|Chi White Sox|
|Charles Schwab Challenge|
|May 27-30, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Jordan Spieth||63||66||-11 (129)||F|
|2||Jason Kokrak||65||65||-10 (130)||F|
|3t||Sebastian Munoz||67||65||-8 (132)||F|
|3t||Sergio Garcia||63||69||-8 (132)||F|
|3t||Patton Kizzire||67||65||-8 (132)||F|
|6t||Maverick McNealy||70||63||-7 (133)||F|
|6t||Charley Hoffman||71||62||-7 (133)||F|
|6t||Adam Hadwin||66||67||-7 (133)||F|
|6t||Erik Compton||65||68||-7 (133)||F|
|10||Kramer Hickok||66||68||-6 (134)||F|
|11t||Brian Harman||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|11t||Robert Streb||67||68||-5 (135)||F|
|11t||Collin Morikawa||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|11t||Kevin Streelman||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|11t||Vincent Whaley||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|16t||Talor Gooch||67||69||-4 (136)||F|
|16t||Tony Finau||69||67||-4 (136)||F|
|16t||Kevin Kisner||69||67||-4 (136)||F|
|16t||Brandt Snedeker||66||70||-4 (136)||F|
|16t||Justin Rose||68||68||-4 (136)||F|
|16t||Brendon Todd||72||64||-4 (136)||F|
|16t||Daniel Berger||68||68||-4 (136)||F|
|16t||Kyle Stanley||69||67||-4 (136)||F|
|16t||Cameron Tringale||67||69||-4 (136)||F|
|25t||Rory Sabbatini||69||68||-3 (137)||F|
|25t||Brice Garnett||70||67||-3 (137)||F|
|25t||John Augenstein||69||68||-3 (137)||F|
|25t||Corey Conners||70||67||-3 (137)||F|
|25t||Nick Taylor||71||66||-3 (137)||F|
|30t||Danny Lee||72||66||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Adam Long||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Justin Thomas||72||66||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Nate Lashley||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Byeong Hun An||67||71||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Harold Varner III||74||64||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Jason Dufner||72||66||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||C.T. Pan||71||67||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Kevin Na||73||65||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Joaquin Niemann||69||69||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Ian Poulter||68||70||-2 (138)||F|
|30t||Emiliano Grillo||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|42t||Doug Ghim||68||71||-1 (139)||F|
|42t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||73||66||-1 (139)||F|
|42t||Gary Woodland||70||69||-1 (139)||F|
|42t||Carlos Ortiz||70||69||-1 (139)||F|
|42t||Billy Horschel||71||68||-1 (139)||F|
|42t||Troy Merritt||68||71||-1 (139)||F|
|42t||Sung Kang||74||65||-1 (139)||F|
|49t||Adam Schenk||73||67||E (140)||F|
|49t||Scott Stallings||72||68||E (140)||F|
|49t||Doc Redman||68||72||E (140)||F|
|49t||Ryan Palmer||74||66||E (140)||F|
|49t||Wyndham Clark||70||70||E (140)||F|
|49t||Tyler McCumber||69||71||E (140)||F|
|49t||Camilo Villegas||69||71||E (140)||F|
|49t||Chris Kirk||71||69||E (140)||F|
|49t||J.J. Henry||69||71||E (140)||F|
|49t||Pat Perez||70||70||E (140)||F|
|49t||Zach Johnson||72||68||E (140)||F|
|49t||Richy Werenski||68||72||E (140)||F|
|49t||Cameron Davis||70||70||E (140)||F|
|49t||Will Zalatoris||69||71||E (140)||F|
|63t||Matt Wallace||71||70||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Mark Hubbard||74||67||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Jhonattan Vegas||73||68||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Matt Kuchar||74||67||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Abraham Ancer||70||71||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Hudson Swafford||71||70||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Andrew Landry||71||70||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Lucas Glover||74||67||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Robby Shelton||70||71||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Brian Stuard||68||73||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Xinjun Zhang||71||70||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||Henrik Norlander||69||72||+1 (141)||F|
|63t||D.A. Points||74||67||+1 (141)||F|
|–||Si Woo Kim||72||–||–||–||WD||–|
Tatum’s 50 points carry Celtics over Nets 125-119
BOSTON (AP) Bottled up in Brooklyn, Jayson Tatum came home and showed off an array of drives, step-back jumpers and 3-pointers.
When Tatum was done, he had one of the best playoff games in Celtics history – and the Nets had themselves a series.
Tatum scored a playoff career-high 50 points to carry Boston to a 125-119 victory on Friday night that cut Brooklyn’s lead to 2-1.
“It’s just one of those nights.” Tatum said. “A tough shooting night the first game and I didn’t get to play much the last game because I got poked in the eye.”
In an emotionally charged atmosphere with the fans booing and chanting at Kyrie Irving every time he was involved in something, Tatum became the sixth player in franchise history to score 50 points in a playoff game.
“We had a lot of guys step up tonight around Jayson being special,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.
After scoring 50 points in Boston’s play-in tournament victory, Tatum struggled in the two games in Brooklyn but steadied the Celtics in Game 3 after the Nets shot out to a quick 15-point lead.
“There’s nothing like playing at home in front of your home crowd,” he said.
He joined John Havlicek, Isaiah Thomas, Ray Allen, Sam Jones and Bob Cousy as Celtics with 50 points in a playoff game.
“He was just locked in mentally,” teammate Marcus Smart said. “We’re going up against a juggernaut of a team. Like I said before, the world knows it and we know it. It’s not going to be easy. You can’t lay down, you can’t take a step back. You have to be able to press forward and that’s what we did tonight.”
It was Irving’s first game in front of Boston’s fans since he left via free agency in 2019.
James Harden led the Nets with 41 points, Kevin Durant had 39 and Irving finished with 16 on 6-of-17 shooting.
“They made shots tonight, especially Tatum,” Durant said. “He hit some tough ones over us. I don’t think he made anything easy.”
Boston shot 50.6%, including 16 of 39 on 3s after shooting just 39.7% overall in the first two games.
Game 4 is set for Sunday night in Boston, where the Celtics will be allowed to have a near-capacity crowd in TD Garden when Massachusetts lifts the limits Saturday on crowd sizes due to the pandemic. It was limited to 25% on Friday.
Smart added 23 points, Tristan Thompson gave Boston a huge lift with 19 points and 13 rebounds and Evan Fournier added 17 points. Kemba Walker had a rough night, scoring only six on 3-of-14 shooting.
“I think they were a little desperate and became the aggressor after our hot start,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “They were the ones looking to drive the ball and they were the ones looking to step in with 3s. They got themselves going, took the momentum, got the crowd going and started feeling confidence for the first time in three games.”
Irving was booed when he came out for warmups, during pregame introductions and each time he touched the ball, with those turning into loud cheers when he missed shots.
Things turned somewhat ugly when some fans briefly broke into a vulgar chant toward Irving a few times.
“It’s basketball. I’ve been in a few environments in my life,” Irving said. “Like I said, as long as it’s just strictly the nature of basketball out there and there’s nothing extra, I’m cool with it.”
Brooklyn cut a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit to five with just under a minute left but Tatum nailed a step-back jumper from the top and Boston held on.
Tatum scored 11 points in the final 4:46 of the third, helping Boston turn a one-point deficit into a 96-84 lead entering the final quarter.
The Nets started fast, hitting 4-of-5 shots from behind the arc to pull in front 19-4 before Tatum sparked Boston’s comeback with 21 points in the opening half that carried the Celtics to a 61-57 halftime edge. Harden and Durant nearly matched him with 17 apiece.
Tatum returned to the lineup after playing just 21 minutes in Game 2 because he was accidently poked in the right eye by Durant.
Clippers spoil Mavs’ party, 118-108, to get back in series
DALLAS (AP) Don’t count out Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers just yet.
Not even a raucous party atmosphere and big early Dallas lead in Luka Doncic’s home playoff debut could keep the Clippers from getting back in a first-round series after a two-game flop in LA.
Leonard scored 36 points and George had 22 of his 29 points in the first half to help the Clippers recover from another slow start in a 118-108 victory Friday night. Dallas takes a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 on Sunday night.
