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Posts Tagged ‘Eastern Division.’

Columbus Crew in a bad streak; playoffs slipping away

New Crew owner Anthony Precourt says he wants to get a good sense of the entire operation before making changes (megasportsnews.com photo)

For years, the Columbus Crew were always one of those teams in Major League Soccer that could be counted on to have a winning overall record, a winning home record, a cinch for the playoffs and a contender for the league championship.

The 2013 season hasn’t been anything near the abovementioned statements.

The Crew are in the midst of one their worst runs on the losing side in team history.

With last weekend’s loss at Houston, Columbus has dropped six of seven games. They are now in unfamiliar territory of eighth-place in the MLS’ Eastern Division. They have fallen 10 points out of the final playoff spot with 12 games left in the season.

The current 1-6 stretch is the worst since a 0-5-2 by the Crew in the disappointing 2006 season.

Recently, the team was sold by the Hunt Sports Corporation to Anthony Precourt.

The new owner told the media at his introductory press conference a few days ago that he will not make any quick decisions on anybody in the organization. He wants to get an overall assessment of the situation.

Head coach Robert Warzycha, who has been on the hot seat all season with the fans, is in the final year of his contract. Precourt did indicate that he would be meeting with general manager Mark McCullers, technical director Brian Bliss and Warzycha to see where they can improve the team.

Phillies’ Lee finally breaks through with first 2012 victory

 

 

Left-hander Cliff Lee finally won his first game of the season as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets, 9-2 on Wednesday.

Unbelievably, Lee had went 13 starts this season without a win.

Cliff Lee (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Wednesday’s start was the fourth of the season against Eastern Division rival New York, Lee was unbeatable, he went eight innings, struck out nine and retired three of the first four batters on strikes.

For the season, Lee is 1-5 with a 3.98 ERA with 98 strikeouts and only 20 walks. He and the rest of the pitching staff has been the victim of an erratic Phillies offense, which has been ravaged with injuries all season.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Philadelphia Phillies, Radio & TV news

 

Marshall receives 2011 Crew MVP award

 

Chad Marshall July 2008 (photo by Late1 via wikipedia commons)

One of the long-time members of the Columbus Crew has been named the 2011 Crew Most Valuable Player.

Defender Chad Marshall, one of the best in Major League Soccer, defensive stalwart whose steady play has kept the new-look Crew in a position to win the Eastern Division championship.

Oher award winners include: Danny O’Rourke (comeback player of the year), Eddie Gaven (coaches’ award), Tommy Heinemann (humanitarian of the year), Robbie Rogers (hardest-working man), Emilio Renteria (fan’s choice), Sebastian Miranda (newcomer of the year), Julius James (defender of the year), and Andres Mendoza (golden boot).

Jeff Cunningham, the oldest member of the team, won multiple awards, but was absent from practice on Tuesday and the awards banquet due to an illness. The 35-year-old Cunningham, Major League Soccer’s all-time leading scorer, was named the Adidas man of the year and scored the goal of the year.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Dayton Dragons’ Smith earns wins, strikeout titles in Midwest League

 

 Dayton Dragons starting pitcher Josh Smith wrapped up the Midwest League victory and strikeout titles as he and his teammates defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods 11-5 last Friday night, September 2.

A seven run fifth inning helped Smith win the game.

The win, in the final road game of the regular season for the Dragons, improved their second half record to a minor league best 46-22. Dayton lifted their overall record to 81-56.

Josh Smith (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

The win also guaranteed that the Dragons would finish the season with the best full-season record in the Eastern Division. Which means, if they advance to the second round of the playoffs, they would have home field advantage against all competition.

Smith, in his final start before the playoffs, improved his record to 14-7. He has earned one more win than Bowling Green’s George Jensen. Smith also improved his strikeout total to a club-record 166 and will finish the season as the league leader. He pitched five innings and struck out seven.

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Hayes saves game for Dragons, 3-2

 

Drew Hayes (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

Closer Drew Hayes pitched out of trouble in the eighth and ninth innings to help the Dayton Dragons hold off the West Michigan Whitecaps, 3-2 on Wednesday night.

The victory snapped the Dragons five-game losing streak and increased their lead in the playoff race to four games in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division.

Dragons starting pitcher Mitch Clarke (2-1) earned the win, going 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and one run with three walks and five strikeouts.

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

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