MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL FINALS
Monday, June 21
Class A | Washington Township (26-7) vs. Shakamak (19-9) | 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT
Class 2A | Eastside (23-5) vs. Providence (21-6) | 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT
Tuesday, June 22
Class 3A | Hanover Central (29-3-1) vs. Southridge (25-7) | 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT
Class 4A | Fishers (23-12) vs. Jasper (30-2) | 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT
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INDIANA BOYS STATE GOLF FINALS
Day 1: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 8 am ET / 7 am CT.
Day 2: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 8 am ET / 7 am CT.
NO. 10 IRISH FALL IN SUPER REGIONAL FINALE TO NO. 7 BULLDOGS, 11-7
STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No. 10-seed Notre Dame baseball team couldn’t keep up with the Bulldogs bats Monday night at Dudy Noble Field and fell in the decisive game three 11-7.
Mississippi State (45-16) erupted for a six-run second inning and the Irish tried to chip away as the game went along. The deficit proved to be too steep to overcome and the season came to a close for the Irish (34-13) in the Super Regional round.
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the third time in the Super Regional, Notre Dame struck first in the opening inning. In his first pitch of the at-bat, Cole went the other way and it just cleared the wall in right center for a solo home run.
Mississippi State struck right back in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single from Luke Hancock. After the first full inning of play, the game was level at 1-1.
The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game in the second after a big inning. They scored six runs in the frame with the big shot coming from a three-run blast off the bat of Logan Tanner. The Irish found themselves in a big hole early on, trailing 7-1 after the second inning.
The Irish got a run back with back-to-back hits to begin the third. David LaManna doubled into the gap in left center and Spencer Myers singled to right to score LaManna. The Bulldogs responded with a run in the bottom of the inning and kept their six-run lead at 8-2.
Mississippi State added two runs in the fourth and extended the lead to 10-2.
The Irish started to fight back in the top of the fifth, putting up their first crooked number of the evening. Cole singled to score Myers for the first run of the inning but the Irish weren’t done. Carter Putz doubled to left to score Cole and Jared Miller to trim the lead to 10-5.
The Bulldogs got a run back in the bottom of the inning and extended their lead back to six runs at 11-5.
The Irish kept chipping away in the seventh with their second home run of the night. Niko Kavadas unloaded on a fastball and hit it over the boxes in right field for a two-run blast. The home run trimmed the deficit to 11-7. That is the closest the Irish would get as the Bulldogs finished off the final two innings.
With the loss, the Irish season ends in the Super Regionals with a final record of 34-13.
Virginia Cavaliers, Mississippi State Bulldogs round out field for College World Series
No team’s road to Omaha was as bumpy as Virginia’s.
The Cavaliers staved off elimination for the sixth time in eight NCAA tournament games, beating Dallas Baptist 5-2 on Monday in Game 3 of their super regional to advance to the College World Series.
“I’ll tell you what this team has accomplished and the opportunity they have now is just incredibly special,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor said. “This is our fifth trip, and I’ve got to tell you, they’re all joyous. They’re all wonderful. They’re all unique in my own way. But this one, I tell you, the route that this team has taken speaks to the character and the resiliency and the type of young men we have in this program.”
Virginia (35-25) will play No. 3 national seed Tennessee (50-17) in its first game in the CWS, which starts Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska. The other CWS openers: No. 7 Mississippi State (41-16) against No. 2 Texas (47-15), NC State (35-18) vs. Stanford (38-15), and Arizona (45-22) vs. Vanderbilt (45-15).
Virginia played from behind until the seventh inning Monday. That’s when freshman Kyle Teel hit a two-out grand slam to center field off Patriots closer Peyton Sherlin.
“When I hit the ball, I didn’t think it was out. I thought I hit a deep fly out,” Teel said. “So very grateful for it to go over the fence.”
Sherlin had fooled Teel with a breaking pitch earlier in the at-bat, with Teel going almost to his knees as he swung. Sherlin didn’t fool him when he threw the same pitch on a 2-2 count. Teel’s helmet nearly flew off as he turned on the ball.
“Kyle Teel is fearless,” O’Connor said, “and to win games at this elite level of baseball, you not only have to have skill, you can’t be afraid. You will crumble at times when pressure’s on if you’re afraid. He’s not afraid. He’s got 100 percent belief in his ability.”
Virginia, like fellow ACC member and CWS entry North Carolina State, is playing its best baseball after struggling early. The Cavs were 11-14 and 4-12 in ACC play on April 1. They are 24-11 since and have won 13 of their past 17.
They went into the NCAA tournament as a No. 3 regional seed in Columbia, South Carolina. They lost to South Carolina in their opener before winning four straight, including two in a row over Old Dominion for the regional title.
Virginia stayed in Columbia for the super regional against Dallas Baptist and lost the first game. The Cavs then won two straight to advance to the CWS for the first time since they won the national championship in 2015.
Mississippi State 11, Notre Dame 7: Logan Tanner hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run second inning and Mississippi State advanced to its third straight College World Series with an 11-7 victory over Notre Dame in the Starkville Super Regional.
Mississippi State (45-16) advances to play Texas (47-15) on Sunday — seeking its first title in 12 trips to the CWS.
Mississippi State center fielder Rowdey Jordan denied Brooks Coetzee with a diving catch to end the top of the second, and then the Bulldogs broke it open. Mississippi State loaded the bases twice in the inning, scoring runs on a fielder’s choice, sacrifice fly, Kamren James’ RBI single and Tanner’s homer.
Tanner Allen made Mississippi State’s second diving catch, stranding two in the fourth, and the Bulldogs hit three doubles in a two-run inning.
Mississippi State starter Houston Harding struck out four in four innings, and Landon Sims (4-0) added four more strikeouts in the final four innings.
“Our best baseball is ahead of us,” Tanner said, “and we’re going to get to Omaha and go after it.
“The culture around here is to win and to go as far as you can.”
Notre Dame (34-13) trailed 10-2 but got within four when Niko Kavadas blasted his 22nd home run of the season in the seventh to extend his single-season program record. Kavadas grounded out with two on and two outs in the ninth.
Notre Dame starter Will Mercer threw 23 pitches in the first, and four Irish pitchers combined for five walks in the second.
Young leads Hawks’ rally past Sixers with Embiid hurting
ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young tried to reassure Atlanta coach Nate McMillan after it became clear the Hawks point guard was hiding a sore shoulder.
McMillan had no complaints after Young lifted the Hawks to a crucial win over top-seeded Philadelphia.
Young overcame a cold start to score 25 points, including a floater that gave Atlanta the lead with 1:17 remaining, and the Hawks rallied to beat the 76ers 103-100 on Monday night, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal at 2-2.
Young’s right shoulder was taped, which McMillan saw for the first time when the point guard took off his warmups before the game.
“He kind of gave me a look like he didn’t know about it,” Young said. “I told him `We’re fine, we’re good, let’s go win.'”
Philly blew an 18-point lead and may have bigger concerns: Big man Joel Embiid spent time in the locker room in the second quarter and was 0-for-12 from the field in the second half.
“Even before I went back to the locker room I felt like I didn’t have it,” Embiid said.
Embiid is playing with torn cartilage in his right knee.
“I guess it’s already known,” Embiid said, confirming the knee was what caused him to leave the bench. “There’s no need to explain myself anymore. I’m just trying to do the best I can.”
Embiid finished with 17 points and 21 rebounds.
“I’ve coached a lot of games where guys haven’t had it all night but they’re still your guys,” coach Doc Rivers said, adding he would take Embiid “whether you’ve got it going or not.”
Philadelphia guard Seth Curry said Embiid “was pressing maybe a little bit.”
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Hawks, and John Collins had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Young made only 8 of 26 shots but had 18 assists, matching his career high.
“This team never gives up, no matter what the score is,” Young said. “I love the way we fight and I’m proud of our team tonight.”
Game 5 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Leonard, George each score 31, Clippers tie series with Jazz
LOS ANGELES (AP) Kawhi Leonard and Paul George each scored 31 points – the second straight game they have both had over 30 points – and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 118-104 on Monday night to even their Western Conference second-round series at two games apiece.