“It’s just adversity,” said George, who combined with Leonard to make 24 of 35 shots as LA finished at 58%. “You’ve got to deal with adversity. We didn’t get down on ourselves. We just stayed positive. We rallied. We toughed it out. We just stuck to our principles, kept playing.”
Doncic fed the frenzy of 17,705 fans, more than three times the size of any crowd in a season that started with an empty arena, by making his first four shots, three of them 3-pointers, on his way to a playoff career-high 44 points as Dallas took a 30-11 lead.
LA’s 14-0 run erased most of the deficit before the end of the first quarter, and George gave the Clippers their first lead on a 3-pointer in the second quarter as they answered two losses at home to start the series.
“Just stay the course,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “They came out, the crowd was electric. The fans gave them a lot of juice early. Let’s just stick with the game plan. Luka’s going to hit some shots early, which he always does.”
The Clippers ended a five-game postseason losing streak going back to last year’s Florida playoff bubble, when LA beat Dallas in six games in the first round before blowing a 3-1 lead in the second round against Denver.
Leonard made his first eight shots – three of them on the 14-0 run that quieted the crowd – and George scored 22 points before halftime on 10-of-13 shooting.
By then, most of the fans were finally sitting after most of them stood, and screamed, the entire first quarter. The Clippers answered any effort by the Mavericks to whip them back into a frenzy late in the first game resembling a full American Airlines Center since March 11, 2020, the night the coronavirus shut down the NBA.
“I wish we could give them a win,” said Doncic, who had nine rebounds and nine assists. “But we’ll try again Sunday, and hopefully with the same energy.”
Marcus Morris hit three corner 3s in front of the Dallas bench in the fourth quarter to help the Clippers stay comfortably in front.
Morris turned to talk to the Dallas players a little more with each make, finally getting a technical on the third one after giving LA a 112-100 lead with less than four minutes remaining. He fouled out moments later but had already done his damage with nine of his 15 points in the fourth.
After spitting incident, Young, Hawks beat Knicks 105-94
ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young wanted to make a big impression in his first trip to the playoffs.
It’s going just as he planned.
Shaking off an ugly spitting incident at Madison Square Garden, Young dazzled in the first home playoff game of his career, scoring 21 points and dishing out 14 assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 105-94 victory over the New York Knicks in Game 3 of their opening-round series Friday night.
“I feel like I’ve prepared my whole life for these days, these moments,” he said.
Spurred on by a raucous crowd of 15,743, by far the largest of the season in Atlanta, the Hawks pulled ahead 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Game 4 is Sunday in Atlanta.
This one was tight through much of the first half, but the Hawks closed the second quarter on a Young-powered, 22-5 run that sent the arena into an uproar.
“He doesn’t really have a weakness,” interim coach Nate McMillan said. “He takes what the defense gives him. He does a good job finding the open man when the defense collapses in the paint. When they don’t, he’s attacking and finishing at the rim.”
In Game 1, Young hit the winning basket to silence the crowd at Madison Square Garden’s first playoff contest since 2013.. He shined again during the spurt that essentially decided the most lopsided game of the series, having a hand in 18 of the 22 points.
Young scored five points himself, hitting a 3 and a step-back jumper, but spent most of his time scooting around the court, creating for teammates.
A lob pass to John Collins for a thunderous dunk. A pass to set up Collins for an open 3. Another alley-oop to Clint Capela for a slam that prompted both players to unleash emphatic screams. A nifty pass to find Bogdan Bogdanovic all alone for a 3. And, finally, one more dish to set up De’Andre Hunter’s jumper beyond the arc.
“It feels great,” Young said “This is my first experience at home in the playoffs. I’m looking forward to having a lot more of these.”
The Hawks led 58-44 at the half. The Knicks never got the margin below double figures over the final two quarters.
During Game 2 in New York, a Knicks fan spit on Young as he was inbounding the ball during the fourth quarter of a tight contest – one of three incidents in a matter of hours at NBA arenas across the country, renewing calls for increased security and other measures to deal with unruly fans.
A total of five fans in New York, Philadelphia and Utah were banned from games for their misbehavior.
With Young spreading the wealth, the Hawks put their depth to good use. Seven players scored in double figures, including Collins with 14 points after he was held scoreless in Game 2 while dealing with foul trouble.
Meanwhile, Knicks All-Star Julius Randle had another tough night and was serenaded constantly with chants of “Overrated! Overrated! Overrated!”
“We just had one bad stretch in the second quarter,” Randle said. “That was the difference in the game.”
With the Hawks sagging on him in the lane and making every look a tough one, Randle was held to 14 points on 2-of-15 shooting. For the series, he has made just 13 of 54 from the field.
“We’ve got to adapt,” Randle said, “and we will.”
In his first start of the series, Derrick Rose led the Knicks with 30 points. He made 13 of 21 shots, but his teammates combined to made just 16 of 60.
Bucks lose DiVincenzo for season with ankle injury
MIAMI (AP) Donte DiVincenzo’s season is over, after tests showed Friday that the Milwaukee guard tore a ligament in his left ankle during Game 3 of the Bucks’ playoff series against the Miami Heat.
DiVincenzo had appeared in 69 games for Milwaukee this season, all of them starts including the three playoff matchups. His regular-season averages – 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists – were all the best of his three-year career.
“It’s tough news. On an individual, personal level for Donte, it’s really, really tough,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Friday. “But his mentality, his approach, anytime Donte is thrown some adversity or thrown something that’s difficult for himself or for everybody, the way he handles it just continues to be impressive every time.”
The injury happened early in the second quarter. DiVincenzo was driving toward the basket when he apparently took a bad step and immediately winced in obvious pain. He made his way back to the other end of the court toward the Milwaukee bench, slapped a sideline barrier in frustration and then hopped into the locker room for evaluation.
The Bucks originally called it a left foot contusion and Budenholzer said there was hope within the team postgame that DiVincenzo would only miss a small amount of time.
An MRI on Friday took that hope away.
“It’s a tough blow,” Budenholzer said. “You’ve got to kind of process it and understand it’s an unfortunate thing, but we’ve got to prepare and get ready and other guys will have opportunities.”
Budenholzer’s move will be to decide who starts beginning with Saturday’s potential Eastern Conference first-round series clincher in Miami; the Bucks lead the series 3-0. The lineup of DiVincenzo along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez was 34-14 this season.
An option may be to start Jeff Teague for DiVincenzo, a move that would allow Budenholzer to keep what has become his traditional second unit – primarily with Bryn Forbes and Pat Connaughton getting the backup guard minutes – intact. Teague has played only 5 minutes, 26 seconds in the three playoff games, all during Thursday’s Game 3 blowout.
“Jeff Teague, his ability to step in and play and help us is certainly something that gives us confidence,” Budenholzer said. “Everybody’s got to be ready to go. If you’re in a uniform, you’ve got to be ready.”
Janmark has hat trick to lead Vegas to Game 7 win over Wild
LAS VEGAS (AP) Mattias Janmark had scored just one goal since being acquired by Vegas at the trade deadline from Chicago.
He tripled that Friday night with his first career hat trick in what might have been the most important home playoff game in the Golden Knights’ four-year history, a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 7 of their opening-round series.
“It’s what every player dreams of, to score in a Game 7,” Janmark said. “To win a Game 7 and to score a hat trick, it’s hard to believe that it’s going to happen to you, but today, bounces were going in.
“It’s a dream come true, for sure.”
Nic Hague, Max Pacioretty and Zach Whitecloud also scored for Vegas, which hosted a Game 7 for the first time after losing in San Jose in 2018 and defeating Vancouver in Edmonton last year. It was also the first time Vegas clinched a playoff series at home.
Marc-Andre Fleury, playing in his eighth career Game 7, made 19 saves to earn his 85th playoff victory in front of an announced crowd of 12,156. Fleury is three playoff wins shy of tying Billy Smith and Ed Belfour for fourth in NHL history.
“It was a ton of fun,” said Hague, the only Golden Knights skater in the lineup who hadn’t played in a Game 7. “The building was rocking, which is always awesome. But it was on another level tonight. A little nervous at the start. Boy, was that a fun game.”
Vegas, which squandered a 3-1 series lead for the third straight season, heads to Denver for Sunday’s second-round opener against the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche won the regular-season series, 4-3-1.
