May 9, 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:
San Francisco Giants Legends @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Willie Mccovey really sparked the sluggish Giants Legends??? offense, when McCovey hit a go-ahead two-run homerun in the eighth inning giving them the 3-1 lead. Barry Bonds also collected the other RBI when he doubled in the fourth inning, scoring Mel Ott. Juan Marichal pitched well for the Giants Legends going eight innings, allowing one run and striking out six. Batista pitched six and a third innings, however left the game after he grabbed for his shoulder after striking out George Davis. In the ninth inning Rod Beck came in to close the game and retired the Diamondbacks in order on just ten pitches. The Giants Legends won 3-1.
St. Louis Cardinals Legends @ Atlanta Braves
Lon Warneke dazzled and was ecstatic about his pitching performance this afternoon. Warneke pitched a solid eight innings, striking out eleven and only allowing two hits. Ozzie Smith led the charge offensively going two-for-three, with a two-run triple in the fourth inning scoring Rogers Hornsby and Roger Connors. Hornsby iced the game with a solo homerun in the eighth inning. The Cardinals Legends won 4-0.
Washington Nationals Legends @ Chicago Cubs
Both pitchers went seven innings, however it was Glendon Rusch who let up the key earned run in the seventh inning giving the Nationals Legends the 3-2 lead. Stan Coveleski went seven innings strong, striking out seven and allowing four hits. Gary Carter hit a go ahead single in the seventh inning off of Rusch, who pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out five. Lee Smith came in to close the game and after giving up a leadoff single to Aramis Ramirez, he settled down and retired the next three batters. The Nationals Legends won 3-2.
Baltimore Orioles Legends @ Cincinnati Red
The Orioles legends were clicking on all cylinders on this afternoon, offensively, defensively and pitching. Leon Day pitched a superb game, going eight innings and not allowing an extra base hit or run. However, he was pulled in the ninth due to the nine-run lead his offense. Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, and Eddie Murray all collected three RBI each. The Orioles Legends won 9-1.
Boston Red Sox Legends @ Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook and the Colorado Rockies were very unsuccessful in trying to defeat the Red Sox Legends. Cook pitched very poorly in this one, going five innings, striking out three and allowing six earned runs. Ted Williams took full advantage of Cook???s rough outing by going three-for-four with four RBI and a three-run homerun in the third inning to open up the floodgates. David Ortiz followed Williams??? three-run homerun with a solo homerun for himself to give the Sox a 5-0 lead. The Red Sox Legends won 6-2.
Chicago White Sox Legends @ Florida Marlins
The Florida Marlins, led by Miguel Cabrera pulled of an amazing upset against the Chicago White Sox. Cabrera showed he is truly worthy of playing with the legends as he went three-for-four with two homeruns for a total of five RBI against Al Spalding. Cabrera???s two-run homerun in the eighth inning broke the tie and gave the Marlins a late 5-3 lead. The Marlins won 5-3.
Cleveland Indians Legends @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Odalis Perez gave Dodgers his best shot for his team to achieve the victory, however they couldn???t hold off the feisty Cleveland Indians Legends. Perez pitched a solid seven innings, allowing only one run, however that was not enough for the Dodgers to hold off the Indians Legends. In the ninth inning the Dodgers were leading 3-1, however the Indians Legends??? bats awoke. Danny Baez came in for the save, however left the game with the loss. Thurman Munson led off the ninth with a double and was later driven in by Al Rosen with one out. Then with two out and a full count, Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homerun to give the Indians Legends a 4-3 lead. After a Nap Lajoie triple, Jim Thome took the first pitch he saw for a ride to give the Indians Legends a 6-3 lead. The Indians Legends won 6-3.
Detroit Tigers Legends @ Milwaukee Brewers
Ty Cobb led the Tigers Legends offensively, going four-for-five with three RBI and a two-run double in the seventh inning to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead. The Brewers fought back with Prince Fielder leading the charge, hitting a two-run homerun to tie the game in the eighth. In the top of the ninth inning, Derrick Turnbow came in to preserve the tie. Turnbow allowed a solo homerun to Hank Greenberg, giving the Tigers Legends the lead. Billy Wagner came in for the save in the bottom of the inning and shut down to Brewers in order. The Tigers Legends won 6-5.