Leonard provided the highlight of the night with his dunk late in the second quarter. He got the ball just beyond the 3-point line, drove past Royce O’Neale in the lane and then slammed it over Derrick Favors to give the Clippers a 62-38 lead with 1:24 remaining in the second quarter.
“We’re trying to be aggressive as well as being aggressive for others. It’s a healthy mix to be able to do both,” said George, who was playing in his 100th career postseason game.
Leonard and George have each scored at least 20 points in all 11 games this postseason. They are just the third duo in NBA history to do that in a team’s first 11 playoff games and the first since Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers in 2003.
Jerry West, who watched Monday’s game from courtside, and Elgin Baylor were the other duo with the 1962 Lakers.
Marcus Morris added 24 points and went 5 of 6 on 3-pointers for fourth-seeded Los Angeles. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.
“I thought it was our defense where we set the tone. We were able to get out in transition,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 37 points, making him the first player since Golden State’s Stephen Curry in 2019 to have six straight 30-point games in the playoffs.
Joe Ingles added 19 and Bojan Bogdanovic 18 for the top-seeded Jazz, who has lost back-to-back playoff games for the first time this year.
“We were playing hard. We were competing. We weren’t playing smart in that we weren’t connected,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “That showed with the 13-point first quarter that we were trying to attack, but we weren’t attacking as much — we weren’t putting ourselves in situations where we could have success, I think.
Utah won the tip and scored on Bogdanovic’s dunk before the Clippers scored the next 10 points and never looked back as Leonard had five points during the early run.
LA’s largest lead in the first quarter was 19 as it was 6 of 12 on 3-pointers and forced six Utah turnovers.
Morris hit a pair of free throws with 5:21 remaining to put the Clippers up 51-22, which was their largest lead of the night. They had a 24-point advantage at halftime (68-44), which is tied for their second biggest in postseason franchise history.
LA led 105-85 with 6:48 remaining before the Jazz countered with a 17-7 run to cut it in half with 2:10 left.
NBA Competition Committee exploring rule changes to restrict unnatural jump shot motions, sources say
The NBA’s competition committee met Monday to further explore rule changes to restrict the unnatural motions surrounding jump shots that players are using to draw fouls, sources told ESPN.
The league wants to limit the ability of players — including crafty stars like James Harden, Luka Doncic and Trae Young — to lean backward and sideways, for example, to initiate contact and get to the free throw line.
The NBA has shared a video compilation of player examples with the 30 teams that outlines a number of motions deemed unnatural that were used to draw fouls. The NBA and the competition committee will drill down on specific plays with the league’s GMs next week to target examples that will be recommended for owners to vote to eliminate next season, sources said.
There’s a growing belief that many of these maneuvers are contributing to a game where the advantage is slanting too much toward the offense. While the concentration of these issues is often focused on star players getting much more usage and exposure with the ball, the league sees this as a universal problem throughout lineups and rosters — not only as an issue for star players.
The NBA and the competition committee — comprising a select group of owners, general managers, coaches, players and referees — largely believe there’s a framework of rules that allows offensive players too much free time to initiate contact in what are deemed unnatural and awkward ways.
There’s a plan for the competition committee to bring recommendations to the board of governors for a vote this summer, implementing rule changes ahead of Las Vegas Summer League in August and the start of the 2021-22 season, sources said. The league office is hopeful that referees can start implementing changes in how they officiate during summer league games, sources said.
Vegas opens Stanley Cup semifinal with 4-1 win over Montreal
LAS VEGAS (AP) The Montreal Canadiens’ rich history didn’t mean much when it came to facing upstart Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night.
Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves and the Golden Knights beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 in the first game of the Stanley Cup semifinal.
Vegas’ fifth-straight victory in the playoffs ended Montreal’s postseason win streak at seven. Game 2 is Wednesday night.
Theodore’s first-period goal gave Vegas a 1-0 lead and marked the first time the Canadiens trailed in a span of 437 minutes and 53 seconds, the NHL’s second-longest playoff run.
“The first goal was huge, and at the right time too in the first period for us with how we were playing,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “Gave us a little bit of an opportunity to take a deep breath and kind of gather ourselves and find our game. Thankfully (Fleury) was our best player, gave us a chance to get our legs, and then I really liked our game in the second and third.”
Fleury, whose 90th career playoff win leaves him two shy of tying Grant Fuhr for third place all-time, has now allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 13 playoff appearances this season.
Alec Martinez, Mattias Janmark, and Nick Holden also scored for the Golden Knights, who were vividly fueled by an announced crowd of 17,884 glow-stick waving fans.
The goal from Theodore, Martinez, and Holden marked the first time this postseason a team got three goals from defensemen in a single game.
“We talked about making sure the (defensemen) were getting up in the play to make sure we had good gaps if pucks were turned over, but ended up being that we were able to jump and get some pucks and obviously score some goals and make some plays,” Holden said. “That’s always big when you can get contributions from different places.”
Rookie Cole Caufield scored his first career playoff goal for Montreal, while goaltender Carey Price made 26 saves.
It marked Montreal’s first game in the United States since March 7, 2020, when it visited the Florida Panthers. It was also the Canadiens’ first game with more than 2,500 fans in attendance since March 10, 2020, when they hosted the Nashville Predators in front of 21,021 fans inside Bell Centre.
“Obviously we were very excited to play,” Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson said. “I thought we came out firing in the first period, and then we kind of just sat back and let them come at us. But we were excited to play in front of a sold-out barn again.”
Montreal certainly came out swinging, literally, with an introduction to old-school, Original Six physicality. Looking to establish their presence, and show no signs of intimidation of the highest remaining seed in the postseason, the Canadiens pushed and shoved their way into Game 1.
Alexander Romanov opted to flatten Alex Pietrangelo, who was streaking into the offensive zone, rather than play the puck. Brendan Gallagher crowded Fleury upon stoppage, prompting the Vezina Trophy candidate to pop up in retaliation mode. Corey Perry exchanged words with former Montreal captain Max Pacioretty just before a faceoff, then gave him an extra shove when the puck dropped. Then it was Brett Kulak and Pietrangelo getting tangled up after a whistle.
It took a couple of hard hits of their own, but the Golden Knights muscled up with a rugged shift midway through the opening period that led to a draw in their offensive zone. Chandler Stephenson won the faceoff to the left of Price, with the puck ending up with Brayden McNabb, who found Theodore, who proceeded to launch a rocket from the blue line to give Vegas a 1-0 lead.
Looking as if he was going to tee off from the point early in the second period, Theodore drew back his stick to pull Price toward the front of the crease, then dished to his right, where Martinez was in position with a wide-eyed look for a one-timer.
“I was gonna shoot it and he was yelling at me pretty good and he was wide open too so it definitely helped,” Theodore said.
The Canadiens finally scored when Caufield, who was given the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in April, snapped home a power-play rebound from the left circle, catching Fleury out of position after an initial save.
Janmark put home a rebound 53 seconds later, pushing Vegas’ lead back to two goals, 3-1.
With a thunderous chant of “Fleury’s better!!!” reverberating behind Perry, Reilly Smith sent a gorgeous pass through the zone to Holden, who fired a wrist shot blocker side to put Vegas ahead 4-1 midway through the third period.
Teams that win Game 1 are 108-50 (.684) winning a best-of-7 NHL semifinals series.
AP source: New York Rangers hiring Gerard Gallant as coach
(AP) — Gerard Gallant is set to join one of hockey’s oldest organizations instead of the NHL’s newest franchise after reaching an agreement to coach the New York Rangers.
Gallant and the Rangers have a deal for him to be their next coach, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement, which was first reported by the New York Post.
Gallant was a highly sought-after coaching candidate three years after leading Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season. He is fresh off coaching Canada from an 0-3 start to the gold medal at the world hockey championship and now he will join one of the league’s Original Six franchises.
The 57-year-old Gallant replaces David Quinn, who was fired along with much of his staff by new Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury shortly after the regular season ended. President John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton were fired days earlier, with owner James Dolan citing the need for a “change in leadership.”