Peter DeBoer improved to 6-0 when coaching in Game 7s, while Minnesota dropped to 3-1 all-time in a seventh game. Home teams in Game 7s are 105-74, excluding last season’s playoff bubble in Canada.
Zach Parise and Kirill Kaprizov scored for the Wild. Cam Talbot made 29 saves.
“We hope that they’re proud of each other and proud of themselves of how they conducted themselves this year,” Minnesota coach Dean Evason said. “You get to a Game 7 and one team wins and one team loses. Our effort was there. We competed our butts off.”
Janmark opened the scoring when he fought the pressure to create his own rush, then went forehand-to-backhand and used a filthy deke before softly tapping the puck past Talbot’s right skate. Parise, who started the series scratched from the lineup, tied it at 1 when he sent Joel Eriksson Ek’s feed to the front of the crease between both his legs and Fleury’s.
Hague got his first goal since April 5 when he lasered a wrist shot from the blue line to give Vegas a 2-1 advantage. The Wild answered shortly thereafter, and moments after Ryan Reaves was called for cross-checking Ryan Suter, as Kaprizov’s snapper from the edge of the left circle beat Fleury to his glove side.
“We had a pretty good start and made it 2-2,” Wild forward Marcus Foligno said. “We liked our chances, but couldn’t get a lot generating after that.”
Unlike the Golden Knights, who again dominated the second period by generating scoring chances and capitalizing on ample opportunities. In the second periods of the series, Vegas outscored Minnesota 11-2 and outshot the Wild 96-51.
O’Neill homers in Cards’ win, D-backs lose 12th straight
PHOENIX (AP) Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run homer for the second straight night, Nolan Arenado added a solo shot and the St. Louis Cardinals won 8-6 Friday night over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have lost 12 straight games.
Arizona trailed 8-5 entering the ninth but loaded the bases with one out. Ketel Marte pushed home a run with an RBI groundout, but Daniel Ponce de Leon got Josh Rojas to ground out on a slow roller to end the game.
The Cardinals never trailed, jumping to a 4-0 lead in the first. Paul Goldschmidt had a sacrifice fly, Yadier Molina added an RBI double and O’Neill’s homer easily cleared the left field wall.
O’Neill has homered in his first two games since returning from the 10-day injured list because of fracture in his left middle finger that kept him out of the lineup for nearly two weeks. Even with the missed time, he has 10 homers this year.
Arenado added a solo homer in the third that just cleared David Peralta’s glove over the left field fence. It was the third baseman’s 11th homer of the season and pushed the St. Louis lead to 5-2.
Jake Woodford (1-0) earned the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while striking out six. Cardinals starter Johan Oviedo gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings. He walked six, gave up five hits and struck out three.
The Diamondbacks trailed 7-3 entering the eighth but pulled within 7-5 on Eduardo Escobar’s bases-loaded single that scored Tim Locastro and Marte.
Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner (4-5) struggled from the outset, walking the first two batters and giving up four runs in the first . He made it just four innings, giving up seven runs, including six earned on five hits and four walks. He struck out four.
The Diamondbacks have lost 21 of their past 24 games dating to May 4.
Bote homers, Alzolay dodges jams as Cubs beat Reds 1-0
CHICAGO (AP) David Bote had no idea if the ball was going out until he saw the signal from the third-base umpire as he sprinted toward second.
No small feat on a blustery day like this.
Bote homered, Adbert Alzolay combined with three relievers on the Chicago’s first shutout and the surging Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on Friday.
Bote’s line drive toward the left-field corner leading off the fifth cleared the wall, spoiling Reds starter Vladimir Gutierrez’s major league debut, and helped the Cubs win for the 10th time in 12 games even though they managed just three hits.
“I knew I got it good,” Bote said. “And then I was like, `Oh man, I got to run.’ … With a day like today, you hit the ball hard, you just start running because you’re just trying to get as many extra bases as you can. It’s gonna be tough to get three hits in a row there with the wind blowing in like that.”
Alzolay (3-4) escaped with two runners on in each of the first three innings on a chilly, soggy and windy afternoon. He threw 103 pitches before getting pulled with two out in the sixth. The right-hander gave up five hits, struck out six and walked three after issuing none in his previous three starts.
Overall, he said, it was a “huge step forward” in his development.
“I got in some jams there,” he said. “I was able to keep pitching, execute my pitches and just keep competing.”
Alzolay exited with runners on first and second Max Schrock doubled with two out and Jonathan India walked. Andrew Chafin struck out pinch-hitter Eugenio Suarez to end that threat and dodged a first-and-second jam in the seventh when Tyler Stephenson grounded into a double play.
Tommy Nance retired all three batters in the eighth. Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth on his 33rd birthday for his 12th save in 14 chances, and the Cubs improved to 17-7 in May.
Nick Castellanos singled twice, extending the majors’ longest active hitting streak to 14 games. But the Reds were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 in losing for the eighth time in 11 games.
A’s take lead on Upton’s error, beat Ohtani and Angels 3-1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani’s control wavered late, and the Oakland Athletics took full advantage.
Jed Lowrie scored the tiebreaking run from second base in the seventh inning after left fielder Justin Upton bobbled Matt Chapman’s single, Bob Melvin tied the Oakland record for managerial wins and the Athletics beat Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Friday night.
Ohtani walked Lowrie on four pitches leading off the seventh and then walked Mitch Moreland. Chapman followed with a soft single to left that Upton struggled to pick up, allowing Lowrie to score easily. Seth Brown added an RBI single.
Elvis Andrus had two hits to help the A’s to their third straight win.
“When you play late in the season, you’re not always going to be able to just go out there and outslug people. You have to find other ways to win games,” Chapman said. “You look at teams like the Astros and Dodgers, they have a bunch of different ways they can beat you.
“If we can take a little bit of that, then we’re going to have multiple ways to win. The pitching and defense always seems to be there.”
Ohtani (1-1) was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday after getting stuck in a traffic jam coming from San Francisco that delayed his arrival to the Oakland Coliseum.
Although Ohtani didn’t seem bothered by getting pushed back a day – “I think he slept here last night,” Angels manager Joe Maddon joked before the game – the A’s eventually wore him down.
Ohtani allowed three earned runs and three hits but had control problems late. He walked four and hit Mark Canha with a pitch in the back three innings after a similar fastball that just missed Canha had players from both teams streaming onto the field.
“I definitely felt a lot more comfortable throwing this time,” Ohtani said through a translator. “With all things considered, with my start being skipped yesterday, I felt really good.”
David Fletcher had an RBI single in the seventh, ending the Angels’ 18-inning scoreless funk.
The win was Melvin’s 708th as A’s manager, tying him with current White Sox skipper Tony La Russa for most in Oakland history. Connie Mack owns the franchise record with 3,582 victories.
Lewis homers, M’s hand Rangers 10th straight road loss 3-2
SEATTLE (AP) A couple good swings from Kyle Lewis and another terrific effort by Seattle’s depleted bullpen extended the Texas Rangers’ misery away from home.
Lewis doubled and scored Seattle’s first run, then hit a two-run opposite-field homer an inning later that proved to be the difference in the Mariners’ 3-2 win over Texas on Friday night, the 10th straight road loss for the Rangers.
It’s been a quiet start to the season for Lewis, last year’s American League Rookie of the Year. He missed most of the first month recovering from a bruised knee and struggled at the plate the first couple of weeks.
His swing looked just fine against Texas starter Jordan Lyles. Lewis roped a ground-rule double that one-hopped the fence in center field leading off the second inning. He scored on Ty France’s RBI single.
An inning later, Lewis stayed with a curveball from Lyles and drove it out to right field for his fifth homer of the season. The ball barely cleared the fence and eluded the glove of right fielder Joey Gallo.
Lewis is 6 for 11 with two homers and four RBIs against Lyles.
“This past stretch of games has been really strong, hitting the ball really hard,” Lewis said. “Sometimes they’ve been running them down, catching them, but I’ve been hitting the ball really hard, seeing the ball well.”
Seattle has followed up a six-game losing streak by winning four of five.
The Rangers 10-game road losing streak is their longest since 2014. They haven’t won away from Arlington since May 6 at Minnesota.
