Saturday, June 28, 2014

Napoli, Lester & Ross Combine To Bury Empire

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
At the half-way mark of the 2014 season, your Carmine Hose are under .500 for the first time since 1997—you know, during the Clinton Administration. Nevertheless, tonight they combined timely home run hitting with great starting pitching to smite The Evil Ones at The Concrete Bunker On 161st Street, 2-1. Mike Napoli sliced an opposite-field HR to right with two outs in the ninth off supposedly un-hittable Masahiro Tanaka. Earlier, in the third, David Ross also clouted a solo HR off the rookie Empire starter. Jon Lester gave up just one unearned run (thanks to a Stephen Drew error) in eight brilliant innings. The lefty gave up just five hits and struck out six for his ninth win of the year.