It is Gallant’s fourth NHL head coaching job after stints with the Blue Jackets, Panthers and Golden Knights. The 2018 Jack Adams Award winner as coach of the year, Gallant was fired by Vegas midway through the 2019-20 season and replaced by Peter DeBoer.
The Rangers getting Gallant keeps him from the expansion Seattle Kraken, who could have tried to replicate his success with the Golden Knights. The Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres are the other teams left with a coaching vacancy, though the Carolina Hurricanes don’t yet have a new contract for Jack Adams finalist Rod Brind’Amour and the Montreal Canadiens have yet to remove the interim tag from Dominique Ducharme.
Columbus last week promoted assistant Brad Larsen to head coach. Gallant had interviewed for that position along with former Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet.
Stanley Cup winner John Tortorella, Bruce Boudreau and Tocchet are among those available with NHL head-coaching experience. Tortorella coached the Rangers from 2009-2013, a stint that included Drury’s time as captain.
Gallant has coached parts of nine seasons with Columbus, Florida and Vegas and been fired midseason at each stop. He’s 270-216-4-51 in the regular season and beyond the 2018 trip to the final with Vegas has lost once in the first round each with the Panthers and Golden Knights.
He said upon taking the world championship job that it was his hope to win a gold medal – not audition for an NHL team.
Indians ace Bieber shut down 2 weeks with shoulder strain
CLEVELAND (AP) Shane Bieber’s season is suddenly on pause, leaving the Indians to survive for a while without their ace.
The AL’s reigning Cy Young winner won’t throw for at least two weeks because of a right shoulder strain, an injury that will further test Cleveland’s pitching depth and could send the Indians, who have been competitive for 2 1/2 months, into a tailspin.
After allowing a season-high in hits – and throwing 107 pitches over five innings – in a loss to Seattle on Sunday that dropped him to 7-4, Bieber underwent an MRI. It showed he has a subscapularis muscle strain in his right shoulder.
Manager Terry Francona said Bieber will be shelved for two weeks and then re-evaluated.
“We’re still obviously reaching out for more information and sending the images to different doctors and things like that, trying to get the best information we can,” Francona said. “So, for right now we know it’s no-throw for a couple of weeks.”
The Indians placed Bieber on the injured list for the first time in his career and recalled reliever Kyle Nelson from Triple-A Columbus.
In just his fourth season, Bieber has quickly developed into one of baseball’s best pitchers. Last season, the right-hander led the majors in wins (8), ERA (1.63) and strikeouts (122) – a rare triple crown for pitchers.
Bieber’s loss is a major blow to Cleveland, which has managed to stay in contention despite a rash of key injuries to starter Zach Plesac, slugger Franmil Reyes and Gold Glove catcher Roberto Perez. The Indians will now have to make due without Bieber for at least a few weeks.
His velocity was lower on Sunday, but nothing overly alarming. Following the game, the 26-year-old Bieber reached out to the medical staff and “just wanted some peace of mind because he thought he could work through it,” Francona said.
Bieber has been averaging an MLB-high 105.3 pitches per outing, and it’s possible that workload has contributed to the shoulder issue. Bieber threw a season-high 121 pitches against Chicago on May 11 and has thrown at least 95 in 14 starts.
Francona said Bieber had not complained any of problems before Sunday, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t having them.
“Every pitcher that pitches, if you ask them, nobody goes out there feeling like they’re 18 anymore,” he said. “I think last night it got to a point, he reached out because I think he wanted some peace of mind. I think he felt like he was actually on a good trajectory. But again, fortunately he did get checked out and there was some swelling in there.
“So we need to slow him down, let this thing calm down.”
Not long after being put on the IL, Bieber walked onto the field in street clothes before the Indians took batting practice. He stopped and sat in the outfielder grass to speak with Perez.
“He really wanted to go out and watch (Aaron) Civale’s side day,” Francona said. “That’s the kind of teammate he is. He’s never gone through anything before, so I think there’s some unknowns. Everything you’ve ever heard me say about him, that’s who he is.
“And I have no doubt he will knock this out of the park. He didn’t want to go on the IL. That’s the kind of teammate he is. We just said we want you to have a long, healthy career. And we don’t want him limping through it. That’s not fair to him.”
Francona said he’s mindful of fatigue in all his players, and understands there may be times when players push themselves too hard.
Reds cool off Brewers 10-2 to earn 4th straight victory
MILWAUKEE (AP) At a time when the Milwaukee Brewers are playing as well as just about any team in the majors, Cincinnati Reds rookie Vladimir Gutierrez is the one guy who has their number.
Gutierrez and three relievers combined on a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts to help the Reds trounce the Brewers 10-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
It marked the second time in less than a week that the 25-year-old right-hander beat Milwaukee. The Brewers are 0-2 against Gutierrez and 9-0 against everyone else over their last 11 games.
“He’s still a young pitcher, but man, to step in and handle situations like he is, is the most impressive thing,” Reds manager David Bell said. “The entire organization has thought very highly of him for a long time and you try to find the right time in his development to put him in this situation. I think it’s safe to say this was the right time.”
Gutierrez allowed two runs over seven innings Wednesday in a 7-3 victory over the Brewers. This time, he gave up two runs and struck out six in six innings.
“Whatever I worked on last time against the Brewers, I wanted to match that up,” Gutierrez said through a translator. “Obviously I went seven innings last time, but I had that same mentality going into this start as well.”
Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino each hit a two-run homer for the Reds. Votto went 2 for 4, scored twice and drove in three runs.
Gutierrez (3-1) won his third straight start in his fourth career appearance. Heath Hembree, Amir Garrett and Art Warren teamed up for three innings of perfect relief.
The Brewers had one baserunner and no hits after the second inning.
“You have to give credit where credit is due,” said Daniel Vogelbach, who homered off Gutierrez in the first inning. “That’s two games in a row that he’s made it real tough on us. He has a really good fastball and he throws a curveball for a strike when he wants to. He’s just a guy in a groove right now who’s doing what he wants on the mound.”
Milwaukee had its four-game winning streak snapped but remained tied for first place in the NL Central with the Chicago Cubs, who lost 5-2 to the New York Mets.
Jonathan India went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI for the Reds.
Peterson, Smith lead Mets to 5-2 home win over Cubs
NEW YORK (AP) David Peterson pitched one-hit ball over six scoreless innings for his first win in two months, and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs at home for the first time in exactly four years with a 5-2 victory Monday night.
Dominic Smith homered for the Mets, who stopped Chicago’s five-game winning streak in the opener of a four-game series between NL division leaders. New York scored all its runs with two outs and earned its first win at Citi Field against the Cubs since a 9-4 victory on June 14, 2017.
Chicago won the next seven meetings in Queens – a four-game sweep in 2018 and a three-game whitewash in 2019 – by a combined margin of 40-16. The teams didn’t play each other during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
Peterson (2-5) was 0-4 with a 6.32 ERA in his last nine starts, including 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in his previous four appearances. But he allowed just a third-inning single to Eric Sogard – then picked him off second to end the inning – and a leadoff walk in the sixth to Sergio Alcantara.
“Being able to execute over and over again tonight felt really good,” Peterson said.
The second-year lefty, who was 6-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) as a rookie, struck out three in a tidy 73-pitch performance.
“We believe in David and we know how good he is and how good he can be – and he showed it tonight and he’s showed it in the past,” Smith said. “That’s a No. 1 team in their division, so to go against a good club like that and compete and show that he wasn’t afraid . we’re just happy he was able to do it tonight.”
Smith, who was 2 for 3 with a walk, also ended a slump Monday. The left fielder, moved into the No. 3 spot in the lineup by manager Luis Rojas, walked in the first before breaking out of an 0-for-20 stretch in the fourth, when he singled for the Mets’ first hit off Jake Arrieta.
Smith advanced to second when Billy McKinney drew a two-out walk and scored on James McCann’s single. Kevin Pillar clipped McKinney, who was leading off third base, with a foul ball one pitch before hitting a two-run double to left-center.
