MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONAL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA (CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES)
HARRISON VS. McCUTCHEON
PENDLETON VS. MOUNT VERNON
BATESVILLE VS. CONNERSVILLE
SHENANDOAH VS. CENTERVILLE
MONROE CENTRAL VS. WAPAHANI
KNIGHTSTOWN VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
UNION CITY VS. BLUE RIVER
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL REGIONALS TUESDAY-AREA
EASTERN HANCOCK VS. UNION COUNTY
LINCOLN VS. COWAN
|May 30, 2021 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana | 500.0 mi|
|Pos||Driver||Car #||Make||Started||Laps||Led||Points||Out ?|
|1||Helio Castroneves||06||Chassis: Dallara|
|2||Alex Palou||10||Chassis: Dallara|
|3||Simon Pagenaud||22||Chassis: Dallara|
|4||Pato O’Ward||5||Chassis: Dallara|
|5||Ed Carpenter||20||Chassis: Dallara|
|6||Santino Ferrucci||45||Chassis: Dallara|
|7||Sage Karam||24||Chassis: Dallara|
|8||Rinus VeeKay||21||Chassis: Dallara|
|9||Juan Pablo Montoya||86||Chassis: Dallara|
|10||Tony Kanaan||48||Chassis: Dallara|
|11||Marcus Ericsson||8||Chassis: Dallara|
|12||Josef Newgarden||2||Chassis: Dallara|
|13||Conor Daly||47||Chassis: Dallara|
|14||Takuma Sato||30||Chassis: Dallara|
|15||J.R. Hildebrand||1||Chassis: Dallara|
|16||Colton Herta||26||Chassis: Dallara|
|17||Scott Dixon||9||Chassis: Dallara|
|18||Jack Harvey||60||Chassis: Dallara|
|19||Marco Andretti||98||Chassis: Dallara|
|20||Scott McLaughlin||3||Chassis: Dallara|
|21||James Hinchcliffe||29||Chassis: Dallara|
|22||Ryan Hunter-Reay||28||Chassis: Dallara|
|23||Dalton Kellett||4||Chassis: Dallara|
|24||Max Chilton||59||Chassis: Dallara|
|25||Pietro Fittipaldi||51||Chassis: Dallara|
|26||Sebastien Bourdais||14||Chassis: Dallara|
|27||Felix Rosenqvist||7||Chassis: Dallara|
|28||Ed Jones||18||Chassis: Dallara|
|29||Alexander Rossi||27||Chassis: Dallara|
|30||Will Power||12||Chassis: Dallara|
|31||Simona de Silvestro||16||Chassis: Dallara|
|32||Graham Rahal||15||Chassis: Dallara|
|33||Stefan Wilson||25||Chassis: Dallara|
|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||Jason Kokrak||65||65||66||70||-14 (266)||F|
|2||Jordan Spieth||63||66||66||73||-12 (268)||F|
|3t||Charley Hoffman||71||62||72||65||-10 (270)||F|
|3t||Patton Kizzire||67||65||71||67||-10 (270)||F|
|3t||Sebastian Munoz||67||65||70||68||-10 (270)||F|
|3t||Ian Poulter||68||70||64||68||-10 (270)||F|
|7||Troy Merritt||68||71||69||65||-7 (273)||F|
|8t||Lucas Glover||74||67||65||68||-6 (274)||F|
|8t||Emiliano Grillo||70||68||68||68||-6 (274)||F|
|8t||Adam Hadwin||66||67||71||70||-6 (274)||F|
|8t||Brian Harman||69||66||69||70||-6 (274)||F|
|8t||Kyle Stanley||69||67||68||70||-6 (274)||F|
|8t||Brendon Todd||72||64||67||71||-6 (274)||F|
|14t||Abraham Ancer||70||71||67||67||-5 (275)||F|
|14t||Doug Ghim||68||71||66||70||-5 (275)||F|
|14t||Talor Gooch||67||69||68||71||-5 (275)||F|
|14t||Kramer Hickok||66||68||70||71||-5 (275)||F|
|14t||Collin Morikawa||69||66||72||68||-5 (275)||F|
|14t||Gary Woodland||70||69||69||67||-5 (275)||F|
|20t||John Augenstein||69||68||69||70||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Daniel Berger||68||68||72||68||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Wyndham Clark||70||70||68||68||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Erik Compton||65||68||70||73||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Corey Conners||70||67||68||71||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Tony Finau||69||67||68||72||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Sergio Garcia||63||69||68||76||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Adam Long||70||68||71||67||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Maverick McNealy||70||63||71||72||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Justin Rose||68||68||69||71||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Kevin Streelman||69||66||69||72||-4 (276)||F|
|20t||Vincent Whaley||69||66||72||69||-4 (276)||F|
|32t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||73||66||71||67||-3 (277)||F|
|32t||Zach Johnson||72||68||68||69||-3 (277)||F|
|32t||Nate Lashley||70||68||70||69||-3 (277)||F|
|32t||Kevin Na||73||65||71||68||-3 (277)||F|
|32t||Ryan Palmer||74||66||68||69||-3 (277)||F|
|32t||C.T. Pan||71||67||69||70||-3 (277)||F|
