NBA PLAYOFFS

Toronto 111 Orlando 82

Denver 114 San Antonio 105

Portland 114 Oklahoma City 94

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Columbus 7 Tampa Bay 3

NY Islanders 3 Pittsburgh 1

Winnipeg 2 St. Louis 1

Vegas 5 San Jose 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LA Dodgers 6 Cincinnati 1

Chicago Cubs 4 Miami 0

Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City 1

NY Yankees 8 Boston 0

Tampa Bay 4 Baltimore 2

Toronto 6 Minnesota 5

Texas 5 LA Angels 0

Houston 9 Oakland 1

Cleveland 4 Seattle 2

San Francisco 7 Washington 3

Philadelphia 14 NY Mets 3

Arizona 9 Atlanta 6

Milwaukee 8 St. Louis 4

Colorado 8 San Diego 2

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 4 Toledo 3

Fort Wayne 8 Dayton 4

Great Lakes 9 South Bend 4

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL – NCC/AREA

Richmond 21 Anderson 5…Richmond 21 hits, Brice Brown 3-4 2RBI, Philip Hobbs 3-6 3RBI, Mason Brewer 3-4, Gabe Crowe 3RBI, Josiah Sizemore 3RBI, Colton Fox 2RBI, George Dickman 2RBI, Nick Turner 2RBI

Blackford 7 Mary 3

Kokomo 7 Logansport 0

McCutcheon 8 Harrison 3

Northeastern 13 Knightstown 4…The Knights pounded out 14 hits against Knightstown to win the home TEC contest 14-4. The Offense was led by several players collecting multiple hits. Justin Bane led the way going 3-3 with a triple and double while driving in an RBI. Quantrell Gammon, Seth Middleton, Griffin Bry, Spencer Benner, and Colton Alexander all had two hits each. Bry tripled, and Benner doubled twice. Spencer Benner drove in 3 runs and Damian Esquivel drove in two. Colton Alexander picked up the pitching win striking out 8.

Rushville 17 Centerville 5…Keegan Schlotterbeck 2-4, Brent Cones 2RBI

Monroe Central 4 Union City 1….Union City hosted the Golden Bears of Monroe Central on Tuesday afternoon. The Indians fell to a very good Monroe Central team, 4 – 1. The Indians sent sophomore Hunter Reagan to the hill to face the very tough hitting Bears. Reagan accepted the challenge, and gave a strong performance for UC. Reagan pitched a complete game for the Indians, going all 7 innings and giving up just 3 earned runs on 9 hits and striking out 6 Bears hitters.  “Reagan pitched a great game for us tonight,” said Coach Bill Bradbury. “This young man has a lot of tools on the mound, and we expect to see great things from him in the future.” Jacob Curry, (Sr), Jacob Bradbury, (Sr), Josh Crawford, (Sr), Nic Wells, (Jr), and Reagan each had a hit for Union City, with Curry knocking in the only run for the Indians. Union City will host Union County for a conference match up on Wednesday.

Union County 9 Connersville 3…Jacob Stansberry 4RBI, Mason Wicker 2RBI

Tri 13 Eastern Hancock 3

Alexandria Monroe 7 Blue River 0

Seton Catholic 11 Anderson Prep 0…Luke Leverton HR, 9K’s

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL – NCC/AREA

Wapahani 5 Richmond 3…Richmond committed four errors

Benton Central 11 McCutcheon 1

Maconaquah 4 Logansport 3

Lincoln 7 New Castle 6…Jaela Patton 3RBI, Kaleigh Lamb 12K’s

Knightstown 10 Waldron 0

Tri 13 Monroe Central 2

Cowan 6 Winchester 1

Union City 6 Liberty Christian 4…Indians fought back from a 3-0 deficit and held on to defeat Liberty Christian 6-4. Alayna Thomas was in the pitchers circle for Liberty. She is the toughest pitcher we’ve faced thus far. She held UC scoreless until the top of the 5th when Lutz tripled on a line drive to center and scored on a throwing error. The game turned around on 2 outs in the 6th with Claywell’s 2 RBI Double off the left center field fence to tie the score. Carpenter followed with a Single and Claywell and Carpenter scored on passed balls. UC added one more in the 7th on a double by Reichard and two ground balls by E. Livingston and Green. The defense improved from 5 errors yesterday to 1 today. H. Livingston had 9 putouts from 3rd and Lutz (C) and Green (SS) each had 4. Gray scored her first win tonight for UC with 2Ks in 7 innings.

Shelbyville 12 Connersville 2

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

Centerville earned a 172-225 victory over Hagerstown Wednesday night at Highland Lake Golf Course.  Evan Linde led the Bulldogs and was medalist for the match with a 40.  Other scores for Centerville included Sam Roberts 45, Hunter Morgan 42, Aaron Glover 45, and Jeremy Devers 53.  For Hagerstown, James Cochran led the way with a 49 followed by Ryan Hill 56, Alec Ramsey 60, Nick Habanzsky 60, and Ben Loudy 65. With the win Centerville moves to 2-1 in dual meets (2-1 TEC).  Their next match will be Thursday at Highland Lake against another TEC opponent, Knightstown.

 

Union County 163 Union City 210

Union County: Cameron Woods 37, Luke Yamashiro 40, Cody Peters 42, Tyler Osborne 44, Nick Orr 50

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS

Union County 4 Union City 1

Centerville 5 Connersville 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

Lincoln competed in a 3 way meet with Union and Wapahani this evening. Scores for the meet were Wapahani 78, Lincoln 69, and Union 8. Scoring for Lincoln was as follows:

4×8 – Andon Ross, Dylan McCullum, Blake Smith, Wyatt Lynn 2nd

4×1 – Josh Miles, Keaton Southerland, Alex Bertsch, Jacob Ervin 1st

4×4 – Payton McGriff, Erich Vernon, Michael Dalrymple, Britten West 2nd

110H – Keaton Southerland 2nd, Jacob Ervin 4th

100 – Michael Dalrymple 1st

400 – Britten West 1st

300H – Keaton Southerland 2nd, Michael Dalrymple 3rd

800 – Trenton Bertsch 1st, Wyatt Lynn 4th

200 – Erich Vernon 1st

1600 – Blake Smith 2nd, Payton McGriff 3rd

3200 – Dylan McCullum 1st Trenton Bertsch 2nd, Andon Ross 4th

HJ – Hayden Pierce 1st, Braelen Twine/Michael Dalrymple Tie 4th

LJ – Jacob Ervin 2nd, Erich Vernon 3rd

SP – Nick Anderson 3rd

Discus – Darian Bishop 4th

 

Lincoln Girls competed in a triangular meet at home this evening. The meet included Lincoln, Union Modoc, and Wapahani. The Lincoln girls finished 2nd at the meet as a team (49 points) falling to Wapahani (99 Points) and besting Union (14 points). Individual highlights for the Lincoln girls included:

Mackenzie Snyder – 1st in 100m dash, 1st in the 200m dash, and 1st in the 400m dash.

Bailey Puckett – 1st in the 1600m (mile), and 1st in the 3200m (2 mile)

Addison Sweet – 4th in the 800m

Delanie Russell – 3rd in the 300m hurdles, 4th in high jump, 4th in the 100m hurdles, and 4th in the long jump

Madison Rader – 4th in the 100m and 4th in the 200m

Erin Rader – 4th in shot put

Hayley Haskett – 3rd in shot put

Shayna Morris – 3rd in the discus

Brooke Dutkiewicz – 4th in discus

Kali Hetisimer – 4th in the 1600m

The Lincoln 4x800m relay team finished in 2nd (Addison Sweet, Kali Hetisimer, Marie Gerkin, and Bailey Puckett)

The Lincoln 4x100m relay team finished in 1st (Madison Rader, Kaitlyn Abernathy, Brooke Dutkiewicz, and Laura Mosquera)   

The Lincoln 4x400m relay team finished in 1st (Kaitlyn Abernathy, Addison Sweet, Kenzie Snyder, and Bailey Puckett)

 

UNION CITY: The Indians track teams competed at Winchester against Winchester and Randolph Southern. Both teams finished second to a very good Winchester team but there were a lot of positives as we continue to grow and get better heading into the bigger meets of the season. Tonight there were a lot of season best times as well as PR’s. The crowd at the meet had a lot to cheer for in the boys 3200 and 1600 relays with both coming down to near photo finishes at the line.

Boys Results:

  1. Winchester (92)
  2. Union City (35)
  3. Randolph Southern (18)

4×8 relay: (2nd) Domronglit Shinaver, Maverick Luster, Nick Woodbury, Aaron King

100m: (3rd) Allan Gonzolez, (4th) Gabe Addington

1600m: (3rd) Nick Woodbury, (5th) Collin Perry, (7th) Michael Vore (8th) Peyton Bogue

400m: (3rd) Daniel Eley, (5) Antonio Jasso

300mH (2nd) Tanner Spence (4th) Maverick Luster

800m: (3rd) Aaron King (4th) Nick Woodbury

200m: (4th) Daniel Eley (5th) Maverick Luster

3200m: (4th) Domronglit Shinaver, (5th) Collin Perry

4×4 relay: (2nd) Daniel Eley, Tanner Spence, Aaron King, Maverick Luster

LJ: (1st) Gabe Addington

HJ: (1st) Tanner Spence

Discus: (2nd) Tabius Reagan

Girls Results:

  1. Winchester (90)
  2. Union City (24)
  3. Randolph Southern (19)

100m: (4th) Makenna Allen

1600m: (1st) Reagan Hoggatt (3rd) Chloe Wyatt

400m: (1st) Sophia Spence

200m: (1st) Sophia Spence

4×4 relay: (1st) Sophia Spence, Reagan Hoggatt, Makenna Allen, Chloe Wyatt

 

MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF

(IU East RELEASE)

MEN’S GOLF: IU EAST’S PEARSON HEADED TO NAIA NATIONALS

FLORENCE, Ind. – Indiana University East senior Tyler Pearson earned a trip to Arizona for the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships by taking first place at the River States Conference Championships, which concluded April 16.