Smith homered to center in the fifth to make it 4-0.
“I just felt good. I went through my routine today, I had a purpose for it,” said Smith, who said his legs felt stronger than they did over the weekend. “If I’m balanced, I’m going to be a dangerous player in that box. I just have to get consistent with that. When I do, that’s when I go on my little hot streaks.”
Pillar and Luis Guillorme drew back-to-back walks in the sixth before pinch-hitter Brandon Drury delivered an RBI single.
Anthony Rizzo and Patrick Wisdom hit back-to-back homers off reliever Trevor May in the seventh. The homer was Wisdom’s ninth in 20 games with the Cubs, the second-most by a Chicago player in his first 20 games behind Hank Sauer (10 homers in 20 games in 1954).
Aaron Loup retired all four batters he faced before Edwin Diaz earned his 13th save by striking out the side in a perfect ninth.
“I think we strung together good at-bats, we just came up a little bit short,” Wisdom said.
Arrieta (5-7) allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out three.
“Just didn’t do the job in the fourth inning,” Arrieta said. “At that point, the game wasn’t necessarily out of reach, but when you hand the ball to their bullpen with a three- or four-run lead, it’s not a good situation for us.”
MLB-best Rays power past White Sox; Glasnow exits early
CHICAGO (AP) Austin Meadows, Brandon Lowe and Randy Arozarena homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.
Tampa Bay improved to 43-24, 1 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox for the best record in the majors. The Rays have won seven of eight.
“The two top teams going at it, we know it was going to be a game where one big hit or home runs will do the job,” Meadows said. “To be fortunate enough to get three long balls tonight, you’re going to have those nights when you score off the home runs.”
Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow left after four innings with right elbow inflammation. The 6-foot-8 right-hander allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out six, throwing 40 of 53 pitches for strikes.
Glasnow sensed something wasn’t right, but not terribly painful, in the elbow as he tossed his final pitches in the fourth. He told the coaching staff and was replaced by Ryan Thompson.
“The last couple of pitches I felt just a little tug,” Glasnow said. “I didn’t want to go out and chance it. The velo was still there, it just felt not right.”
Glasnow said he planned to get an MRI on Tuesday.
Tim Anderson had two hits and Brian Goodwin added an RBI single for the White Sox, whose four-game winning streak ended.
Four Tampa Bay relievers – Thompson, J.P. Feyereisen (3-2), Diego Castillo and Pete Fairbanks – followed with five scoreless innings of two-hit ball. Fairbanks pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
The Rays’ bullpen, which tossed seven no-hit innings in a win over Baltimore on Sunday, entered with an AL-best 3.05 ERA.
“The bullpen has been just has hot as any bullpen in baseball,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Other than Glasnow, that’s the story of the game.”
Lance Lynn (7-2) allowed three runs on six hits in six innings as he lost for the first time since April 15.
Indians shake off Bieber injury; O’s 16th straight road loss
CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians didn’t let a rough day get any worse by losing to the woeful Orioles.
Jose Ramirez picked up a pair of RBIs – made possible by Baltimore blunders in the field – and Cleveland shook off losing ace Shane Bieber for at least a few weeks by extending the Orioles’ road losing streak to 16 straight games with a 4-3 win Monday night.
The Indians’ victory was tempered by the Bieber going on the injured list for an unknown period due to a shoulder strain. The reigning AL Cy Young winner won’t be allowed to pick up a baseball for two weeks.
“It’s kind of a kick in the stomach when you hear that about Bieber,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “And we’re asking a lot of young guys to do things that maybe they haven’t done before: pitching on short rest, starting a game but not being terribly stretched out.
“But at least if we pull in the right direction all together, I always feel like we’ll figure it out.”
Ramirez drove in a run off Dean Kremer (0-6) in the first inning when Baltimore left fielder DJ Stewart slipped in the wet grass going after a routine fly. Ramirez added an RBI double in the sixth when Orioles second baseman Stevie Wilkerson dropped his foul pop, giving him another try.
Baltimore made two errors in the sixth.
“The bottom line is we just didn’t play defense tonight,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, who was ejected in the first inning. “You got to have to play defense in the big leagues to win and we made numerous plays that hurt us.”
Indians rookie reliever Nick Sandlin (1-0) picked up his first career win by striking out three of the five batters he faced.
James Karinchak worked out of a jam in the seventh and followed a leadoff walk by striking out the side in the eighth. Emmanuel Clase worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save.
Bieber’s absence will force Francona to be creative with his pitching staff, especially his solid bullpen.
“We’re going to have to play it by ear every night,” he said. “If a guy’s rolling and we stay with him, that’s OK, too. We’ll have to know that he’s not going to be available for a while. It’s going to be a lot of communication. We’re going to need a lot of honesty from them and see if we can make it work.”
The start was pushed back one hour by rain, but the Orioles couldn’t delay extending their team record road losing slide. Baltimore hasn’t won away from home since John Means pitched a no-hitter at Seattle on May 5.
As bad as it is, Baltimore’s streak isn’t even the longest in the majors this season. Texas also lost 16 in a row from May 10 to June 11, and Arizona has currently lost 20 straight on the road.
The 1963 New York Mets hold the record with 22 straight road losses.
Hyde made it through the rain delay, but not the first inning as he got ejected for arguing.
The Indians caught a break while scoring three runs in the first inning, which included Hyde getting tossed for protesting an overturned call.
With a runner on first, Francona won a video review challenge when Amed Rosario was awarded first after being hit by a pitch. Hyde charged from the dugout and was immediately thrown out by first base umpire Nestor Ceja.
Cleveland’s first run scored when Ramirez lofted a fly and Stewart lost his footing and fell. Eddie Rosario followed with a sacrifice fly and Bobby Bradley hit an RBI single.
The Orioles cut it to 3-2 in the fourth on RBI groundouts by Stewart and Freddy Galvis.
Ramirez capped a nine-pitch at-bat with his double in the sixth, the hit coming after failed to squeeze his deep foul ball way down the first-base line.
“You give Ramirez a second chance and he’s going to end up hurting you,” Hyde said.
Smith, Taylor homer in Dodgers’ 3-1 win over Phillies
LOS ANGELES (AP) Will Smith hit a two-run homer, Chris Taylor added a solo shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Monday night despite getting just three hits and four baserunners.
Pinch-hitter Albert Pujols’ single in the seventh was the only other hit for the defending World Series champions, but they hung on for their sixth victory in seven games with eight consecutive scoreless innings from seven pitchers.
Bryce Harper drove in a run in the first inning for the Phillies, whose four-game winning streak ended in the opener of a six-game California road trip.
Tony Gonsolin yielded four hits and lasted just 3 2/3 rocky innings in his second start of the season for the Dodgers, but the bullpen allowed only four singles and didn’t walk a batter.
David Price (2-0) got the win after stranding two runners to end the fourth. Kenley Jansen threw a perfect nine-pitch ninth inning for his 16th save.
Spencer Howard (0-2) tossed two-hit ball into the fifth for Philadelphia, but both those hits were homers. Howard, a native of central California, was otherwise sharp in his first career start in the stadium where he watched Eric Gagne and Clayton Kershaw as a kid with his father, a Los Angeles-area native.
Howard retired the Dodgers’ first nine batters, and even got his first major league hit in the second inning on a double when right fielder Zach McKinstry misread his line drive, which looked catchable.
But Mookie Betts drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, and Smith connected three batters later for his seventh homer, a 411-foot shot.
Taylor chased Howard with his ninth homer leading off the fifth.
Gonsolin missed the first two months of the season with right shoulder inflammation before returning to the Dodgers’ rotation last week with a rough 1 2/3-inning start against Pittsburgh. The right-hander’s 2021 has not gone as planned after he posted a 2.31 ERA in nine appearances last year and earned a shot at the rotation slot vacated by injured Dustin May this spring.
Gonsolin struggled from the opening pitches of his first home start of the season, allowing two hits and two walks in the first inning. Odubel Herrera drew a leadoff walk, advanced on Jean Segura’s double and scored on Harper’s single.