|32t||Cameron Tringale||67||69||71||70||-3 (277)||F|
|32t||Harold Varner III||74||64||67||72||-3 (277)||F|
|40t||Billy Horschel||71||68||72||67||-2 (278)||F|
|40t||Kevin Kisner||69||67||71||71||-2 (278)||F|
|40t||Danny Lee||72||66||69||71||-2 (278)||F|
|40t||Carlos Ortiz||70||69||71||68||-2 (278)||F|
|40t||Justin Thomas||72||66||71||69||-2 (278)||F|
|45t||Cameron Davis||70||70||71||68||-1 (279)||F|
|45t||Pat Perez||70||70||65||74||-1 (279)||F|
|45t||Robert Streb||67||68||72||72||-1 (279)||F|
|45t||Hudson Swafford||71||70||69||69||-1 (279)||F|
|45t||Richy Werenski||68||72||69||70||-1 (279)||F|
|50t||Byeong Hun An||67||71||70||72||E (280)||F|
|50t||Matt Kuchar||74||67||69||70||E (280)||F|
|50t||Tyler McCumber||69||71||71||69||E (280)||F|
|50t||Joaquin Niemann||69||69||72||70||E (280)||F|
|50t||Henrik Norlander||69||72||69||70||E (280)||F|
|50t||Brandt Snedeker||66||70||75||69||E (280)||F|
|56t||Brice Garnett||70||67||74||70||+1 (281)||F|
|56t||Brian Stuard||68||73||70||70||+1 (281)||F|
|56t||Matt Wallace||71||70||68||72||+1 (281)||F|
|59t||Doc Redman||68||72||68||74||+2 (282)||F|
|59t||Robby Shelton||70||71||67||74||+2 (282)||F|
|59t||Will Zalatoris||69||71||70||72||+2 (282)||F|
|62t||Sung Kang||74||65||66||78||+3 (283)||F|
|62t||Andrew Landry||71||70||71||71||+3 (283)||F|
|62t||Nick Taylor||71||66||71||75||+3 (283)||F|
|65t||Jason Dufner||72||66||72||74||+4 (284)||F|
|65t||Adam Schenk||73||67||72||72||+4 (284)||F|
|67t||Rory Sabbatini||69||68||73||75||+5 (285)||F|
|67t||Scott Stallings||72||68||71||74||+5 (285)||F|
|69t||Mark Hubbard||74||67||72||73||+6 (286)||F|
|69t||Chris Kirk||71||69||69||77||+6 (286)||F|
|69t||Jhonattan Vegas||73||68||74||71||+6 (286)||F|
|69t||Camilo Villegas||69||71||76||70||+6 (286)||F|
|73||Xinjun Zhang||71||70||71||77||+9 (289)||F|
|74||J.J. Henry||69||71||74||77||+11 (291)||F|
|75||D.A. Points||74||67||72||80||+13 (293)||F|
Good company: Helio Castroneves wins Indy 500 for 4th time
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis 500 was meant to mark the return of some sort of normalcy, at least for the marquee sporting events that Americans find so meaningful.
For Helio Castroneves, Indy provided a professional rebirth that pushed him into an elite club that last welcomed a new member 30 years ago. He became just the fourth four-time winner of the Indy 500 on Sunday in front of 135,000 fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, easily the largest and loudest sporting event since the start of the pandemic.
The race was postponed to August a year ago and held without spectators for the only time in its 105-year history. Given permission to open 40% of the grandstands this year, the exuberant crowd came in droves and went wild for Castroneves’ historic win for the old guys.
Biding his time until the moment was right, the veteran passed 24-year-old Alex Palou with two laps remaining and the frenzied crowd roared its approval. When the Brazilian took the checkered flag, he rushed to the fence for his traditional “Spiderman” climb that belied his 46 years.
Castroneves had been trying since 2009 to join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears, his former mentor at Team Penske, as the only four-time winners of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Mears was the last driver to join the club in 1991.
Castroneves became the fourth-oldest winner in Indianapolis 500 history, behind Al Unser (47, 1987), Bobby Unser (47, 1981) and Emerson Fittipaldi (46, 1993).
After climbing down the fence, Castroneves ran nearly a mile down the frontstretch for a victory lap on foot. He pumped his arms in the air and waved to the ecstatic crowd, his explosion of emotional energy stopped every few feet by a flood of rivals who rushed onto the track to congratulate him.
“I was drawn by the positive energy of everyone. For a long time these people want to see a four-time winner,” he said. “I say that because they tell me. Every time we sign the autographs, they are like, `I’ve never seen a four-time winner. I want to see it.’ That’s what probably made me thank all of them because they made this place special.”
Almost every member of Team Penske rushed out to meet Castroneves, including former teammate Will Power, who saw the final scoring pylon and had no idea his longtime friend won.