“I don’t think there’s a magic recipe. I don’t think there’s anything that you can do. You just got to play better,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “That’s what we have to do to win a game.”
Spieth solo lead at Colonial; PGA champ Mickelson misses cut
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth has started playing well again just about everywhere he goes. He has always felt comfortable close to home at Colonial, where he is in the lead.
PGA champion Phil Mickelson was headed home to California after he bogeyed two of his last three holes, missing the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge by one stroke.
Spieth was bogey-free again Friday, with a 4-under 66 to take the lead after the second round at 11-under 129 at Hogan’s Alley. The Dallas native was one shot ahead of Jason Kokrak, who had his second consecutive round of 65.
“I’m in a good spot at a familiar place,” Spieth said.
Mickelson, who turns 51 on June 16, became the oldest winner of a golf major at the PGA Championship last weekend. But Lefty finished 2 over at Colonial after his second-round 69, which included three birdies in a four-hole stretch to end his front nine.
But Mickelson’s 7-foot par chance at the par-3 16th rolled over the left edge and did a half-circle around the cup without going in. With the sun shining through the clouds, his have-to-make 10-footer on No. 18 slid just left of the hole.
Mickelson left the course almost immediately after that, telling a PGA Tour official on his way out that he enjoyed his time at the tournament. The two-time Colonial champion said he hated that he wouldn’t be around for the weekend.
Sergio Garcia (69), the first-round co-leader with Spieth whose first PGA Tour win came at Colonial 20 years ago, was tied for third at 8 under with Sebastian Munoz and Patton Kizzire, who both shot 65 Friday. Munoz had six birdies on the back nine, including the final three holes after a double bogey at No. 15.
Kokrak, Garcia and Munoz were in the morning wave of players who all finished before a weather delay of 2 hours and 26 minutes during the afternoon.
A steady drizzle started about the same time Spieth, Mickelson and defending champion Daniel Berger teed off at No. 1 to start their second round together. Mickelson had a bogey on the opening par-5.
The rain had pretty much stopped before play was suspended because of lightning nearby from a weather system producing heavy storms south of the course. At that point, Mickelson was in a greenside bunker at No. 3, with Spieth 23 feet from the cup on the same hole.
Mickelson’s first shot when play resumed nearly 2 1/2 hours later was a blast to set up a par-saving 7-foot putt. Spieth rolled in his second consecutive birdie.
“I came out of the rain delay and I made a nice putt on 3, and really felt like I had a chance to birdie almost every hole on that front nine and even into the back nine,” Spieth said. “But I didn’t swing it as well. I wasn’t really completing it and it wasn’t feeling great. I knew I was going to kind of have to manage my way around the golf course a little bit, and fortunately did a really great job of that.”
Spieth is playing in his 11th tournament since missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open at the end of January. His seven top-10 finishes since then match his total in 40 events the previous two seasons combined. He won the Valero Texas Open, his first victory since the 2017 British Open. He won in 2016 at Colonial, where he has two runner-up finishes and three others in the top 10.
Kokrak still hits the ball a long way, and now has a long putter when on the greens. The 35th-ranked player in the world, who is 6-foot-4 and has made the FedEx Cup playoff the past eight seasons, switched to a putter with a 36-inch shaft this season..
“I was 190th in putting but I was a top five ball-striker, so I concentrated more on the putter as of late, and you know, it’s been hot,” he said. “But you know, I still want to concentrate on the ball-striking. I’ve been struggling with the driver, so I think finding a driver this week that I’m comfortable with, it’s gone a long way.”
His best back-to-back rounds this year, with six birdies and a bogey in each round, are on the Colonial course where he had his best finish last season. He tied for third last June in the Charles Schwab Challenge that marked the PGA Tour’s resumption of competition after a 12-week pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, the 36-year-old Kokrak got his first career victory in the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas in October.
The low round of the day was a season-best 62 by Charlie Hoffman, who overcame an early bogey at No. 3, when his approach missed the green after a drive into the rough. He had four consecutive birdies, at Nos. 14-17, before a par-saver with a chip to 2 feet at No. 18.
Hoffman, who had an opening 71, was tied for sixth at 7-under 133.
Nemechek wins at Charlotte for 3rd truck win of season
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) John Hunter Nemechek made it through a late crash, then held on to the lead on a restart 10 laps from the end to win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night.
Winning for the third time this season, Nemechek showed once again this season why he gave up his seat in the Cup Series last year to join Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“I’m smiling. I’m winning races,” he said. “What could better than that?”
Nemechek has a season of thrills in his run around Charlotte.
He used a three-wide pass to gain the lead with 65 laps to go and was cruising to victory until the most severe crash of the race nearly spoiled things.
Trey Hutchins III had slowed after hitting the wall and drifted down the track as Johnny Sauter and Drew Dollar hit Hutchins’ vehicle with great force.
Nemechek was the next racer through before the caution came out as flying debris appeared to damage his roof and knock out the car’s onboard camera.
He remembers hearing a `Thunk,’ as what looked like a tire caught his roof and left what Nemechek said was a pretty big hole.
Nemechek wasn’t sure what was ahead as he approached the crash at full speed and used his skill to react the best way he knew how.
“I kind of just shot for the middle, kind of `Days of Thunder’ moment, and hoped for the best,” said Nemechek, referencing the Tom Cruise film from three decades ago.
After a lengthy cleanup, Nemechek again moved out front and finished in front of Hocevar.
Hocevar said he needed two more laps to run down Nemechek. “I just got beat today,” said Hocevar, in his rookie season.
It was the ninth truck win of Nemechek’s career. He gained control with a dramatic, daring dash from third as he moved from the up near to the wall to close to the apron before moving past leader Stewart Friesen and second-place Carson Hocevar.
Nemechek gave up the lead for a final green-flag pit stop about 30 laps from the end. Soon enough, the Kyle Busch Racing driver shuffled back up to the top and closed out the victory.
It was the fourth consecutive win on tracks of a 1 1/2 miles in length this season, following Nemechek’s victory at Las Vegas, owner Kyle Busch’s wins at Atlanta and Kansas.
Sauter, Hutchins and Dollar all walked out of their trucks after the scary crash.
Sheldon Creed, who won two races ago at Darlington, led 33 of the first 34 laps to take stage one. His chances, though, ended when he tangled with Todd Gilliland, winner at the Circuit of the Americas last week, at the start of the second stage.
Zane Smith, the second stage winner, fell back after picking up a penalty for having a crew member move out for a change too early.
Ben Rhodes finished third, followed by Friesen and Gilliland.
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Bradley Leads After 18 Holes at NCAA Championships
- Bradley’s 4-under par 66 is the lowest score ever recorded by a Purdue golfer in the NCAA Championships. The previous best was a fourth-round 67 by Shiv Kapur in the 2002 National Championships.
- Bradley has now gone 37 holes without a bogey, after posting a bogey-free round in the final round of the NCAA Noblesville Regional. His last bogey came on hole 17 of the second round at Regionals.
- Bradley has now recorded nine straight rounds of even-par or better in NCAA competition.
- Bradley has five rounds (out of 10 total rounds) in the 60s in NCAA competition. Five of his last seven rounds in NCAA competition have been in the 60s.
- Over his last three rounds, Bradley is a combined 14-under par (69-65-66=200).
- His five consecutive rounds overall of even-par or better is tied for the ninth-longest streak in school history.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Senior Cole Bradley continued his outstanding play from a week ago, shooting a bogey-free, 4-under par 66 to take the 18-hole lead at the NCAA National Championships, held at the Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor Course.
Bradley, who earned a spot at nationals after winning his first career tournament at the NCAA Noblesville Regional, leads Sam Houston State’s William Holcomb and Ting-Wei Hseih and Oklahoma State’s Bo Jin by one shot heading into Saturday’s second round. Twelve players are at 2-under par and 11 more players are three back at 1-under par.
Texas Tech (-4) leads Sam Houston by two shots and Pepperdine by three shots in the team race. No. 1-ranked Oklahoma and No. 3 Oklahoma State are tied for fourth at even-par.
“I got a good look at the course and knew the spots you could be and couldn’t be and just kind of kept it in front of me today and played solid all day,” Bradley told Golfweek magazine after his round. “I’m just taking it one shot at a time and just having fun with dad (head coach Rob Bradley).