Gonsolin struck out Alec Bohm with the bases loaded on his 30th pitch to hold Philadelphia to just one run in the first. Gonsolin left with two runners on in the fourth after getting a pair of generous third strike calls against Ronald Torreyes and Howard.
O’Neill hits tiebreaking double, Cards top Marlins 4-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) Tyler O’Neill doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the slumping St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Monday night to halt a three-game slide.
Adam Wainwright tossed six effective innings and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and an RBI as the Cardinals won for only the third time in 14 games.
Dylan Floro (2-4), the fifth Miami pitcher, began the eighth with a walk to Dylan Carlson before Goldschmidt singled. With one out, O’Neill hit his second double of the game to score Carlson, who had two singles.
“I’ve had a couple of chances like that this year and came up a little short,” said O’Neill, who hiked his batting average to .291. “I really wanted to put the ball in play there somewhere hard and give Dylan a good chance to score. That was a good one to get. We’ve been scuffling a little bit and no one hates losing more than we do. We’ve got to keep scrapping out there.”
Paul DeJong drove in Goldschmidt with a groundout to make it 4-2.
Giovanny Gallegos (4-1) pitched a hitless inning and Alex Reyes retired the side in the ninth for his 17th save.
Miami had won four of five.
The Cardinals tied it 2-all on an RBI single by Goldschmidt in the fifth when St. Louis knocked out 23-year-old rookie starter Braxton Garrett, who went 4 1/3 innings.
“I felt like I had a great start,” Garrett said. “I’d like to have kept going. I’m sure that will come with experience. I’d like to go deeper. I’d like to get to seven. I need to be more efficient and get quicker outs.”
Jazz Chisholm Jr. singled with two outs in the third, scoring Jon Berti and Starling Marte, to give Miami a 2-1 lead. Wainwright loaded the bases on a single and two walks after retiring the first two batters.
Chisholm has reached base in 20 of the 22 games he’s played since returning from the injured list May 16.
“We had a few innings after that to try and build on the score and we didn’t,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.
St. Louis scored its first run in the second on a single by Edmundo Sosa.
“I’m happy to contribute in any way to the team,” Sosa said through a translator.
The 39-year-old Wainwright faced an opposing pitcher with fewer then 10 career appearances for the fourth straight start. He allowed two runs and four hits with six strikeouts, fanning Jorge Alfaro in the fourth for his 1,900th career punchout.
“We have not been playing great ball but I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that things are going to turn around for us,” Wainwright said. “What we just went through I think will help us in the long run. We’ll see what we’re made of. I know the guys in the clubhouse aren’t folding up. I like our chances to come back strong.”
Crawford, Giants send Diamondbacks to 20th road loss in row
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Brandon Crawford’s big bat helped San Francisco finally snap out of an offensive funk as Arizona’s road struggles kept going.
Crawford homered and drove in three runs as the Giants sent the Diamondbacks to their 20th straight road loss with a 5-2 victory Monday night.
“We’re in a grind right now. I don’t know where it’s at, what’s been happening or the reasons, but we’re working hard to figure that out,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
The D-backs moved closer to the dubious major league record for consecutive road defeats held by the 1963 New York Mets, who dropped 22 in a row away from the Polo Grounds. Arizona has lost 11 straight overall.
Alex Wood (6-3) won for the first time in five starts, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings, striking out seven. He snapped his three-game losing streak with his first win since May 16 at Pittsburgh.
Jake McGee closed it out for his 13th as the Giants improved to 19-6 following a loss. They haven’t dropped consecutive games since being swept at home by the Dodgers from May 21-23.
Curt Casali, 7 for 70 at the plate coming into his start to spell regular catcher Buster Posey, had three hits for the Giants.
Austin Slater’s RBI single in the eighth provided insurance for San Francisco following a four-game road split in Washington during which the Giants scored just three runs the entire series.
Crawford, who wasn’t sure he would even play Monday after a long trip home, hit a two-run homer in the fifth for a 3-1 lead.
“Without Brandon Crawford we aren’t where we are right now,” Casali said.
Carson Kelly hit a solo homer and RBI double for Arizona.
San Francisco loaded the bases in the first with two out against Matt Peacock (2-4). After a mound visit, he induced Mike Tauchman’s inning-ending grounder.
Peacock was done after five innings for his third straight losing start.
Arizona hasn’t won on the road since a 7-0 victory at Atlanta on April 25. This is the club’s second double-digit losing streak this season after a 13-game skid from May 17-29.
“It’s challenging us, it really is,” Kelly said.
San Francisco has won six straight against Arizona, going 11-2 in the NL West matchup since the beginning of the shortened 2020 season and 7-1 at home during that stretch.
Patriots’ Gilmore absent as team opens mandatory minicamp
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Patriots opened their mandatory three-day minicamp Monday with their starting quarterback back from an injury, but one of their key cogs on defense was noticeably absent.
Cam Newton participated without restriction after missing the team’s final three voluntary workouts last week with a hand injury. But Stephon Gilmore, the team’s top cornerback and the 2019 NFL defensive player of the year, was one of several players missing.
Gilmore, who skipped the team’s recent 10 voluntary workouts, is entering the final season of the five-year, $65 million deal he signed in 2017. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $7 million this season and is in line to receive an additional $500,000 roster bonus. But that $7.5 million would rank him 25th among NFL cornerbacks in 2021.
Coach Bill Belichick downplayed the absence of Gilmore and others, saying that weather issues had affected some travel plans.
“We’re working through some travel arrangements, so we’ll see what the full level of participation is here today and for this week,” Belichick said.
He added that he expected “a pretty full roster” over the next three days.
“There’s a lot of players we haven’t seen in (organized team activities),” Belichick said. “All the players are important and we’d like to see all of them.”
Gilmore has anchored New England’s secondary since arriving as a free agent from Buffalo and has 11 interceptions in his four seasons with the Patriots.
But the 30-year-old is coming off a season in which he tied a career low with only one INT and appeared in just 11 games after missing time due to a COVID-19 diagnosis and then going on season-ending injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.
Despite losing safety Patrick Chung to retirement, the Patriots did bolster their secondary this offseason. Defensive back J.C. Jackson, who led the team with nine interceptions last season, re-signed, and the team also added Jalen Mills.
An extended holdout by Gilmore, however, could stunt the chemistry-building process of a unit that also added several new pieces up front in free agency, including defensive tackle Davon Godchaux and edge rusher Matt Judon.
Safety Adrian Phillips says he’s spoken with Gilmore but will keep their conversations private.
“I support my brother. I wish he was here,” Phillips said. “But I support him all the same. What he has going, whenever he gets back he’ll let you know how that went. But that’s my guy. We all keep in contact with each other.”
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PURDUE FOOTBALL ADDS D2 ALL-AMERICAN AND DEFENSIVE LINEMAN/LINEBACKER
Safety Christopher Jefferson (Findlay) is transferring to Purdue.
The 5’11” Jefferson played in 26 career games at Findlay, adding 12 interceptions and breaking up 10 passes. He was named to The AP DII All-America first team and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in back-to-back seasons.
Texas defensive lineman Nic Caraway also will head to West Lafayette. As a linebacker last season, Caraway collected 78 tackles, including 26 TLFs and five sacks.
Michigan offensive lineman Cross Watson also made his decision to play at Purdue Saturday.
2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEISMAN TROPHY FAVORITES
QB Matt Corral, Jr. Ole Miss
And here we go with the parade of SEC quarterbacks. The main difference between Corral and several others is 1) experience, 2) a team with a likely bad defense to 3) once again force him to put up massive numbers. He ran for over 500 yards and four scores, and hit 71% of his throws for 3,337 yards and 29 touchdowns.
QB Max Johnson, Soph. LSU
Or, just make this spot for Insert Starting LSU QB Here. Lost in all of the problems with the Tigers in 2020 was a passing game that really did work. It wasn’t 2019, but there was hope. Now the program has to settle in on a quarterback from way too many options – and maybe a top transfer. Johnson was the star of the Florida win and closed out with a 435-yard day against Ole Miss.