Pearson finished with a 54-hole score of 218 on the par-71, 6,925-yard course at Belterra Resort. He carded a tournament-low 71 in the final round to hold off Trevor Brown from team champion Brescia University by two strokes.

“I was close the first year I was in the tournament, and I was able to make first-team all-conference last year, so I knew I had what it took to finish in the lead in this tournament,” Pearson said. “It feels good to end my college career on this note.”

Brescia defended its team title with a 54-hole score of 913. IU East was fifth with a 932.

KEY MOMENTS

* Pearson started the day two shots out of first place. He started his round on No. 10 and moved into the lead by playing his first eight holes in 2-under. He briefly fell pack to the pack after a double-bogey on his ninth hole, but regained the top spot on the leaderboard with a string of pars to start his last nine. He took a three-shot advantage with a birdie on the par-5 No. 4 (his 13th hole). He said a successful two-putt from 60 feet on his 15th hole provided a timely confidence boost going into the last three holes. He finished the round at even par to claim the individual title.

TRENDING

* Pearson is the second IU East men’s golfer to qualify for the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships. Joey Smart qualified for the national tournament in 2014.

* Pearson won his seventh tournament as a Red Wolf. He lowered his own program standard for lowest 54-hole spring score.

* Pearson was named RSC Men’s Golfer of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference first team.

* John Schaefer represented IU East on the RSC Champions of Character team.

UP NEXT

The NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship is May 21-24 at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

IU EAST (311-317-304 – 932)

  1. Tyler Pearson – 74-73-71 – 218
  2. Kole Schofield – 74-79-77 – 230
  3. Lance Hackman – 84-83-77 – 244
  4. Kyle Cochran – 82-84-79 – 245
  5. Caleb Waugh – 81-82-88 – 251

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

TOP 25

#25 Tennessee 3 Morehead State 1

#11 Georgia Tech 11 Auburn 6

#23 Miami 13 Florida Gulf Coast 4

Duke 13 #22 Texas Tech 6

#9 North Carolina State 14 North Carolina Wilmington 7

#13 E. Carolina 9 Elon 4

#8 Louisville 18 Kentucky 6

#5 Georgia 3 #24 Clemson 2 (20)

#5 South Carolina 5 #17 North Carolina 2

Houston 4 #7 Texas A&M 1

#21 Missouri 14 Missouri State 6

#18 Baylor 9 Sam Houston State 6

#15 Ole Miss 5 Memphis 2

#6 Vanderbilt 7 Indiana State 1

UC Davis 8 #4 Stanford 6

Louisiana 6 #14 LSU 5

#16 Arizona State 12 Seattle 5

ELSEWHERE

Earlham 9 Mount St. Joseph 0

Earlham 10 Mount St. Joseph 9

Indiana 14 Ball State 3

Purdue 5 Butler 3

Notre Dame 6 Northwestern 2

Ohio State 8 Xavier 5

James Madison 14 Maryland 1

Iowa 8 Northern Illinois 6

Minnesota 5 South Dakota State 1

Kansas State 5 Nebraska 0

Bradley 12 Illinois 8

Pittsburgh 16 Youngstown State 6

Toledo 19 Oakland 8

Illinois Chicago 6 Illinois State 1

Dayton 4 Eastern Michigan 1

Marshall 4 Ohio 3 (11)

Central Michigan 10 Cornerstone 5

Iowa 8 Northern Illinois 6

Valparaiso 11 Western Michigan 1

Cincinnati 15 Miami Ohio 5

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Purdue 10 Notre Dame 1

Ohio State 4 Ohio 3

Michigan 12 Michigan State 1

Detroit Mercy 4 Bowling Green 0

Detroit Mercy 2 Bowling Green 0

Western Michigan 3 Fort Wayne 0

Kent State 10 Pittsburgh 0

Illinois Chicago 19 IUPUI 9

Youngstown State 2 Wright State 0

Wright State 14 Youngstown State 6

 

EARLHAM BASEBALL

(EARLHAM RELEASE)

SCORE: G1- Earlham 9, Mount St. Joseph 0 / G2- Earlham 10, Mount St. Joseph 9

LOCATION: Oxford, Ohio (McKie Field at Hayden Stadium)

RECORDS: Earlham 15-14, 7-5 HCAC / Mount St. Joseph 9-16, 2-6 HCAC

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball posted its second-straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep, and third of the season, with a pair of wins on Tuesday over Mount St. Joseph University. The Quakers took game one, 9-0, and completed the sweep with a 10-9 triumph in game two. Earlham touched MSJ pitching for 28 hits over the two games, including six doubles and three triples, while the Quaker pitchers charted 22 strikeouts against the Lions.

GAME 1 – HOW IT HAPPENED:

Earlham manufactured a run in the first inning on a Marc Gendreau walk, a Danny Dopp double, and an Austin Hatfield ground out that plated Gendreau.

The Quakers went up 5-0 in the top of the third with a four-run outburst. Isaiah Shake and Cameron Wissel each belted two-run singles to account for the Earlham runs.

RBI singles by Dopp, Andrew McFadden, and Cameron McCabe vaulted Earlham into an 8-0 lead, and the Quakers tacked on an insurance run in the ninth.

Earlham starter Joey Gerbus held Mount St. Joseph to three hits and did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. Gerbus struck out a career-high 11 batters in the win on his way to the complete-game victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Gerbus’ complete game win was the first of his career and improved his record to 3-1 on the season.

Eight different players combined for the 15 hits Earlham amassed against Mount St. Joseph, with the top five spots in the order accounting for 10 of those. Danny Dopp led the Quakers at the plate with a 3-for-4 ledger including a double, a walk, two runs, and an RBI. Marc Gendreau (2-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI) hit his first triple of the season.

Simon Schaefer was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Lions.

GAME 2 – HOW IT HAPPENED:

Mount St. Joseph jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first and a four-run second inning, while Earlham countered with single runs in the top half of those two frames.

Earlham cut the lead to 7-5 with three more runs in the third on a Gendreau single, a triple from Dopp, a base hit by Hatfield, and a double off the bat of Isaiah Shake. The Quakers added a single run in the top of the sixth on another Dopp RBI triple, reducing the Lions’ lead to 7-6.

Each team scored two runs in the seventh to advance the score to 9-8 in Mount St. Joseph’s favor. The Quakers regained a 10-9 lead in the top of the eighth with two runs coming across on Gendreau’s leadoff single, a Lion fielding error, two walks, a double-play grounder, and a wild pitch.

Earlham held MSJ at bay in the eighth and ninth, allowing one baserunner in each inning but keeping each from advancing past first base.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

The top half of the Earlham batting order accounted for the bulk of the Quakers’ scoring, led by Dopp’s 2-for-4 performance with two triples, two runs, and three RBI. Gendreau finished the game with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate. The top five spots in the order collected eight runs and 10 of the Quakers’ 13 hits.

Reliever Colin Greve came on for starter Kyle Gorman in the second inning and scattered three hits while allowing just one earned run and one walk while fanning seven MSJ batters to keep the Quakers in the ball game. Domanick Michael entered for the final out of the seventh inning and lasted one-and-a-third innings scoreless innings to pick up the win. Walter Talcott pitched the ninth and struck out two batters to earn the save.

Ryan Poli and Brandon Shelton each had two hits to lead Mount St. Joseph.

NEXT UP:

Earlham baseball returns home for its next HCAC series on Saturday, April 20, when the Quakers host Franklin College. Game one of the twinbill will start at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: Irish Tame Wildcats, 6-2

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  The University of Notre Dame baseball team (14-21) defeated the Northwestern Wildcats (16-17) by a score of 6-2 at Frank Eck Stadium on the back of masterful pitching performances by Tommy Vail and Andrew Belcik.

Vail tossed a career high five innings and after allowing a solo home run in the first, retired the next 14 batters he faced. Andrew Belcik closed the door for the Irish, collecting his first save after three innings of work without allowing a hit. Jack Zyska also recorded a career-high four RBIs in the Irish’s victory.

Vail & Zyska Interview

How It Happened

After Irish starting pitcher Tommy Vail struck out Northwestern’s leadoff man, Jack Dunn, the Wildcats got on the scoreboard early in the first inning on the back of a solo home run from third baseman Alex Erro. Vail rebounded nicely, striking out the next two Northwestern batters to keep the Wildcats’ lead at just one.

Spencer Myers got Notre Dame’s offense started with a line drive single to left field in the bottom of the first, and he stole second base to give the Irish a man in scoring position with no outs. A fielding error from Northwestern pitcher Parker Hanks put runners on the corners for Notre Dame, and Zyska’s four-pitch walk loaded the bases for the Irish, giving them a golden opportunity to erase their deficit. First baseman Daniel Jung cashed in on the scoring chance, hitting into an RBI fielder’s choice to knot the score at 1-1.

Vail posted a clean frame in the top of the second inning, sitting down all three Northwestern batters in order. The Irish hurler also added to his strikeout total when he fanned Ben Dickey with an expertly-placed breaking ball.

Hanks looked poised to match Vail’s perfect inning after he put away the first two Irish batters in the bottom of the second, but Jake Singer ripped a single through a gap in the infield to keep Notre Dame’s inning alive. Singer proceeded to steal second to give the Irish another scoring opportunity, and Myers whacked another single to put two men on base for Notre Dame. An intentional walk to Niko Kavadas loaded the bases, and Zyska brought two men home with a sharp single to left, giving the Irish a 3-1 edge. However, Eric Gilgenbach’s deep shot to center field was gloved by David Dunn, and Notre Dame headed into the third inning up by a pair of runs.

