NL Preseason Recp: April 17, 2006
The preseason Barnstorming tour has begun. 15 of the 16 National League teams will be hosting legendary teams to kick off the tour; Houston Astros will play on the American League schedule. The legendary rosters will be traveling to visit all of the Major League teams and play against their current rosters. The MLB Tonight recaps for today's games are:
Atlanta Braves Legends @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Greg Maddux of the Braves Legends and Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks got into a pitching duel as both pitchers threw eight innings of scoreless baseball. Brandon Webb got into a couple of jams early, but was able to get out of the inning thanks to his double play inducing sinker. Hank Aaron hit the only long fly ball off Webb, a shot to the warning track in left field in the sixth inning. Maddux worked the corners the entire game, not giving the Diamondbacks hitters anything over the plate. In the ninth inning Webb let up a run when Johnny Mize scored from first on a Chipper Jones double down the right field line. Maddux loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning with singles by Orlando Hudson and Shawn Green and a walk to Chad Tracy before Conor Jackson hit a walk-off two-run double. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 2-1.
Chicago Cubs Legends @ Atlanta Braves
Grover Alexander of the Cubs Legends pitched a gem against the Braves. He pitched four perfect innings before walking Edgar Rentaria with two outs in the fifth. The Braves would get two more walks before getting their first hit off the bat of Brian McCann in the seventh. Alexander would go on to pitch a complete game shut out with six strikeouts and four walks. Tim Hudson of the Braves gave up a first inning homerun to Hack Wilson, but held the Cubs Legends scoreless until exiting the game in the seventh. Lance Cormier came in for relief and allowed back-to-back homeruns to Sammy Sosa and Ernie Banks. The Cubs Legends won 4-0.
Cincinnati Reds Legends @ Chicago Cubs
This game has been postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for April 18th.
Colorado Rockies Legends @ Cincinnati Reds
This game has been postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for April 18th.
Florida Marlins Legends @ Colorado Rockies
Jason Jennings of the Rockies struggled against the Marlins Legends lineup. He gave up four runs on ten hits through five innings. Jose Mesa came in for relief and kept the Marlins Legends from scoring again. Maury Willis of the Marlin Legends went four-for-five with three stolen bases, while Gary Sheffield had three RBI on two doubles. Vida Blue shut down the Rockies offense, striking out six through eight innings and allowing just one run on a solo homerun by Matt Holliday in the sixth. The Marlins Legends won 4-1.
Los Angeles Dodgers Legends @ Florida Marlins
Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers Legends pitched a three-hit shutout against the Marlins while striking out eight. His only hits allowed included an infield single to Hanley Ramirez and two line drive singles to Miguel Cabrera. Dontrelle Willis of the Marlins also pitched well, striking out seven and allowing just two runs through eight innings. After walking Jackie Robinson in the third, Robinson stole second and scored on a double by Duke Snider scoring the Dodgers Legends' first run. The second run came in the sixth when Roy Campanella singled to score Cristobal Torriente from second. The Dodgers Legends won 2-0.
Milwaukee Brewers Legends @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Paul Molitor and Robin Yount of the Brewers Legends were the stars of this game. Molitor went four-for-five with four RBI, nearly hitting for the cycle when he was called out on a bang-bang play trying to stretch a double into a triple in the eighth. Yount went five-for-five with two doubles and a triple driving in three runs of his own. Phil Niekro of the Brewers Legends had a shaky outing, giving up five runs off of three homeruns, two to JD Drew, in seven innings. Rollie Fingers came in to relieve Niekro and shut down the Dodgers in two scoreless innings. The Brewers Legends won 8-5.
New York Mets Legends @ Milwaukee Brewers
Tom Seaver shut down the Brewers offense, with the exception of Prince Fielder who hit a two-run homerun in the fifth inning. Seaver struck out nine while allowing just two runs through eight innings. John Franco recorded the save with a perfect ninth inning. The Mets Legends lineup seemed to be off against Doug Davis. The Mets Legends only collected six runs, good for three runs thanks to a two-run homerun by Mike Piazza in the second. Key fielding from Keith Hernandez and Monte Irvin and pitching from the Mets Legends lifted them to a victory over the Mets Legends won 3-2.
