SPORTSPAGE FRIDAY

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL – NCC/AREA

Lafayette Jeff 7 Indianapolis Lutheran 0

East Central 9 Lawrenceburg 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL – NCC/AREA

Randolph Southern 8 Cowan 8 (suspended)

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS – SECTIONALS

@RICHMOND

Centerville defeats Richmond

Lincoln defeats Hagerstown

Centerville vs. Lincoln (championship Friday evening, 4:30)

*4:30: 3 doubles matches will be completed Friday

 

@ CONNERSVILLE

TONIGHT: Rushville vs. Franklin County (championship)

 

@ NEW CASTLE

Shenandoah vs. New Castle Friday

Blue River vs. Tri Friday

 

INDIANA HS BASEBALL SECTIONAL MATCH-UPS-NCC/AREA

AT    Pendleton Heights

WEDNESDAY MAY 22…Richmond vs. Muncie Central. 6:00

THURSDAY MAY 23…Connersville vs. Anderson. 5:30

THURSDAY MAY 23.. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Greenfield‐Central. 7:30

SATURDAY MAY 25….Pendleton Heights vs. G1 winner. 11:00

SATURDAY MAY 25…G2 winner vs. G3 winner. 1:00

MONDAY MAY 27….Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner. 6:00

 

AT    Lafayette Jefferson (6)

G1: Kokomo vs. McCutcheon.

G2: Zionsville vs.). Harrison (West Lafayette)

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Logansport vs. Lafayette Jefferson.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

AT New Palestine (6)

G1: Lawrence North vs. Warren Central.

G2: Indianapolis Cathedral vs. Indianapolis Arsenal Technical.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Lawrence Central vs. New Palestine.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

AT  Blackford (6)

G1: Blackford vs. Yorktown.

G2: New Castle vs. Hamilton Heights.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Delta vs. Guerin Catholic.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

AT  South Dearborn (7)

G1: Lawrenceburg vs. Greensburg.

G2: South Dearborn vs. Franklin County.

G3: Batesville vs. Rushville Consolidated.

G4: Madison Consolidated vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

 

AT  Lapel (6)

G1: Frankton vs. Shenandoah.

G2: Muncie Burris vs. Wapahani.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Monroe Central vs. Lapel.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

AT  Centerville (6)

WEDNESDAY MAY 22…Winchester Community vs. Hagerstown. 5:00

WEDNESDAY MAY 22…Union County vs. Northeastern. 8:00

THURSDAY MAY 23…G1 winner vs. G2 winner.  5:00

THURSDAY MAY 23…. Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Centerville. 8:00

SATURDAY MAY 27…CHAMPIONSHIP 7:00

 

AT  Seton Catholic (5)

WEDNESDAY MAY 22….Blue River Valley vs. Seton Catholic. 6:00

FRIDAY MAY 24…Randolph Southern vs. Tri. 5:00

FRIDAY MAY 24…Union City vs. G1 winner. 7:00

MONDAY MAY 27…Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner. 5:00

 

INDIANA SOFTBALL SECTIONAL MATCH-UPS-NCC/AREA

Harrison

G1: Lafayette Jefferson vs. Kokomo.

G2: McCutcheon vs. Zionsville.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Logansport vs. Harrison (West Lafayette).

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

MONDAY MAY 20 5:30 : Richmond vs. Greenfield‐Central.

MONDAY MAY 20 7:00:  Muncie Central vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).

TUESDAY MAY 21 5:30:  G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

TUESDAY MAY 21: Pendleton Heights vs. Anderson.

WEDNESDAY MAY 22- CHAMPIONSHIP 6:00: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

  1. Warren Central

G1: Warren Central vs. Lawrence North.

G2: Lawrence Central vs. Indianapolis Cathedral.

G3: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

 

Hamilton Heights

G1: Hamilton Heights vs. Jay County.

G2: Guerin Catholic vs. Delta.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: New Castle vs. Yorktown.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

  1. New Palestine

G1: New Palestine vs. Beech Grove.

G2: Rushville Consolidated vs. Indian Creek.

G3: Connersville vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

 

  1. Madison Consolidated

G1: Greensburg vs. Madison Consolidated.

G2: Batesville vs. Lawrenceburg.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: South Dearborn vs. Franklin County.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

  1. Frankton

G1: Alexandria Monroe vs. Wapahani.

G2: Shenandoah vs. Elwood Community.

G3: Frankton vs. Lapel.

G4: Monroe Central vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

 

  1. Hagerstown

MONDAY MAY 20 5:00…: Northeastern vs. Hagerstown.

TUESDAY MAY 21 5:00… Centerville vs. Union County.

WEDNESDAY MAY 22 5:00 : Winchester Community vs. G1 winner.

THURSDAY MAY 23 5:00….Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

 

  1. Heritage Christian

G1: Eastern Hancock vs. Heritage Christian.

G2: Knightstown vs. Irvington Prep Academy.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Indianapolis Howe vs. Triton Central.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

  1. Cambridge City Lincoln

MONDAY MAY 20 5:00…: Randolph Southern vs. Blue River Valley.

MONDAY MAY 20  7:00: Seton Catholic vs. Union City.

TUESDAY MAY 21 5:00… G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

TUESDAY MAY 21 7:00.. Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Tri.

WEDNESDAY MAY 22 5:00…Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCORES

BIG 10

#25 Indiana 7 Rutgers 5

Ohio State 7 Purdue 0

Illinois 8 Michigan State 4

Minnesota 5 Northwestern 4

Arizona 11 Penn State 2

Nebraska 5 Michigan 2

Iowa at Maryland postponed

#23 Illinois 8 Michigan State 4

MAC

Central Michigan 6 Miami Ohio 2

Ball State 10 Toledo 1

Kent State 9 Eastern Michigan 7

Bowling Green 4 Northern Illinois 3

Ohio 8 Western Michigan 6

ACC

Boston College 10 Notre Dame 1

HORIZON

Wright State 28 Oakland 10

Wright State 4 Oakland 3

Northern Kentucky 4 Illinois Chicago 2

Milwaukee 11 Youngstown State 10

MISSOURI VALLEY

Missouri State 5 Valparaiso 4

Bradley 9 Indiana State 5

Illinois State 11 Evansville 2

SUMMIT

Fort Wayne 8 Western Illinois 6

TOP 25

#20 North Carolina 5 #17 North Carolina State 3

#9 Louisville 14 #22 Florida State 1

#2 Vanderbilt 16 Kentucky 10

#8 E. Carolina 19 Memphis 10

#21 West Virginia 10 George Washington 1

#18 Miami 4 Duke 3

#7 Georgia 9 Alabama 4

Tennessee 7 #15 Ole Miss 0

#6 Georgia Tech 12 Pittsburgh 7

#4 Arkansas #16 Texas A&M 3

#19 LSU 7 Auburn 1

#5 Mississippi State 24 South Carolina 7

Florida 5 #24 Missouri 4

#13 Oklahoma State 16 #12 Baylor 4

TCU 3 #10 Texas Tech 1 (14)

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

NCAA TOURNAMENT– REGIONALS

Iowa State 6 Purdue 1

Liberty 1 Rutgers 0

Purdue 4 South Dakota 3 (8)

Rutgers 2 Appalachian State 1

Tulsa 5 Arkansas 0

#13 Oklahoma State 3 BYU 1

South Dakota State 8 Eastern Kentucky 6

Fresno State 18 UC Riverside 10

Kent State 7 George Washington 2

Nevada 4 LMU 3

McNeese 7 Middle Tennessee 3

UT Arlington 7 Stephen F Austin 0

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

Golden State 114 Portland 111

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Boston 4 Carolina 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cincinnati 4 Chicago Cubs 2

Oakland 17 Detroit 3

Texas 16 Kansas City 1

Cleveland 14 Baltimore 7

Chicago White Sox 4 Toronto 2

Minnesota 11 Seattle 6

Washington 7 NY Mets 6

Milwaukee 11 Philadelphia 3

Atlanta 10 St. Louis 2

San Diego 4 Pittsburgh 3

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Scranton 7 Indianapolis 4

South Bend 7 Dayton 2

Fort Wayne 9 Lansing 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Los Angeles FC 2 FC Dallas 0

 

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-TOP 10

1 B. Koepka -7 18
2 D. Lee -6 18
3 T. Fleetwood -3 18
4t S. Kang -2 18
4t L. List -2 18
4t M. Lorenzo-Vera -2 18
4t P. Perez -2 18
4t C. Reavie -2 18
9t P. Cantlay -1 18
9t J. Day -1 18

 

