April 25, 2006

The preseason Barnstorming tour continues as 15 of the 16 National League teams host legendary teams; Houston Astros will play on the American League schedule. In addition, the make-up games between the Houston Astros Legends v. Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers Legends v. New York Yankees will be played today. The MLB Tonight recaps for today's games are:

Florida Marlins Legends @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Old Hoss Radbourne and Orlando Hernandez pitched shaky games. Fortunately for both pitchers, the offense simply didn't come through in key situations. Hernandez loaded the bases in the first, fifth, and seventh innings, but strikeouts and double plays got him out of the jams without giving up a single run. He did give up two runs in the fourth on a two-run homerun by Tim Raines. Radbourne also loaded the bases in several innings, but great fielding robbing the Diamondbacks of hits kept him in the game with a lead. Mike Scioscia caught Chad Tracy stealing second to cut down a potential rally in the second. Max Carey robbed Conor Jackson of an RBI double when he made a diving catch in the gap, and Maury Wills turned a beautiful double play when he barehanded a slow roller and fired it home to start a 6-2-3 double play. The Marlins Legends won 2-0.

Los Angeles Dodgers Legends @ Atlanta Braves

Don Sutton had a strong outing against the Braves, holding the Braves to one run through eight innings. Andruw Jones hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning to score the Braves' only run of the game. Jones would also make the highlight reel in the seventh inning when he climbed the wall in centerfield to rob Steve Garvey of his second homerun of the game. Garvey had already hit a two-run homerun in the second inning, but couldn't get the second shot high enough to evade the glove of Andruw Jones. Cristobal Torriente would also hit a solo homerun in the sixth inning to give Hoyt Wilhelm a two run lead when he came into the game in the ninth inning. Wilhelm made quick work of the Braves, sitting them down in order. The Dodgers Legends won 3-1.

Milwaukee Brewers Legends @ Chicago Cubs

Virgil Trucks held the Cubs hitless through six innings until Aramis Ramirez hit a double to the wall in the seventh inning. Ramirez would come around to score on a Juan Pierre single to score the only run that Trucks would give up. Carlos Zambrano was equally as masterful, holding the Brewers Legends scoreless through seven innings. In the eighth Zambrano let up a leadoff walk to Red Schoendienst, then giving up a double to Eddie Mathews. With an open base, Zambrano intentionally walked Hugh Duffy to bring up Paul Molitor with bases loaded. Molitor worked the count full and fouled off two more pitches before lacing a two-run double through the gap. Rollie Fingers would come in to pitch the final two innings allowing no more runs to score. The Brewers Legends won 2-1.

New York Mets Legends @ Cincinnati Red

Pedro Martinez pitched a gem against the Reds, striking out ten and walking one while giving up just four hits and no runs in his complete game effort. Martinez was aided by two extraordinary plays by shortstop Bill Dahlen. Dahlen made a beautiful basket catch in shallow centerfield to end the sixth inning, stranding Edwin Encarnacion on third. In the eighth, Dahlen snagged a sharply hit grounder up the middle by Adam Dunn. Dahlen flipped it to Jeff Kent who fired it to Keith Hernandez to complete the double play. Dahlen also came through on the bases, scoring the only run of the game when he hustled home on a single by Monte Irvin in the sixth. The Mets Legends won 1-0.

Philadelphia Phillies Legends @ Colorado Rockies

Sadaharu Oh exploded for five RBI on one homerun and two doubles against Jeff Francis of the Rockies. Al Simmons reached base four times and scored twice while stealing one base. Hamilton also collected four hits and scored once. Eddie Plank struggled early, allowing two runs in the second inning when Matt Holliday led off with a solo homerun, followed by back-to-back doubles by Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe. After that Plank settled down, containing the Rockies to three more hits and no runs through the eighth inning. In the ninth, Tug McGraw sat down the Rockies in order to earn the save. The Phillies Legends won 5-2.

Pittsburgh Pirates Legends @ Florida Marlins

Wilbur Wood held the Marlins to just one run off a solo homerun by Miguel Cabrera in the fourth. Willie Stargell made a diving catch in left field to prevent runs from scoring in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez was on third when Miguel Cabrera hit a high fly ball to the gap. Cool Papa Bell was playing him Cabrera deep and had no chance on the ball. Stargell, playing a shallow left field charged to his left into the gap between him and Bell. His eyes focused up as he sprinted out of his cap and leaped for a full body extension grab just as he hit the grass. The ball popped out on impact, but fell safely back into Stargell's glove for the third out of the inning. The bats for the Pirates Legends weren't as spectacular, collecting just five hits and scratching out two runs. The first run produced by Cool Papa Bell who walked and stole two bases before being driving in on a sacrifice fly by Buck Leonard. Bill Mazeroski put the Pirates Legends ahead with a solo homerun in the eighth. The Pirates Legends won 2-1.