Vail notched his fifth strikeout in the top of the third, and his second consecutive 1-2-3 inning allowed the Irish to maintain their two-run advantage.

Notre Dame designated hitter Carter Putz notched his first career triple in the bottom of the third inning with a rocket shot to right-center field. Shortstop Jared Miller laid down a squeeze bunt to give the Irish four runs on the evening, but Northwestern got out of the inning without incurring any further damage on the scoreboard.

Notre Dame’s defense kept its scoreless streak alive in the top of the fourth, as Vail posted his third straight 1-2-3 inning to keep the score at 4-1. Vail also recorded his sixth strikeout of the evening when he sat down Willie Bourbon.

Vail worked another clean inning in the top of the fifth, inducing a pair of flyouts and a groundout to keep Northwestern off the scoreboard for the fourth consecutive inning. By completing the fifth inning, Vail set a career high with five innings pitched.

The Irish brought in righty reliever Shane Combs to toss the sixth inning, and though he retired two of the first three Wildcats, he was unable to sit down Alex Erro, who slugged a double to right field to give Northwestern its second run of the evening. However, Combs managed to induce a groundout to get Notre Dame out of the inning relatively unscathed.

Right-handed hurler Andrew Belcik worked the seventh for the Irish, and he delivered a scoreless inning that was punctuated by a pair of strikeouts.

Notre Dame registered another warning-track blast in the seventh, but Dunn made a sensational snag to keep the Irish off the base paths. After Dunn’s catch, Notre Dame headed to the top of the eighth with a two-run lead.

In the first half of the eighth frame, Belcik picked up right where he left off, striking out both Northwestern pinch-hitter Michael Trautwein and right fielder Casey O’Laughlin to give him four Ks on the evening. Two batters later, Belcik retired Dunn to keep the Wildcats off the scoreboard for the second consecutive inning.

A hit-by-pitch put catcher David LaManna on base for the Irish with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, and a diving stop by Wildcats second baseman Shawn Goosenberg held Singer to a fielder’s choice in the ensuing at-bat. After another hit-by-pitch, Notre Dame had men on first and second with only one out in the inning. Following a strikeout, left fielder Jack Zyska cranked a triple to the right field wall, scoring two, but he was tagged out after over-sliding to leave the Irish up 6-2 after eight innings.

Notre Dame called upon Belcik again to pitch the ninth, and he shut the door on the Wildcats, en route to recording a fifth strikeout and a save in the Irish’s 6-2 victory.

Game Notes

Tommy Vail set a career high for the second straight week, tossing five innings against the Wildcats.

He allowed just the one run, one hit, struck out six and retired 14 batters in a row to end the outing without allowing a walk.

Andrew Belcik recorded his first save of the season after pitching the final three innings.

He struck out five batters, walked one and did not allow a hit.

Freshman Jack Zyska tallied a career high four RBI in the win, including his first career triple in the bottom of the eighth.

Spencer Myers stole two bases for his four multi-steal game of the season. He leads the team with 15 steals on the season.

Myers scored three runs, his fifth game this season with three or more runs.

Fellow freshman Carter Putz also recorded his first career triple against the Wildcats.

Up Next

The Irish will head out on the road for an ACC weekend series against Pitt. The three game series will begin Friday night with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

 

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Ohio State Defeats Xavier, 8-5, Tuesday Night in Columbus

(OHIO STATE RELEASE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State bats sprayed 13 hits, while fifth-year senior right-handed pitcher Thomas Waning claimed his first career win as the Buckeyes defeated Xavier, 8-5, Tuesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno struck out two in the ninth to claim his sixth save. At the dish, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone continued to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl drove in two runs in a two-hit game, while senior left fielder Brady Cherry also homered and drove in two runs. With the win the Buckeyes improve to 21-17 overall, while the Musketeers drop to 14-23 in 2019.

STARTER TALK

Waning from Maple City, Mich., faced his former team in his first start as a Buckeye and it was fantastic, tossing a career-high four scoreless innings with one hit, two strikeouts and no walks. In a controlled start, Waning picked up his first career win to improve to 1-0.

BUCKEYES ON THE BOARD EARLY

Ohio State scored two runs on three hits vs. XU right-handed starter Nathan Berg. Canzone extended his reached base streak to 34 games in his first at-bat with a lead-off single. RBI singles Pohl and Brent Todys made it 2-0.

DINGERS IN THE SECOND

Ohio State added three more runs in the second on two long balls by Buckeyes. Canzone crushed the first pitch he saw off Berg deep over the wall in right for his 10th homer of the season. Cherry then tattooed a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left for a two-run homer and his ninth of the year to put the score at 5-0.

MORE RUNS IN THE FOURTH

Ohio State scored three more runs in the fourth to open up the game to 8-0. Pohl ripped a line drive to right and it got by the Xavier right fielder for a stand-up RBI triple, the first of his career. Dingler hit a 2-2 pitch off the end of his bat and it spun pass the first baseman for a RBI single as Pohl scored. A sac fly by Zach Dezenzo scored the eighth run.

TO THE BULLPEN

Right-handed pitcher Will Pfennig relieve Waning to start the fifth and tossed one scoreless frame. Right-handed pitcher Joe Gahm got out of a bases-loaded sixth with a fly out to keep Xavier off the board. Right-handed pitcher Bayden Root struck out the side in the seventh. Cherry made his fourth appearance on the mound in the eighth. He allowed five runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Chris Givin hit a grand slam to put the Musketeers within three runs. Right-handed reliever TJ Brock recorded the final out of the eighth on a strikeout. Magno tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts for the save.

UP NEXT

Ohio State travels to face Maryland in a three-game Big Ten road series Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State improves to 32-12 all-time vs. Xavier.
  • Each Buckeye starter recorded a hit in the game. It was the first time all nine Buckeye starters recorded a hit in the game since the team had 22 hits vs. Nebraska April 1, 2018.
  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 34 games and extended his hit streak to 11 straight contests.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Dingler (14), Foppe (8), Pohl (6), Dezenzo (6) and Todys (4).
  • Other hit streaks extended: Dingler (9), Dezenzo (6), Todys (4) and Winand (3).
  • Thomas Waning made his first collegiate start tonight vs. the Musketeers. He claimed his first career win as a Buckeye tonight in a career-high four innings of work.
  • Todys drove in his ninth RBI in the last six games.
  • Canzone hit his 10th home run of the season, while Cherry knocked his ninth homer of the year.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (18), Pohl (11) and Dezenzo.
  • Multi-RBI games: Cherry (9) and Pohl (7).
  • Magno picked up his sixth save of the year.

 

 

INDIANA BASEBALL

(INDIANA RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Name an aspect of baseball and Indiana’s Hoosiers did it well Tuesday night in pounding past Ball State, 14-3.

IU’s offense? Oh, yeah.

The host Hoosiers hit five homers, regaining the national lead in that category with 66 for the season. They also batted-around in both the second and fifth innings, totaling 12 hits in 37 at-bats.

Matt Gorski’s homer was a grand slam in the seventh. And it didn’t just clear the bases. It cleared the massive scoreboard in left.

Scotty Bradley blasted a screaming solo homer in the sixth and finished just a double shy of a cycle as BSU – with discretion perhaps the better part of valor – walked him in his final at-bat.

IU’s pitching? Pretty much lights-out.

IU starter Tommy Sommer was stellar, striking out a career-high 10 batters through six innings of work, improving to 3-1 on the campaign after successfully rehabbing a meniscus tear in his knee. Matt Liwicki and Austin Long tacked on four strikeouts in three combined innings of relief.

And IU’s defense? Goodness gracious sakes alive.

Sophomore third-baseman Cole Barr made successive superb diving snags to his left for 5-3 putouts in the top of the fourth. Gorski made a spectacular sliding snatch up the left-center alley to rob Ryan Peltier in the fifth.

“We were really good in all phases of the game,” Indiana coach Jeff Mercer acknowledged post-game. “I had one gripe.”

Because good coaches never stop coaching. Because what is already pretty doggone good can always get better.

For example:

There was the flat-out, full-extension, diving catch IU freshman Grant Richardson made of Aaron Simpson’s drive just inside the rightfield line in the eighth. Mercer certainly appreciated the spectacular effort. What Mercer didn’t like was that the play turned into a sacrifice fly.

So extended was Richardson, who landed hard on the turf, that he wasn’t able to get the ball back into the infield in timely enough fashion to prevent  Erek Bolton, who had doubled leading off the inning, from tagging up and scoring all the way from second.

“Obviously, Grant made a sensational catch in right,” Mercer said. “Then, I don’t think he knew the outs, or lost his breath (with the impact on landing), whichever it way it was. It was a great catch, but we have to finish that play.

“The three runs that they scored — and that’s a really good team, and I respect those guys greatly — we gave those three runs away. Should’ve been a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out (in the third, with a dropped tag off a low throw) … next guy singles, next guy doubles and (two runs scored.)

Offensively, we’re talented and we’re good, but you just can’t spot somebody runs and expect to score 14. That was part of our conversation (post-game.)”

Because, again, coaches coach. And good can become great.

Meantime, Mercer’s team did some serious mashing.

And it started early.

After Sommer sailed through a 1-2-3 top of the first, including two strikeouts looking, IU scored four times before a second out was made in its half of the frame.

Gorski’s one-out infield single preceded Matt Lloyd’s walk. Bradley scalded a triple up the gap in right-center to make it 2-0 and then scored himself on a wild pitch. Cole Barr followed with his 13th homer, a majestic opposite-field clout to right.