INDY 500 PRACTICE GRID THURSDAY-TOP SPEEDS

1 Ed Jones 63 00:39.5008 8 227.843 37 –.—- –.—-
2 Takuma Sato 30 00:39.7002 22 226.699 47 0.1994 0.1994
3 Zach Veach 26 00:39.8107 55 226.07 58 0.3099 0.1105
4 Sebastien Bourdais 18 00:39.8238 16 225.996 53 0.3230 0.0131
5 Colton Herta 88 00:39.9188 66 225.458 73 0.4180 0.0950
6 Sage Karam 24 00:39.9289 34 225.401 86 0.4281 0.0101
7 Kyle Kaiser 32 00:39.9298 20 225.396 39 0.4290 0.0009
8 Spencer Pigot 21 00:39.9406 5 225.335 66 0.4398 0.0108
9 Scott Dixon 9 00:39.9467 1 225.3 53 0.4459 0.0061
10 Simon Pagenaud 22 00:39.9545 25 225.256 40 0.4537 0.0078
11 Helio Castroneves 3 00:39.9747 1 225.142 65 0.4739 0.0202
12 James Davison 33 00:39.9886 6 225.064 60 0.4878 0.0139
13 Ed Carpenter 20 00:39.9933 12 225.038 50 0.4925 0.0047
14 Will Power 12 00:40.0252 16 224.858 49 0.5244 0.0319
15 Max Chilton 59 00:40.0353 5 224.802 42 0.5345 0.0101
16 Charlie Kimball 23 00:40.0361 67 224.797 67 0.5353 0.0008
17 Marco Andretti 98 00:40.0408 6 224.771 41 0.5400 0.0047
18 JR Hildebrand 48 00:40.0924 11 224.481 47 0.5916 0.0516
19 Conor Daly 25 00:40.0927 3 224.48 76 0.5919 0.0003
20 Marcus Ericsson 7 00:40.1060 5 224.405 34 0.6052 0.0133
21 Josef Newgarden 2 00:40.1171 32 224.343 39 0.6163 0.0111
22 Alexander Rossi 27 00:40.1391 28 224.22 50 0.6383 0.0220
23 Patricio O’Ward 31 00:40.1481 8 224.17 24 0.6473 0.0090
24 Graham Rahal 15 00:40.1547 50 224.133 57 0.6539 0.0066
25 James Hinchcliffe 5 00:40.1814 5 223.984 31 0.6806 0.0267
26 Jack Harvey 60 00:40.1817 7 223.983 26 0.6809 0.0003
27 Pippa Mann 39 00:40.2111 20 223.819 41 0.7103 0.0294
28 Oriol Servia 77 00:40.3075 7 223.284 49 0.8067 0.0964
29 Jordan King 42 00:40.3274 34 223.173 43 0.8266 0.0199
30 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 00:40.3454 32 223.074 38 0.8446 0.0180
31 Matheus Leist 4 00:40.3644 5 222.969 34 0.8636 0.0190
32 Tony Kanaan 14 00:40.3893 25 222.831 34 0.8885 0.0249
33 Ben Hanley 81 00:40.4742 30 222.364 67 0.9734 0.0849
34 Felix Rosenqvist 10 00:40.5960 35 221.697 41 1.0952 0.1218
35 Santino Ferrucci 19 00:40.8242 57 220.457 60 1.3234 0.2282

 

2019 RADIOTROY “ALL-AREA” BASEBALL TEAM

The high school baseball season is down to the final week of the regular season. The IHSAA tournament begins next Tuesday around the state. It’s time for RADIOTROY to honor the players who have had the biggest impact this season by naming them to the ALL-AREA team. We took into consideration the following…level of competition, winning, conference standings, individual statistics (hitting, pitching and fielding combined) and what we have seen in person this season (and we have seen every player on this list). We take these selections seriously and any attempt to argue these selections must be taken up with our attorney HUGO HOTFLASH from this point on. No trophies or plaques will be given to keep from violating high school or potential NCAA rules and regulations!!! Congratulations to the following players:

(POSITION PLAYERS)

Phillip Hobbs                                    Richmond

Brice Brown                                      Richmond

Cody Swimm                                    Hagerstown

Nate Webb                                       Union County

Justin Bane                                       Northeastern

Justin Witter                                     Union County

Grant Vinson                                    Hagerstown

Blake Fields                                       Union County

Gabe Crowe                                     Richmond

Nick Turner                                       Richmond

Camden Rhoades                            Hagerstown

Seth Middleton                                Northeastern

Luke Leverton                                  Seton

Evan Roettger                                  Lincoln

Mook Shepler                                   Union County

Vincent Falcone                               Seton

Bryce Pennington                            Lincoln

Mason Wicker                                  Union County

Josiah Sizemore                               Richmond

Colton Alexander                             Northeastern

Mason Brewer                                 Richmond

Mikey Vance                                    Richmond

Jacob Stansberry                             Union County

Cade Bray                                         Northeastern

Zander Kottka                                  Union County

Louie Falcone                                   Seton

Tyson Bray                                        Seton

Brandon Chandler                           Seton

Clay Cochran                                    Hagerstown

Justin Bane                                       Northeastern

(PITCHERS-MIN 20 IP)

Cody Swimm                                    Hagerstown

Dom Anderson                                 Hagerstown

Brady McMillen                               Hagerstown

Grant Vinson                                    Hagerstown

Alex VanWinkle                               Union County

Mook Shepler                                   Union County

Dustin Freeman                               Union County

Brice Brown                                      Richmond

Phillip Hobbs                                    Richmond

Josiah Sizemore                               Richmond

Josh Brown                                       Seton

Colton Alexander                             Northeastern

Justin Witter                                     Union County

Luke Leverton                                  Seton

Louie Falcone                                   Seton

Mason Dick                                       Lincoln

Dalton Stevens                                 Centerville

Justin Bane                                       Northeastern

Cameron Newman                          Centerville

 

UNION CITY GETS NEW BASKETBALL COACH

Union City Jr/Sr High School is excited to announce that UC alumni Tom Byrum has been named as head coach of the boys’ basketball program. The Indians have hired Byrum effectively immediately after being unanimously approved by the Randolph Eastern School Board. A native of Union City, Byrum brings 27 years of experience to the floor. Over his career Byrum has coached at Union City, Coldwater Ohio, Monroe Central, and most recently Randolph Southern where he led the Rebels to a sectional title. Athletic Director Mike Thornburg stated, “We are fortunate to have a veteran coach take over our program with a commitment to developing the student-athlete both on and off the court. Coach Byrum will hit the ground running starting tonight, and we look forward to him having a long and successful career with the UC Indians.” Thornburg would like to thank the search committee for their work helping with the interview process. Several good candidates were interviewed and the committee was in over-all agreement that Coach Byrum was the top choice to lead the boys’ basketball program into the future. Mr. Thornburg also would like to thank the school board and Superintendent Mr. Black for their support. Coach Byrum had this to say about his coaching “I love coaching the sport but more importantly I love to impact young people’s lives in a positive way. I am excited to be back home”. After graduating from UCCHS, Byrum attended IU East. He has been married for 24 years to wife Bobbie, they currently reside in Muncie, Indiana and works a full time position at Delaware Glass. Union City fans will have the chance to meet/reacquaint with the new head coach next week at a Meet and Greet, that date and time will be announced later this week.

 

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Indiana Part of 4-Team Field For 25th Annual Jimmy V Classic at MSG

 

The 2019 Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona – in its 25th year – will include Indiana, Louisville, Texas Tech and UConn. The annual doubleheader, held in conjunction with V Week, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10 (time TBD), with the Huskies facing the Hoosiers, and the Cardinals taking on the Red Raiders. Both matchups will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on ESPN.

“We are thrilled to welcome Indiana, Louisville, Texas Tech and UConn to this year’s Classic,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and ESPN Events. “The legacy of Jim Valvano and the work of the V Foundation continue to be honored through this event, and we look forward to bringing fans two great matchups as we raise funds and awareness for cancer research.”

Team Highlights

Texas Tech, after an impressive 2018-19 season – which included an appearance in the national title game – will play in its first Jimmy V Classic

Louisville, also earning a spot in last season’s NCAA tournament, will be making its third appearance

Both Indiana and UConn will make their fourth appearance in the event

Louisville and Texas Tech are ranked No. 8 and No. 16, respectively, in ESPN’s latest Way-Too-Early Top 25

The 2018 V Week for Cancer Research set a new record, helping raise more than $8.3 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research – representing an 83% increase from 2017. ESPN engaged new partners and created innovative fundraising and awareness-building campaigns, which ran from Nov. 27 – Dec. 8, and educated fans on the importance of cancer research. Additionally, ESPN created the Tyler Trent Fund at the V Foundation for Cancer Research to support cancer research for adolescents and young adults. Over the past 12 years, V Week fundraising has totaled over $30 million for cancer research.

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 15 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to declaring victory over cancer. ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator, founded it in 1993. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process

 

PURDUE SOFTBALL

Behan Garners All-Region Accolade

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue’s offensive leader Jenny Behan added another accolade to her resume Thursday as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) named her to the All-Midwest Region second-team. The regional award is the first of Behan’s career and the 44th in Purdue softball history.

The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2019 NFCA Division I All-American squads. The 2019 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 29, via NFCA.org.

