Reynolds, Kastles rally to make history versus Freedoms

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Reynolds, Kastles rally to make history versus Freedoms

As the Washington Kastles (10-0) hosted the Philadelphia Freedoms (4-6) Tuesday night, the Kastles depleted squad would pose the greatest threat to Washington's historic winning streak.With Leander Paes, Venus Williams and Anastasia Rodionova competing at The Olympic Games in London, the torch would be passed to Edina Gallovits-Hall, Raquel Kops-Jones and Treat Conrad Huey to help lead the Kastles to their 27th consecutive win.Huey, who was raised in Alexandria, was lethal at the net. Coupled with Gallovits-Hall's tenacious performance in women's singles the two would do just enough to set up Bobby Reynolds to close out the match, giving the Kastles a 21-16 victory.With its 27th consecutive match tonight, the Kastles have passed the 1916 New York Giants (MLB) for the second-longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history. The Lakers present the next hurdle with the 33-game undefeated run by Los Angeles during the 1971-72 NBA season.Following tonight's last home match of the season versus Philadelphia, the Kastles will play road matches at New York Wednesday, Kansas City on Friday and Springfield on Saturday
MXD: Treat HueyRaquel Kops-Jones (WAS) vs. Jordan KerrKristyna Pliskova (PHL)Treat Huey and Raquel Kops-Jones made their debut for the Kastles Tuesday nigth and the doubles team would showcase a textbook point at 1-1. Kops-Jones would force Gregorc out wide with a solid serve, but he would manage to return the shot. Unfortunately for the Freedoms, Gregorc's shot would set Huey up perfectly for a volley that he would crush into the stands. Clockwork. The Kastles would take a 2-1 lead.The rest of the match, however, would be a battle. Point by point. Game by game.At 3 games all, 3-all with Kops-Jones on serve the fans would see an amazing doubles rally. Both Huey and Kops-Jones took turns trying to put away overhead smashes, but somehow Philly managed to get a racquet on their shots. Finally, the Freedoms were able to return a deep lob--too deep, as in about three inches long giving the Kastles the 4-3 lead.The Kastles would break Pliskova, cruising to take the set 5-3.Kastles lead Freedoms, 5-3.
WD: Gallovits-HallRaquel Kops-Jones (WAS) vs. Kr. PliskovaKarolina Pliskova (PHL)As for ladies doubles? This pair took some time to gel and it didn't help that they faced the Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova. Tough to compete with siblings and in this case; twins.The Freedoms would get out to a 3-0 lead.With Gallovits on serve, up 3-2 they ladies would scrape to return every one of Karolina's slice volleys as she dictated play at the net. Karolina would would prove to be too good. Finally finishing the Kastles off with a shallow slice in the alley.Unable to use the momentum from the last point, the Freedoms would dump the next point into the net giving the Kastles the game.The Kastles would break the Freedoms on the next point, closing the gap 3-2. That's when the Kastles momentum would stop. The Pliskovas would take the set 5-2.Freedoms lead Kastles, 8-7
MD: ReynoldsTreat Conrad Huey (WAS) vs. GregorcJordan Kerr (PHL) At 2 all, Reynolds on serve and manning the baseline, Huey would put away two back to back volleys in devastating fashion giving the Kastles the 3-2 edge.At 3 all, Huey on serve, Reynolds would take a page from Huey's book by sending a crushing a volley high into the stands. Reynolds would finish the game with an beautiful drop shot in the alley to give the Kastles the 4-3 edge.Reynolds wouldn't let up, but a few errors from Huey and the Freedoms were able to force a tiebreak.Huey would redeem himself early in the tiebreak when the net chord ruled in favor of his volley prompting an applause from the crowds.At 3 all, Reynolds slammed a crisp volley between the Freedoms and let out a triumphant, 'Yeahhhhhhh!!!!'The Freedoms would respond with a deep forehand down the alley which Reynolds simply could not return.The Freedoms would take the set, 5-4.Freedoms lead Kastles, 13-11.
WS: Edina Gallovits-Hall (WAS) vs. Kristyna Pliskova (PHL) Gallovits-Hall would jump out to an early lead at 2-0, only to lose it as quickly as she gained it.At 2 all, Gallovits-Hall would fight back to break Pliskova.On serve, her confidence back, she would cruise to a 4-2 lead without dropping a point.Gallovits-Hall would go on defeat Pliskova, 5-3.Tied at 16.MS: Bobby Reynolds (WAS) vs. Luka Gregorc (PHL)It was up to Reynolds to win the match. Reynolds who embraces his roll as 'The Closer,' rose to the occasion.Playing each point with as if it was match point at Wimbledon, Reynolds let the fans breathe a sigh of relief establishing a 2-0 lead.Then a 3-0 lead.4-0.Prior to the match Coach Murphy Jensen told Reynolds all he wanted was for Bobby to play for 'Le' Leander Paes. Reynolds did just that.On serve he would close out the match.Kastles defeat Freedoms, 21-16.