QB Emory Jones, Jr. Florida
Is he really going to take over the job with Kyle Trask done? He adds more of a rushing element to the mix, provided a bit of a spark in the Oklahoma debacle, and he’s got the skills to put up huge numbers if he’s the guy.
WR John Metchie, Jr. Alabama
No, but last year at this time if someone told you that DeVonta Smith was going to be in the Heisman equation …
Metchie averaged more yards per catch than Smith (17.8 to 15.6).
QB Bo Nix, Jr. Auburn
NO NO … DON’T LEAVE! This is a covering-the-bases listing with Nix going into his third year as a starter working under a new coaching staff. He won’t have the same NFL-caliber targets he had in 2020 when he threw 12 touchdown passes, and … sorry. Okay, carrying on.
QB Brock Purdy, Sr. Iowa State
It only seems like he’s been around for 15 years, but yeah, he’s a senior. Assuming he doesn’t turn pro early, he’s a terrific veteran who should be able to put up even better numbers as the expectations are reasonably higher now.
RB Bijan Robinson, Soph. Texas
The superstar recruit of last year led the team with over 700 yards and four scores – to go along with two receiving touchdowns – averaging over eight yards per carry. He closed out the season with 172 yards and three scores against Kansas State, and 183 yards and a score in the bowl win over Colorado – averaging close to 19 yards per carry in those two games. Now he’s Steve Sarkisian’s running back to work with.
RB Isaiah Spiller, Jr. Texas A&M
The raw numbers probably won’t be there, but he might get a long look in the race in a Great Player, Top Team sort of way. He only ran for 1,036 yards and nine scores, and there are more explosive players in the backfield, but he’s going to be the main man for the Aggie O.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indians Homer Three Times In Series Finale
NASHVILLE, TENN. – The Indianapolis Indians scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to bury the Nashville Sounds in the series finale on Sunday, 7-4. With the win, Indy split the series 3-3.
The Indians (18-17) started off hot with a leadoff home run from Anthony Alford followed by a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Kevin Kramer to score Cole Tucker and give the Indians the early 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning, Troy Stokes Jr. launched his second home run of the season to extend Indy’s lead to 3-0.
With two outs and one runner on, Will Craig singled to left field to drive in Alford. Kramer then doubled down the right field line followed by a two RBI single from Christian Bethancourt to take the 6-0 lead over Nashville in the top of the fifth inning.
The Sounds (24-11) responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth frame to cut the Indians lead in half.
Nashville shortened the lead again in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run from Dylan Cozens.
Hunter Owen hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to add an insurance run for the Indians and seal the lead at 7-4.
James Marvel (W, 2-1) earned his second win of the season with four strikeouts in five innings of work. Jandel Gustave (S, 5) entered in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the side to earn his fifth save of the season. Zack Godley (L, 3-2) took the loss for the Sounds giving up three runs on two hits in four innings.
The Indians return to Victory Field to start a six-game series vs. Memphis on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET. Both teams have yet to name starting pitchers.
INDY FUEL HOCKEY: FUEL’S SEASON ENDS AFTER 3-2 LOSS TO SWAMP RABBITS
REENVILLE – The Indy Fuel’s season comes to an end after falling to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3-2 in game 4 of the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
After a scoreless first period the Swamp Rabbits would get on the board first when Pecararo built up some speed in the neutral zone, came up the left side and fed Graham Knott a pass in front of the net who buried a one timer to open the scoring for the evening. They extended their lead to 2-0 on a power play opportunity as Knott was able to redirect the puck into the net to earn his second of the night. Less than two minutes later with both teams skating four aside, Willie Raskob came down the right boards and found Antoine Waked at the high slot who five-holed on John Lethemon.
Finding themselves on the man advantage once again Greg Meireles fired a shot from the right circle that was originally deflected by Fuel netminder Billy Christopoulos but Meireles was able to put in his own rebound to make the score 3-1 for the Swamp Rabbits. Nearly halfway through the third period Spencer Watson launched a wrist shot at the point off of a face-off to give the Fuel some life in the third period. Despite several chances throughout the remainder of the final frame the Fuel couldn’t put the puck in the net and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits took the game 3-2 and ended the season for the Fuel.
PURDUE DIVING: Incoming Boilermaker Tyler Downs Wins on 3-Meter to Qualify for Olympic Games
INDIANAPOLIS – Incoming Boilermaker Tyler Downs executed all six of his dives at a high level to again improve upon his list score from the previous round, not only qualifying for the Olympic Games as a 17-year-old but also emerging victorious on 3-meter at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Sunday.
Downs entered the night in fourth place, just 4.3 points behind second place and an Olympic bid. His list Sunday was highlighted by a clutch round 5 dive that produced a 92.75 and gave him the lead for good. The Ballwin, Missouri, native won the three-list competition with a cumulative score of 1333.75. His list scores improved from 423.05 (prelim) to 446.85 (semifinal) to 463.85 in the bright lights of Sunday’s final.
Purdue alumnus and hall of famer David Boudia took third with a three-list total of 1314.95, finishing just 4.45 points behind Andrew Capobianco in second place and an Olympic bid. Capobianco rallied from sixth place entering the day, riding Sunday’s best list score (493.90) to make up the 48.70-point deficit he faced on second place. Capobianco was also an Olympic qualifier in 3-meter synchro this year.
Boudia’s quest to become just the third American diver to be a four-time Olympian may have come up just short, but he was gracious in congratulating the much younger Downs and Capobianco after the sixth and final round wrapped up. At 32 years old, Boudia was the only 30-year-old man (and third overall including the women) competing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials this year. He also competed on 3-meter for the first time at the Olympic Trials after winning four Olympic medals on 10-meter.
Rising senior Maggie Merriman finished 11th in the women’s 10-meter competition. She produced her best list score (274.65) of the week in Sunday’s final. She was a finalist in the event at the Big Ten Championships, NCAA Championships and Olympic Trials this year.
Downs is the youngest diver to qualify for Team USA this year. He was also a top-five finisher on 10-meter Saturday, producing another strong showing in an event won by Purdue alumnus and fellow first-time Olympian Brandon Loschiavo. Downs is currently coached by John Wingfield of RipFest Diving in the Indianapolis area. Wingfield also coached Boudia before he came to Purdue as a freshman in the fall of 2008.
“Platform last night, a lot of people were asking me if I was going to compete in that event considering I have a shot on 3-meter,” Downs said. “But my coach decided we were going to do it to get the experience and have fun. We moved up two spots from seventh to fifth. Tonight I had no expectations — just to have fun, dive like I know how, and it went really well.”
Meanwhile, 13 years after Boudia was a first-time Olympian for Team USA as an incoming freshman at Purdue, Downs represents another talented and versatile recruit that earned the right to compete at the Olympic Games as a teenager. Ten Boilermakers competed at diving’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials this week. Fellow incoming freshmen Jordan Rzepka and Sophie McAfee also had strong showings in their debuts at the Olympic Trials, with Rzepka joining rising senior Ben Bramley, Loschiavo and Downs in the men’s 10-meter final.
Boudia’s list score dropped to 425.25 Sunday after he held the lead entering the day thanks to scores of 434.50 (prelim) and 455.20 (semifinal) Wednesday. After his lowest-scoring dive Wednesday was 57.8, an ill-timed miss in round 4 Sunday ultimately cost him. He regrouped nicely with scores of 80.50 and 84 in the final two rounds but could not overcome the 40.80 in round 4.
Capobianco’s lowest-scoring dive in the final was 75.60 in round 4 and Downs’ poorest mark was 66.30 in round 3. They didn’t miss any of their six dives Sunday and it led to them earning berths on Team USA.
“I don’t think I have ever walked away from a defeat like this so happy,” Boudia said. “It normally takes you a couple of hours or days. I look at Andrew and how he has battled back from a hard 207C in the semifinal and stepped up to the occasion, and he got the job done. For Tyler, I think everyone in this building had a tear for him; he has an exciting future, and I’m super proud of him. Competition is a funny thing. This was by far not my best competition. But in competition, there are highs and lows. Taking it one step at a time, even if you don’t feel good, trying to finish strong is how you do it.”