Behan’s all-region honor comes just one week after she was named first-team All-Big Ten for a second-consecutive year. Behan is only one of two Boilermakers to receive first-team honors twice in their collegiate careers, joining Andie Varsho, who garnered first-team honors in 2013 and 2014.

The third baseman is also the first Boilermaker to earn an all-region selection since teammate Mallory Baker earned second-team honors in 2017.

Earlier this season Behan also became the first Boilermaker since 2015 to be recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Week after guiding Purdue to a 4-1 showing at the Diamond 9 Citrus Class. In the tournament, she tallied nine hits and nine RBI.

Statistically, Behan is Purdue’s leading force at the plate since joining the Boilermakers in 2018. The Mundelein, Illinois native guides the Boilermakers in batting average (.368), slugging percentage (.672), on-base percentage (.475), RBI (40), hits (64) and sacrifice flies (4) this season. She also tops the Boilermakers with 13 home runs on the year, which is good for the second-most home runs in a season in program history. Defensively, Behan owns a .912 fielding percentage with a team-best 126 assists and 50 putouts.

 

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

Irish Drop Series Opener to Eagles

BRIGHTON, Mass. — The Notre Dame baseball team had a rough night at the plate and dropped the series-opener to Boston College 10-1 Thursday night at Harrington Athletics Village.
The Eagles scored in the opening two innings to build an early lead and the Irish could not mount a comeback at the plate as the game went on.
How It Happened
The Eagles struck first in the opening inning after scoring two runs. With runners on second and third, Cunningham hit a weak ball up the first base line and Junker went home with the throw that got away and went all the way to the backstop. Both runs scored on the play but that was the only damage in the first.
Boston College continued the early inning success in the second inning. The Eagles strung together a few hits and scored three more runs to build a 5-0 lead after the first two innings.
Anthony Holubecki came on in relief and settled things down for the Irish in the middle innings. He did not allow a run in his first three innings and kept the Irish within striking distance.
The Irish got on the board in the top of the sixth and Jared Miller got it started with a single to lead off the inning. He moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt and tagged to third on a fly out to right. Jake Singer stepped to the plate and crushed a double into the gap in left center and Miller scored easily.
Boston College broke the game open in the next inning. After a leadoff double, the Eagles scored one on an RBI single and followed it up with a two-run homer run and Boston College led 8-1 after the sixth.
Game Notes

  • Jake Singerextended his RBI streak to three games after the double in the sixth that scored Jared Miller from third.
  • Anthony Holubeckitossed a career high four inning against BC. His previous has was 3.1 against Florida State in 2018.

Up Next

The Irish will look to bounce back and tie the series in the second game on Friday. Another night game is on tap from Harrington Athletics Village with first pitch slated for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Freshman right-handed pitcher Garrett Burhenn worked eight scoreless innings on the mound, while the Buckeyes launched three homers in a 7-0 win over Purdue Thursday night at Alexander Field. At the dish, Dillon Dingler, Brent Todys and Brady Cherry each homered in the big road win. The Buckeyes improve to 29-24 overall and 10-12 in Big Ten play, while the Boilermakers fall to 20-32 overall and 7-14 in conference action.

QUOTE FROM COACH

“We only gave up three free bases tonight and Garrett was really good,” head coach Greg Beals said. “He was pounding the fastball to both sides of the plate and mixed in his changeup and slider to keep them honest. Our infield defense was really good tonight. We played clean and turned some double plays up the middle. I really liked how our infield performed in a big win for our team.” 

DINGER BY DINGLER

The OSU captain catcher gave the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a solo shot over the wall in left vs. Purdue right-handed starting pitcher Trent Johnson. It was the first homer by Dingler this season.

BIG HOMER BY TODYS AND CHERRY
Todys, from Westerville, Ohio, launched a solo shot over the left field wall in the seventh to double the Buckeye lead, 2-0. The Buckeyes added three more runs in the eighth when Brady Cherry, a native of Pendleton, Ind., crushed a 3-2 pitch off Johnson over the wall in left to make it 5-0 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray. Dominic Canzone drove in the teams sixth run on a RBI single and Cherry made it 7-0 on a RBI single in the ninth.

ON THE MOUND
Both starting pitchers went deep into the game tonight. Burhenn, from Indianapolis, Ind., went eight strong innings and limited the Purdue bats to six hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Johnson went 7.1 innings and gave up a season-high five runs, five earned, on two walks and seven strikeouts. Freshman right-handed reliever TJ Brock tossed a scoreless ninth for the Scarlet and Gray.

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Purdue meet at 6 p.m. Friday at Alexander Field. Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway (6-4, 4.35 ERA) is on the mound for the Buckeyes, while senior left-handed pitcher Patrick J. Smith is on the bump for the Boilermakers (4-3, 4.42 ERA). The game will be streamed on BTN Plus and can be heard on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State is 9-1 all-time at Alexander Field.
  • The OSU pitching staff struck out six tonight and now has 482 strikeouts on the year. The team is 13 strikeout away from tying the OSU single-season strikeout record set in 2016 (495).
  • With a lead-off single in the eighth, Dominic Canzone extended his reached base streak to 49 games. He is two games away from shying Nick Swisher’s record 51 set in 2002. He also extended his hit streak
  • The Buckeyes turned two double plays this evening.
  • Dingler hit his first homer of the season tonight vs. the Boilermakers.
  • Dingler extended his reached base streak to 29 games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: 5.
  • Carpenter hit his sixth double of the year to begin the sixth.
  • The Buckeyes have homered in three straight games. The three homers tonight was the most by an opponent at Alexander Field this year.
  • Todys launched his seventh homer of the year in the eighth.
  • Purdue’s Trent Johnson allowed a season-high five earned runs vs. the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Cherry hit his 13th homer of the season and 24th homer of his career.
  • Canzone leads the team with 23 multi-hit games.
  • Dingler tied his career-high with three hits.

 

OHIO STATE MEN’S TENNIS

MTEN: Ohio State falls in hard-fought match to North Carolina

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Ohio State Men’s tennis team were defeated on Thursday evening at the hand of North Carolina, 4-2.

The Buckeyes entered the match as the No. 1 overall seed and had a record of 32-2. Ohio State defeated 16 seed Columbia last weekend, but faced a much tougher opponent in #9 North Carolina in the quarterfinals. North Carolina entered the match coming off an impressive win over #8 USC last weekends in the Super Regional.

Ohio State started doubles play well, with a lead or tie on all three courts through 4 games. No. 23 Wolf/Joyce jumped out to a big lead and never looked back, taking the first doubles match on court one, 6-1. However the Tar Heels could not be stopped on courts two and three. The Tar Heels took the next two matches 6-2 and 6-2. This marked just the third time in 2019 Ohio State had lost the doubles point, and the first loss all season for the tandem of McNally/Tubert (21-1).

Singles play is where this match got real intense, real quick. An absolute back and forth day between the Buckeyes overal, but the Tar Heels jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over Ohio State with wins on courts four and five. Being down 0-3, the Buckeyes were in need of a push. Kyle Seelig stayed calm and collected and defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-4. Now down 1-3, the Buckeyes had some momentum, but were still in a hole. Thankfully, JJ Wolf was there to help. Wolf defeated Blumberg after trailing early in the first set, 7-5, 6-4. It was now 3-2 UNC with both John McNally and Hunter Tubert in crunch time. McNally and Benjamin Sigouin went toe to toe for what felt like an eternity. Meanwhile, Hunter Tubert and Simon Soendergaard had a thriller of their own on court six. Back and forth, as heads turn from court two to six, McNally would fall 6-3, 3-6, 4-6.

Ohio State loses just their third match of the season, bowing out of the NCAA Tournament in the quarterfinals. The Buckeyes end the season as ITA Indoor National Champions, Big Ten Champions and Big Ten Tournament champions.

JJ Wolf, John McNally and Kyle Seelig will compete in singles while Martin Joyce and Hunter Tubert will compete in doubles at the NCAA Individuals Tournament next week.

Singles Play

JJ Wolf (OSU) d. William Blumberg (UNC), 7-5, 6-4

Benjamin Sigouin (UNC) d. John McNally (OSU). 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Kyle Seelig (OSU) d. Josh Peck (UNC), 6,3, 6-4

Brian Cernoch (UNC) d. Martin Joyce (OSU), 6-2, 6-0

Blaine Boyden (UNC) d. Alex Kobelt (OSU), 6-1, 6-3

Hunter Tubert (OSU) vs. Simon Soendergaard (UNC), 6-4, 4-6, 5-6 unfinished

Doubles Play

Wolf/Joyce (OSU) d. Blumberg/Boyden (UNC), 6-1

Sigouin/Cernoch (UNC) d. Kobelt/Seelig (OSU), 6-2

Kiger/Soendergaard (UNC) d. McNally/Tubert (OSU), 6-2

Order of finish: Singles (4,5,3,1,2), Doubles (2,1,3)

Records: UNC 22-6, OSU 32-3

 

INDY ELEVEN PREVIEW

Boys in Blue resume USL Championship regular season play coming off U.S. Open Cup victory

Indy Eleven Gameday Preview
Indy Eleven vs Charleston Battery – #INDvCHS
Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 7:00 P.M. ET

Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN

Last Time Out: Open Cup Edition
Indy Eleven 1-0 Lansing Ignite FC | Wednesday, May 15
Down a man for much of the match, Indy Eleven was still able to down the USL League One side from Michigan in the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Butler University’s Sellick Bowl, marking the first USOC win for the Boys in Blue since defeating Louisville City FC in 2016. Forward Thomas Enevoldsen scored the goal that advanced the 10-men Boys in Blue  to the Third Round against Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 29. Jordan Farr received his first competitive minutes for the Boys in Blue after goalkeeper Evan Newton was sent off early in the match, and officially notched 69 minutes of shutout soccer in his pro debut.