“I was looking up and down `Who is the 06?'” Power told Castroneves in a victory hug. “You’re a legend.”
Castroneves spent more than two decades driving for Team Penske and won three Indy 500s with the team. But he was eventually phased over to the sports car program, where he won the IMSA championship last season before Roger Penske shuttered the team and made the business decision to cut Castroneves loose.
Penske, now the owner of the speedway, embraced Castroneves in victory lane. Foyt welcomed the new member to the four-time winners club.
“He deserved it, he worked hard to get it and he finally got it,” said Foyt, who was celebrating the 60th anniversary of his first Indy 500 victory. “It wasn’t given to him and when someone works as hard as he did, I’m glad it happened for him.”
After Castroneves, still the last driver to win consecutive Indianapolis 500s in 2001 and 2002, was cut loose by Penske, he insisted he was not done racing yet.
Michael Shank agreed.
Shank hired Castroneves for the Indy 500 to complement the one-car Meyer Shank Racing team. Maybe Castroneves would have a shot to win, but he’d also boost a team that needed some veteran leadership at one of the most challenging tracks in the world.
Castroneves was also part of the winning Rolex 24 Daytona sports car team in January, taking the prestigious sports car event for the first time.
“I’ve run two races this year and won two races, I’d say that’s pretty good,” said Castroneves, who noted this might be the year for aging veterans.
“I don’t know if this is a good comparison, but Tom Brady won the Super Bowl and Phil Mickelson won the golf so here you go. The older guys are still kicking the younger guys’ butts.”
Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion, capped his first season with Tampa Bay by leading the Bucs to their first championship in 18 years at 43 years old. Mickelson at 50 became the oldest major winner last week.
Castroneves’ win was a stark contrast to the recent theme of young drivers taking over IndyCar, which now has six different winners through six races this season. Three of them have been first-time winners and four are drivers aged 24 or younger.
Castroneves found himself in a closing duel with one of the young stars, but he passed Palou for good with two laps remaining and beat him by 0.4928 seconds for the victory.
When he finally made it to the real victory lane – after a kiss from Mario Andretti, a hug from Johnny Rutherford, well wishes from just about every Indy 500 great – Castroneves sipped from his bottle of 2% milk and then dumped the rest over his head.
When he climbed into the back of a convertible for his true victory lap around the 2.5-mile speedway, most of the fans were still in the stands cheering Castroneves. The lap took more than 20 minutes to complete and the fans who stayed in the stands climbed the fence to cheer him as he passed.
“I thought the neatest thing riding around in that Camaro convertible with him was all the fans stayed, no one left. The place was packed,” Shank said. “I got to physically see the history-in-the-making type of thing. I saw a thousand people climbing the fence all around the track. It was just so cool to be a part of. I believe Helio deserves to go for a fifth Indianapolis win. We’re going to do everything we can to make that happen for him.”
Former Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, the 2019 Indy winner, was third, followed by Pato O’Ward, the 21-year-old budding IndyCar star.
CP3, Suns beat Lakers 100-92, even series after Davis hurt
LOS ANGELES (AP) Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams initially planned to sit Chris Paul for Game 4 against the Lakers. A persistent shoulder injury had reduced the point guard to a fraction of himself, and Williams didn’t think Paul could help in a crucial game.
Paul changed his coach’s mind in an emotional pregame conversation Sunday.
“He said, `Coach, let me start, and if you don’t think I’m looking like I normally do, then take me out and we’ll have to go in a different direction,'” Williams said. “This is one of those situations that I had to trust the player.”
By the time Paul was finished orchestrating their superb second half, the Suns were headed in only one direction: back to Phoenix with a 2-2 series and greatly increased confidence in these playoff newcomers’ ability to knock off the defending champs.
Paul had 18 points and nine assists, Devin Booker and Jae Crowder added 17 points apiece and the Suns leveled the first-round series with a 100-92 victory.
Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the second-seeded Suns, who took advantage of Anthony Davis’ absence from the second half with a groin injury to reclaim home-court advantage in the series after two straight losses.
Game 5 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.
Paul was largely a non-factor in Game 3 of his first postseason with his new team, clearly struggling to put up shots with his ailing right arm. After two days in which he didn’t touch a basketball, Paul looked better in Sunday’s pregame workout – and then looked a whole lot sharper in the game, contributing 12 points and all his assists in the second half of the Suns’ first road playoff victory in over 11 years.
“Everything clicks a little better with 3 on the court and with 3 being himself,” Crowder said. “I feel like we feed off of that. He’s a big part of the puzzle. It’s a little challenging when we don’t have him doing things he normally does. It’s definitely monumental that he’s out there for our team.”
Paul was grateful Williams was receptive to his fervent desire to play. He also assured his teammates that he would only persevere if he could help, telling Crowder and others: “I don’t know how long it’s going to be, but if you all feel like I’m out here looking like some trash, just tell me and I’ll get out.”
Young leads Hawks to 113-96 win over Knicks, 3-1 series lead
ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young led the way for the Atlanta Hawks, as usual.
He sure had plenty of help.
