Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 5/4/13
The remote got a workout last night as two of my favorite teams were playing – and ultimately beating – two of their biggest rivals. The Knicks bounced the Celtics from the playoffs with help from greybeards Pablo Prigioni, Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin. Meanwhile, the Mets beat the Braves in no small part because senior citizen LaTroy Hawkins, one of just seven active pitchers in his 40s, came on in a crucial situation and limited the damage. The Mets had staked Shaun Marcum to a three-run lead but he was unable to handle success. The Braves pulled within a run and had the bases loaded with one out when Hawkins entered the game. He got Justin Upton to hit a sac fly and escaped further damage when he fanned Freddie Freeman to end the inning. Hawkins stayed on to pitch a scoreless sixth inning and end his night with 1.2 IP, 0 ER and 2 Ks. It was the ninth straight appearance where Hawkins did not allow an earned run. After being knocked around pretty good in his first five o...
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