#INDvCHS Storylines

Two current Boys in Blue used to wear the Black-and-Gold in “Chucktown” – defender Neveal Hackshaw and forward Dane Kelly. Hackshaw suited up for the Battery the last three seasons from 2016-18 and kept plenty busy, making 75 USL Championship appearances. Kelly began his record-breaking USL Championship tenure with four seasons in Charleston from 2011-15, scoring the first 21 of his regular season career league-record 71 goals in that time.

Indy Eleven will look to leapfrog Charleston in the standings with a full three points on Saturday. The Boys in Blue enter the battle with the Battery on 14 points from eight contests (4W-2L-2D), two points behind the Battery (4W-1L-4D), who come in tied for 5th on the East table with Louisville City FC on 16 points.

Evan Newton’s setting of the USL Championship career shutout streak has been well documented, but one additional fun fact – the record he broke was previously held by former Charleston netminder Odisnel Cooper, who backstopped the Battery from 2013-18.

Saturday’s game is smack in the middle of a month of marquee match-ups against fellow top-half squads in the Eastern Conference. The last three games out saw Indy fall at New York (T-1st) to end April play before starting a stretch of five straight home games with nil-nil draws against Tampa Bay (T-1st) and North Carolina FC (7th). Games against Charleston Battery (T-5th) and Nashville FC (4th) round out a busy month of May against tough competition.

Indy Eleven Player to Watch | DF Ayoze

Ayoze scored two epic goals in the first ever meeting meeting Charleston Battery that nearly sealed a comeback win for the Boys in Blue in 2018, if not for a frustratingly late Charleston equalizer. The Spaniard scored a penalty in the 86th minute, followed by an incredibly well-placed free kick from just outside the Battery’s 18-yard box as time eclipsed into the third minute of second-half stoppage time.

The 33-year-old playmaker is eager to help find the back of the net – or even open his 2019 scoring account – as his side marches into its first clash of the season against Charleston Battery. He’s started and appeared in six matches so far in 2019, with around 80-percent of his passes finding their mark. While he is officially credited with just one assist, Ayoze would have at least three more “hockey assists” should the pass that set up an assist be counted, proving that playmakers can reside elsewhere than in the middle of the pitch.

Charleston Battery Player to Watch | FW Ian Svantesson

Svantesson has the hot hand after netting twice against Greenville Triumph in U.S. Open Cup play. The second-year forward currently leads the Battery in scoring this season with three goals from five games.

The 6’5” striker has been lethal with his right foot, as all three of the goals he’s scored in league play have come from his stronger foot. The 25-year-old has also been a poacher, scoring his trio from inside the opposition box.

Matchup to Mark | Indy Defense vs. Charleston Defense

Saturday night’s fixture will feature two strong defenses as Indy Eleven’s backline goes head-to-head (back-to-back?) against Charleston Battery’s at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Boys in Blue enter Saturday’s match having conceded only seven goals in eight games, tied with Ottawa Fury FC for the third fewest in goals allowed in the Eastern Conference. Even more impressive is the defense Head Coach Martin Rennie’s side has played when inside Lucas Oil Stadium. The Scotsman’s squad has yet to lose a match, let alone allow a goal, on Circle City turf against the likes of Hartford Athletic, Tampa Bay Rowdies and North Carolina FC (in that order). Indy’s spotless home record also accounts for three of Newton’s four clean sheets this season.

Charleston Battery’s defense seems to have trouble on the road as the side has allowed four goals in three away games throughout the start of the 2019 season. The side has only allowed more than one goal in one road fixture, as Charleston gave up three against Bethlehem Steel FC. The Battery’s back third kept a clean sheet in their most recent road match against Memphis 901 FC and gave up a single goal to North Carolina FC in their first road match of this season. The Battery have allowed just two goals more than Indy in 2019, conceding nine, and kept one less clean sheet through their first nine games of the season.

There’s no rest for the weary as it’s back to USL Championship action for Indy Eleven (4W-2L-2D, 14 pts.) this Saturday, May 18, when it welcomes the Charleston Battery (4W-1L-4D, 16 pts.) on “Armed Forces Night” at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. kickoff remain available for as little as $15

 

Koepka off to record-setting start at PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka had the biggest stage all to himself, with Tiger Woods at his side.

At times overlooked even after winning three majors in the last two years, Koepka gave thousands of fans a round to remember Thursday morning at brawny Bethpage Black with a record-setting start to his title defense in the PGA Championship.

Koepka delivered a 7-under 63, making him the first player in 101 years of the PGA Championship to shoot that score twice. He broke the course record at Bethpage Black and became the first player to post 63 at a major in consecutive years.

It gave him only a one-shot lead when Danny Lee birdied his last two holes in the afternoon for a 64.

“That was one of the best rounds I’ve played probably as a professional,” Koepka said. “This golf course is brutal.”

It felt that way to Woods, who was along for the ride.

Fresh off his emotional Masters victory, Woods opened with a pair of double bogeys on the back nine, and ruined a torrid start to the front nine with a pair of three-putt bogeys. It added up to a 72, leaving him nine shots behind and ending 12 consecutive rounds at par or better in the majors.

Make no mistake: A gallery that trudged through muddied walkways to the 10th tee in the early morning was there primarily for Woods, who created a new era of Tigermania with his stirring comeback following four back surgeries to win a 15th major.

What they saw was a major performance.

So special was this round, even on a course still soft from rain earlier in the week, that only six other players from the 78 who played in the morning broke par. Tommy Fleetwood had the next best score from that group at 67. And as the opening round headed for a conclusion, Koepka was nearly 10 shots better than the average score for the first round.

“He’s pretty darned good at majors,” Rickie Fowler said after his 69. “I think over the last couple years, it’s something that everyone has gotten used to.”

Woods is the only player to win back to back at the PGA Championship in stroke play – he did that twice – and Koepka had an ideal start in a bid to catch him. He won at Bellerive in steamy St. Louis last August by two shots over a hard-charging Woods. Koepka played in the group in front of Woods at Augusta National and finished one back.

This time they were together, along with British Open champion Francesco Molinari (72), and it was a one-man show.

It began with a 40-foot birdie putt from just off the back of the 10th green. It ended with a birdie putt from just inside 25 feet on the ninth hole for the 17th score of 63 in the PGA Championship.

“I think that was probably the highest score he could have shot today,” Woods said.

Koepka failed to birdie the two par 5s, missing a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 13 and scrambling for par on the easier fourth hole. He also missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the 11th and an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 2. Yes, this could have been special. Then again, he also made four birdie putts of 15 feet or longer, including the long ones at the start and end of his round.

 

Woods 9 shots behind Koepka after 72 in 1st round of PGA

The PGA Championship began poorly for Tiger Woods. Although he got masterful in the middle of the round, things then fell apart down the stretch.

Not making any of it more palatable, Woods was paired with defending champion Brooks Koepka, who shot a 63 Thursday on a somewhat benign Bethpage Black. A nine-shot deficit after one round was not exactly what the galleries cheering his every move projected for Woods as he comes off his Masters victory, his 15th major championship.

Hardly what Woods expected, either, but when you don’t stay in the fairway off the tee and miss a bunch of makeable putts, a 72 is what you get.

“It wasn’t as clean as I’d like to have it, for sure,” Woods said of his 6 on the par-4 10th hole. “Didn’t get off to a very good start. It was a good drive and ended up in a bad spot, and I compounded the problem with trying to use the backboard behind the hole there and missing a putt I should have made.

“And then found my way back around, got it back under par for the day, and let a couple slip away with a couple bad putts and a couple mistakes at the end.”

More than a couple. Woods bogeyed Nos. 5, 7 and 8, never looking like the guy who finished so brilliantly at Augusta National last month.

“I didn’t take advantage of my opportunities there,” he said, reviewing all of his bad holes in near-perfect conditions. “I thought I hit a good drive at 1 – or sorry, 10 ended up in – I had no lie. On 17, I hit it up against the face and it plugs, and we get down there and there’s no sand but a lot of rocks (in the bunker). It was just bizarre.”