“We just went out there and played solid and had fun,” Bradley said. “My dad’s a great green reader and gave me some good reads today. I trusted a lot of them and just made good strokes, made a few putts and hope to keep doing the same thing tomorrow.”
Starting in the morning wave off hole No. 1, Bradley quickly showed that nerves wouldn’t be an issue, posting early birdies on holes 2 and 4. He would then par six straight holes, then managed back-9 birdies on Nos. 11 and 16, for a 4-under par 66. Bradley would be within one shot of or in the lead for the entire day once he recorded his first birdie.
Bradley will tee off at 4:42 p.m. ET / 1:42 p.m. PT on hole No. 10, for Saturday’s second round.
All 156 players will play 36 additional holes over the next two days. Following Sunday’s third round, the field will be cut down to the top-15 advancing teams and nine individuals not on advancing teams to determine the individual national champion on Memorial Day.
PURDUE TRACK: Colebrooke, Greene and 4×100 Qualify for NCAA Championships
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Senior Samson Colebrooke, junior Tamar Greene and the men’s 4×100 relay team qualified for the NCAA Championships and two top-four times in team history were set by the Purdue track & field team on Friday at the NCAA East Preliminary Round at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
Colebrooke in the 100-meter, Greene in the triple jump and the 4×100 relay squad finished in the top-12 in their respective events and advance to the national semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 9-12. The 4×100 relay and freshman Marcellus Moore each recorded top-four times in the Purdue record books.
The 4×100 relay team of Colebrooke, senior Malcolm Dotson, sophomore Justin Becker and Moore finished in 39.06 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in Purdue history. The Boilermakers placed fifth overall in the event and qualified for nationals thanks to a third-place finish in the second heat. The foursome topped their Big Ten championship-winning time of 39.30, which was the previous No. 4-ranked time in the school record books.
In the triple jump, Greene was 12th overall thanks to a jump of 15.90 meters. The mark came on his third and final attempt, as he secured the east prelim’s 12th and final NCAA Championships berth in the event. His jump would rank No. 7 in team history if he weren’t’ already fifth. Greene, who won the Big Ten title outdoors and earned first team All-America accolades indoors this season, qualified for his second career NCAA Outdoor Championships, joining a 2019 appearance.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Cardinals Place 14 on Athlon Preseason All-MAC Teams
MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ball State football team had 14 selections on this week’s Athlon Preseason All-MAC teams, led by wide receiver Justin Hall, linebacker Brandon Martin and safety Bryce Cosby on the first team.
Thirteen different BSU players were honored, with Hall earning spots on the list as both a receiver and kick returner. The Cardinals’ 14 total selections were the second-most in the league behind only Central Michigan’s 17.
Nine of the 13 BSU players on the list were seniors in 2020 who are taking advantage of the additional year of eligibility offered by the NCAA in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ball State returns 16 total “super seniors” and 20 starters from a team that won the program’s first MAC title since 1996 and won the first bowl game in school history. The Cardinals finished 7-1 last fall to earn a year-end ranking of No. 23 in both the AP and Amway Coaches polls.
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Athlon Preseason All-MAC (Ball State)
Justin Hall, WR
Brandon Martin, LB
Bryce Cosby, S
Curtis Blackwell, OL
Christian Albright, LB
Amechi Uzodinma II, CB
Drew Plitt, QB
Yo’Heinz Tyler, WR
Kaleb Slaven, OL
Anthony Ekpe, LB
Justin Hall, KR
Chris Agyemang, DL
Jaylin Thomas, LB
Nathan Snyder, P
NOTRE DAME TRACK: IRISH MEN SEND THREE MORE TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FRIDAY
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Fighting Irish track and field men’s squad completed their stay at the NCAA East Regionals on Friday, sending four athletes to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon over the course of the meet.
Yared Nuguse moved one step closer to defending his NCAA title in the 1,500m, as he placed second in the regional finals with a time of 3:36.85 to advance to the NCAA Championships. Nuguse won a thrilling 1,500m race earlier this season at Hayward Field, the historic track that will host the 2021 NCAA Championships.
After finishing fourth at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800m, Samuel Voelz will be heading to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June after qualifying on Thursday with a time of 1:48.13. Voelz won his heat and finished fifth overall in the event.
Dylan Jacobs closed out the men’s competition at the NCAA Regionals in fashion for the Irish, producing a second-place finish in his heat in the 5,000m race with a time of 13:48.55 to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships. Jacobs finished ninth overall in the event.
The other Irish men’s athlete to qualify for the championships is Michael Shoaf, who earned the distinction on Wednesday in the shot put.
The fourth and final day of the NCAA East Regionals in Jacksonville will feature the women’s event finals. Notre Dame’s Madison Schmidt gets the team going on Saturday, May 29 with the high jump at 1 p.m. ET.
NCAA REGIONALS – DAY 3Jacksonville, Florida
May 28, 2021
5 – Samuel Voelz (1:48.13 – Qualified for NCAA Championships)
2 – Yared Nuguse (3:36.85 – Qualified for NCAA Championships)
3,000m Steeplechase Final
34 – Colin Daly (9:14.19)
40 – Will Daly (9:25.44)
9 – Dylan Jacobs (13:48.55)
14 – Kenny Vasbinder (13:49.48)
17 – Matthew Carmody (13:52.36)
25 – Andrew Alexander (14:02.49)
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: NO. 3 IRISH FALL IN POOL FINALE AGAINST VIRGINIA
CHARLOTTE — The top-seeded Notre Dame baseball team got bit by the long ball as they fell to eight-seed Virginia 14-1 Friday afternoon at Truist Field in the Pool A finale.
Virginia (29-22) tallied four home runs in the game to take a commanding lead early on. The deficit was too far for the Irish (30-11) to fight back from as their tournament run came to a close.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia jumped out to a big lead in the top of the second with three home runs in the inning. A two-run shot from Nic Kent got the scoring started followed by a two-run homer from Alex Tappen and a solo shot from Jake Gelof. After the first two innings of play, the Cavaliers led 5-0.
The Cavaliers added a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth to extend their lead to 9-0 after five innings of play.
Virginia added on in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
The Irish did plate a run across in the bottom of the ninth after an RBI single from Danny Neri scored Alex Brait from second.
The Irish will turn their attention to Selection Monday to await their postseason hopes. The Irish are looking to earn their first berth to the NCAA Tournament since the 2015 season and potentially host a regional for the first time since 2004. The show will air on ESPN2 on Monday, May 31 at Noon ET.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Power Past Southern Illinois to Advance in MVC Championship
CARBONDALE, Ill. – No. 2 Indiana State and No. 4 Southern Illinois went toe-to-toe Friday afternoon at Itchy Jones Stadium with the Sycamores coming out on top over the Salukis 11-8 to advance in the winners’ bracket of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.
Indiana State scored runs in seven of the nine innings, putting the leadoff man on base in five innings. The Sycamores picked up production throughout the order as every player in the lineup recorded a base hit or an RBI.
Redshirt junior Jordan Schaffer became the third Sycamore in as many games to hit multiple home runs in a single game after connecting on two against the Salukis. The West Terre Haute, Ind., native, took the first pitch of the game from Ben Chapman and put it over the wall in left field for his fifth home run of the season before hitting his second home run in the fifth to tie the game at four.
The Salukis answered back in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run from Nick Neville to take a 2-1 lead — one of two home runs in the game for the shortstop.
Sean Ross went on to drive in the tying run from second with a single to left — his third hit in five plate appearances during the tournament — before Max Wright belted his 15th home run of the season out to center in the third inning of action.
Ross drove in the go-ahead run for the Sycamores in the sixth inning — finishing the game with two hits and a pair of RBIs.
Right-hander Will Buraconak helped the Sycamores out of a jam in the fifth after the Salukis loaded the bases with one out. Buraconak would pick up a strikeout and get a fly ball to center to hold SIU to just one run.
Brian Fuentes extended the ISU lead to 8-5 in the seventh with a two-RBI single to left to score Aaron Beck and Ellison Hanna II. The Sycamores went on to put up their third crooked number of the game in the ninth, scoring three insurance runs that would come into play. With the bases loaded Wright was hit-by-pitch to bring in the first run before Miguel Rivera singled in a run. Beck capped off the scoring run with a sacrifice fly.