San Diego Padres Legends @ Los Angeles Dodgers

Randy Jones of the Padres Legends was outmatched by Brad Penny. Penny held the Padres Legends to just two runs on seven hits through eight innings. Ed Delahanty collected four of the seven hits and produced a run in the first when he hit a double, stole third and scored on a Jason Giambi single. The other run was scored in the sixth when Bob Boone drove in Bob Elliot on a double down the line. Randy Jones let up four runs through seven innings. Rafael Furcal collected four this off Jones, including a two-run double in the fourth. Jayson Werth and JD Drew each hit an RBI single in the seventh to drive Jones from the game. Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect eighth inning. The Dodgers won 4-2.

San Francisco Giants Legends @ Milwaukee Brewers

The well rested Mathewson dominated the Brewers with a near no-hitter. Mathewson gave up a first inning walk, but shut down the Brewers from there not allowing another base runner until the ninth inning when Damian Miller sneaked a single through the middle to break up Mathewson's no-hit bid. Mathewson would complete the one-hit shutout by striking out the next two batters for his eleventh and twelfth strikeouts of the game. On offense, Buck Ewing drove in Frankie Frisch on a double in the second inning, but Chris Capuano held the Giants Legends quiet from there. In the ninth inning, Derrick Turnbow came in to relieve Capuano. Turnbow was hit hard by the heart of the Giants Legends' lineup, giving up five hits and two runs on a Willie McCovey double. The Giants Legends won 3-0.

St. Louis Cardinals Legends @ New York Mets

David Wright did his best to lift the Mets offense, collecting four hits including a solo homerun off Dizzy Dean. Jose Reyes also helped the offense getting on base three times and stealing twice, but was unable to score. The rest of the Mets lineup was held to one hit by Dean who pitched a strong eight innings. He was aided by a strong offensive surge, led by a three-run homerun by Stan Musial, which put together a five run fourth and a three run eighth. Stan Hack drove in two on an RBI double, while Rogers Hornsby went five-for-five with two doubles and three runs scored. Jack Clark and Elston Howard both had RBI singles as well. The Cardinals Legends won 8-0.

Washington Nationals Legends @ Philadelphia Phillies

Early Wynn pitched well against the Phillies, containing them to just one run through nine innings. The Phillies managed to score a run in the fourth off Wynn when Jimmy Rollins led off with a single, followed by a Chase Utley walk. After a quick out by Bobby Abreu and strikeout to Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard came up and hit a double down the line to drive in Rollins. Wynn would get himself out of that jam by forcing Aaron Rowand to ground out. On offense, the Nationals Legends hit Jon Lieber early as Sam Rice hit a triple, followed by a squeeze bunt by Jud Wilson and back-to-back doubles by Gil Hodges and Gary Carter to drive in one more run. Carter would collect two more hits for the Nationals Legends. The Nationals Legends won 2-0.

Baltimore Orioles Legends @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Kip Wells could not hold off the Orioles Legends, giving up seven runs through six innings. Every member of the Orioles Legends reached base at least once throughout the game. Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray each connected for two-run homeruns, while Cal Ripken Jr. hit a bases clearing double in the sixth. Albert Belle reached base four times and scored three runs. Robin Roberts pitched well, giving up one run, on a Jason Bay homerun, through eight innings. He received help from his fielders, particularly Brooks Robinson who turned two beautiful double plays and made a brilliant bare handed pickup and off-balanced throw to catch the Jose Castillo out at first. Jesse Orosco came in to close out the ninth with a one-two-three-inning. The Orioles Legends won 7-0.

Boston Red Sox Legends @ San Diego Padres

Kid Nichols pitched a strong eight innings for the Red Sox Legends, giving up just one unearned run in the fifth. A ground ball skipped through the legs of Jimmy Collins for what should have been the third out of the inning. Instead it extended the inning and allowed Dave Roberts to score from second. Collins would have a chance to redeem himself in the sixth when he came to bat with runners on the corners. Collins hit a sharp grounder up the middle that ricocheted off Shawn Estes' shin. Adrian Gonzalez retrieved the ball between the mound and first base, but was unable to beat Collins to the bag as Carl Yastrzemski scored. Ted Williams would drive in Yaz in the eighth inning on a two-run homerun to put the Red Sox Legends ahead for the win 3-1.