When his tee shot at the par-3 17th found the stone-filled bunker, it made an up-and-down a dicey proposition. Woods hit over the green, then faced a downhill chip that left him with an 8-foot putt for bogey. He missed that, too, never really hitting a good shot in making his second double bogey of the round. Woods shook his head as he walked off 17, knowing he needed a spree of birdies – or better.

He got those.

Quick birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 got the crowd going. His 300-yard drive on the par-5 4th left him at 210 yards and his approach put him 31 feet away.

When he drained that, the cheers echoed throughout the five public courses at Bethpage.

“I felt like I was getting back into the round,” he said. “I fought my way back and I had two double bogeys in through there and was still able to get it to under par for the day. Unfortunately, I had a couple three-putts there and hit a bad chip at 8 and left myself in a bad spot.”

 

Warriors rally from 15 down at halftime, hold off Blazers

These Golden State Warriors have long been able to score in fabulous, jaw-dropping flurries. Down by eight to the Portland Trail Blazers at home with 4 1/2 minutes to go, they needed every last burst, perfect pass, driving layup and dunk.

“Our experience really paid off for us tonight having a bunch of guys who just won’t quit,” said Draymond Green, who was right smack in the middle of it all.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points, and the Warriors rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit before holding off Portland on the final possession for a 114-111 win Thursday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr insisted his team stole this game with a sensational final few minutes and another, familiar third-quarter outburst.

Counterpart Terry Stotts of the Trail Blazers considered it a “lost opportunity” on the road.

CJ McCollum missed a driving jumper with 32 seconds left and Green scored on the other end for the Warriors, giving Portland one final chance with 12.3 seconds to go. Andre Iguodala then blocked a 3-point attempt by Damian Lillard on the left wing.

“They stole it, but they earned it down the stretch,” McCollum said.

Seth Curry, Steph’s little brother, scored 16 points and put Portland ahead on a 3-pointer with 1:03 left before Kevon Looney’s dunk on the other end put Golden State back on top at 112-111. Seth tried to “distract” his brother at the free throw line late, or so the story went from Steph, who called Seth a “pest” on defense.

“This was like the coolest experience I think I’ve ever had playing against him. You talk about the stage, he was amazing tonight,” Stephen Curry said. “For my parents, I know we’ve talked about it the whole series, these last two games it’s probably nerve-wracking as heck for them. It worked out perfectly tonight. He played well and we won.”

 

Kevin Durant to miss Games 3, 4 of Western Conference finals

Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf, and the timing of his next examination by doctors likely means he would not return until the NBA Finals if Golden State advances.

Durant was re-evaluated Thursday before Golden State’s 114-111 Game 2 win in of the best-of-seven series with the Trail Blazers that put the Warriors up 2-0. Durant is not ready for on-court work – a necessary step before the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP can return to game action. He will be re-examined in another week.

The Warriors said Durant “has shown good progress since beginning his rehabilitation program one week ago. At this point, Durant is not ready to advance to on-court work.”

“There’s no mental adjustment, you just play. You go out there with what you have,” coach Steve Kerr said. “This is our third game, 3 + games really, without him. We’re just trying to hold down the fort. Hopefully he continues to progress. And he has made progress but it’s a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning, so we’ll see how it all goes. He’s in there all day long getting treatment. Hopefully he’ll be back at some point.”

Durant’s 34.2 points per game lead all postseason scorers. He strained his right calf during the third quarter of Game 5 of the conference semifinals against the Rockets last Wednesday and didn’t travel to Houston for the Warriors’ Game 6 clincher. He then sat out Game 1 against Portland on Tuesday and again Thursday as Stephen Curry took on a greater scoring load.

“He’s handled it great. He’s vocal. Still being a leader. Staying in all of our ears. Vocal during film,” said Quinn Cook, a reserve Warriors guard and close friend of Durant. “I know he’s been putting in extra work. I know he’s excited to get back. We can’t wait to have him back.”

Andrew Bogut has started in Durant’s place the past three games.

 

Bruins sweep Hurricanes to reach Stanley Cup Final

Boston’s top line kept finding ways to score, especially on the power play. With a chance to clinch another series, Tuukka Rask was perfect – again.

Rask posted his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes out of the Eastern Conference final, winning 4-0 on Thursday night to reach their third Stanley Cup Final in nine years.

“Everyone in the room wanted to be at their best,” forward Brad Marchand said, “and everyone was at their best tonight.”

Rask made 24 saves in his second straight series-clinching shutout. Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists and Marchand added an empty-netter. Both Bergeron and Pastrnak scored on second-period power plays.

The Bruins won their seventh straight postseason game – their longest playoff winning streak in nearly half a century – to return to the Cup final after winning in 2011 and losing to Chicago two years later.

“It’s so difficult to advance in the playoffs, let alone make it to the final,” said Rask, the backup to Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas in 2011. “We need to really enjoy this but realize we have a lot of work to do.”

On its longest postseason win streak since reeling off nine straight in 1972, Boston earned a break before taking on the West winner. San Jose leads its series with St. Louis 2-1 heading into Game 4 Friday night.

The Bruins won this one without captain Zdeno Chara, who was scratched with an unspecified injury and is day to day, ending a run of 98 consecutive playoff games for the hulking 42-year-old veteran that dated to 2011.

Chara joined his teammates on the ice for the post-series handshake line with Carolina, and while coach Bruce Cassidy declined to elaborate on the nature of Chara’s injury, he did say he’s expected back for the start of the Cup final.

Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for the Hurricanes, whose first playoff appearance since 2009 ended precisely the same way their previous postseason trip did – by being swept in the East final.

 

Suarez singles in rain, Reds slow Cubs’ surge with 4-2 win

A heavy rain was turning the field slick. The grounds crew was waiting to fetch the tarp. Eugenio Suarez knew this might be the Reds’ best chance to take control and win a series.

Suarez singled home the go-ahead run during a fifth-inning downpour and added another RBI single Thursday night as Cincinnati pulled away to a 4-2 victory that slowed the Chicago Cubs’ momentum.

Chicago came into the series on the best surge in the majors, having won or split 10 straight series. The NL Central leaders let a late lead get away Wednesday night for a 6-5, 10-inning loss.

This one literally slipped away as the rain intensified in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“Just a really strange inning, and the weather was pretty awful,” manager Joe Maddon said.

Jose Quintana (4-3) gave up Jose Peraza’s solo homer with one out, his first since April 26. After a pair of singles, Quintana threw back-to-back wild pitches off the sloppy mound that let in a run.

“That was tough,” Quintana said. “I slipped on a couple of pitches. It was really clean before that.”

Suarez’s two-out single made it 3-2 . He added another RBI single in the seventh, and the bullpen held the Cubs to a pair of hits the rest of the way.

“That was tough, but everybody knows that it’s part of the game,” Suarez said of the conditions. “You have to be ready for every possibility.”

Luis Castillo (5-1) gave up two runs on two hits and a walk, all in the first inning. The Cubs got a break when Wilson Contreras’ grounder down the line hit the front edge of third base and caromed away from Suarez for a two-run double.

Castillo retired his next 14 batters after the bad-hop hit.

“He kept his composure,” manager David Bell said. “He didn’t let it faze him. That’s part of his growth and confidence. He just kept pitching.”

 

Kipnis homers twice, Indians hammer Orioles 14-7

Jason Kipnis got his first four RBIs on two homers, and two more on a strange play.

“I’ll take it, though,” Kipnis said, smiling.

Maybe the Indians have finally found their groove.

Kipnis homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs as Cleveland showed more signs of busting out at the plate by hammering the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night.

Kipnis hit a solo shot in the first inning, a three-run homer in the fourth off reliever Gabriel Ynoa (0-1) and was credited with two RBIs on an unusual fielder’s choice in a five-run seventh when his grounder never left the infield.

Following a pregame meeting called by manager Terry Francona, the Indians were down 5-1 before rallying, falling behind and then taking the lead for good on Carlos Santana’s hard-smash RBI single in the sixth.

The Indians, who have struggled to score, broke it open with a five-run seventh.

“I thought we played with some personality tonight,” Francona said. “We got down early and instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, they kept fighting and good things happened. We ran the bases really well. We were aggressive.”

Trey Mancini hit a three-run homer and Rio Ruiz had a two-run drive for Baltimore, which has lost seven of eight. The Orioles dropped three games in 24 hours after being swept in a doubleheader by the Yankees on Wednesday.

“We let them hang around and kind of lost control of the game as it went on,” Mancini said. “Not one of our better games overall. Probably one of our worst.”

A.J. Cole (1-1) replaced starter Trevor Bauer in the sixth and picked up his first win for the Indians, whose bats have finally awakened the past two games. They followed up a 9-0 win at Chicago on Tuesday with their most hits and runs in 2019 to successfully open an 11-game homestand.

 

Cordell’s suicide squeeze lifts White Sox over Blue Jays 4-2

Ryan Cordell took a deep breath at the plate after reading the sign from Chicago White Sox third base coach Nick Capra.

Then he locked in and executed perfectly.

Yolmer Sanchez raced home from third base with the tiebreaking run on Cordell’s suicide squeeze in the eighth inning, and the White Sox topped the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Thursday night for their fourth win in five games.