Sommer did a fine job of pitching around John Ricotta’s leadoff double to left-center in the Ball State second, but BSU (23-13) got on the board with two runs in the third with some clutch two-out hitting.

Noah Powell, after a one-out single, stole second (on the strikeout-dropped tag play) and scored on Chase Sebby’s single. Sebby scored on Ross Messina’s ensuing double to right, though IU’s relay nailed Messina between second and third to end the inning.

Ball State reliever Mike Pachmayer had allowed just one Hoosier hit – to the first man he faced – since coming on with one out in the first before the Hoosiers got to him in the fifth.

Lloyd led off the Hoosier fifth by lacing his 13th homer of the year, an opposite-field shot to left. Bradley followed with a single to center. After a walk, an error and a fielder’s choice, IU tallied again as Justin Walker laced a bases-loaded single to right. A lined 2-RBI single to center by Drew Ashley capped the rally.

At that juncture, there was some symmetry to IU’s offensive numbers. Indiana had eight hits and eight runs. It had four runs on four hits in the first and four runs on four hits in the fifth.

When Sommer recorded his 10th strikeout in the sixth, it marked the 15th time this season IU pitching had posted double-digit strikeouts.

“I love Tommy’s maturity,” Mercer said. “I love his composure. The breaking-ball wasn’t great tonight so he said, ‘Fine, I don’t need it. I’ll work a fastball, change-up.’ The command was good, not great, (but) his ability to work fastball-in, early, really opened up the rest of the plate late with the change-up.

“He doesn’t over-throw. He doesn’t try to throw ‘through’ his stuff. He’s always composed. I love how he holds the run game. (Base-runners) are always very uncomfortable over at first.

He always keeps the double-play in order. I love his competitiveness.

“And I’ll tell you this, behind the scenes, Tommy is a great pitching coach. He works a lot with Austin Long, with McCade Brown. He’s a great leader. How you do some things is how you do everything, and that’s why Tommy is excellent. Because Tommy does everything right. Everything. His diet. His nutrition. His leadership. Everything is excellent. So I’m not surprised to see him go out and do (good) things.”

It isn’t just Sommer, of course. Hoosier hurlers have now fanned 341 foes, and the single-season school record is perhaps in sight at 493.

“It’s been tremendous,” Mercer said of IU’s pitching, particularly its starting pitching of late. ” … If you look at what (assistant coach Justin) Parker has done, really everywhere he’s been, and it’s just the standard for him. The ability to tunnel pitches, call great sequences, and execute those things.

“Guys still have to go out and do that. But I’ve known Justin for a long, long time. And we’re obviously very fortunate to have him here. But that was the expectation, that we’d be able to do those things. You have to go out and execute, and they’ve done that.”

Bradley’s homer in the sixth made it 9-2 before Gorski’s slam in the seventh put the game completely out of reach. And Sam Crail’s pinch-hit solo homer to dead-center in eighth, the first of his college career, capped the night’s scoring.

The homer binge was impressive, in total, but nobody could remember seeing somebody hit the ball where Gorski did on his scoreboard-clearing shot, outside of batting practice. Nobody could recall that deed done during an actual game.

“I got to play with Luke Miller and (Logan) Sowers for a few years, and obviously they could hit them with the best of them,” Bradley said, “but that had to be the furthest one I’ve ever seen hit.

“For it to clear the video board is really impressive. Matt is one of the stronger guys I’ve been around since I’ve been here. For him to clear it, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I’ve seen it in batting practice, but to do it in a game is something special.”

And as to the 66 homers as a club, Bradley said:

“It’s just a credit to the work that the whole team put in the whole fall and entire offseason. I don’t think there was an hour in the day where you’d come in and people weren’t working and hitting off the machine and doing things like that.

“It’s just a testament to the players and the coaching staff to create that culture and stuff where we just want to be at the ball park all day long. It’s been great so far. Hopefully, we’ll keep it up.”

The next chance for Indiana (25-12) to do so comes in Friday’s 6:35 p.m. resumption of Big Ten play kicking off a three-game set at Michigan State.

The Hoosiers will face Ball State again next Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at Victory Field in Indianapolis, before returning home April 26 for a three-game series against Minnesota.

Mercer likes the direction his team is headed. But no good coach is ever satisfied.

“I think at the beginning of the season, we talked about how it’s going to be a journey, and you have to come to work every day to get to where you want to get,” Mercer said. “We’re starting to get those things.

“The starting pitching. The defense. The quality at-bats. It’s a cliché, but that’s what wins baseball games. And we’re doing them at a much higher clip than we had. But there is certainly room for us to?

 

 

PURDUE BASEBALL

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Five different pitchers recorded a 1-2-3 inning and Purdue baseball racked up 12 strikeouts on the mound in a 5-3 victory vs. Butler on Tuesday at Alexander Field.

Cole McKenzie and Ryan Howe both recorded two hits and two RBI. McKenzie scored the go-ahead run from first base in the eighth inning on Howe’s double to left field.

Cory Brooks worked two innings of one-hit ball in his collegiate debut, opening the game with a pair of strikeouts as part of a 1-2-3 inning. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam the following frame, working around a pair of hit batters after conceding a leadoff double.

Matt Moore, Trent Johnson and Bo Hofstra teamed up to retire 14 of the final 15 batters of the game, eight of those 14 outs coming via the strikeout. Each reliever accounted for a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Wade also retired all four batters he faced.

McKenzie delivered RBI singles up the middle in the third and fifth innings, the latter of the two coming with two outs to tie the score at 3-3. Howe came through with a two-out RBI single in the first inning. He hit another line drive to left field in the eighth inning. Head coach Mark Wasikowski opted to send McKenzie around third with one out. The junior beat the relay throw to the plate thanks in part to a head first dive.

Skyler Hunter walked and doubled to open innings in first two plate appearances. He scored on McKenzie’s first hit of the night. Hunter extended his hit streak to 13 consecutive games, matching the longest streak of his career. He has also reached base safely in 23 consecutive home games, hitting safely in each of the first 10 this year.

The Bulldogs (18-16) took their lone lead of the night with three singles and an intentional walk to begin the fifth inning. The Boilermakers (12-23) were fortunate to record the first out of the frame on a run down between third base and the plate. On Robbie McCargar’s RBI single, Harrison Freed got caught in no man’s land after getting the stop sign at third base. Milo Beam’s throw from left field was cut off by Tyler Powers and the third baseman teamed up with shortstop Evan Albrecht to tag up Freed before he could make it to the plate.

Moore regrouped and retired the next two batters on fly balls to right field, marking the start of the game-ending stretch in which Purdue set down 14 of 15.

Moore and Johnson (1-2) teamed up to strike out the side in the seventh inning around a one-out single by James Gargano, who accounted for three of Butler’s six hits. Hofstra earned his fourth save of the season, all since March 22.

The Boilermakers recorded 10-plus strikeouts for the 15th time in 35 games this season.

McKenzie has seven hits and seven RBI over the last five games. Wade has surrendered only two earned runs over 18 innings pitched at Alexander Field this season.

Purdue is back in action Friday when it opens a three-game Big Ten series at Rutgers. First pitch in New Jersey is slated for 2 p.m. ET.

 

Nuggets erase 19-point deficit in 114-105 win over Spurs

Jamal Murray just couldn’t get the bad taste out of his mouth, and even a bite of pretzel he poached from a kid after tumbling into the stands in the third quarter wasn’t exactly satisfying.

“It was really dry,” Murray said.

Maybe it was just what Murray needed, however, helping spark his fabulous fourth quarter that fueled the Denver Nuggets’ 114-105 comeback over the San Antonio Spurs and knotting their playoff series 1-1.

Murray’s late heroics may very well have salvaged Denver’s season.

Teammates told him to keep shooting the ball when his shots kept rimming out. Finally, he found his touch, scoring 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

“Everybody told me to stick with it,” Murray said. “I don’t think I scored a field goal until the fourth. I just stuck with it. They all believed in me.”

The Nuggets were in danger of losing a second straight game at the Pepsi Center after posting the NBA’s best home record (34-7) during the regular season. They trailed 78-59 late in the third quarter before closing the game on a 55-27 run.

“Coach said we are a team that never gives up,” Nuggets center Nikola Jokic said. “That’s true. We never give up. We lost the first game. We were down 19. That’s all excuses. But we never gave up. There is something about this team. We have a heart. We’re never going to let you win so easy.”

It was looking very much like an easy win for San Antonio, which frittered away two 19-point leads.

“We gave up 38 points (actually, 39) in the fourth quarter. End of story,” fumed Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who drew a technical foul during the Nuggets’ comeback.

 

Leonard scores 37, Lowry has 22 as Raptors rout Magic 111-82

Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was “at his finest” in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse.

Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard wasn’t too bad, either.

Leonard scored 37 points, Lowry bounced back with 22 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday night, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at one win apiece.

Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed and led by as many as 34.

Game 3 is Friday night in Orlando.

Leonard said Lowry “led us in intensity,” helping the East’s No. 2 seed avoid a 2-0 hole.

“He did a great job of bouncing back,” Leonard said. “He’s a pro. That’s what pros do, they know it’s just one game and they come in the next game ready to play.”

Lowry, who missed all seven attempts in Game 1, shot 8 for 13 and led his team with seven assists.

“He was big time tonight,” Nurse said. “That’s him at his finest.”

Siakam said Lowry was visibly more tuned in Tuesday than he was Saturday.

“From the jump he had that fire in his eyes,” Siakam said. “That’s the Kyle we know.”

Despite playing in foul trouble for much of the night, Leonard finished with a career playoff-high 15 field goals. He made his first nine attempts from inside the arc before missing a layup.

 

Blazers go up 2-0 against the Thunder with 114-94 win

CJ McCollum had 33 points, Damian Lillard added 29 and the Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 114-94 victory on Tuesday night.