Proving they are far more than a one-man team, the Hawks unleashed a dazzling array of weapons to take control of their series against the New York Knicks.
Young scored 27 points, John Collins added 22 despite a smack to the lip and the Hawks frustrated Julius Randle and the Knicks once again, pulling away in the second half for a 113-96 victory Sunday that gave Atlanta a 3-1 lead in the series
“We have so many guys who are skilled with the basketball,” Collins said. “We have great chemistry with each other. I think the sky’s the limit with this team when we do the right things.”
The Hawks will look to wrap up their first playoff series victory since 2016 when they travel to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday night.
“Obviously, we’re excited to win a game,” Young said. “But the job’s not done. It’s not done until the series is over. We have to have that same mentality, that same approach, try to go up to New York and finish it there.”
Atlanta took control in the third quarter, stretching a four-point edge at the half to an 88-71 lead going to the final period. The Hawks led by as many as 26 before clearing their bench in by far the most lopsided game of the series.
After struggling to hit shots in the first half, Atlanta suddenly found its range. The Hawks went 10 of 19 in the third, including 5 of 9 beyond the arc. Young scored nine points, Collins added seven and Bogdan Bogdanovic closed out the third with a 3-pointer that had another big crowd bouncing in their seats.
Randle was serenaded again by chants of “Overrated! Overrated! Overrated!” every time he put one up. The roars were deafening after a sequence in the third when Randle missed on a drive and had a put-back rim out before the Knicks knocked the ball out of bounds.
Less than a minute later, Randle gave Collins a shot to the face on another move toward the basket. Nothing was called initially, but Randle was assessed an offensive foul after a video review prompted by a challenge from Hawks coach Nate McMillan.
Collins headed to the locker room to receive four stitches in his upper lip. His bottom lip was also swollen, but he was able to return to the game in the fourth quarter.
By then, the outcome was no longer in doubt.
“I loved it,” Collins said. “I felt like from the very start, we came out with the mindset that we were not going to let their physical game get to us. We matched their physicality and played our game.”
Young and five of his teammates scored in double figures, including Danilo Gallinari with 21 points. A half-dozen players knocked down 3-pointers.
Young also had nine assists and joined Stephen Curry, Kevin Johnson and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average 25 points and 10 assists through his first four career playoff games.
Randle had his highest-scoring game of the series with 23 points, but he was just 7 of 19 from the field and found himself surrounded by black-clad players every time he touched the ball. Clearly bothered by all the attention, he was called for a flagrant foul late in the game.
“We’ve got a Game 5 back at home to extend this series,” Randle said. “I love our chances. It’s not over. It’s not nearly over.”
Nets rout Celtics, Boston fan throws bottle at Kyrie Irving
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics opened up to full capacity just in time for the local fans to jeer and swear – and worse – at Kyrie Irving every time he touched the ball.
It might have been their last chance.
Irving had 39 points and 11 rebounds to quiet the first post-pandemic full house at the TD Garden, and Kevin Durant scored 42 points to give the Brooklyn Nets a 141-126 victory over Boston on Sunday night and a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Afterward, as Irving walked off the court he was nearly hit by a bottle thrown from the stands. Irving and Nets guard Tyler Johnson turned to the stands and pointed; police surrounded a man in a Kevin Garnett jersey before leading him out in handcuffs.
“Fans have got to grow up at some point,” Durant said. “I know that being in the house for a year and a half with the pandemic has got a lot of people on edge, has got a lot of people stressed out. But when you come to these games you’ve got to realize: These men are human. We’re not animals. We’re not in the circus.
“You coming to the game is not all about you as a fan. So have some respect for the game. Have some respect for the human beings. And have some respect for yourself. Your mother wouldn’t be proud of you throwing water bottles at basketball players, or spitting on players or tossing popcorn. So grow the (expletive) up and enjoy the game,” he said. “It’s bigger than you.”
The incident mirrored others in which a Philadelphia fan threw popcorn at Wizards star Russell Westbrook and one in New York spit at Atlanta’s Trae Young. Both have been banned from their respective arenas.
A spokeswoman for the TD Garden said Boston Police arrested one person Sunday night “for throwing an object.”
“We have zero tolerance for violations of our guest code of conduct,” spokeswoman Tricia McCorkle said. “And the guest is subject to a lifetime ban from TD Garden.”
But Irving said he didn’t think banning or even arresting unruly fans would be enough to solve the problem, ascribing it to “underlying racism and treating people like they’re in a human zoo.”
“People feel very entitled out here,” said Irving, who played for the Celtics from 2017-19 and said last week he experienced racism during his time in the city.
Stars carry Clippers at Mavs again, 106-81 rout evens series
DALLAS (AP) A little cat-and-mouse game between the coaches over the size of the lineups didn’t amount to much, as entertaining as it was early for another boisterous crowd in Dallas.
The big dogs of the Los Angeles Clippers were the difference on the road again, and their team is back in control of the first-round series.
