Very strange Easter Sunday in New York sports. The Mets were able to hold off a late comeback to sweep the Braves and begin the season 3-0. The Yankees again could solve the Rays as they fell 3-0, completing a season opening sweep by Tampa Bay. The main event, however, was the Knicks exciting victory over the NBA’s best Chicago Bulls.
Led by newly-extended Jon Niese, who took a no-hitter into the seventh, the Mets built a 7-0 lead and did not look back, holding off a furious comeback by the Braves and completed the sweep, 7-5. Niese finished with six plus innings, allowing just two earned on two hits, walking four and striking out seven.
Across the river, things took a turn for the epic at the Garden, as the Knicks came back from nine down late in the fourth, forcing overtime after Carmelo Anthony drained a dramatic game-tying three-pointer. Then, down by two in the closing seconds of overtime, Anthony hit another three after three Knick offensive rebounds, putting New York up by one with eight seconds left. The MVP would twice miss the potential winner badly, giving the Bockers the victory. Anthony finished with forty-three on 16-31 shooting, a Knick career high. Rose would have twenty-nine but on 8-26 shooting.
Unfortunately, for the Yankees, they would not see similar good fortune on this Resurrection Day, as they were completely shutdown by the brilliant Jeremy Hellickson, who nearly finished a three-hit shutout. Phil Hughes was decent but was not helped by Raul Ibanez’ brilliant play in right that gave Matt Joyce an “RBI triple”. He also allowed a home run by the perennial Yankee Killer Carlos Pena. Girardi made yet another foolish move in the sixth, allowing Boone Logan to face Jeff Keppinger, who would homer off him.
The Mets take on the Nationals this week, the Knicks finish their home-and-home set with the Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday, and the Yankees begin a three game series in Baltimore, against the first place Orioles!