Maurice Harkless added 14 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Blazers, who opened a playoff series with two wins for the first time since the 2014 playoffs, when they beat Houston in six games.

The series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Friday.

“Now we’ve got to go on the road and get gritty,” McCollum said.

Russell Westbrook, who had his ninth career postseason triple-double in Oklahoma City’s Game 1 loss, finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. He was pulled with 3:31 with most of his fellow starters after Portland built a 112-91 lead.

Paul George had 27 points despite lingering questions about his right shoulder, which was covered with kinesiology tape. George insisted the shoulder, which kept him out of the Thunders’ regular-season finale, was fine at practice on Monday even though it was wrapped in ice.

The Blazers were up 91-75 after three and easily protected their lead in the fourth, with Seth Curry’s 3-pointer pushing the lead to 100-83.

Portland’s victory in Game 1 snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak that included four-game sweeps in the past two seasons – first by the Warriors and then last year by the Pelicans. Lillard had 30 points in the 104-99 win on Sunday.

Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings during the regular season. The Thunder have been to the playoffs for eight of the last nine seasons, but they haven’t gotten past the opening round for the past two.

Oklahoma City started with a lot more energy than in Game 1, when it fell behind by 19 points in the first half. When Westbrook hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, he pounded his chest and the Thunder went on to lead 31-26 at the end of the quarter.

 

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has torn left quadriceps

DeMarcus Cousins has a torn left quadriceps muscle that will sideline the Golden State center indefinitely, a devastating injury that the Warriors feared was serious when he went down in the first quarter of their first-round playoff loss to the Clippers.

An MRI exam Tuesday morning on Cousins’ left leg revealed the tear. The two-time defending NBA champion Warriors said Cousins will begin rehabilitation immediately and updates will be “provided as appropriate.”

Coach Steve Kerr said after the Warriors’ 135-131 Game 2 loss on Monday night that Cousins would be out for a significant period.

Playing in just his second career postseason game after a nine-year wait, Cousins went down in the first quarter in front of the Golden State bench after swiping a ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court. He immediately grabbed at his left quad. Cousins hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark.

Cousins had just returned in January from a nearly yearlong absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon suffered while with the Pelicans last season.

He had two points, two rebounds and an assist in less than 4 minutes Monday. He fouled out of Saturday’s 121-104 Game 1 win with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.

“I know it’s frustrating for him. I’ve been through something like that, getting hurt, getting all the way back and then getting hurt again, so I know how frustrating it is,” Warriors center Kevon Looney said. “He is a resilient guy. He’s been through adversity before and I know he’s going to bounce back. His spirit is probably low right now, but he’s a tough guy and he’ll be back better than ever.”

 

Virginia’s Guy entering NBA draft, could return to school

Virginia scoring leader Kyle Guy says he is entering the NBA draft.

The junior guard announced his plans on Instagram Tuesday, adding he is leaving open the option of returning to school.

Guy was named the most outstanding player in this year’s Final Four and is the third member of the national championship team to enter the draft. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard led the Cavaliers in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game and in 3-pointers with 120.

Guy etched his name into Virginia lore during the national semifinals when he was fouled on a 3-point try with 0.6 seconds left and the Cavaliers trailing Auburn 62-60. He made all three free throws to propel Virginia into the national championship.

Guy will sign with an agent, but has until May 29 to decide whether to leave school or return.

 

To slow flow of grad transfers, NCAA could constrain schools

Football and basketball coaches may be less likely to add graduate transfers to their teams under a change being considered by the NCAA.

The NCAA Division I Council is expected to vote by Friday on an amendment that would require a grad transfer to count against a team’s scholarship total for two years, no matter how much eligibility the player has left when they arrive. An exception would be made for athletes who complete graduate degree requirements before the start of the second year.

The proposal targets what critics say is virtual free agency in big-time college athletics. Current rules allow athletes who have earned an undergraduate degree to transfer to another school without sitting out a season, as is usually required by the NCAA of undergraduates.

Grad transfers can be a quick fix for coaches trying to plug holes on a roster and the freedom has been a boon to athletes looking for more playing time. But some administrators say the rule has drifted away from its original intent and graduate transfers are rarely completing those advanced degrees.

“The so-called graduate degree is really not the aspiration,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “The aspiration is to be featured, and usually featured at a higher level.”

Changing the rule could slow the flow of grad transfers by making coaches more reluctant to take on players with only with one year of eligibility remaining.

“Roster management is such a critical component of every collegiate coach and then to say that you’re going to burn a scholarship for another year afterward, where an individual is not even playing, that’s obviously a pretty high price,” said Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association.

High-profile quarterbacks, such as former Alabama star Jalen Hurts who is now at Oklahoma, often garner headlines when they transfer as grad students. Still, the majority of football players taking this route are far less accomplished.

Stanford coach David Shaw, whose program routinely operates below the major-college maximum of 85 scholarship players, said he would not hesitate to bring in a star-level player as a grad transfer even if it meant having an vacant scholarship the next season. But teams could be less inclined to take that hit with a lesser player.

“I have a tough time justifying putting constraints on someone who would accept a grad transfer because we’re talking about some of the best class of young people,” Shaw said. “These guys have graduated. They have done what they needed to do.”

In men’s basketball, where the scholarship limit is 13 per team, graduate transfers have become even more prevalent.

Bringing in graduate transfers can help a coach quickly rebuild. Texas Tech reached the NCAA Tournament championship game with graduate transfers Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens playing key roles. Often mid-major conference basketball coaches watch their best players jump to more prominent conferences through grad transfers.

“(The proposed rule change) may help programs like us in the Big Sky or the Big West, the WAC, where we’re investing four years in these young men and sometimes you’re losing out on the best year they can give you, in terms of the fifth year after the redshirt year,” Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy said. “A lot of people say something has to change. I don’t know if something has to change, but it would definitely make programs think long and hard if they’re going commit two years of resources for only one year.”

The proposed amendment comes during a time of sweeping reform of NCAA transfer rules.

Athletes are no longer required to seek permission from their current school to be contacted by other schools when they decide to transfer. They can simply notify their schools of intent to transfer and have their names placed in an NCAA database. Once listed in the so-called transfer portal an athlete can be recruited by any school.

 

Sweep! NHL-best Lightning ousted in record speed by Columbus

Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste.

The Columbus Blue Jackets capped a stunning sweep of the Presidents’ Trophy winners with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night. Tampa Bay became the first team in the expansion era, which began in 1967-68, to go winless in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in points during the regular season.

And what a season it was. Tampa Bay tied the NHL record for wins with 62 and amassed 128 points, fourth in NHL history.

“Yeah, it sucks,” said Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, who had 128 points in the regular season but was kept off the scoresheet until Tuesday night.

“Nothing was our way in the series,” he said. “I don’t know what to say.”

The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, didn’t clinch the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot until the 81st game. But they outplayed the Lightning with a smothering forecheck and stellar goaltending by Sergei Bobrovsky.

Columbus won its first-ever playoff series on its fifth try and advances to play the winner of the Boston-Toronto series, which the Maple Leafs lead 2-1.

“It’s a great feeling to finally get one,” Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard said. “The job’s not done. We have to keep going.”

Bobrovsky carried the day again for the Blue Jackets, finishing with 30 saves.

 

Fleury gets 15th playoff shutout, Vegas beats Sharks 5-0

Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 15th playoff shutout and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-0 on Tuesday night for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference series.

Vegas can eliminate the Sharks from the postseason for the second consecutive year on Thursday in San Jose.

Since losing Game 1 on the road, the Golden Knights have never trailed and they’ve outscored the Sharks 15-6.

Fleury, who made 28 saves and has stopped 87 of 93 shots in the last three games, improved his career goals-against average in the playoffs to 2.58.

Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Vegas. Nate Schmidt and Reilly Smith each had two assists.

The Sharks outshot Vegas 28-27. After the first two periods San Jose had 15 shots on net from the slot, but Fleury’s brilliance throughout the game was the difference.

San Jose goaltender Martin Jones allowed two goals and made five saves in the first period before giving way to backup Aaron Dell, who finished with 17 saves.

The Sharks were without injured center Michael Haley and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. San Jose center Joe Thornton served a one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Vegas left wing Tomas Nosek in Game 3.

The Golden Knights continued to hurt the Sharks in the opening moments of periods. Mark Stone dropped the puck off for Pacioretty, who promptly snapped a shot through a screen for his third goal of the playoffs. With his assist, Stone became the eighth player in the last 30 seasons to have 10 or more points in his team’s first four games of a postseason.

 

Connor scores in OT as Jets beat Blues 2-1 to even series

Kyle Connor scored 6:02 into overtime and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Tuesday night to tie their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series at two games apiece.

Mark Scheifele also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets, who arrived in St. Louis down 2-0. It is the only first-round series in which the home team has failed to win a game.

Game 5 is Thursday night back in Winnipeg.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored and Jordan Binnington made 36 saves for the Blues.

Connor ended it when he banged home a feed from Scheifele for his third goal in two games.

Tarasenko beat Hellebuyck with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle 35 seconds into the third period to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. The power-play goal, Tarasenko’s eighth career in the postseason, moved him into a tie with Brian Sutter and Al MacInnis for fourth in franchise history.

Scheifele tied it at the 7:33 mark, tipping in a feed from Connor. It was Scheifele’s second goal of the series.

After a slow start in Game 3, the Blues came out strong in the first period. They built an 8-0 advantage in shots on goal as it took the Jets almost 11 minutes to test Binnington, who came up with a couple of saves on a Winnipeg power play to keep the game scoreless.

Pat Maroon had a pair of chances to give the Blues the lead in the second period, hitting the post off a pass from Tyler Bozak and getting stopped by Hellebuyck on a partial break.