With runners at the corners and the infield in, Cordell bunted to the first base side. Toronto reliever Derek Law (0-1) threw to catcher Danny Jansen, but Sanchez slid under the tag to give Cordell his second RBI of the game and Chicago a 3-2 lead.

After twice getting signs for a safety squeeze and taking a ball when he could swing away, Cordell said Law’s low pitch was just what he was looking for.

“I’ve had a couple of them now, safeties, not the suicide squeeze, so it was a little different,” Cordell said. “Fortunately I got a decent pitch to put the bat on the ball.

“When I got to first base and looked in and see the dugout going nuts, that’s a real exciting thing.”

Charlie Tilson then scored on Leury Garcia’s sacrifice fly. Tilson was originally ruled out on Billy McKinney’s throw, but the call was overturned following a replay review.

Kelvin Herrera (1-2) pitched around two walks in a scoreless eighth to get the win. Alex Colome tossed a perfect ninth for his ninth save in nine chances, completing a two-hitter.

Welington Castillo also drove in a run for Chicago.

 

Yelich goes deep twice, Brewers beat Phillies 11-3

Christian Yelich took advantage of the few pitches he saw in the zone.

Yelich hit his major league-leading 17th and 18th homers to help Zach Davies and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-3 Thursday.

Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas also went deep as the Brewers won their third in a row after losing the series opener against the NL East-leading Phillies.

Davies (5-0) allowed three runs – one earned – and four hits in six innings. He pitched out of trouble often because of four errors behind him.

Yelich homered to right-center in the first for a 1-0 lead off Zach Eflin (5-4). He added a solo drive off Edgar Garcia in the eighth to make it 8-3. The reigning NL MVP has three of his five career multi-homer games this season.

Yelich had three hits and scored three times, and is batting .342. The Phillies pitched around him most of the series.

“You just trust in your teammates, trust in the guy behind you to do some damage,” Yelich said. “The goal is to get on base, keep the line moving.”

Ryan Braun provided protection in the lineup for Yelich, adding three more hits to increase his career average at Citizens Bank Park to .417 (63 for 151) with 27 extra-base hits and 45 RBIs in 38 games.

“I’m going to petition the league to play our next series against the Phillies here,” Braun joked.

The slugger is more impressed with Yelich’s hitting.

“I’ve never seen anybody this good for this long,” Braun said. “It’s really special.”

 

Profar slam, A’s romp 17-3 for 13th straight win over Tigers

Jurickson Profar hit his first career grand slam and the Oakland Athletics routed Detroit 17-3 Thursday for their 13th straight victory over the Tigers.

Josh Phegley had four hits, including one of Oakland’s five home runs, as the A’s won their eighth in a row at Comerica Park.

The A’s had lost three straight and were 1-10 in their last 11 road games before romping.

Detroit has been outscored 41-9 while losing the first four games of a 10-game homestand. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was forced to use outfielder Brandon Dixon to pitch the ninth inning – the infielder/outfielder, who had two scoreless appearances on the mound for Cincinnati last year, gave up a two-run homer to Mark Canha.

Matt Olson and Marcus Semien also homered for Oakland.

Ohio native Chris Bassitt (2-1) pitched eight shutout innings in front of a large group of friends and family. Three of Bassitt’s six career wins have come against the Tigers, all at Comerica Park.

Spencer Turnbull (2-3) took the loss for Detroit, allowing six runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks.

Dawel Lugo hit a three-run homer with two outs in the Tigers ninth off Aaron Brooks.

The Tigers had the game’s first scoring chance when Ronny Rodriguez tripled with one out in the second inning, but he was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Josh Harrison’s grounder to third.

The A’s then scored six times in the third. The Tigers missed a pair of double-play opportunities and Oakland got a run when Turnbull struck out Khris Davis on a wild pitch. Profar made it 6-0 with his slam.

 

Rangers belt 5 home runs in 16-1 rout of Royals

Rougned Odor and the rest of the Texas Rangers had been using the Kansas City Royals’ beleaguered pitching staff for batting practice most of the sun-splashed afternoon.

Then the Rangers used their backup second baseman for it, too.

One of Odor’s two homers came off Chris Owings, who was summoned by the Royals in the eighth inning to try to close out the 16-1 blowout. Hunter Pence also went deep off the utility man as Texas hit five homers in all, piled up 21 hits and won the rubber game of the three-game series.

“We’ve done a good job of salvaging the last couple of games,” said the Rangers’ Lance Lynn, who earned the win with a strong start that ultimately got lost amid the barrage of runs.

“For me, I have a chance to ride a loss or a win from the night before,” he said. “That’s always my motto. Whatever happened the night before I want to get the team going.”

Calhoun and Joey Gallo each homered among their four hits, and Danny Santana also had four knocks, though some of that damage came off a utilityman. Royals manager Ned Yost wanted to save his bullpen for an upcoming road trip, so he called Owings off the bench in the eighth inning.

“I told him, `Look, don’t be stupid,'” Yost said, “but he did a great job of saving our `pen.”

Lynn (5-3) allowed a run in the first but little else over the next six innings as the Rangers won their first road series in nine tries. Their last one came last September in San Diego.

 

Cardinals’ Peterson suspended 6 games for PED violation

Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

The NFL did not specify Thursday which illegal substance Peterson allegedly used.

Peterson can participate in all offseason workouts and preseason games. He will be eligible to return Oct. 14, before Arizona’s game against the New York Giants.

“Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “As we all do, he understands that regardless of intent he is ultimately responsible for everything he puts in his body. Our coaching staff and our players are now aware that we will have to play the first six games without Patrick and they understand they have to rise to the challenge that it presents.”

Peterson is still one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks at 28. The fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft, he has 23 career interceptions despite teams rarely testing him.

Peterson is a three-time All-Pro and he holds the franchise record with eight Pro Bowl appearances, a streak that will likely come to an end with his suspension.

Peterson demanded a trade last season before apologizing. He posted a few cryptic messages on social media last month while deleting all mentions of the Cardinals in his profiles.

The Cardinals have been searching for a cornerback to play opposite Peterson almost since he came into the league. Arizona signed veteran Robert Alford as a free agent this offseason and used a second-round draft pick this year on Washington cornerback Byron Murphy.

 

Patriots sign LB Jamie Collins, release DL Frank Herron

Jamie Collins is returning to the New England Patriots.

The Patriots signed the free-agent linebacker Thursday. They also announced the release of defensive lineman Frank Herron.

The 29-year-old Collins was a second-round draft pick by New England in 2013. He became a pivotal part of the Patriots’ defense, appearing in 50 games over four seasons before being traded to the Browns in 2016. He was released by Cleveland in March.

Collins started 16 games for the Browns last season, compiling 104 tackles and four sacks.

Herron was signed by New England as a rookie free agent in 2018 and was released prior to the start of the regular season. He also spent time on the Seahawks’ practice squad.

 

McLaren misses entire day of Indy 500 practice fixing car

McLaren had another miserable day preparing for the Indianapolis 500 as the team worked tirelessly in a failed effort to get Fernando Alonso on the track Thursday for practice.

Alonso crashed early Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and McLaren has frantically been trying to piece together its spare care to get back on the 2.5-mile oval. The team worked until 2 a.m. on the car and literally spent all of Day 3 at the track patching together a new Indy car for the former Formula One champion.

“It’s definitely slow going,” said McLaren head Zak Brown. “We had to borrow pieces from the one car and move them to the other car, bring in bits from an outside location, change the engine. It’s been a lot of work. We’re just trying to get it done right, put some extra TLC in it and make sure it is ready to go.”

McLaren is back at the Indy 500 for the first time since the 1970s and the first three days have been a mess. The team was slowed by electrical problems, Alonso’s first career crash on an oval, then needed an entire day to rebuild the car. When the team felt it was close to getting back on the track for the final hour Thursday, heavy rain brought the session to an early end.

Chip Ganassi Racing didn’t have the same problems getting Felix Rosenqvist back out following his crash some 18 hours earlier. The team had its spare car in its nearby shop and its sports car personnel to assist in preparations.

McLaren, Brown noted, is a Formula One team that has undertaken an enormous task in trying to make the Indianapolis 500 as an independent team. Although McLaren has a technical alliance with Carlin, the small McLaren crew of mechanics and engineers are on their own and stretched for time.

Brown is trying to take McLaren fulltime racing in the IndyCar Series and it will be an embarrassing blow if Alonso, one of 36 drivers vying for 33 spots in the May 26 race, fails to qualify.

“I’ve seen lots of drama here before, and I don’t want any drama,” Brown said. “The speed in the car (Wednesday) seemed to be OK, Fernando will get right back up to speed, he’s not fazed, so I think we are just trying to put together a car that is ready to go and ready to perform.”

With nothing to do in the car, Alonso had time to spend with seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who arrived Thursday morning for his first visit to IMS during 500 activities. Alonso and Johnson last November swapped cars and have developed a friendship, and Johnson has experience crashing – and winning – at Indy. Johnson is a four-time winner of the Brickyard 400.