Eight of the 11 diving qualifiers for Team USA this week were first-time Olympians.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1925 Entering the bottom of the eighth inning trailing the Indians, 15-4, the A’s cross the plate 13 times in the frame. Philadelphia will hold on to the lead in the top of the ninth to defeat Cleveland in an incredible 17-15 come-from-behind victory at Shibe Park.
1938 In the first night game played in New York City, Johnny Vander Meer pitches his second consecutive no-hitter, beating the Dodgers at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, 6-0. Four days ago, the Reds’ southpaw held the Braves hitless in a 3-0 victory at Crosley Field.
1940 In the Giants’ 12-1 rout of the Pirates at the Polo Grounds, Harry Danning hits for the cycle, becoming the last player to have an inside-the-park as part of this rare feat. The Giant catcher circles the bases when the 460-foot fly ball gets stuck behind the Eddie Grant Memorial, and Pittsburgh center fielder Vince DiMaggio cannot free it in time.
1948 The Tigers play their first home game under the lights, defeating the Philadelphia A’s, 4-1. Detroit played a night game at Bennett Park on September 24, 1896, but the results of George Vanderbeck’s Western League’s team exhibition against the Reds never made it into the books as an official game.
1949 Shortly after 1 a.m., Ruth Ann Steinhagen shoots Eddie Waitkus in the chest with a rifle at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel, after luring him to her room with an urgent note delivered by the bellhop. The obsessed fan, who had become infatuated with the first baseman when he played in Chicago, apparently is upset and agitated because the Cubs traded the All-Star infielder to the Phillies.
1951 The Cubs trade Andy Pfako along with Johnny Schmitz, Wayne Terwilliger, and Rube Walker to the Dodgers for Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten, Eddie Miksis, and Gene Hermanski. The deal, which prevents the coveted ‘Handy Andy’ from going to the rival Giants, is the first of many to be made by Buzzy Bavasi, Brooklyn’s new general manager.
1952 The Cardinals, trailing 11-0 after three innings against Sal Maglie, overcome the double-digit deficit to defeat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 14-12. The Redbirds score seven runs in the top of the fifth and another seven in the last three frames of the game to accomplish the biggest rally in National League history.
1955 After striking out against the Amarillo Gold Sox, 22 year-old Albuquerque Dukes outfielder Larry Segovia kicks a water fountain in the dugout, breaking a pipe that creates a 50-foot high cascade of water which soaks his teammates and nearby fans. The West Texas-New, Mexico League contest, will be delayed as the grounds crew shuts off the water, repairs the damages, and removes the puddles from the playing field.
1957 Red Schoendienst, who was unexpectedly traded to the Giants last season by Cardinals GM Frank Lane, is dealt a year and a day later by New York to Milwaukee for Ray Crone, Danny O’Connell, and Bobby Thomson. The nine-time All-Star, who hit .301 during his two partial seasons in the Big Apple, will play a vital role in the Braves’ World Championship, leading the league with 200 hits and finishing third in the NL MVP balloting.
1958 In a move that is perceived to be a prelude to a second deal with the Yankees, the A’s trade Woodie Held and Vic Power to the Indians for southpaw Dick Tomanek, utility player Preston Ward, and right fielder Roger Maris. Already under pressure for allowing Kansas City to become a farm club for the Bronx Bombers, owner Arnold Johnson is warned by American League president Will Harridge not to send the outfield slugger to New York for at least 18 months.
1958 Identical twins are split up by the Pirates when Eddie O’Brien stays with Pittsburgh, but his brother Johnny, along with third baseman Gene Freese, is traded to the Cardinals for infielder Dick Schofield. Eddie, who appeared in April for the Bucs as a defensive replacement, will finish his tenure with the team that signed him as a bonus baby in 1953 without playing another game this season.
1963 At Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal no-hits Houston, 1-0, to become the first Giants hurler since Carl Hubbell accomplished the feat in 1929 and the first since the franchise moved to San Francisco, to throw a no-no. The 25 year-old Dominican native outduels Colt .45’s right-hander Dick Drott, who tosses a complete-game three-hitter, yielding the game’s only run in the eighth inning, giving up doubles to Chuck Hiller and Jimmy Davenport. (Our thanks to Richard J. Drake, who attended the game as a nine year-old with his grandfather, for reminding us about this outstanding achievement).
1964 In a six-player transaction, Chicago deals unknown outfielder Lou Brock, who will become a fixture with the Redbirds for the next fifteen years, amassing 3,023 career hits, to St. Louis for right-hander Ernie Broglio. The trade, believed to be a steal for the Cubs, will become infamous when the former 20-game winner pitches poorly for his new team, posting a 7-19 record during his brief two and half seasons with the team, and the 24 year-old they gave up enjoys a Hall of Fame career.
1965 At Tiger Stadium, Denny McLain enters the game in the first inning in relief and strikes out the first seven batters he faces to set a major league record. The Detroit right-hander will whiff 14 batters during his 6.2 innings as a reliever in the team’s 6-5 victory over Boston.
1967 Jimmy Wynn becomes the first Astro to hit three homers in one game, becoming the first of only two Houston players to have accomplished the feat in the 34-year history of the Astrodome. In 1994, ‘Toy Cannon’s’ performance will be matched by future Hall of Fame first baseman Jeff Bagwell.
1968 The Phillies fire manager Gene Mauch and replace him with Bob Skinner, skipper of the team’s farm club in San Diego. ‘The Little General,’ best remembered for being at the helm during the club’s infamous collapse in 1964, compiled a 646-684 (.486) record during his 8+year tenure with Philadelphia.
1969 The Mets acquire Donn Clendenon from the Expos in exchange for right-hander Steve Renko, infielder Kevin Collins along with two minor league prospects. The 33 year-old first baseman, who will be named the MVP of this season’s Fall Classic, plays a pivotal role, both on the field and in the clubhouse, in the team’s world championship.
1969 En route to setting the National League record of playing in 1,117 consecutive games, Billy Williams hobbles to the plate as a pinch-hitter at Crosley Fieldafter fouling a pitch off his foot in yesterday’s contest. The appearance marks the first time “Sweet Swingin’ Billy” has not been in the starting lineup during the 878 games of the streak.
1976 In a ten-player trade between the Orioles and Yankees, both teams exchange four pitchers and a catcher. Baltimore sends moundsmen Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, and Grant Jackson along with backstop Elrod Hendricks to New York for hurlers Tippy Martinez, Rudy May, Scott McGregor, and Dave Pagan, and catcher Rick Dempsey.
1976 Massive flooding in the Houston metropolitan area prevents the umpiring crew from reaching the Astrodome and causes the first ‘rainout’ in the enclosed ballpark’s history. The Pirates and Astros players, who had arrived early for practice, share their clubhouse meal on the field with the few die-hard fans who braved the elements hoping to see a game.
1977 The Mets deal Tom Seaver, known as the Franchise, to the Reds for pitcher Pat Zachary, second baseman Doug Flynn, and minor leaguers Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. New York also trades Dave Kingman to the Angels for Bobby Valentine and a minor league player.
1982 Red Sox reliever Jeff Reardon, pitching one scoreless inning to protect a 1-0 lead, breaks Rollie Fingers’ career save mark of 341. The Dalton, Massachusetts native, who will finish his 16-year major league tenure with 367 saves, will be surpassed as the all-time leader next season by Lee Smith.
1983 The Cardinals trade former MVP Keith Hernandez to the Mets for a pair of right-handed hurlers, Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. The righties will compile a 21-22 record for the Redbirds, and the Gold Glove first baseman will spend seven seasons in New York, batting .297, playing an instrumental role in the club’s World Championship in 1986.
1992 The NY-Penn Minor League Erie Sailors beat the Jamestown Expos in 13 innings at College Stadium, 6-5, marking the first-ever game played by a team representing the National League’s new expansion team, the Florida Marlins. The first pitch of the franchise is thrown by John Lynch, who will leave baseball to eventually become a safety for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos.