All three runs were important as the Salukis picked up a two-run home run from JT Weber in the bottom of the ninth before the call to the bullpen for Tyler Grauer. The southpaw would strike out the only two batters he faced to secure his 20th career save — moving into a tie for second place all-time in program history.
Zach Frey made the start for the Sycamores and tossed 3.1 innings, striking out here and allowing three runs, Buraconak (1-1) earned the victory for the Sycamores after pitching one inning. Sycamore reliever Connor Fenlong threw 44 pitches over three innings and powered through 14 batters, striking out four.
Tanner Lewis took the loss for SIU, falling to 4-2 after allowing three runs in relief. Ben Chapman went four innings in the start, striking out seven, walking one and allowing three runs on three hits.
Weber led the Salukis with three hits while Tristan Peters and Neville had two hits each.
The Sycamores will continue to play in the winners’ bracket as the team is set to face top-seed Dallas Baptist Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN Plus.
WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Four homers and Brehmer’s complete game send Raidergang into title game
The top-seeded Wright State baseball team advanced to Saturday’s 2021 Horizon League Championship game with a 15-4 win at Nischwitz Stadium over No. 2 UIC behind a pair of home runs from HL Player of the Year Quincy Hamilton and a home run each from Tyler Black and Sammy Sass.
The Raiders will take on No. 4 seed Milwaukee, who survived an 11-inning elimination game on Friday night, in the 2021 Horizon League Championship. First pitch is scheduled for a 1 p.m. from The Nisch.
After UIC jumped ahead with a two-run homer from Joshua Figueroa in the top of the first, Raider starter Bradley Brehmer allowed only three hits over the final eight innings on the way to his first career complete game and his eighth win of the season, striking out three batters with two walks allowed and the four total hits.
The Raiders (34-11) chipped into the small deficit with a single run in the first inning on a Black RBI groundout before a six-run second inning, sending 10 batters to the plate with a two-run single from Damon Dues and an RBI single from Justin McConnell before Black delivered a three-run homer over the scoreboard in right field as Wright State took control of the game.
Wright State added to the lead in the fourth with Hamilton’s first homer, a two-run shot over the left field wall, before two runs from UIC in the top of the sixth. The Raiders wrapped up the win with a three-run homer in both the seventh and eighth frames. In the seventh, Sass set his three-right blast just inside the foul pole down the right field line before Hamilton connected on his second shot for a three-run homer of his own, clearing the scoreboard in right field.
Sass finished with a game-high three hits and three RBI, while the Raiders had two hits from Dues, Hamilton, McConnell and Alec Sayre as every player in the lineup had a hit. Hamilton’s five RBI paced all players, while Black had four RBI.
Matt Bottcher had two of UIC’s four hits, while Figueroa drove in three RBI. Starter Chris Torres allowed seven runs on eight hits in 1.2 innings on the way to the loss.
DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Advances To Second-Straight A-10 Championship Game With Win Over Rhode Island
RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Dayton baseball team will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship Game for the second-consecutive season after knocking off Rhode Island 3-1 in an elimination game on Friday afternoon. The Flyers take on VCU, needing two wins against the Rams to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.
Dayton will look to win the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2012, and the team improves to 24-26 on the season with the victory, using an eight-inning, one-run performance from graduate student R.J. Wagner to carry the team to the win.
Wagner picked up his first win of the season in the biggest game to this point of the season for Dayton, keeping Rhode Island’s offense at bay once Dayton took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Benjamin Blackwell led the team with two hits in the contest and senior Riley Tirotta and junior Jay Curtis each drove in a run for UD in the contest.
ON THE MOUND
With the Flyers facing both elimination as well as a potential for two games Saturday, Wagner came up big for Dayton, saving much of UD’s pitching staff in the longest outing of his five-year career at the university. The Zionsville, Ind., native’s previous long came on March 24, 2019 in a seven-inning outing against Saint Louis. Against the Rams on Friday, Wagner allowed just four hits and struck out six, a season high.
Senior Jonathan Brus entered in the ninth for Dayton, recording the first out of the inning before graduate student Justin Longbrake finished the contest, earning his second save of the season. Longbrake got the only two batters he faced in the game to ground out, securing a trip to the title game for Dayton.
Top 1: (2-0 Flyers)
Junior Marcos Pujols started a two-out rally with a double to left field, scoring on a single by Tirotta. Tirotta advanced to second on the throw and would steal third and score on a throwing error by the Rhode Island catcher, giving Dayton an early 2-0 lead on Friday.
Bottom 1: (2-1 Flyers)
Back-to-back singles led to lead off the inning put two Rams on. A fly out to right field moved a runner to third and that runner would score on a fielder’s choice on the next play, cutting the lead to one run.
Top 6: (3-1 Flyers)
Graduate student Chris Cabrera reached on a one-out walk, and a walk to graduate student Eddie Pursinger put two on with two outs for Curtis. The Dayton catcher singled to left field adding an insurance run for the Flyers and finishing the scoring for the contest, securing the win for Dayton.
The Flyers will return Saturday, needing to win two-straight games against VCU. The first game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.
OHIO STATE TRACK: FOUR, FOR NOW, QUALIFY FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tyler Johnson and Eric Harrison have qualified for the NCAA Championships June 9-12 at Eugene Ore., in two events apiece to lead a team of four Ohio State Buckeyes out of the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla., and on to the national stage.
Johnson qualified individually in his specialty, the 400 meters, by taking fourth overall in 45.31. He teamed with Kainnan Ramsey, Harrison and Adrian Curry to qualify for nationals in the 4×100 relay sixth overall in 39.10. The time is No. 11 nationally this year and it is the fifth-fastest in Ohio State school history.
Harrison, the Big Ten 200 meters champion, took first in his heat, was sixth overall and qualified in the 200 with a time of 20.31. Harrison, unfortunately, missed out in the 100. Despite running the second-fastest time of his life – 10.17 – he finished 17th overall as all 12 100 meters qualifiers to Eugene ran 10.10 or faster.
Johnson was also a part of Ohio State’s 4×400 relay team that finished in the dark in 3:09. That’s right. Midway through this 4×400 the lights went out at Hodges Stadium, fans immediately went to their phones and turned on their flashlights, and the race literally finished this way.
Late Friday night the race was still under review because of the darkness during Heat 2. Because of the difficulty in seeing and possible lane violations during this heat, Ohio State, Miami, Charlotte, Mississippi State & Akron – the five relay teams that didn’t automatically qualify in this heat – may get an opportunity to race again Saturday to record a Top 10, 11 or 12 time that would qualify them for nationals.
The men’s throwing seasons came to an end today, but not before Tanner Watson sent the discus further than all but two former Buckeyes: 54.80m / 179-9. His effort was a personal best and just missed qualifying him for the national championships. He finished 16th and the top 12 advanced to Eugene.
Watson’s teammate, Carlos Aviles, threw 49.26m / 161-7 to cap a successful season for him that included personal bests in the outdoor shot put and the discus.
A memorable year for Nick Miller also came to a close Friday evening as he missed out on a trip to Eugene by running the 800 in 1:52.09.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: BUCKEYES WIN A WILD ONE, 13-10 OVER NORTHWESTERN
COLUMBUS, Ohio – All’s well that ends well for Ohio State as the Buckeyes came away with a 13-10 victory in a wild series opener with Northwestern on Friday evening at Bill Davis Stadium.
Nothing was right at the beginning of the night for the Buckeyes (21-19). It was gray, overcast, breezy, rainy and temperatures were in the low 50s on May 28. Oh, and Northwestern scored five times in the top of the first. But Ohio State got a two-homer game from shortstop Zach Dezenzo and a great outing in relief from Will Pfennig that helped right the ship and allow for the Buckeyes’ comeback.
- Northwestern took advantage of starter Seth Lonsway’s wildness in the top of the first, scoring five times. The big blow was a three-run homer by David Dunn.
- The Buckeyes struck back with four runs on three hits in the third. Archer Brookman clubbed a two-run home run to get the scoring started.
- Zach Dezenzo then tied the game at 7-7 with a three-run bomb against the wind in the fourth inning.