“For as many problems as the team has had, Fernando seemed to be fine,” Johnson said. “He seemed to be really relaxed and not too concerned.”

 

7-time champ Johnson growing impatient with winless streak

Jimmie Johnson views himself as a patient person. But mired in a brutal winless streak, the seven-time NASCAR champion is putting all options on the table when his contract is up next year.

“I’ll have to evaluate what I’ll want to do after that,” he said.

Johnson is growing more and more impatient with each passing week as his Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 race team keeps struggling on the track.

“Over my career, I’ve been able to be patient and let things work themselves out,” Johnson said this week. “There are two factors that are leading to my impatience now – one is I haven’t won in a couple years; two is that I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in a couple years.”

The 43-year-old Johnson hasn’t won a Cup Series race since reaching victory lane at Dover on June 4, 2017.

He enters this weekend’s NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway a disappointing 16th in the points standings with only one top-five finish. Last season, he had just two top-five finishes in 36 starts.

Johnson fully understands that if he wants to capture an eighth Cup Series championship he needs to find a way to win a race soon – or at least get into the mix.

“We haven’t been in contention to win a race yet this year,” said Johnson. “We’ve got to fix that. If I’m not in contention to win a race, there’s no chance of winning a championship. For me right now, this middle portion of the season is the key for me to get things where they need to be so we can ultimately win races and win a championship.”

As Johnson scuffles along,, teammates Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman are off to solid starts with seven top-five finishes and a win between them. Bowman has back-to-back runner-up finishes headed into this weekend.

 

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

UNIONDALE, L.I.-Quickly and efficiently, the Islanders swept to their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup tonight with a 4‚2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers and moved into the National Hockey League record book next to the Montreal Canadiens. Only the Canadiens have ever had similarly impressive streaks in Stanley Cup play with the record for five consecutive championships, from 1956 through 1960, and four consecutive titles from 1976 through 1979.

The Islanders, however, despite their Stanley Cup fortunes, have not experienced the recognition that the Canadiens had, even in the New York region. “We’re not the New York Yankees,” said Butch Goring, the Islander center who has been on all four of the club’s championship teams. “We don’t go running around telling everyone how great we are. We just go out on the ice every night and show how good we are.”

The Islanders, backed by first-period goals from Bryan Trottier, John Tonelli and Mike Bossy, clung to a 3‚0 lead that the Oilers cut to 3‚2 by the end of the second period. Jari Kurri and Mark Messier were the scorers for Edmonton, a team that collected 424 goals during the regular season but managed only 6 against the Islanders, who swept the series in 4 games. “There’s no question, Smitty was making the key saves,” said Bob Bourne. “But I think we also showed that we’ve got the best defense in the game. Go down the list and look at some of these guys: Gord Lane, Denis Potvin, Stefan Persson, Tomas Jonsson, Ken Morrow, Dave Langevin. They did an amazing job.”

Billy Smith, himself, continually said the same during the series. The Oilers never scored more than three goals in a game and three times were limited to two goals or less. The Islanders won the first two games in Edmonton by 2‚0 and by 6‚3, and then took Game 3 at home, 5‚1. Again, in the final game, Smith was sharp, blanking the Oilers in the first and final periods. In all, he held the Oilers scoreless in 7 of the 12 periods, and tonight he turned away 24 of Edmonton’s 26 shots. Smith turned away all seven Edmonton shots in the final period. He finished the playoffs with a 13‚3 record, recording all but two of the Islanders’ postseason victories, and finished with a 2.68 goals-against average for the playoffs against the Washington Capitals, the Rangers, the Bruins and the Oilers.

As the game ended, the sellout crowd of 15,317 heard the song “We Are the Champions of the World” blaring over the public-address system. Smith, with the Stanley Cup barely on the ice, was skating with a can of beer.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1893      Phillies outfielder Billy Hamilton becomes the first player to have hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run in the same game when he blasts a two-run round-tripper off Al Maul, giving the team an 11-9 victory over Washington at the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds. The 27 year-old future Hall of Famer’s performance will not be duplicated again until Vic Power accomplishes the rare feat for the A’s in 1957.

1903      Due to Sunday restrictions in Cleveland, a major league game is played in Columbus, Ohio with the ‘hometown’ Indians defeating the New York Highlanders, 9-2. Neil Park, the home field of several minor league teams, will host four big league contests, including two Tigers game against the Red Sox in 1905 due to the opening of the Grand Circuit Trotting Meet in Detroit.

1906      At Philadelphia’s Columbia Park, Rube Waddell’s no-hitter is broken up by Ty Cobb. The Georgia Peach spoils the southpaw’s no-no with a bunt single in the Tigers’ 5-0 loss to the A’s.

1925      In a 2-1 loss to the Senators, Indians’ outfielder Tris Speaker singles off pitcher Tom Zachary to collect his career 3000th hit. ‘The Grey Eagle’ becomes the fifth major leaguer to reach the milestone, joining Cap Anson (1897), Honus Wagner (1914), Nap Lajoie (1914), and Ty Cobb (1921).

1939      In the first-ever televised baseball game, Princeton beats Columbia, 2-1, at Columbia’s Baker Field. W2XBS, an experimental station in New York City, airs the telecast.

1941      A sold-out crowd, including representatives from each of the other 15 major league clubs, attends Connie Mack Day in Philadelphia to honor the 78 year-old president-manager of the A’s. The celebration includes the renaming of the team’s home field from Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium, a change that doesn’t officially take hold until 1953.

1945      Every game on the American League schedule is rained out for the fourth consecutive day. The cry of ‘play ball’ will not be heard today in Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and Cleveland as the White Sox, Browns, Tigers, and Indians call off their games, respectively, with the Yankees, Red Sox, A’s, and Senators.

1947      At Forbes Field, Hank Greenberg asks Jackie Robinson if the Dodger infielder was hurt in a collision with him at first base earlier in the game and then tells the embattled Brooklyn rookie, “Stick in there. You’re doing fine. Keep your chin up.” Jackie will remark to the writers a few days later that his “diamond hero” is Hank Greenberg, knowing that the Pirates’ first baseman, who due to the bigotry endured as a Jew, can appreciate his difficulty of facing racial injustice every day as the first black player in the major leagues this century.

1956      Due to his slow start in his sophomore season, the Cardinals trade Bill Virdon, last year’s Rookie of the Year, to the Pirates in exchange for Bobby Del Greco and Dick Littlefield. The 25 year-old outfielder will finish the season hitting .334 in 133 games for the Bucs and will play a vital role in the team’s World Championship in 1960.

1961      Roger Maris, en route to his record-breaking season of 61 home runs, hit his first round-tripper of the year at Yankee Stadium. The eighth inning homer off Pete Burnside, his fourth overall, doesn’t help when the Senators beat the Bronx Bombers, 8-7.

1963      At Colt Stadium, Don Nottebart throws the first no-hitter in franchise history when the Colt .45’s beat the Phillies, 4-1. The no-no comes in the 197th game since the team’s inception last season.

1970      At Crosley Field, Braves’ outfielder Hank Aaron collects his 3000th hit when he scratches an infield single off of Reds’ pitcher Wayne Simpson. ‘Hammering Hank’ becomes the ninth player in major league history, and the first with 500 home runs, to reach this milestone.

1971      After being released by the Twins and Braves earlier in the season, Luis Tiant signs as a free agent with the Red Sox, beginning a love affair with the fans in Boston. ‘El Tiante’ will struggle, winning just one of eight decisions for the team this year, but during his eight-year tenure with the BoSox, the Cuban right-hander will compile a 122-88 (.601) record, including three seasons with 20 or more victories.

1971      Tom McCraw hits perhaps the shortest home run in baseball history. The 140-foot round-tripper is the result of three Indians colliding trying to catch the ball, a short pop fly to left center near second base.

1971      With his walk-off homer, Ralph Garr ties a major league record for the most round-trippers in extra innings when he goes deep in the 10th and 12th frames in the Braves’ 4-3 victory over New York. The Atlanta left-fielder called the ‘Road Runner’ by his teammates, is the fourth player to accomplish the feat and the first to do so since 1966, when Art Shamsky went yard in the 10th and 11th in a losing cause for the Reds at Crosley Field.

1973      At Anaheim Stadium, a horrific injury dampens Bobby Valentine’s promising major league career when his spikes get caught in the outfield’s chain link fence attempting to catch a home run ball hit by Dick Green. The 23 year-old speedster, who had started the season hitting .400 in April, suffers a multiple compound leg fracture and will miss the rest of the season, eventually finishing his playing days as a utility player with the Padres, Mets, and Mariners.

1977      At Wrigley Field, the Cubs tie a franchise record, hitting seven home runs during a 23-7 pounding of the Padres. Larry Biittner goes deep twice, with Dave Rosello, Gene Clines, Bobby Murcer, Jerry Morales, and Steve Ontiveros also clearing the ivy.