Binnington came up big on a point-blank chance from Scheifele early in the second, and Brandon Tanev hit the crossbar on a breakaway midway through the period.

 

Dodgers hit 37th homer to beat Reds 6-1, win 3rd in a row

Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer for the second straight game and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Tuesday night for their third win in a row.

Pederson’s eighth homer of the season just made it over the wall in right field with two outs in the second inning, similar to the location of his first career walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth that rallied the Dodgers to a 4-3 win Monday.

The Dodgers lead the National League with 37 homers, tying the 1956 Cincinnati Reds for fourth-most through 19 games. Los Angeles has gone deep in 17 of 19 games.

The team has homered at Dodger Stadium in 31 consecutive games, one shy of tying the record streak for home games set by the 1999 Colorado Rockies.

The Dodgers rapped out 13 hits. They got to Tyler Mahle (0-1) early, with four runs and eight hits over the first two innings. The right-hander gave up 11 hits in six innings, struck out three and walked none. He was charged with a balk in the second.

Kenta Maeda (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three. The right-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Mahle to end the fourth.

Enrique Hernandez stroked an opposite-field RBI single in the second that extended the lead to 4-0.

Alex Verdugo added a two-run double in the seventh. He reached on an infield single that scored Corey Seager in the first.

Reds star Joey Votto got his 900th career RBI in the third and struck out twice in four at-bats hitting leadoff for the second time in his career.

 

Quintana goes 7 innings, Cubs beat Marlins 4-0

A modest scoreless streak from Jose Quintana has helped the Chicago Cubs to their best stretch of the young season.

Quintana gave up six hits in seven innings to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

Quintana (2-1) struck out seven and extended his scoreless innings streak to 14. The left-hander didn’t allow a runner to reach second until Austin Dean’s two-out double in the seventh.

“I’m very happy with this outing and how I am throwing lately,” Quintana said. “I feel great with my stuff. I just try to stay focused, one pitch at a time, one out at a time.”

Javier Baez went 3 for 4 and hit his fifth homer, a solo shot to the opposite field off Adam Conley in the eighth. Baez has three hits in each of his last three games and is the third Cubs shortstop in the last 60 years with the feat, joining Larry Bowa and Starlin Castro.

“I’m seeing the ball really good right now,” Baez said. “This is the hottest that I’ve been this year. I’m just trying to focus on keeping it that way and swinging at pitches in the zone.”

Brandon Kintzler relieved Quintana and surrendered a two-out single to Brian Anderson and walked Castro. Jorge Alfaro drove Kintzler’s 1-1 fastball to the warning track in center before Albert Almora tracked it down for the third out.

Chicago scored its fourth run on Ben Zobrist’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless ninth for the Cubs, who have won five of six.

“Everybody’s got to do their jobs, especially for us to get back to the promise land and win that last game of the year,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said.

 

Moncada, Garcia power White Sox past Royals 5-1

Yoan Moncada is not looking back at his struggles in the past or forward to the promise of his future.

The 23-year-old switch-hitter said he is having too much fun in the present.

Moncada hit a pair of solo shots for his first multihomer game and Leury Garcia added a two-run drive to power the Chicago White Sox past the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Tuesday night.

After struggling to consistently produce last year in his first full major league season amid huge expectations, Moncada is off to a fast start with a .333 batting average, five homers and 16 RBIs.

“Last year was last year; it’s in the past,” he said through a translator. “I learned and now I’m just enjoying this moment.

“Let’s just wait and see what happens in a month or two. So far, the results have been there.”

Yonder Alonso also homered and went 4 for 4 as the White Sox won for the fourth time in five games.

Reynaldo Lopez (1-2) allowed one run and five hits in six innings to rebound from a poor start to his season. The 25-year-old right-hander had permitted 18 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings over his first three games and gave up eight runs on 10 hits in his last outing against Tampa Bay.

“I think he was just attacking the strike zone a lot better this outing,” Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. “I think he just concentrated on driving through and hitting his spots and executing, and I think he did a really nice job.”

Four relievers worked the final three innings for Chicago. Alex Colome pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.

Daniel Palka, who led the White Sox with 27 homers as a rookie last season, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and is hitless in 32 at-bats this year. He is 0 for 34 dating to last season, the longest current skid for a major league position player.

Lucas Duda homered for the Royals, who are 0-5 on the road.

 

Bieber, bullpen lead Indians to 4-2 win over Seattle

Catcher Kevin Plawecki hasn’t worked with Shane Bieber much, yet his respect for the young Cleveland Indians pitcher grows with each outing.

Bieber didn’t have the neatest effort on Tuesday, but he came out on top as Cleveland beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2.

It wasn’t pretty. In fact, Bieber gave up three walks for just the second time in 22 career starts for the Indians. But, he struck out five and scattered four hits in six innings, shaking off several tough situations to improve to 9-0 in his first 12 career road starts.

“You just see his demeanor never changes in any situation,” Plawecki said. “He’s able to keep his composure and make pitches when he needs to. That’s why I say it seems like he’s been doing it for a long time.”

Bieber (2-0) and three relievers combined to hold the heavy-hitting Mariners to just six hits, though Jay Bruce was able to lift a solo home run to right-center field to extend Seattle’s major league record string of games with a home run to start the season to 20 games. That homer made Seattle just the 10th team since 1908 with a 20-game home run streak.

Seattle now has 42 home runs, yet is mired in a five-game losing streak after a stretch of six straight wins that once had the Mariners atop the standings.

Bieber worked out of trouble several times to keep the Mariners at one run for much of the game. His 13 straight road starts without a loss to start his career is the third-longest streak in the major leagues since 2000. It didn’t come easy, though.

 

Alex Bregman’s grand slam highlights Astros slugfest

Alex Bregman hit a grand slam, Josh Reddick connected for a two-run homer against his former team, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 9-1 on Tuesday night for their majors-best 10th straight win.

Bregman’s second career grand slam gave Collin McHugh (3-1) all the run support he needed on the way to winning his third straight start. Bregman’s other slam came May 14, 2017, at the Yankees.

McHugh allowed two hits over six scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two. The A’s avoided the shutout getting a sacrifice fly from Kendrys Morales in the ninth against Reymin Guduan.

George Springer opened the game with a full-count drive. Reddick connected in the second inning following Yuli Gurriel’s single for his first home run of the season.

“It’s always fun to come back, and to see how much I get booed,” Reddick, with the A’s from 2012-16, said before the game.

Springer also had a leadoff homer April 1 at Texas. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth that made it 4-0 before Bregman doubled that score.

A’s starter Marco Estrada (0-2) saw his career-high losing streak reach seven after losing his final five decisions of 2018 with Toronto.

Reddick finished with three hits as Houston improved to 4-0 against the A’s so far. The Astros have won eight of 10 in Oakland – and their 7-2 mark in 2018 at the Coliseum was the A’s worst home record in the rivalry for one season.

Estrada fell behind from the start on a night Nick Hundley earned a rare start catching the right-hander despite starter Josh Phegley’s hot bat. Phegley, with his nine-game hitting streak, will be back in the lineup Wednesday.

 

New deal with Seahawks makes Wilson highest-paid NFL player

With one 15-second video clip posted on social media shortly after midnight and five simple words, Russell Wilson put to rest any questions about his long-term future.

No more speculation about Wilson wanting to play elsewhere. No more rumblings of a bigger market for Wilson to call home.

“Seattle, we have a deal,” Wilson said in the video early Tuesday morning.

They were words Seahawks fans had waited to hear since Seattle’s playoff loss to Dallas in January, though it had seemed increasingly unlikely as the days ticked away toward Wilson’s deadline to have a deal done by the end of the first day of offseason workouts.

But they did strike a deal, one that makes Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL and gives Seattle the chance to build a competitive roster around its star quarterback.

“Russell’s goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town,” Wilson’s agent Mark Rodgers said. “He believes there is still unfinished business and he is looking forward to pursuing that without having to worry about contracts and his future.”

Wilson’s $140 million, four-year extension puts him at the top of the NFL salary food chain for now. He has the highest yearly average salary at $35 million per season. He has the highest signing bonus ($65 million) and guaranteed money ($107 million) in league history.

And for good measure, Wilson also got Seattle to agree to a no-trade clause.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY – April 17, 1953

WASHINGTON-Unless and until contrary evidence is presented, recognition for the longest ball ever hit by anyone except Babe Ruth in the history of major league baseball belongs to Mickey Mantle of the Yankees. The 21-year-old athlete today walloped one over the fifty-five- foot high left-field wall at Griffith Stadium. That ball, scuffed in two spots, finally stopped in the backyard of a house, about 565 feet away from home plate.
This remarkable homer, which helped the Yankees register a 7‚3 victory over the Senators, was Mickey’s first of the season, but he will have to go some, as will any- one else, to match it. Chuck Stobbs, the Nat southpaw, had just walked Yogi Berra after two out in the fifth, when Mantle strode to the plate. Batting right-handed, Mickey blasted the ball toward left center, where the base of the front bleachers wall is 391 feet from the plate. The distance to the back of the wall is sixty-nine feet more and then the back wall is fifty feet high. Atop that wall is a football scoreboard. The ball struck about five feet above the end of the wall, caromed off the right and flew out of sight. There was no telling how much farther it would have flown had the football board not been there.