Chicago White Sox Legends @ San Francisco Giants

Ted Lyons and Matt Cain had a battle on the rubber as each pitcher held the opposition scoreless through eight innings. A near homerun in the fourth by Frank Thomas bounced off the wall in right field for a double. This would be the only hard struck ball of the game for the White Sox Legends. Through six innings, the Giants were unable to get the ball past the infield as a couple of walks and a bunt single provided the Giants with their only base runners. In the ninth inning, Nellie Fox worked a leadoff walk. Spot Poles bunted him to second, before Luke Appling grounded out to move Fox to third. On third with two out, Joe Jackson hit a blooper into left centerfield. Jose Vizcaino charged for it, but was unable to secure the catch as it hit the tip of his glove and fell to the ground, scoring Fox. In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants threatened with bases loaded and one out. Vizcaino came to the plate, hopeful to redeem himself for the missed catch. He swung hard at Lyons' first offering, but just missed it fouling it into the stands. Lyons sneaked in a strike on the black for strike two. Vizcaino watched the next two pitches go for balls. On the two-two count, Lyons threw a low knuckleball inside. Vizcaino took a late cut at it and grounded it sharply to Robin Ventura. Ventura fielded it cleanly, stepped on third for out number two and fired the ball home to Ray Schalk. The throw was high and took a second for Schalk to apply the tag as Randy Winn slid into home hard, knocking down Schalk. Schalk came up with the ball and the umpire called Winn out. The White Sox Legends won 1-0.

Cleveland Indians Legends @ St. Louis Cardinals

Addie Joss got knocked around by the Cardinals offense, giving up five runs through seven innings. Albert Pujols collected four hits and three RBI, while Scott Rolen launched a two-run homerun in the seventh to chase Joss from the game. The Indians Legends lineup helped to keep them in the game, scoring four runs on ten hits. Nap Lajoie went four-for-five with three steals and one run scored. Thurman Munson drove in three on a bases-clearing double in the third. Tris Speaker scored the final run of the day of the Indians Legends when he led off with a double, moved to third on Lajoie's single and scored on a Manny Ramirez sacrifice fly. The Cardinals won 5-4.

Detroit Tigers Legends @ Washington Nationals

Billy Pierce had little trouble working through the Nationals lineup, giving up just three hits through eight innings. Alan Trammell made a nice stop in the third to rob Alfonso Soriano of a single when he made a shoestring catch to his glove side. Ty Cobb showed off his throwing arm when he bare handed a grounder up the middle and fired it into second catching Christian Guzman trying to stretch his single into a double. Cobb also flashed his bat, going four-for-four with a double and triple. Al Kaline drove in Cobb in the first with an RBI single, while Hank Greenberg plated Cobb in the fourth with a two-run homerun. The Tigers Legends won 2-0.

Houston Astros Legends @ Boston Red Sox (Make-Up)

Eddie Cicotte suffered from a lack of control against the Red Sox, walking five and giving up three runs, one on a passed ball in the seventh. Billy Wagner came in to relieve Cicotte in the eighth and held the Astros Legends hitless through two frames. Jason Varitek drove in two runs for the Red Sox when he hit a two-run triple off the Green Monster that Jose Cruz had trouble reading off the wall. David Wells pitched well against the Astros Legends, giving up two runs on seven hits. Jeff Bagwell drove in both of the Astros Legends' runs on RBI doubles off the Green Monster. Craig Biggio scored the first run after lacing a single to centerfield and stealing second base off Wells. Rusty Staub would score the second run for the Astros Legends' in the seventh when he hustled from first to score on Bagwell's double. The Red Sox won 3-2.

Texas Rangers Legends @ New York Yankees (Make-Up)

Jorge Posada and Ivan Rodriguez had a battle of the catchers in this game. Both catchers caught two runners stealing second. They also showed up at the plate as Rodriguez drove in two runs in the sixth on a double. Mike Mussina pitched a strong eight innings, giving up just two runs on the Ivan Rodriguez double. He struck out five and walked none. Smokey Joe Williams struggled against the Yankees, giving up a two-run homerun to Robinson Cano and a solo homerun to Hideki Matsui in the early innings of the game. In the eighth, Posada came to bat with Cano on third and laced a seeing-eye single past the diving Buddy Bell. Cano came in to score, extending the Yankees lead to 4-2. Alex Rodriguez would later add a run for the Rangers Legends with solo homerun in the ninth off Kyle Farnsworth, but Farnsworth allowed no more runs. The Yankees won 4-3.


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