Kawhi Leonard had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Paul George scored 20 points and the Clippers manhandled the Mavericks, winning 106-81 in Game 4 on Sunday night to keep the road team perfect in a Western Conference series now tied 2-2.
“The pace and the speed he’s playing with is what we need,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said about Leonard. “It’s unbelievable.”
Reggie Jackson added 15 points, and the fourth-seeded Clippers are headed home for Game 5 on Wednesday night much more sure of themselves than when they left LA in a two-game hole.
Luka Doncic started slowly after being listed as questionable because of a cervical strain, the diagnosis for the Dallas sensation after he said following Game 3 that he felt pain in his neck and down his left arm.
Playing with medical strips on his left shoulder, and wearing a large pad in that area when he wasn’t playing, Doncic scored 19 points after averaging 38 in the first three games. He was 9 of 24 with series lows in rebounds and assists with six apiece.
“I don’t think that matters right now,” the 22-year-old star said. “Injuries are a part of basketball. I was 100 percent. But I played terrible. Just got to move on to the next one.”
Coach Rick Carlisle disagreed, and said the best hope for Dallas was two full days between games for Doncic to get rest and treatment.
“He’s in pain,” Carlisle said. “It appeared to me he couldn’t turn his neck to the left. That’s difficult for a guy that relies on peripheral vision and basically has played his whole life with his head on a swivel. His neck issue certainly contributed to a 9-for-24 night and him having some real unusual struggles.”
The Mavericks came home filled with hope of ending a 10-year run without a playoff series victory since the franchise won its first championship, knowing the number of fans was about to more than triple with loosened COVID-19 restrictions.
Avalanche blaze past Knights 7-1 in penalty-filled Game 1
DENVER (AP) The book on Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche: They’re extremely speedy.
An overlooked chapter in that book: They can turn physical, too, when push comes to shove.
MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each scored twice and the well-rested Avalanche made quick work of Vegas with their speed, beating the Golden Knights 7-1 on Sunday night in a skirmish-filled Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
What began as Colorado putting on a passing clinic – racing out to a 5-0 lead – spiraled into one fight after another. There were a total of 79 penalty minutes between the teams, including four 10-minute misconduct calls in the third period and a match penalty on Vegas’ Ryan Reaves, who was also given an attempt-to-injure penalty.
“I don’t think you can call that physicality to be honest with you,” Landeskog said. “Reaves is on a mission to hurt somebody in the third and that’s what he goes out and does. I’m sure the league will take a look at it, intent to injure.”
Young defenseman Cale Makar added a goal and three assists, while Brandon Saad and Mikko Rantanen also scored for the Avalanche, who had an extra burst after nearly a week break following a four-game sweep of St. Louis in round one.
“Everyone took it serious, the break. Wasn’t a vacation,” MacKinnon said. “Everyone was ready to go and we had a great start.”
William Karlsson scored the lone goal for Vegas. Robin Lehner was a surprise starter in net and stopped 30 shots in his first appearance of these playoffs. He stepped in for Marc-Andre Fleury, who was in goal for all seven games as the Golden Knights eliminated Minnesota on Friday.
“Playoffs are about having short memories and getting ready for the next one,” Vegas coach Pete DeBoer said. “The bottom line was we weren’t good enough tonight. They were very good.”
Game 2 is Wednesday in Denver.
Goodrow helps Lightning beat Hurricanes 2-1 in series opener
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Barclay Goodrow beat Alex Nedeljkovic for the go-ahead goal at 12:39 of the third period to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Sunday night to open their second-round playoff series.
Goodrow put the reigning Stanley Cup champions ahead for good when he headed left against Carolina defenseman Brady Skjei, then shot from a sharp angle on the left side. The puck skid underneath Nedeljkovic’s right pad as it lifted slightly off the ice near the post to break a 1-1 tie.
That lead held, with the Lightning holding off Carolina’s final minute with the empty net and extra attacker in a desperate tying attempt.
Instead, the Lightning won a road series opener for the second straight round. The Lightning swept the first two games at Florida in that six-game first-round series.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night.
Brayden Point added a second-period goal on the power play for Tampa Bay, while Andrei Vasilevskiy was sharp all day with 37 saves – including 15 in the first period against the Hurricanes buzzing out of the gate backed by a rowdy home crowd of more than 16,000.
Jake Bean scored on the power play to tie it early in the third period for Carolina, notching his first career playoff assist. The Hurricanes, who have home-ice advantage after winning the Central Division, also got another solid performance from Nedeljkovic with 28 saves.
Tampa Bay didn’t have defenseman David Savard for this one due to an upper-body injury. Then the Lightning saw fellow blue-liner Erik Cernak go down when he got sandwiched between Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov and Victor Trocheck in a collision near the boards at 18:15 of the second.
Cernak eventually got up and skated slowly to the tunnel, leaving the Lightning with five defensemen.
Carolina winger Nino Niederreiter sat out with an upper-body injury after leaving Saturday’s practice early. And that opened a space for Cedric Paquette to make his playoff debut for Carolina – and against his former Lightning teammates after spending 2014-20 with the franchise.
