April 29, 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. 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:
Milwaukee Brewers Legends @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Phil Niekro and Brandon Webb both pitched very well keeping the game scoreless until the fifth inning when Webb allowed a leadoff single by Paul Molitor. This was followed by a fielding error by shortstop Craig Counsell, leaving Webb in a jam with first and third and nobody out. Webb was able to induce a double play ball by Eddie Mathews, however the go-ahead run scored on the play. This proved to be the only run of the game. Neikro went 7 innings of 5 hit ball and no runs as Rollie Fingers finished the game with two perfect innings for the save. The Brewers Legends won 1-0.
New York Mets Legends @ Atlanta Braves
This game has been postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for April 30th.
Philadelphia Phillies Legends @ Chicago Cubs
A pitching duel for the ages as both Mark Prior and Steve Carlton brought their A games combining for 24 strikeouts with Carlton racking up 14 and Prior 10. The Cubs bullpen imploded however after Prior left the game scoreless after the eighth. The Phillies Legends scored six runs in the top of the ninth off Carlos Marmol who gave up four walks and a pair of three run homeruns to Mike Schmidt and Al Simmons. Carlton went the distance allowing just two hits for the complete game shutout. The Phillies Legends won 6-0.
Pittsburgh Pirates Legends @ Cincinnati Red
This one was over before the first inning as Brandon Clausen could not hold off the Pirates Legends. Claussen was knocked out of the first inning after giving up 10 hits and nine runs, including a grand slam to Roberto Clemente. The Reds' bullpen gave up an additional four runs through the remainder of the game. Honus Wagner went five-for-five with three RBI and four runs scored. Vern Law cruised to the victory tossing seven innings of two-run ball. The lone runs for the Reds came on a two-run home run for Adam Dunn in the sixth inning. The Pirates Legends won 13-2.
San Diego Padres Legends @ Colorado Rockies
Neither pitcher fared well in the high altitudes of Coors field as the teams combined for 16 runs on 25 hits. Perry gave up seven runs through eight innings, but was aided by the offense as Ed Delahanty went four-for-five with three RBI. The final blow was a three run home run by Richie Asburn in the sixth inning as the Padres Legends were trailing by one. Matt Holiday went three-for-four for the Rockies with four RBI. Hoyt Wilhelm pitched a perfect ninth for the save. The Padres Legends won 9-7.
San Francisco Giants Legends @ Florida Marlins
This was a close game throughout due to strong pitching by Christy Mathewson and Dontrelle Willis. Mathewson struck out nine and gave up two runs through eight innings on a Miguel Cabrera double. The game broke open for the Giants Legends in the seventh after a three-run double by Barry Bonds snapped a 2-2 tie. The Giants Legends tacked on one more run with a solo home run by Willie McCovey in the ninth. The Marlins rallied in the ninth off reliever Rod Beck, but could not come all the way back after Mike Jacobs struck out swinging, leaving the tying runs on second and third to end the game. The Giants Legends won 6-4.
St. Louis Cardinals Legends @ Los Angeles Dodgers
The story in this one was Bob Gibson who pitched a complete game two-hit, shutout racking up 15 strikeouts. Derek Lowe held his own, pitching seven innings of two-run ball with the only damage coming off a two-run, two-out single by Stan Musial in the sixth proving to be the only runs Gibson would need to secure the win as the Cardinals Legends won 2-0.
Washington Nationals Legends @ Milwaukee Brewers
Walter Johnson rolled along against the overmatched Brewers, striking out ten on his way to his third shutout of the preseason. Doug Davis had no solution for the Nationals Legends' lineup as he gave up 10 runs in just four innings. The offense was led by Gary Carter who went two-for-four with four RBI on a two-run homerun and two-run double. Gil Hodges drove in another three runs as he went four-for-four with two RBI doubles. The Nationals Legends won 14-0.
Baltimore Orioles Legends @ New York Mets
Victor Zambrano could not hold the lead after the Mets spotted him a four-run lead in the third inning. Carlos Beltran and Cliff Floyd each drove in two runs during the third on a double and single respectively. After early struggles, Jim Palmer settled down to and allowed just one more run to score through the eighth inning after a four-run third. Albert Belle hit a three-run homerun off Zambrano to cut the lead to one. With Eddie Murray hit a two-run homerun in the fifth to give the Orioles Legends the lead. Cal Ripken Jr. added a two-run shot of his own in the eighth for some insurance runs to help the Orioles to a 9-5 victory.
Boston Red Sox Legends @ Philadelphia Phillies
Cy Young had it rolling in this one, cruising through nine innings of two-hit baseball. The only offense that Young needed came from a towering two-run home run by Jimmie Foxx off Brett Myers in the fourth. Ted Williams also had a fine day at the plate going three-for-four and scoring on the Foxx homerun. The Red Sox Legends won 2-0.
Chicago White Sox Legends @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Oliver Perez was his usual erratic self, walking six batters while striking out eight. Frank Thomas capitalized on Perez' walks going three-for-five and driving in three batters who previously walked. Joe Jackson reached base in all five of his plate appearance, going four-for-four with a walk and three runs scored. White Sox Legends' starter Ed Walsh pitched a strong eight innings, giving up just one run on five hits. Keith Foulke would relieve Walsh in the ninth and give up one run, before closing out the game. The White Sox Legends won 7-2.
Cleveland Indians Legends @ San Diego Padres
Bob Feller and Jake Peavy locked up in a pitchers' duel. Both pitchers went the distance, combining for 20 strikeouts and held the opposition scoreless through seven innings. In the eighth inning, with two outs, Peavy left a curveball hanging just a little bit too far over the plate to Manny Ramirez. Manny turned on it and lifted it into the left field bleachers for a solo homerun and proved to be the winning run of the game as the Indians Legends won 1-0.
Detroit Tigers Legends @ San Francisco Giants
The young Matt Cain struggled against the powerful Tigers Legends, giving up eleven runs through seven innings. Ty Cobb, Al Kaline and Hank Greenberg went a combined 9-11 with 7 RBI and 9 runs scored. Cobb stole two bases off Cain, while Hank Greenberg hit a three-run homerun to start things off in the first inning. Jim Bunning pitched a solid eight innings, allowing just one run on a Mark Sweeney single, for the easy victory. The Tigers Legends won 12-1.
Houston Astros Legends @ St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals rallied behind a great pitching performance by Chris Carpenter who struck out eight and went all nine innings while giving up just three runs. Jeff Bagwell hit a first inning, two-run homerun, but settled down to allow just one more run through the remainder of the game. Albert Pujols led the way for the Cardinals at the plate hitting a two-run homerun in the fourth. With the Cardinals down by one in the eighth, Pujols connected again for a three-run shot that put the Cardinals ahead for good as they went on to win the game 5-3.
Kansas City Royals Legends @ Washington Nationals
Satchel Paige went all nine for the Royals Legends racking up eight strikeouts along the way. Paige's hesitation pitch stymied the Nationals, as they were only able to muster three hits. For the Royals Legends, Jim Rice and George Brett each hit two-run homeruns providing more than enough support for Paige. Brett also drove in an additional run in the ninth on an RBI double that drove in Enos Slaughter. The Royals Legends won 5-0.