- OSU added two more in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Colton Bauer and an RBI single by Brookman.
- Dezenzo smoked a line drive to right-center in the seventh that carried over the wall for his second three-run home run of the night and the Buckeyes led 13-7.
- Northwestern pushed three runs across in the top of the eighth and had the tying run at the plate but Patrick Murphy got out of the jam.
- Zach Dezenzo was 3-for-5 on the night, marking his 14th multi-hit game of the season
- The six runs batted in by Dezenzo were a career-high and his two home runs also tied a career-high
- Colton Bauer’s three hits were a career high as a Buckeye. He also had two doubles on the night.
- Archer Brookman tied his Buckeye career-high with three runs batted in.
- After a wild start, Will Pfennig came in and settled the game down for the Buckeyes, going 3.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) with five strikeouts.
- TJ Brock picked up his eighth save of the season and the first since April 9 at Michigan.
- In just his second start of the year at third base, Marcus Ernst collected a career-high three walks
XAVIER BASEBALL: Xavier Takes 4-2 Win Over Seton Hall to Stay Alive in BIG EAST Tournament
CINCINNATI – After a lengthy rain delay, Xavier baseball picked up an early-morning win to continue play in the BIG EAST Baseball Championship, topping the No. 3 seed Seton Hall, 4-2, to move on in the bracket.
In a game that was delayed to a 10:00 p.m., first pitch, the Pirates struck first, taking a one-run lead in the first inning. SHU held the lead until the fifth when Luke Franzoni drove in a pair of runs with a triple to put the Musketeers in front, 2-1.
The Pirates came back to tie it up in the bottom of the seventh, but the Musketeers responded in the next frame to retake the lead, 3-2. Xavier added another run in the ninth to secure the 4-2 win in the early morning hours of Saturday and advanced to play later in the day.
Xavier moved to 26-25 on the season and now moves on to play in game 5, where the No. 4 seeded Musketeers will face the loser of game 4 between No. 1 UConn and No. 2 Creighton. Game 4 is set for noon, with the Musketeers scheduled to get started at approximately 4:00 p.m.
INDY INDIANS: Storm Chasers Shut Out Indians, 3-0
PAPILLION, NEB. – The Indianapolis Indians lost their fifth consecutive game in shutout fashion against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Friday night, 3-0. With the Indians loss, Omaha has clinched a series win with two games still remaining in the six-game set.
Omaha (14-7) jumped out to an early lead in the third inning with back-to-back singles from Alcides Escobar and Edward Olivares and a two-out RBI single from Emmanuel Rivera. That’s all it took for the Storm Chasers to seal the win as Omaha’s pitching shut down Indy’s offense.
The Indians (11-10) threatened with one out in the the top of the fifth inning with their only two hits of the game, singles by Andrew Susac and Anthony Alford, but Jackson Kowar (W, 5-0) retired the next two batters and stranded both runners on.
With one out in the top of the seventh, the Indians had one more chance to strike with the bases loaded following walks to Susac, Alford and Ethan Paul, but relief pitcher Jace Vines struck out the top of the order to escape the jam unscathed.
With a home run over the left field fence for Ryan McBroom off Kyle Keller, the Storm Chasers tacked on one more in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend their lead to 3-0.
Steven Wright (L, 1-1) took his first loss of the season after giving up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Austin Davis entered the game in the sixth inning and threw 1.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
The Indians continue the series vs. the Storm Chasers Saturday night at 8:05 PM ET. RHP Beau Sulser (2-1, 3.78) will take the mound for Indy while Omaha has yet to name a starting pitcher.
INDY FUEL: KOMETS SNEAK PAST THE FUEL IN OVERTIME
NDIANAPOLIS – In the first of three straight matchups, the Indy Fuel hosted the Fort Wayne Komets on Friday night. Throughout the majority of the game, Indy led thanks to a goal from Peter Krieger. Tying the game late in the third period, Matt Murphy forced overtime where Brandon Hawkins scored the game-winner 30 seconds in.
With Fort Wayne leading shots 2-1, neither team would be able to get much going through the first half of the opening period. Indy would be given a full, two-minute 5-on-3 power play but Robbie Beydoun and the Fort Wayne penalty kill would hold them off. Neither team would be able to put the puck in the net through the first 20 minutes, sending them into the locker room tied 0-0.
Controlling the beginning of the second period, the Fuel would be the first team to get on the board when a shot by Willie Raskob was tipped by Peter Krieger past Beydoun. Although earning multiple chances on the man advantage, Fort Wayne would be unable to beat Fuel goaltender Sean Romeo throughout the remainder of the second period.
Throughout the first 10 minutes of the final stanza, Indy and Fort Wayne traded chances, tying them 4-4 in shots. The Komets would score to tie the game at the 6:25 mark in the third period when Matt Murphy one-timed a pass from Anthony Nellis over the shoulder of Romeo. The Fuel would weather a storm of Komets chances in the final minutes to force a seven-minute overtime period. Taking advantage of an odd-man rush, Brandon Hawkins would score net the overtime winner 30 seconds into the period.
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1905 According to legend, Dodger hurler Elmer Stricklett introduces the spitball, helping Brooklyn to beat the Giants, 4-3. Before the 1921 season, the spitball will be banned, except for 17 existing spitballers who are allowed to keep throwing the slippery pitch legally until they are retired, including Burleigh Grimes, who will be the last player to throw a doctored pitch before retiring in 1934 legally.
1909 Recently elected William Howard Taft joins 14,000 fans at Pittsburgh’s Exposition Park to watch the Pirates play the Cubs, becoming the first sitting president to attend a baseball game outside of Washington, D.C. The Commander in Chief proves to be a bad luck charm when the Bucs drop an 8-3 decision to Chicago, marking the only time the team loses in a span of 19 games.
1911 Riding the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Cubs complete their 191-mile journey from Columbus, Ohio, to their game in Pittsburgh in three hours and thirty-five minutes. The trip, which sets a land-speed record, will last 75-minutes longer than the time it will take Chicago to beat the Bucs at Forbes Field, 4-1.
1916 The Giants beat Boston for their 17th consecutive road win when Christy Mathewson scatters four singles to get the complete-game 3-0 victory at Braves Field. New York surpasses the major league mark established by the Senators, who had won 16 straight games as the visiting team in 1912.
1922 The Supreme Court rules that organized baseball is a sport and not a business, which exempts major league clubs from antitrust laws and interstate commerce rules. The unanimous court decision held that professional baseball did not meet the definition of interstate commerce, because, although teams travel between states, the travel is “incidental” to the business with all the revenue generated from the actual games.
1928 At Ebbets Field, Bill Terry hits for the cycle to pace the Giants to a 12-5 victory over the Robins (Dodgers). The New York first baseman is the first player in major league history to include a grand slam as part of the cycle.
1941 The Cardinals collect their tenth consecutive win when the team beats the Reds, 10-9, thanks to shortstop Marty Marion’s spectacular grab of Ernie Lombardi’s line drive, doubling off Ernie Koy to end the contest. The Sportsman’s Park victory marks the Redbirds’ fifth straight one-run winning decision, includes three back-to-back games decided in the team’s last at-bat.
1946 In a reverse integration role, Edward Klep becomes the first white to play in the Negro leagues. In a game played in Grand Rapids, the Erie, Pennsylvania native tosses seven innings for the Cleveland Buckeyes against the American Giants in his debut with the Negro American League team.
1950 David Tracy resigns as the Browns’ team psychologist due to the lack of cooperation from the players. The 8-22 last-place team loses confidence in their psychological guru when his use of hypnosis, used to relax the struggling players, fails to improve the club’s on-field performance.
1951 Indians GM Hank Greenberg flies to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to personally preside over the signing ceremony of Billy Joe Davidson, a 17 year-old American Legion standout. The Marion southpaw, who reportedly agreed to a $150,000 deal to play for the Tribe, will compile a 54-53 record, including a no-hitter, during his six years in the minors, but will never play a game in the major leagues.
1956 Gus Bell connects for three consecutive home runs, helping the Reds beat the Cubs, 10-4. The Cincinnati center fielder collects 14 total bases, going 5-for-5 while collecting seven RBIs in the Wrigley Field contest.