Mahle shines as Reds cool off Cubs with 5-1 victory
CHICAGO (AP) Tyler Mahle worked five sharp innings, Eugenio Suarez homered and the Cincinnati Reds cooled off the Chicago Cubs with a 5-1 victory Sunday.
Tyler Naquin drove in two runs for Cincinnati, and Nick Castellanos had two hits. Jonathan India also had two hits and drove in a run.
Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest active streak in the majors.
The banged-up Cubs had won six in a row. They were once again without first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who missed his fifth straight game due to back tightness.
Mahle (4-2) retired his first 12 batters. The right-hander allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked one.
The Cubs put their first two batter on in the fifth, but Mahle struck out Rafael Ortega, Patrick Wisdom and Eric Sogard to get out of the inning.
“He’s just so tough and he’s so strong,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Tyler finds an extra gear, reserve in the tank and he’s able to get big outs.
“We’ll take that every time. Tyler continues to get better.”
Tejay Antone got four outs for his third save.
Kris Bryant hit an RBI single in the eighth for Chicago’s only run. Jake Arrieta (5-5) permitted five runs – two earned – and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
“I physically felt good,” Arrieta said. “It was just one of those games when I couldn’t command the ball like I wanted to.
“It would have been nice to get the sweep. I just wasn’t able to come out more crisp.”
Cincinnati jumped in front with three in the first.
After Naquin’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly, Kyle Farmer hit a bouncer to Bryant at first. Bryant bobbled the ball before throwing to second for the forceout.
But the call was reversed after a Cincinnati challenge, and Tyler Stephenson was ruled safe to load the bases. Bryant was charged with an error.
Arrieta then hit Tucker Barnhart with the first pitch after the delay. India followed with an infield single to make it 3-0.
“They’re huge, especially in a game where we want to avoid the sweep,” Mahle said of the first-inning runs. “It takes the wind out of their sails. We do not want to lose three straight.”
Suarez led off the fourth with a long drive to left for his 12th homer. A throwing error on third baseman Wisdom led to Naquin’s two-out RBI single, chasing Arrieta.
Skubal leads Tigers to 6-2 win, rare sweep of Yankees
(AP) Rookie Tarik Skubal pitched six shutout innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat New York 6-2 Sunday for their first home series sweep of the Yankees in 21 years.
“We’ve been picking things up for a couple weeks now, but it is still great to see this group go out and sweep a team like the Yankees,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “That’s a massive momentum boost heading into a road trip.”
New York (29-24) was outscored 15-5 with 36 strikeouts during the series and went 1 for 25 with runners in scoring position. Shortstop Gleyber Torres had two errors and third baseman Gio Urshela one that contributed to a four-run third inning and a 6-0 lead for Detroit (22-31).
“This was just a bad ending to a terrible weekend, and we got to get better,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
Gary Sanchez made a baserunning blunder as the Yankees tried to rally in the eighth, stopping and jogging part of the way to second, then speeding up and getting thrown out.
“You’ve got to be aware of kind of the ballpark and surroundings,” Boone said. “Yeah, that’s a mental error.”
Michael King allowed four runs – two earned – three hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings in an erratic audition to replace injured Corey Kluber in the rotation that was no better than Deivi Garcia’s on Saturday.
New York loaded the bases with two out in the ninth, but Michael Fulmer struck out Aaron Judge, the 12th strikeout by Tigers pitching.
“I know Fulmer’s got good fastball, hard slider, kind of just looks like the fastball,” Judge said. “Couple sliders took off on me and made some bad decisions, didn’t swing at the ones hanging up the at the top of the zone.”
Detroit had not swept a three-game home series from the Yankees since May 12-14, 2000, its first season at Comerica Park.
New York has lost five of six following a six-game winning streak. The Yankees headed home for a seven-game homestand against the two teams ahead of them in the AL East, first-place Tampa Bay and second-place Boston.
“What we’ve been putting out there right now is not our best, and it’s unacceptable,” Judge said.
Before the game, Boone said Triple-A first baseman Chris Gittens was “on our radar.”
Skubal (2-7) allowed three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in his third big league win. Skubal became the first Tigers rookie to strike out at least eight batters in three straight starts.
“In my last few starts, I’ve been getting sharper as the game went on,” he said. “I’ve been trying to work on getting into that kind of rhythm right from the start instead of taking a few innings.”
New York’s first two runners reached in the first, but Judge grounded into a double play.
Nomar Mazara hit a two-run double in the bottom half, with Miguel Cabrera running through a stop sign to score on an off-line throw by left fielder Clint Frazier.
“We told Miggy in the dugout that, along with all of his other milestones, he might have just set the record for most stop signs ignored in a career,” Hinch said with a laugh. “We need Frazier to throw it over the cut-off man to get a run there and it worked out.”
Giolito fans 12, White Sox send Orioles to 13th loss in row
CHICAGO (AP) Lucas Giolito struck out 12 and the Chicago White Sox sent Baltimore to its 13th straight loss, beating the Orioles 3-1 Sunday.