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Orioles' eight run lead not enough to hold off Yankees

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Orioles' eight run lead not enough to hold off Yankees

NEW YORK -- Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees completed a stunning rally from an eight-run deficit, outslugging the Baltimore Orioles 14-11 on Friday night.

In a game of home run derby, Starlin Castro tied it with a two-run drive that capped a three-run burst in the ninth off Brad Brach. Then in the 10th, Holliday hit the eighth home run of the evening -- five by the Yankees -- with one out off Jayson Aquino (1-1).

"I was all nervous with Adam Jones out there," Holliday said of the Orioles' Gold Glove center fielder. "Just enough to get it over the fence."

Down 9-1 in the sixth, the Yankees pulled off their biggest comeback since overcoming a 9-0 gap to beat Boston 15-9 in 2012.

On the first true spring-like day in New York, the ball was flying. Featured were all kinds of monster shots -- cleanup men Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Trumbo connected for grand slams, and Yankees fan favorite Aaron Judge homered twice, including a drive tracked at 119.4 mph off the bat, the hardest-hit ball since Statcast began counting in 2015.

Manny Machado launched a 470-foot homer, the longest in the majors this year, and Welington Castro also homered for Baltimore.

Aroldis Chapman (1-0) pitched the 10th as the Yankees won their third straight and tied Baltimore at 14-7 for the AL East lead.

Ellsbury hit his 100th career home run and first slam, tagging Vidal Nuno and drawing New York to 11-8 in the seventh.

Brach had started the season with 12 scoreless innings before the Yankees got him. A leadoff walk and a double by Holliday set up Ellsbury's grounder for his fifth RBI, and Castro followed with a shot far into the left-field seats.

Machado, who began the day batting just .205 with three home runs, also hit a two-run double and singled against CC Sabathia.

Trumbo was stuck in a worse rut, an 0-for-25 slide dropping him to .185. After grounding a soft single, he hit his fourth career slam, measured at 459 feet by Statcast and putting the Orioles up by eight runs in the sixth.

Trumbo led the majors with 47 home runs last year. This season, his only previous homer had been a game-ending shot on opening day.

Judge lined a shot into the Baltimore bullpen in the fifth. In the sixth, he hit his ninth homer, a two-run homer that made it 9-4.

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Nationals lose game and Adam Eaton on the same night

Nationals lose game and Adam Eaton on the same night

WASHINGTON -- Josh Edgin relieved Mets closer Jeurys Familia with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and got Bryce Harper to hit into a game-ending double play, finishing a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night that stopped New York's six-game losing streak.

New York had lost 10 of 11 and put star slugger Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list before the game with a strained hamstring. Travis d'Arnaud then homered twice and had five RBIs for the Mets, who were clinging to a two-run lead when they brought in Familia.

Matt Wieters singled leading off, and Adam Lind's single sent pinch runner Joe Ross to third. Adam Eaton followed with an infield single to shortstop and injured his left ankle as he stepped on first base. Eaton needed to be helped off the field and was replaced by pinch runner Chris Heisey.

Unfortunately for Eaton, he awkwardly tagged the front of the bag twisting his left ankle on the infield single. 

Needing help to get off the field, the injury does not bode well for the Nationals early into their season. 

Familia struck out Trea Turner, and Mets manager Terry Collins brought in Edgin, a left-hander, to face the left-handed-hitting Harper.

Harper hit a one-hopper to Edgin, who threw home for a forceout, and d'Arnaud threw to first for the double play, giving Edgin his second big league save and first since 2013.

D'Arnaud hit a two-run homer in the second and a three-run drive in the fourth off Max Scherzer (3-2), who lasted six innings.

Jacob deGrom (1-1) struck out 12 in his third consecutive double-digit strikeout game and the 13th of his career.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice for the Nationals, who had won 10 of their previous 11. Zimmerman tied Andre Dawson for second on the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise list with 225.

After giving up two home runs in the second, deGrom (1-1) encountered little trouble during the rest of his seven-inning stint. The right-hander retired 15 of the last 19 batters he faced, including nine via strikeout.