1993 At the Kingdome, Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his 100th career home run, leading off the eighth inning against Billy Brewer in the Mariners’ 6-1 victory over the Royals, becoming the sixth-youngest player to reach the milestone. The 23 year-old future Hall of Fame outfielder was only older than Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Matthews, Johnny Bench, and Hank Aaron when he hit the century mark.
1996 With runners on first and second, in the first inning of their 6-2 victory over the Braves, the Dodgers turn their first triple play in forty-seven years. After making a running back-to-the-plate grab of Chipper Jones’s popup to short left, Juan Castro throws to second baseman Delino Deshields to double up Marquis Grissom, with the ball then relayed to first baseman Eric Karos to get Mark Lemke.
1999 Brewers’ pitcher Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, gets the first hit in his 11-year career when he connects in the fourth inning for a rbi-single off Jon Lieber in the team’s 11-4 victory over the Cubs at County Stadium. The southpaw didn’t bat playing for the Angels and the Yankees due to the designated hitter rule in the American League.
1999 Baltimore first baseman Will Clark gets his 2,000th career hit, a 10th-inning single in the team’s 6-5 walk-off victory over the Royals at Camden Yards. The 35 year-old ‘Thrill’ will end his 15-year big league career next season with a .303 batting average, collecting 2,176 hits with the Giants, Rangers, Orioles, and Cardinals.
2003 Blue Jay rookie Reed Johnson becomes the fourth major leaguer to end a game with a walk-off homer after having hit a round-tripper to start the contest for his team. The 26 year-old right-fielder drilled Shawn Estes’ 3-2 pitch over the left-centerfield fence leading off in the bottom of the first frame and then ended the 4-4 stalemate with a tenth-inning solo shot off Cubs’ reliever Mark Guthrie.
2005 Joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, and team officials, George Steinbrenner announces plans for a new ballpark in the Bronx. The Yankee-financed $800 million facility, to be built north of the current stadium in Macombs Dam Park, will seat at least 51,800 and will mirror ‘The House that Ruth Built,’ including limestone walls and the familiar copper frieze.
2009 Matt Dermody, a Norwalk (IA) High School senior, strikes out every South Tama High batter who steps to the plate in a game shortened to six innings due to the state’s mercy rule, invoked when a team leads by ten or more runs after five frames. The 6-foot-5 recently drafted southpaw (Pirates’ 26th round) will attend the University of Iowa, playing for the Hawkeyes, before signing with the Blue Jays in 2013.
2016 “I’m not trying to take anything away from Ichiro, he’s had a Hall of Fame career, but the next thing you know, they’ll be counting his high-school hits.” – PETE ROSE, as quoted in USA Today. Ichiro Suzuki’s ninth-inning double in the Marlins’ 6-3 loss to the Padres at Petco Park raises his professional hit total to 4,257, surpassing Pete Rose’s all-time major league mark. The 42 year-old outfielder’s total includes the 1,278 hits he collected for Orix in Japan’s Pacific League.
|Tampa Bay||43||24||.642||–||19 – 14||24 – 10||19 – 10||5 – 2||11 – 10||8 – 2||W 4|
|Boston||40||27||.597||3||20 – 17||20 – 10||17 – 8||7 – 4||8 – 13||6 – 4||W 1|
|Toronto||33||31||.516||8.5||13 – 13||20 – 18||12 – 13||4 – 6||6 – 10||4 – 6||L 1|
|NY Yankees||33||32||.508||9||17 – 16||16 – 16||14 – 21||11 – 5||5 – 2||3 – 7||L 3|
|Baltimore||22||43||.338||20||11 – 21||11 – 22||8 – 18||4 – 10||8 – 8||4 – 6||L 5|
|Chi White Sox||41||25||.621||–||25 – 12||16 – 13||8 – 7||24 – 12||6 – 4||7 – 3||L 1|
|Cleveland||35||28||.556||4.5||17 – 13||18 – 15||4 – 7||21 – 12||5 – 5||6 – 4||W 1|
|Kansas City||30||35||.462||10.5||16 – 16||14 – 19||5 – 5||15 – 21||5 – 8||1 – 9||L 4|
|Detroit||27||39||.409||14||15 – 19||12 – 20||4 – 5||12 – 24||8 – 5||4 – 6||W 1|
|Minnesota||26||40||.394||15||14 – 21||12 – 19||6 – 7||12 – 15||5 – 15||4 – 6||L 2|
|Oakland||41||27||.603||–||23 – 18||18 – 9||11 – 9||12 – 2||11 – 13||8 – 2||W 4|
|Houston||37||28||.569||2.5||20 – 13||17 – 15||12 – 7||2 – 4||21 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Angels||33||33||.500||7||18 – 16||15 – 17||3 – 7||10 – 6||14 – 18||8 – 2||L 1|
|Seattle||33||35||.485||8||18 – 14||15 – 21||6 – 5||9 – 11||15 – 12||4 – 6||W 2|
|Texas||25||41||.379||15||15 – 16||10 – 25||11 – 10||4 – 6||8 – 14||3 – 7||L 1|
|NY Mets||33||25||.569||–||18 – 6||15 – 19||13 – 8||3 – 5||14 – 6||6 – 4||W 1|
|Philadelphia||32||32||.500||4||21 – 12||11 – 20||17 – 17||9 – 4||2 – 5||7 – 3||L 1|
|Atlanta||30||33||.476||5.5||17 – 17||13 – 16||15 – 18||10 – 4||3 – 3||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||28||35||.444||7.5||16 – 17||12 – 18||9 – 13||7 – 10||6 – 8||5 – 5||W 2|
|Miami||29||37||.439||8||16 – 14||13 – 23||12 – 10||4 – 10||11 – 9||5 – 5||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||38||28||.576||–||24 – 10||14 – 18||8 – 7||19 – 14||9 – 4||6 – 4||L 1|
|Milwaukee||38||28||.576||–||20 – 16||18 – 12||7 – 9||17 – 11||12 – 3||8 – 2||L 1|
|Cincinnati||33||31||.516||4||16 – 16||17 – 15||3 – 2||17 – 12||9 – 14||8 – 2||W 4|
|St. Louis||33||33||.500||5||17 – 15||16 – 18||11 – 10||13 – 14||7 – 6||2 – 8||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||23||42||.354||14.5||13 – 19||10 – 23||4 – 5||7 – 22||7 – 10||2 – 8||L 8|
|San Francisco||41||25||.621||–||19 – 9||22 – 16||8 – 6||11 – 4||17 – 11||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||40||26||.606||1||22 – 11||18 – 15||7 – 3||7 – 9||17 – 8||7 – 3||W 2|
|San Diego||38||30||.559||4||21 – 14||17 – 16||3 – 4||10 – 13||17 – 12||3 – 7||L 1|
|Colorado||26||41||.388||15.5||21 – 14||5 – 27||5 – 8||3 – 10||12 – 21||3 – 7||W 1|
|Arizona||20||47||.299||21.5||11 – 19||9 – 28||8 – 15||6 – 8||6 – 17||0 – 10||L 11|
|Orlando City SC||7||3||3||1||8||4||4||2-2-0||1-1-1||12|
|New York City FC||7||3||2||2||13||7||6||1-1-1||2-1-1||11|
|Inter Miami CF||8||2||2||4||8||13||-5||0-1-3||2-1-1||8|
|Real Salt Lake||6||2||3||1||9||7||2||1-2-1||1-1-0||9|
|Los Angeles FC||7||2||2||3||8||9||-1||2-1-1||0-1-2||8|
|Connecticut Sun||8||3||.727||—||5-1||3-2||4-0||7-3||1 L|
|New York Liberty||6||4||.600||1.5||3-2||3-2||3-3||6-4||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||5||6||.455||3.0||2-4||3-2||4-2||5-5||1 W|
|Washington Mystics||4||6||.400||3.5||3-3||1-3||2-4||4-6||1 L|
|Chicago Sky||4||7||.364||4.0||1-5||3-2||4-2||3-7||2 W|
|Indiana Fever||1||11||.083||7.5||1-4||0-7||1-7||1-9||7 L|