1956 In a 10-1 loss to the Dodgers at Forbes Field, Dale Long is held hitless by Don Newcombe, ending his consecutive-game home run streak. The Pirates’ first baseman had established a new major league mark by homering in the last eight Pittsburgh contests.
1962 Buck (John) O’Neil, previously a scout with the Cubs, becomes the first black coach in major-league baseball after accepting a job with the organization.
1965 Dick Allen’s 529-foot blast clears the left-center field roof, over the Coke Sign, at Connie Mack Stadium. The Phillies’ third baseman’s two-run prodigious poke off Chicago’s right-hander Larry Jackson proves to be the difference in Philadelphia’s 4-2 victory.
1966 For the second consecutive day, Ron Santo delivers a walk-off home run in extra-innings against Atlanta when his 10th-inning blast gives the Cubs a 3-2 victory at Wrigley Field. Yesterday, the third baseman ended the game with a three-run, 12th-inning homer, beating the Braves, 8-5.
1976 In a pitching matchup that features the Niekro brothers facing one another, Astro Joe beat the Braves and Phil, 4-1. Adding insult to injury, Joe hits his first and only home run in his 22-year career off his older sibling.
1978 In a 14-inning one-run loss to Pittsburgh, Phillies’ outfielder Garry Maddox ties a franchise record when he swipes four bases. The Philadelphia fleet flychaser equals the mark set in 1906 by Sherry Magee, who accomplished the feat twice that season.
1979 At Dodger Stadium, Dusty Baker, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Garvey, Gary Thomasson, Derrel Thomas, Joe Ferguson, and Davey Lopes set a team record by hitting seven home runs as the Dodgers crush the Reds, 17-6.
1981 The Mets trade relief pitcher Jeff Reardon and outfielder Dan Norman, who was obtained from the Reds in the 1977 Tom Seaver trade, to the Expos for Ellis Valentine.
1982 Paul Splittorff pitches eight solid innings in the Royals’ 14-1 rout of Texas at Arlington Stadium. The southpaw’s victory makes him the all-time franchise leader with 145 wins, one more than Dennis Leonard.
1982 LaMarr Hoyt’s 14-game winning streak ends as the Indians beat the White Sox, 5-2.
1985 The Phillies move Gold Glove third baseman Mike Schmidt to first base, replacing him at the hot corner with Rick Schu. The 23 year-old rookie will hit only .252 promoting Schmidt’s return to third next season with Schu becoming a backup for the future Hall of Fame infielder.
1989 In a hastily called press conference in San Diego, Mike Schmidt tearfully informs the scribes of his retirement, which is effective immediately. The Phillies’ third baseman, nonetheless, will still be selected by the fans to start the All-Star Game, scheduled to be played at Anaheim Stadium in July.
1990 A’s Rickey Henderson’s theft of third base in the sixth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays breaks the 62 year-old American League stolen base record of 892 held by Ty Cobb.
1990 The Mets fire their manager Davey Johnson, citing the lack of team discipline that resulted in limiting the talented team to reach the postseason only twice during his six years at the helm. The popular skipper, who will be replaced by third base coach Bud Harrelson, averaged 96 victories a season, leading the club to the World Championship in 1986.
1994 The Braves deal outfielder Deion Sanders to the Reds for outfielder Roberto Kelly and minor league hurler Roger Etheridge, who will never appear in a major league game. Kelly will remain in Atlanta only for this season, batting .286 in 63 games, while Sanders stays with Cincinnati for four years, compiling a .260 average for his new team.
1996 Cal Ripken hits his 334th career round-tripper to move past Eddie Murray for first-place on the Orioles’ all-time list. The Baltimore shortstop goes deep over the left-field wall off Sterling Hitchcock in the sixth inning of the team’s 9-8 defeat to Seattle at the Kingdome.
1997 The Padres, who acquired Hideki Irabu from the Chiba Lotte Marines, send him to the Yankees, completing the trade that dealt two players to be named later, Gordon Amerson (minors) and Homer Bush to New York, in exchange for Rafael Medina, Ruben Rivera, and $3,000,000. The 28 year-old Japanese right-hander refused to sign with the San Diego, insisting he would only play with the Bronx Bombers, but often incurs owner George Steinbrenner’s wrath during his three years in the Big Apple, where he posts a mediocre 29-20 record.
2000 At Yankee Stadium, Randy Velarde completes the tenth unassisted triple play in major league history. With runners on first and second, Shane Spencer hits a line drive to the A’s second baseman, who catches the ball, tags out Jorge Posada coming from first base, and steps on second, tripling up Tino Martinez, who took off for third, to complete the rare event.
2000 At the age of 104, Fred Roberts, the oldest living Dodger fan, makes his first visit to Dodger Stadium. Wearing a jersey with the number 104, the World War I veteran cheers as Shawn Green’s sixth-inning grand slam helps to beat Al Leiter and the Mets, 4-1.
2001 The Diamondbacks beat the Giants at PacBell Park, 1-0. The 18-inning contest, which takes five hours and fifty-three minutes to play, establishes a franchise mark for Arizona in both innings played and time.
2002 Yankee fireballer Roger Clemens becomes the third major leaguer to strike out ten or more batters in at least 100 games. Nolan Ryan (215) and Randy Johnson (175) are the other two hurlers to have accomplished the feat.
2003 The Red Sox trade All-Star third baseman Shea Hillenbrand (.303, 3, 38) to the Diamondbacks for 24 year-old reliever turned starter Byung-Hyun Kim (1-5, 3.56).
2010 Roy Halladay throws the 20th perfect game in major league history, outdueling Josh Johnson in the Phillies’ 1-0 victory over the Marlins at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. The former American League Cy Young Award winner, obtained from Toronto in the off-season, joins Jim Bunning as the only other hurler in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
2010 The Giants call up Buster Posey to start at first base, and the 23 year-old rookie responds going three-for-four with three RBIs in a 12-1 rout of the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The eventual National League’s Rookie of the Year does not become the team’s starting catcher until the team trades Bengie Molina to Texas at the end of June.
2010 Kendry Morales breaks his left ankle jumping on home plate while celebrating his walk-off grand slam that just beat Seattle, 9-7. The freak injury will cause the 26 year-old talented Angel first baseman to miss the rest of the season probably.
2014 In the Blue Jays’ 8-6 loss to Kansas City at the Rogers Centre, Edwin Encarnacion hits a pair of two-run homers, both off Royals right-hander James Shields, to set a franchise record for home runs in a month with 16. The Toronto first baseman now also shares the American League mark for most home runs in May with Yankees legend Mickey Mantle.
2016 The Yankees, limited to only one hit, defeat the Rays, 2-1, thanks to Starlin Castro’s seventh-inning home run off Jake Odorizzi at Tropicana Field. The last time New York won a game while being the victim of a one-hitter occurred 102 years ago when the team beat the Indians at the Polo Grounds, 1-0.
2016 United States softball star Jennie Finch becomes the first woman to manage a pro baseball team when she leads the Bridgeport Bluefish to a 3-1 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in an Atlantic League contest played at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The Olympic gold medal-winning pitcher, an All-American at Arizona, is married to Casey Daigle, who pitched briefly for the Diamondbacks and Astros.
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|Boston||31||20||.608||0.5||15 – 13||16 – 7||12 – 6||7 – 4||6 – 8||6 – 4||W 2|
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|Baltimore||17||33||.340||14||6 – 18||11 – 15||8 – 15||0 – 4||8 – 8||0 – 10||L 10|
|Chi White Sox||29||20||.592||–||17 – 9||12 – 11||3 – 5||17 – 9||6 – 4||5 – 5||W 1|
|Cleveland||27||22||.551||2||11 – 10||16 – 12||1 – 4||19 – 11||3 – 4||6 – 4||L 1|
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|Cincinnati||22||27||.449||6||11 – 13||11 – 14||2 – 1||10 – 9||6 – 14||3 – 7||L 1|
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|Orlando City SC||3||1||2||0||4||1||3||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|
|Inter Miami CF||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||0-0-1||1-1-0||4|
|Real Salt Lake||2||2||0||0||5||2||3||1-0-0||1-0-0||6|
|Los Angeles FC||3||1||2||0||4||2||2||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|