1978      Pinch-hitting for Davey Lopes in the Los Angeles 10-1 rout of the Pirates, Lee Lacy goes deep in the bottom of the eighth inning off Will McEnaney at Dodger Stadium. The utility player becomes the first player in major league history to homer in three consecutive at-bats as a pinch hitter.

1979      The Phillies beat the Cubs in a fifty-hit slugfest in the Windy City, 23-22. The 11 home runs hit in the game tie a major league mark, established by Chicago and their opponents playing in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field in both 1967 (Reds) and 1977 (Mets).

1984      Padres second baseman Alan Wiggins ties a National League record by stealing five bases in one game in the team’s 5-4 victory over Montreal at Jack Murphy Stadium. Dan McGann (1904), Davey Lopes (1974), and Lonnie Smith (1982) also accomplished the feat in the Senior Circuit.

1985      The Rangers fire skipper Doug Rader and replace him with the Mets’ third base coach Bobby Valentine. Before returning to New York in 1996 to manage his former team, ‘Bobby V’ will compile a 581-605 record (.490) during his eight seasons in Texas.

1992      Using only 21 dates, the Blue Jays reach the one-million mark in attendance sooner than any team in major league history. The 1991 Blue Jays and the 1981 Dodgers shared the previous record.

1993      Mariners’ third baseman Mike Blowers becomes the 13th player in major league history to hit grand slams in consecutive games. The fourth inning bases-full round-tripper off Craig Lefferts contributes to Seattle’s 16-9 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.

1996      Trailing the Mariners, 13-10 in the bottom of the ninth at Camden Yards, Chris Hoiles gives the Orioles an incredible comeback victory with a walk-off grand slam. The decisive home run comes with two outs off Norm Charlton.

1998      In front of nearly 50,000 fans on Beanie Baby Day at Yankee Stadium, David Wells retires all 27 batters he faces, defeating the Twins, 4-0. It is only the 13th perfect game in modern major league history.

2002      After the Twins score three times in the top of the 14th at Yankee Stadium to take a 13-10 lead, Jason Giambi hits a one-out grand slam off reliever Mike Trombley to give the Bronx Bombers a one-run victory. The dramatic home run becomes a signature at-bat for the newly acquired slugger, who until now had not been warmly accepted by the New York fans.

2002      At Bank One Ballpark, Erubiel Durazo drives in nine runs with three homers and a double. The Diamondbacks first baseman’s offensive output helps Arizona beat Philadelphia 12-9.

2003      The Rays tie a major league record when the team does not record a single assist in their 2-0 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards. The Tampa Bay pitchers whiff nine Baltimore batters and collect the other 15 outs on balls hit in the air during their eight innings in the field.

2005      With the first ten pitches he throws in the major leagues, 22 year-old Ervin Santana allows a collective cycle to the first four Indian batters he faces: a triple by Grady Sizemore, a double by Coco Crisp, a single by Travis Hafner, followed by a home run blasted by Ben Broussard. The Angels’ prized rookie right-hander will redeem himself by recording a five-hit shutout in his second major league start, beating the White Sox, 4-0.

2007      Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets, becomes a huge recording studio as Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath along with a chorus of 15,000 school children sing an uplifting song to Ronald Sterling, a seven year-old with the immune deficiency disorder Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome. The non-profit group, Songs of Love Foundation, which creates personalized songs for sick children throughout the country, arranged for the ‘…You’re a Grand Slam’ tune to be sung and recorded at the ballpark, with the baseball-loving youngster listening on the phone.

2008      With San Francisco’s 3-1 interleague loss to the White Sox, Barry Zito becomes the first Giants’ hurler in 98 years to start a season with eight consecutive losses. Jesse Burkett opened the 1890 campaign without a victory, also losing eight straight decisions.

2009      Pudge Rodriguez hit his 300th career home run, a fourth-inning shot off of Chicago’s Rich Harden, in the Astros’ 6-5 win at Wrigley Field. The perennial All-Star catcher will finish his 21-year major league career with 311 round-trippers.

2012      Yan Gomes becomes the first Brazilian to appear in a big league game when he plays third base in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 victory over the Yankees at the Rogers Centre. The 24 year-old Sao Paulo native enjoys a 2-for-3 day at the plate in his big league debut.

2015      The Marlins fire manager Mike Redmond (155-207), who had his contract extended through 2017 before the final game of last season as a reward for Miami improving by 15 victories during his second year at the helm. After seeing his team get off to a disappointing 16-22 start, the 44 year-old skipper will be replaced by the team’s general manager Dan Jennings, who has never played in the majors and has never managed at any professional level.

2016      The Braves fire manager Fredi Gonzalez after team gets off to a 9-28 start, a game worse than the first 37 games played by 1962 Mets, historically considered one of the worst teams in baseball history. During the departed skipper’s first three seasons in Atlanta, the club won 279 games from 2011 to 2013, the best record in the National League during that span.

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Tampa Bay 26 15 .634 12 – 10 14 – 5 8 – 8 7 – 3 3 – 1 6 – 4 W 2
NY Yankees 26 16 .619 0.5 15 – 9 11 – 7 10 – 3 7 – 6 6 – 5 8 – 2 W 3
Boston 23 20 .535 4 12 – 8 11 – 12 8 – 8 5 – 3 8 – 6 8 – 2 W 1
Toronto 17 26 .395 10 8 – 13 9 – 13 3 – 5 6 – 13 7 – 5 2 – 8 L 2
Baltimore 14 29 .326 13 6 – 15 8 – 14 9 – 14 3 – 10 2 – 5 3 – 7 L 3
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 28 15 .651 15 – 8 13 – 7 11 – 5 8 – 3 7 – 4 7 – 3 W 3
Cleveland 23 19 .548 4.5 12 – 7 11 – 12 5 – 0 7 – 10 8 – 5 5 – 5 W 2
Chi White Sox 20 22 .476 7.5 10 – 11 10 – 11 9 – 11 10 – 9 1 – 2 6 – 4 W 1
Detroit 18 24 .429 9.5 9 – 12 9 – 12 6 – 5 10 – 10 1 – 6 3 – 7 L 4
Kansas City 15 29 .341 13.5 10 – 15 5 – 14 4 – 7 7 – 10 3 – 10 3 – 7 L 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 29 15 .659 16 – 4 13 – 11 4 – 3 10 – 7 15 – 5 9 – 1 W 8
Seattle 22 24 .478 8 9 – 12 13 – 12 4 – 7 7 – 7 11 – 6 3 – 7 L 1
LA Angels 20 23 .465 8.5 11 – 9 9 – 14 6 – 4 5 – 4 5 – 14 5 – 5 L 2
Texas 19 22 .463 8.5 12 – 7 7 – 15 2 – 1 2 – 1 11 – 15 4 – 6 W 2
Oakland 20 25 .444 9.5 14 – 10 6 – 15 6 – 11 3 – 1 8 – 10 5 – 5 W 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Philadelphia 24 19 .558 15 – 10 9 – 9 15 – 9 3 – 4 1 – 3 5 – 5 L 3
Atlanta 23 21 .523 1.5 12 – 11 11 – 10 7 – 6 6 – 3 8 – 11 5 – 5 W 2
NY Mets 20 22 .476 3.5 9 – 8 11 – 14 14 – 10 4 – 9 1 – 2 4 – 6 L 2
Washington 18 25 .419 6 9 – 12 9 – 13 10 – 10 2 – 8 6 – 7 4 – 6 W 2
Miami 10 31 .244 13 6 – 17 4 – 14 5 – 16 1 – 9 2 – 2 1 – 9 L 7
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 25 16 .610 15 – 6 10 – 10 6 – 4 9 – 6 6 – 3 6 – 4 L 2
Milwaukee 27 19 .587 0.5 16 – 8 11 – 11 11 – 2 11 – 8 5 – 6 7 – 3 W 3
St. Louis 23 21 .523 3.5 14 – 9 9 – 12 7 – 6 11 – 13 5 – 2 3 – 7 L 2
Pittsburgh 21 20 .512 4 9 – 9 12 – 11 2 – 1 9 – 6 3 – 11 5 – 5 L 2
Cincinnati 20 24 .455 6.5 11 – 9 9 – 15 7 – 3 5 – 12 7 – 7 6 – 4 W 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 29 16 .644 19 – 6 10 – 10 5 – 2 11 – 9 13 – 5 7 – 3 W 3
Arizona 24 20 .545 4.5 10 – 11 14 – 9 4 – 3 8 – 5 6 – 8 4 – 6 W 1
San Diego 23 21 .523 5.5 11 – 11 12 – 10 6 – 4 4 – 4 11 – 13 5 – 5 W 1
Colorado 20 22 .476 7.5 9 – 11 11 – 11 9 – 7 2 – 2 7 – 10 5 – 5 L 1
San Francisco 18 24 .429 9.5 9 – 12 9 – 12 1 – 2 4 – 6 9 – 10 4 – 6 W 1