The Orioles matched their worst skid since 2009. Baltimore’s all-time longest losing streak was 21 in a row in 1988.
Baltimore has been swept in four consecutive series and dropped 20 of 22 overall.
“We’re hanging around. We’re not quitting. Guys are competing,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.
Nick Madrigal hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep. The AL Central leaders have won six of seven and climbed a season-high 12 games over .500.
“I’ve never seen anybody – I’ve seen some – that never throw an at-bat away,” manager Tony La Russa said of Madrigal. “That man does not throw an at-bat away ever, and that’s to our benefit.”
Giolito (5-4) allowed a run, three hits and three walks in seven innings. His 12 strikeouts were one shy of his career high.
“Any game after a doubleheader where we play 14 innings, it’s on that starter the next day to give it their best effort and pitch deep,” Giolito said. “I had my eye on the pitch count pretty much from the first inning on, making sure I was trying to fill up the zone early with first-pitch strikes, putting guys away in four pitches or less, and we were able to do that for the most part.”
The Orioles loaded the bases against Giolito in the sixth with a bunt single and two walks before Anthony Santander struck out and Maikel Franco fouled out. Baltimore scored just seven runs in the series.
“We’re in the game, another close game,” Hyde said. “We just don’t quite score enough runs. Besides that seventh, we threw the ball really well.”
Liam Hendriks pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save and third in three games.
“Lot of season left, and he said he was good and he convinced the trainer and the pitching coach,” La Russa said.
It was 1-all in the seventh when Tim Anderson singled, stole second, took third on a wild pickoff throw by Dillon Tate (0-3) and scored on Madrigal’s triple. Yoan Moncada followed with an RBI single.
Anderson, Madrigal and Moncada had two hits apiece. DJ Stewart homered and Cedric Mullins had two hits for the Orioles.
Stewart homered off Giolito in the third.
Wild Chatwood helps Indians beat Blue Jays 6-5 for DH split
CLEVELAND (AP) Tyler Chatwood forced in the tying run with his fourth straight walk in another wild outing, Jose Ramirez followed with a game-ending sacrifice fly and the Cleveland Indians rallied for two runs in the seventh inning without a hit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Sunday and gain a doubleheader split.
Teoscar Hernandez and Rowdy Tellez homered in the fourth inning off Aaron Civale to lift Toronto to a 4-1 win the opener, and Blue Jays led 4-0 in the sixth inning of the nightcap of the twin-bill of seven-inning games under pandemic rules.
Cleveland’s rally began when third baseman Santiago Espinal booted leadoff hitter Yu Chang’s grounder for an error. Rene Rivera hit an RBI double off Matz and scored on Rosario’s single off the pitcher’s glove as Cleveland cut its deficit to 4-2.
Toronto brought in Chatwood, who last Sunday walked two batters in the ninth against Tampa Bay, and Travis Bergen followed with three straight bases-loaded walks in the Blue Jays’ 6-4 loss.
This time, Chatwood (0-2) allowed Jose Ramirez’s RBI single and Harold Ramirez’s run-scoring double, then walked Eddie Rosario before pinch-hitter Jake Bauers lined out.
Marcus Semien’s RBI single off Emanuel Clase (3-2) gave Toronto broke a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh, but Chatwood walked Chang on five pitches with one out in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Bradley Zimmer on four and Cesar Hernandez on five, then walked Rosario on a 3-1 count.
“For us to be good. Chatwood needs to do the job,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He needs to be the reliever that he has been. So you’ve got to give him the chance to regroup and do the job, get a double play ball or something. He just couldn’t do it. That’s two straight bad outings but we need him. That’s a fact. He was our best reliever for the first two months and he just needs to get it back.”
Anthony Castro relieved after Chatwood threw 25 of 32 pitches for balls, and Jose Ramirez followed with a fly to right fielder Randall Grichuk as Zimmer slid home with the winning run and Toronto was prevented from a three-game sweep.
Indians bench coach DeMarlo Hale, filling in for manager Terry Francona knew patience was important for his hitters as Chatwood lost the strike zone.
“The players realized there was a little struggle throwing strikes, so they shrunk their strike zone,” Hale said. “That’s part of growing and understanding the game.”
D-backs end 13-game skid, top Cards 9-2 with Marte’s 3 RBIs
PHOENIX (AP) Ketel Marte hit a tying 457-foot home run in the third inning and go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks stop a 13-game losing streak with a 9-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Arizona, which overcame a 2-0 deficit, is just 19-35 and had been on the National League’s longest losing streak since the Diamondbacks’ 14-game skid in 2004.
“Glad that run is over,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We’re 1-0 today, and that’s all that matters.”
The Diamondbacks had not celebrated in two weeks.
“It was pretty intense. I could hear it,” Lovullo said. “It was a pretty emotional moment for those guys.”
Matt Peacock (2-1) got his first big league win as a starting pitcher, throwing 78 pitches in his third career start. He gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, struck out six and walked none.