Philadelphia Phillies Legends @ New York Mets
Victor Zambrano pitched well against the Phillies Legends through five innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out six. In the sixth inning the Phillies Legends had a big inning scoring eight, capped off by a grand slam off the bat of Japanese slugger Sadaharu Oh. Mike Schmidt and Al Simmons also had RBI doubles in that inning. Steve Carlton of the Phillies Legends also pitched well through five innings, striking out five and allowing just three hits and no walks. In the seventh inning, Jose Reyes of the Mets led off with a double. David Wright followed with a two-run homerun and Carlos Beltran hit a solo homerun later in the inning. The Phillies Legends won 8-3.
Pittsburgh Pirates Legends @ Philadelphia Phillies
The Negro Leaguers that filled the Pirates Legends' lineup stole the show against the Phillies. Josh Gibson hit two homeruns deep to center field, while Buck Leonard hit one of his own and two doubles that drove in four more runs. Cool Papa Bell stole four bases off of Brett Myers of the Phillies and Judy Johnson showed masterful fielding at third base, preventing extra base hits on three diving stops. Honus Wagner also went four-for-five with two doubles and three runs scored. Roberto Clemente also scored two runs and drove in one on a single. Vern Law's pitching was off, allowing six runs on twelve hits through seven innings. Ryan Howard connected for a three-run homerun in the sixth inning, while Chase Utley hit a two-run double in the fourth. The Pirates Legends won 12-6.
San Diego Padres Legends @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Gaylord Perry of the Padres Legends pitched well against the Pirates, striking out five while walking two and allowing one run on four hits. Ryan Doumit scored the only run for the Pirates when he singled home Jason Bay in the fifth. Oliver Perez of the Pirates pitched well against the Padres Legends. Perez gave up three runs through eight innings, striking out six and walking one. Ed Delahanty and Tony Gwynn each went four-for-four, while Richie Ashburn drove them both in on a double down the left field line in the first inning. Jason Giambi scored the Padres Legends third run with a solo homerun in the ninth. The Padres Legends won 3-1.
San Francisco Giants Legends @ San Diego Padres
The Giants Legends put on a slugfest against Padres pitcher Jake Peavy. Willie Mays and Barry Bonds connected for back-to-back homeruns in the third inning. Willie McCovey and Met Ott also added homeruns in the sixth and ninth respectively. Ott and Mays also hit hard doubles to the gap in left centerfield driving in an additional three runs together. Christy Mathewson pitched a complete game two-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking just one. Mike Cameron got the first hit off Mathewson in the fifth inning on a soft grounder to third base. The Giants Legends won 8-0.
St. Louis Cardinals Legends @ San Francisco Giants
Bob Gibson, Stan Musial and Rogers Hornsby were all the Cardinals Legends needed against the Giants. Musial went four-for-five with two homeruns, driving in five runs while Hornsby went five-for-five with three doubles and three runs scored. Gibson pitched a one-hit shutout against the Giants with ten strikeouts and no walks. His only hit came in the eighth inning when Ray Durham hit a blooper just over the head of the third baseman. The Cardinals Legends won 6-0.
Washington Nationals Legends @ St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals and Walter Johnson of the Nationals Legends faced off in a rubber match. Carpenter held the Nationals Legends to one run on three hits through eight innings, while striking out seven and walking one. The lone run for the Nationals Legends came in the seventh inning when Jud Wilson hit a double and scored on a Gary Carter single. Walter Johnson pitched a complete game shutout, striking out ten and giving up just two hits, a double and a single both to Albert Pujols. The Nationals Legends won 1-0.
Baltimore Orioles Legends @ Washington Nationals
Jim Palmer pitched well against the Nationals, letting up two runs on six hits through eight innings. Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Zimmerman each hit solo homeruns. Soriano also showed his versatility by stealing two bases off Palmer. Livan Hernandez also pitched well, letting up three runs in seven innings while striking out five. Eddie Murray drove in Cal Ripken Jr. and Albert Belle on a double in the first inning. Frank Robinson launched a solo homerun into the left field seats in the seventh to break the tie. Brooks Robinson preserved the lead in the eighth inning when he made a diving stop on a sharp grounder down the line by Jose Guillen with the bases loaded. Robinson quickly got to his feet, tagged third base and fired it home to Roger Bresnahan who made the tag on Jose Vidro to end the inning. The Orioles Legends won 3-2.