar(0-3 7.85 era). If Salazar doesn't have a quality start his next game, I expect him to be demoted to AAA.

-Vinsanity is back! Vince Carter hit a crazy 3 at the buzzer to get the victory for his Mavs against the Spurs. Dallas takes a 2-1 lead after a 109-108 victory at home. Dallas guard Monta Ellis tied his playoff career high with 29 points with a clutch 12 in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan had a team high of 22 points for the Spurs. Game 4 is Monday in Dallas at 9:30.

-The Indiana Pacers tied the series 2-2 with a 91-88 win over the Hawks. Paul George had a double-double, scoring 24 points to go along with his 10 rebounds. Paul Milsap went 3-6 from 3 point range and had 29 points, a playoff career high for Atlanta. Kyle Korver scored 15 points for the Hawks including 9 boards. This game shouldn't have been as close as it was. Atlanta shot a measly 35 percent versus Indiana. The Pacers will meet the Hawks again on Monday in Atlanta.

-Lebron James and the Heat took an overpowering 3-0 series lead with their 98-85 win over Charlotte. King James had team highs of 30 points with 10 rebounds. Dwyane Wade had a respectable 17 points for the Heat. Al Jefferson had the hot hand in the first quarter scoring 15 points, but only finished with 20 for the game. The "whiteout" by Charlotte's fans didn't do enough as it was more of a cry of "We Surrender". Miami looks to close out this series on Monday in Charlotte.

-Behind the strength of Reggie Jackson, not Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook, BUT Reggie Jackson, the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Memphis Grizzlies, 92-89 in overtime. It was the third straight overtime in this series. Jackson lead with 29 points, while Durant and Westbrook struggled but chipped in 15 points apiece. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 23 points and 11 rebounds. With the series tied, it now heads back to OKC Tuesday night for Game 5.

-At UFC 172, Jon "Bones" Jones defended his UFC light heavyweight title successfully for the 7th straight time, defeating Glover Teixera by decision after 5 rounds.

-The Columbus Blue Jackets fell 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh takes a 3-2 series lead as the series heads back to Columbus on Monday. Game time is 7 PM.

-Sometime today I will drop a special piece about Bernie Kosar being taken off doing the Browns pre-season games.

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