Houston Astros Legends @ New York Mets
The Astros Legends got off to an early lead when Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first. Tony Pena added a three-run homerun in the third to give the Astros Legends a 5-2 lead. In the seventh, the Mets came striking back. Jose Reyes led off the seventh inning with a walk and later stole second base during Paul Lo Duca???s at bat. After Jack McDowell threw a wild pitch, Reyes stole third base and with one out David Wright drove him in with a double. Carlos Delgado hit a single to right field advancing Wright to third, but with the arm of Rusty Staub, Wright was forced to hold up. Carlos Beltran came up with a chance to tie the game and connected on a curveball, sending it out of the stadium to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. In the top of the ninth inning, Chad Bradford came in for the save. After striking out the first two batters, Bradford allowed back-to-back singles to Bud Harrelson and Rusty Staub. Bradford settled down and struck out George Kell, to give the Mets a 6-5 victory.
Kansas City Royals Legends @ Philadelphia Phillies
Cory Lidle and Bret Saberhagen had a pitching duel as both pitchers went eight innings of one-run ball. George Brett drove in the only run for the Royals Legends, while Ryan Howard hit a solo homerun in the third off Saberhagen. In the ninth inning, Howard provided some heroics as he laced a double off Antonio Alfonseca, driving in Jimmy Rollins who hustled from first to score just ahead of Darrell Porter???s tag. The Phillies won 2-1.
Los Angeles Angels Legends @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell could have learned something from Orel Hershiser in this game. Hershiser pitched a gem, throwing nine scoreless innings and holding the Pirates to just two hits and one walk. Snell, on the other hand, struggled to keep the Angels Legends off the bases. Snell let up ten hits and four walks on his way to allowing seven runs through six innings. Rod Carew and Vladimir Guerrero gave him the most trouble as each batter reached base on all five plate appearances. Carew had three singles, two stolen bases and two walks, while Guerrero had two singles, two doubles, and a homerun. Between the two of them, they drove in a combined five runs, while scoring two more. The Angels Legends won 8-0
Minnesota Twins Legends @ San Diego Padres
Jim Perry and Chris Young didn???t give an inch, both going the distance while striking out a combined 20 batters and giving up just five hits among them. Chris Young held a one-hitter going into the ninth inning. Young struck out Ray Fosse to start the inning before walking Ray Dandridge. Dandridge stole second on the first pitch to Kirby Puckett. Puckett slapped a single up the middle, moving Dandridge to third. He got Zack Wheat to pop out for the second out of the inning. Young didn???t have the same luck with Harmon Killebrew, who hit a sharp grounder up the line for a run-scoring double and leaving runners on second and third. Young got out of the jam by striking out Chuck Knoblauch to end the inning. The Twins Legends won 1-0.
New York Yankees Legends @ San Francisco Giants
The young Matt Cain held his own against the powerful Yankees Legends, giving up just three runs through eight innings. Derek Jeter scored two of those runs, once on a Lou Gehrig homerun in the first and a second time on a Yogi Berra double in the fifth. The Giants offense couldn???t get much going against Tommy John, only mustering one run on a series of singles and sacrifice flies in the sixth. The Yankees Legends won 3-1.
Oakland Athletics Legends @ St. Louis Cardinals
Current Cardinals first base slugger Albert Pujols and former Cardinals first base slugger Mark McGwire faced off in a homerun derby in this one. The Cardinals fans loved seeing McGwire launching homeruns out of the park like they saw in the late 90s. McGwire connected for three homeruns, good for five RBI. Pujols hit two homeruns of his own, also racking up five RBI. The deciding run of the game came in the eight when Rickey Henderson steal of second and third, before scoring on a Reggie Jackson single. The Athletics Legends won 6-5.
Seattle Mariners Legends @ Washington Nationals
The offense struggled in this game as both teams could only muster six hits between them. The only run of the game came in the fifth inning when Ichiro Suzuki led off with a double, stole third and scored on a Ken Griffey Jr. single. The pitching was on point, as each pitcher only walked one batter through eight innings of work and allowed one extra-base hit, while striking out five. The Mariners Legends won 1-0.