Before Mantle, who had cleared the right-field roof while batting left-handed in an exhibition game at Pittsburgh last week (only Babe Ruth and Ted Beard had ever done that), had completed running out the two-run homer, Arthur Patterson of the Yankees’ front-office staff was on his way to investigate the measure. Patterson returned with the following news: A 10-year-old lad had picked up the ball. He directed Patterson to the backyard of 434 Oakdale Street and pointed to the place where he had found it, across the street from the park. The boy, Donald Dunaway of 343 Elm Street N.W., accepted an undisclosed sum of money for the prize, which was turned over to Mantle. The Yankee was to send a substitute ball, suitably autographed, to the boy.
Until today, when Mantle made it more or less easy for Lefty Ed Lopat to gain his first triumph, no other batter had cleared the left-field wall here. Some years ago, Joe DiMaggio bounced a ball over, but Mickey’s accomplishment was on the fly. It is true that a strong wind might have helped Mantle, but if the A.A.U. will not recognize the homer, all of baseball will.

ALSO

1869 – First professional baseball game: Cincinnati Reds 24, Cincinnati amateurs 15.

1892 – First Sunday National League baseball game, Cincinnati Reds beat Saint Louis Cardinals 5-1.

1920 – American Professional Football Association forms (later NFL).

1923 – Longest National League opening game, Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14.

1933 – Chicago Bears win their first NFL game beating New York Giants 23-21.

1934 – The new Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Boston Red Sox 6-5.

1939 – Joe Louis knocks out Jack Roper in one for heavyweight boxing title.

1947 – Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.

1953 – Mickey Mantle hits a 565-foot (172-metre) homerun in Washington DC’s Griffith Stadium.

1955 – Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open.

1956 – Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament.

1960 – Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Detroit Tigers for Harvey Kuenn.

1964 – First game at Shea Stadium, New York Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3.

1966 – 100th international soccer meet between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1).

1966 – Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational.

1968 – Oakland Athletics’ first game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Baltimore Orioles.

1969 – Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 7-0.

1972 – First Boston Women’s Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik of New York in 3:10:26.

1972 – 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39.

1972 – Kiteman attempting to throw out first ball in Philadelphia Phillies’ Veterans Stadium crashes into the centerfield seats.

1973 – Second Boston Women’s Marathon won by Jacqueline Hansen of California in 3:05:59.

1973 – 77th Boston Marathon won by Jon Anderson of Oregon in 2:16:03.

1976 – National League greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 the Philadelphia Phillies win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits four consecutive homeruns.

1977 – Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women’s International Golf Tournament.

1978 – 7th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Gayle Barron of Georgia in 2:44:52.

1978 – 82nd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Massachusetts in 2:10:13.

1981 – New York Rangers’ Anders Hedberg is second to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot.

1981 – New York Islanders’ Potvin’s three playoff power-play goals tie NHL record versus Edmonton Oilers.

1983 – New York Islanders tie NHL record with three shorthanded playoff goals versus New York Rangers; Rangers 7-Islanders 6-Patrick Division Finals- Islanders hold 2-1 lead; Wayne Gretzky scores 7 goals.

1983 – Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic.

1983 – Baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter.

1983 – Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29).

1984 – Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage.

1987 – Julius Erving becomes the third NBA player to score 30,000 points.

1988 – Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50).

1988 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic.

1989 – 18th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway in 2:24:33.

1989 – 93rd Boston Marathon won by Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia in 2:09:06.

1994 – 55th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins.

1994 – Val Skinner wins LPGA Atlanta Women’s Golf Championship.

1995 – 24th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:25:11.

1995 – 99th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya in 2:09:22.

1997 – New Jersey Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur is second NHL goalie to score in a playoff game.

2007 – The 2014 Asian Games is awarded to be held in Incheon, South Korea, winning over India’s New Delhi.

2008 – In Tokyo, Japan, a high school regional baseball game is halted in the second inning, after one team had scored 66 runs. The coach of the losing team asked for the game to end to spare his pitcher’s arm, with over 250 pitches already thrown.

2010 – Lucian Bute retains his International Boxing Federation super middleweight title with a third-round stoppage of challenger Edison Miranda in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

2010 – Cheryl Bernard beats fellow Calgarian Crystal Webster 6-4 in the final of the Grey Power Players’ Championship curling event in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada.

 

THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1820      Alexander Cartwright, considered by many the ‘father’ of the national pastime, is born in New York City. The banker, who is given credit for establishing three strikes for an out and three outs for each half inning, will be elected into the Hall of Fame in 1938 after a review of his journals reveals the many contributions he made in developing and promoting the sport of baseball. (Alex Cartwright, Mr. Cartwight’s great great grandson, inspired this entry.)

1869      The Cincinnati Red Stockings defeat the rival Amateurs, 24-15, in baseball’s first professional game. Team captain Harry Wright had put all of his players under contract, making the club, that will become known as the Reds, the first pro team in sports history.

1892      By not charging admission but requiring fans to buy a scorecard, the Brooklyn Superbas can play their first Sunday game. The strategy is an attempt to circumvent the existing blue laws, legislation designed to enforce religious edicts, including the observance of Sunday as a day of worship.

1904      By not charging admission but requiring fans to buy a scorecard, the Brooklyn Superbas are able to play their first Sunday game. The strategy is an attempt to circumvent the existing blue laws, legislation designed to enforce religious edicts, including the observance of Sunday as a day of worship.

1912      In front of a larger than usual crowd at the Polo Grounds of over 14,000 patrons that includes Broadway legend George M. Cohan, the Giants beat the new-look Yankees, now sporting pinstripes, in an unscheduled exhibition game, 11-2, to raise money for the survivors of the HMS Titanic. The charity contest, the first Sunday game ever played between major league teams at the Coogan’s Bluff ballpark, raises over $9,000 when each fan donates the price of an admission ticket to purchase a special program for the event.

1913      The National Commission suspends Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb, barring him from playing this season as the result of his attack on a handicapped fan two days ago. The Tigers, in support of their not-so-popular teammate, go on strike to protest the decision, which will end after one game with the reinstatement of the Georgia Peach.

1925      Babe Ruth undergoes an operation for an intestinal abscess at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he will remain for six weeks. The 30 year-old Yankee outfielder will miss the first forty games of the season due to his “bellyache heard ’round the world,” a popular misconception that blamed the consumption of an abundance of hot dogs and soda for his illness.

1929      In a ceremony that takes place on Opening Day at five a.m. to avoid crowds, Claire Hodgson becomes the second Mrs. Babe Ruth. The Yankees’ outfielder’s first wife, Julia Woodford, died in a house fire in January.

1929      On a cold and dreary day at Griffith Stadium, President Herbert Hoover throws out the first ball and then stays for the entire game, watching the A’s beat the hometown Senators, 13-4. The loss spoils the managerial debut of Washington legend Walter Johnson.

1934      On Opening Day at the newly-named Crosley Field, Reds’ announcer Red Barber calls his first play-by-play for a major league team. The 26 year-old future Hall of Fame broadcaster had never attended a major league game before today’s 6-0 loss to Chicago.

1939      On the morning of Opening Day in Washington, D.C., President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Yankees visit Abner Doubleday’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. FDR is also scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Griffith Stadium, but the game is rained out, and Veep Garner will do the honors four days later when the team opens the season against the same opponents, but after the Bronx Bombers return from New York having played Boston to start their campaign.

1945      Browns outfielder Pete Gray, playing with one arm, makes his major league debut with one hit in four at-bats in a 7-1 victory over Detroit at Sportsman’s Park. The 30 year-old St. Louis outfielder, who lost his right arm in a childhood accident, batted .333 last season as a minor leaguer.

1951      Before the Cubs’ home opener, Sam Snead tees off from home plate, sending a golf ball soaring over the 89-foot Wrigley Field scoreboard in center field. ‘Slammin’ Sammy’ won three Masters, three PGA Championships, and one British Open during his nearly 40 years as a professional golfer.

1951      Mickey Mantle, batting third, grounds out to second base in his first major league at-bat. The 19 year-old right fielder will hit a sixth-inning run-scoring single, going 1-for-4 in the Yankees’ Opening Day 5-0 victory over Boston in the Bronx.

1951      For the first time, in a career that will span more than half of a century, public address announcer Bob Sheppard announces the Yankees’ lineup. The ‘Voice of God’s introduction of the Bronx Bombers will include the memorable names of Mickey Mantle, playing his first game in pinstripes, Phil Rizzuto, and Yogi Berra, but the first player’s name announced will be DiMaggio – Dom DiMaggio, the leadoff batter for the visiting Red Sox.

1953      Mickey Mantle blasts a ‘reported’ 565-foot homer off southpaw Chuck Stobb in the Yankees’ 7-3 victory over Washington at a windy Griffith Stadium. The distance of the historic round-tripper hit by the 21 year-old Yankee outfielder will become the subject of much debate, with later research debunking its original tape measure status.

1954      At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, utility man Nino Escalera becomes the first black player to appear in a Reds’ game. The Puerto Rican native, who will bat .159 and collect 11 hits in his only major league season, will eventually become a scout for the Oakland A’s.

1955      Roberto Clemente singles off Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres in his first major league at-bat. The Pirates’ rookie, who will die in a plane crash attempting to bring relief aid to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua in 1972, will collect exactly 3,000 hits during his 18-year major league career, all with Pittsburgh.

1956      Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale, and Frank Robinson play in their first major league games, respectively, for the White Sox, Dodgers, and Reds. The trio of debuts marks the first time that three future Hall of Famers have made their initial appearance on the same day.

1960      In a trade of fan favorites, the Tigers swap Harvey Kuenn, last season’s batting champ, for Indians slugger Rocky Colavito. Detroit gets the better of the deal when their new outfielder will put together four consecutive outstanding seasons in the Motor City with their former fly chaser hitting .308 in his only season in Cleveland, before being traded by the Tribe to the Giants for Johnny Antonelli and Willie Kirkland.

1964      After spending the first two years of their existence at the Polo Grounds, the Mets play their first game at Shea Stadium in front of 50,312 fans in Queens. The Amazins’ drop the stadium opener to Pittsburgh, 4-3, with Willie Stargell hitting the first homer in the Flushing facility.

1968      In their first game at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, the newly arrived A’s lose to the Orioles, 4-1. The team, which played in Kansas City last season, is shut down by Baltimore southpaw Dave McNally on two-hits.

1969      In only the ninth game of the franchise’s history, Expos hurler Bill Stoneman, who had never thrown a complete game in the major leagues, tosses a no-hitter, defeating the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium, 7-0. The 25 year-old right-hander, the future GM of the Angels, will throw another no-hit game in 1972 against the Mets.

1976      At Wrigley Field, Mike Schmidt hits four home runs in one game, including the game-winner, when the Phillies come back from an 11-run deficit to beat the Cubs in ten innings, 18-16. The Phillies’ slugging third baseman is the first National Leaguer, third overall, to hit the homers consecutively.

1976      At Yankee owner’s George Steinbrenner’s insistence, Thurman Munson is named the team captain. The reluctant backstop is the first player to assume the role since the Bronx Bombers honored Lou Gehrig with the position in 1935.

1977      At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the umpires walk off the field in the fourth inning to protest the Braves showing a controversial play on the ballpark’s massive instant replay screen that involves Houston’s Bob Watson scoring on a close play at the plate. Team executive Bill Lucas persuades the crew, which includes Terry Tata, Ed Sudol, Dick Stello, and Bruce Froemming, to return the field, after assuring the arbitrators the incident would not occur again.

1977      Mike Pazik posts his first and last major league win when hurls eight innings in the Twins’ 10-2 victory over Oakland at Metropolitan Stadium. The 27 year-old former Yankees farmhand’s career will come to a sudden end on April 25 when his van is hit head-on by a car driving the wrong way on a freeway entrance, resulting in the southpaw fracturing both legs.

1988      The Braves beat the Dodgers, 3-1, after breaking the National League record with ten losses to start the season. The team will drop 27 of its first 39 decisions, costing Chuck Tanner his job as the Atlanta manager.

1995      The Devil Rays and the City of St. Petersburg come to terms on a 30-year lease for the new American League expansion team to play their home games at the ThunderDome. The domed stadium, now known as Tropicana Field, was built originally as the Florida Suncoast Dome in an attempt to coax the White Sox to leave their aging ballpark in Chicago and relocate to the Tampa Bay/St. Pete area.

2001      Barry Bonds becomes the 17th major leaguer, as well as the fourth Giant, to join the 500 home run club when he hits a Terry Adams’ 2-0 heater into McCovey Cove at Pac Bell Park. The San Francisco left-fielder is joined at home plate by two other members of the elite fraternity, Willie Mays (660) and Willie McCovey (521), for a brief ceremony.

2006      In front of 36,867 Shea Stadium patrons, Pedro Martinez becomes the 103rd pitcher in major league history to win 200 games when the Mets beat the Braves, 4-3. The Dominican ace has lost only 84 contests at the time of reaching the milestone, putting him behind only Bob Caruthers (74), Whitey Ford (79), and Lefty Grove (83).

2006      In the bottom ninth inning, Mark Loretta hits a two-out, two-run home run over the left-field wall, giving the Red Sox a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Mariners at Fenway Park on Patriots’ Day. The only other player to end a game with a homer on Boston’s special day of celebration is Frank Malzone, who gave the team a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Yankees in 1959, the year the New England baseball tradition began. (Ed. Note: Mark H., a leading denizen of Red Sox Nation, inspired this entry. – LP)

2007      After the second inning of an eventual 6-4 loss to the Braves at RFK Stadium, the Nationals take the field wearing Virginia Tech baseball caps as a tribute to the 32 victims of the shooting rampage which took place on the Blacksburg campus yesterday morning. Nearly a dozen of the burgundy caps signed by the players who wore them will be sent to the nearby college while the hat worn by the Nationals’ last batter of the game, Chris Snelling, will reside in the Hall of Fame.

2009      At Citi Field, Gary Sheffield becomes the 25th player to hit 500 career home runs. Joining Ty Cobb and Rusty Staub as the only major leaguers to homer as a teenager and as a forty year-old, the recently released Tiger DH becomes the first to reach the milestone as a pinch hitter and the first to accomplish the feat in a Mets uniform.

2009      Washington’s right fielder Adam Dunn and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman start the game against Florida with the word “Nationals” misspelled on the front of their uniforms. Majestic Athletic, the manufacturer of the jerseys, takes full responsibility for the missing “O” and apologizes for the mistake to the organization, the players, and their fans.

2009      Jason Kubel blasts a grand slam to become the ninth Twins player to hit for the cycle, the first to do it at the Metrodome since 1986 when Kirby Puckett accomplished the feat in front of the home crowd. The left fielder’s bases-full homer caps a seven-run eighth inning in Minnesota’s 11-9 comeback victory over the Angels.

2010      Rockies’ right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez pitches the first no-hitter in the 18-year history of the franchise. The 4-0 historic victory over Atlanta at Turner Field is saved in the seventh inning with a spectacular catch by center fielder Dexter Fowler.

2012      Throwing seven strong innings in the Rockies’ 5-3 victory over San Diego, Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher to win a major league contest. The 49-year, 150 day old southpaw surpasses Brooklyn’s Jack Quinn, who was almost three months younger when he got the victory pitching five frames in relief against St. Louis in 1932.

2012      After agreeing on a $1.25 million deal last week, Johnny Damon signs a minor league contract en route to joining the Indians to possibly become their regular left fielder. The 38 year-old career .286 hitter, who needs 277 knocks to reach the 3,000-hit plateau, will bring intangibles to the club by providing veteran leadership for the struggling Tribe in addition to serving as a mentor to the team’s younger stars.

2012      Mark Melancon allows six earned runs without recording an out in the eighth inning, a frame which features three home runs to the six Rangers he faces in the 18-3 rout of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Boston reliever yields a double to Ian Kinsler, a base-on-balls to Elvis Andrus, which is followed by a monstrous three-run blast to Josh Hamilton, then Adrian Beltre adds another round-tripper before David Murphy walks and Nelson Cruz homers to end his short-lived historic outing.

2013      Clayton Kershaw becomes the second fastest Dodger to strike out 1,000 batters when he throws a second-inning 93-mph fastball past San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso. The 25 year-old southpaw reaches the milestone in 970 career innings, 15.2 more than needed by Hideo Nomo, who established the team mark in 2003.

2015      Mike Trout, at the age of 23 years and 253 days, becomes the youngest major league player to compile 100 career home runs and 100 career stolen bases when he homers in the sixth inning off Roberto Hernandez in the Angels’ 6-3 victory over the Astros at the Minute Maid Park. The Melville Millville Meteor surpasses the mark previously set by Alex Rodriguez, who was 56 days older when he reached the 100/100 mark.

2015      Kris Bryant makes his much-anticipated major league debut for the Cubs, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the team’s 5-4 loss to the Padres at Wrigley Field. Chicago had delayed the start of his season to extend the club’s control on the highly-touted freshman, who will go on to be named the National League’s Rookie of the Year.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAYS

1820 – Birth of Alexander Joy Cartwright; inventor of modern baseball field.

1904 – Birth of Naoomal Jeoomal; cricket player (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman).

1931 – Birth of John Bartlett; tennis player (Davis Cup captain-Britain).

1949 – Birth of Heini Hemmi in Switzerland; giant slalom (Olympics-gold-1976).

1954 – Birth of Riccardo Patrese; driver (Grand Prix).

1956 – Birth of Kaye Young Cowher; Women’s Professional Basketball League forward (New York Stars, New Jersey Gems).

1959 – Birth of David Hearn in Washington, DC, USA; slalom single canoe (Olympics-9th-1996).

1961 – Birth of Norman Cowans; cricket player (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85).

1961 – Birth of [Norman] Boomer Esiason in West Islip, New York, USA; NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets).

1962 – Birth of Nancy Hogshead in Iowa City, Iowa, USA; swimmer (Olympics-gold-1984)/model (jockey).

1964 – Birth of Ken Daneyko in Windsor, Ontario, Canada; NHL defenseman (New Jersey Devils).

1966 – Birth of Susie Redman in Salem, Ohio, USA; LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-second).

1967 – Birth of Aaron Wallace; NFL defensive end/linebacker (Oakland Raiders).

1967 – Birth of Marquis Grisom in Atlanta, Georgia, USA; outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians).

1968 – Birth of Ritchie Woodhall; boxer.

1968 – Birth of Roger Twose; cricket player (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995).

1970 – Birth of Tony Sacca; WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons).

1971 – Birth of David Oliver Sechelt; NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers).

1972 – Birth of Benjamin Dodwell; Australian rower (Olympics-1996).

1972 – Birth of Gordon Laro; NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars).

1972 – Birth of Keith Lyle; safety (Saint Louis Rams).

1972 – Birth of Muttiah Muralitharan; cricket player (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner).

1972 – Birth of Tony Boselli; NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars).

1973 – Birth of Brett Maher in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; basketball guard (Olympics-1996).

1973 – Birth of Gene Makowsky; Canadian Football League offensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders).

1973 – Birth of Jeff Lewis; NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32).

1973 – Birth of Ross Aloisi; Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-1996).

1973 – Birth of Theo Ratliff; NBA forward/center (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers).

1974 – Birth of James Hamilton; linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars).

1974 – Birth of Marcel Nijenhuis; soccer player (NEC).

1975 – Birth of Trifun Zivanovic in Santa Monica, California; figure skater (1995 Pacific Coast Junior champion).

1977 – Birth of Pascal de Vries; soccer player (FC Twente).

1980 – Birth of Lee Hyun-il; South Korean badminton player.

1980 – Birth of Brenda Villa; American water polo player.

1983 – Birth of Miguel Cabrera; Venezuelan Major League Baseball player.