Josh Reddick had three hits and an RBI for Arizona, which took advantage of three errors to score two unearned runs.
“The boys needed it,” Josh Rojas said. “When you are on a streak like that, everybody is thinking about it. Everybody knows it. It puts that much more pressure on every at-bat, every play and every pitch, because you are thinking about how much we need a win.
“When you get that win out of the way, you can be back to playing free and just playing the game.”
Dylan Carlson hits two hits and a homer and Andrew Knizner had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who had won four in a row.
Kwang Hyun Kim allowed four runs and a career-high nine hits in five innings.
Carlson’s first-inning homer and Knizner’s RBI double in the second build a 2-0 lead, and Tim Locastro’s RBI single in the second and Marte’s third homer this season tied the score.
Marte’s single after he fouled off five pitches in a nine-pitch at-bat put Arizona ahead 4-2.
“It was the right man in the right spot,” Lovullo said. “We have a lot of those moments that we haven’t been capitalizing on. One of the best hitters on our team just not giving in. A quality at-bat by a quality hitter.”
Shortstop Edmundo Sosa’s second error of the game, when dropped the ball while trying to take it out of his glove on Locastro’s leadoff grounder, led to to a five-run sixth.
The sloppy sixth inning included Carson Kelly’s four-pitch, bases-loaded walk from Tyler Webb – the Cardinals’ 14th bases-loaded walk this season – that followed an intentional walk to Marte,
Eduardo Escobar had an RBI single off Webb, Christian Walker and Reddick hit run-scoring singles against Jake Woodford and Nick Ahmed’ had an RBI grounder that third baseman Jose Rondon threw past first for the Cardinals’ third error.
Kokrak gets 2nd win quicker, overcoming Spieth at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jason Kokrak played in 233 PGA Tour events before getting his first victory. The big hitter didn’t have to wait nearly as long to win again, though this one may have been harder because he had to overcome a local favorite at Colonial.
Kokrak shot an even-par 70 in a final-group showdown Sunday with resurgent Jordan Spieth, winning the Charles Schwab Challenge at 14-under 266. He was two strokes better than Spieth, who hit his approach from the rough at No. 18 over the green and into the water.
“You stay in the moment and it’s a golf course. You’re playing the golf course, you’re playing yourself. You’re not really playing Jordan,” Kokrak said. “But for where we got to in comparison to some of the other players, I knew it was going to be a boxing match and see who was going to come out on top.”
There were five bogeys and five birdies for Kokrak, who twice needed two shots to get out of bunkers. There were also back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16 before a key par-saving 7-foot putt after his approach missed the 17th green.
But when he struck his round-ending 4-footer, he followed the ball to the cup and finally broke into a smile when celebrating with caddie David Robinson.
A huge crowd followed the only contending group all day, most of them waiting to erupt for Dallas-native Spieth, who began the round with a one-stroke lead before a bogey-filled 73. Kokrak said he heard some negative comments and knew he “definitely was not the favorite,” but did have a high school buddy and a cousin’s friend supporting him on the course.
“Naturally, you’re going to pull for the hometown kid. I appreciate it. I appreciate the gamesmanship,” Kokrak said. “Jordan was amazing all day. He’s a true champion and he’s won multiple times and is an incredible player. I’m glad to be standing victorious above a guy that’s so good.”
Kokrak, playing in his 16th tournament since winning the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in October, joined Bryson DeChambeau and Stewart Cink as the only players with two wins on the PGA Tour this season.
Spieth, the 2016 winner at Colonial, was a runner-up there for the third time after leading each of the first three rounds.
“I didn’t play well at all, quite simply,” Spieth said. “I could have shot even par today and won the golf tournament, but from the very get-go, just a really bad start, and then tried to fight my way through it. I was just really off with my golf swing. I really lost it this weekend. You just have to be in control around Colonial.”
It was still his eighth top-10 finish in his last 11 starts this year, one more top 10 than he had the previous two seasons combined.
Along with the $1.35 million winner’s check and plaid jacket, Kokrak got a customized restored 1946 Schwab Power Wagon, a truck with 40-inch tires and a model date matching the first year of Colonial, the longest-running PGA event at the same venue.
“I’m a big guy with a big truck with a big jacket and a big paycheck. So I guess everything’s bigger in Texas, right,” he said.
Charley Hoffman had a closing 65 to finish in a four-way tie for third at 10 under. He also had a tournament-best 62 on Friday, but that was sandwiched by a pair of over-par rounds (71 on Thursday and 72 on Saturday). Patton Kizzire (67), Sebastian Munoz (68) and Ian Poulter (68) were also at 10-under 270. Troy Merritt was alone in seventh at 7 under.
Sergio Garcia was in third place at 10 under to start the final round, but the 41-year-old Spaniard, who got the first of his 11 PGA Tour wins 20 years ago at Colonial, bogeyed the opening par 5, then had had a three-putt for double bogey at No. 3. He shot a 76 and tied for 20th at 276.
Kokrak took the lead for good with birdies at the longest and shortest holes. He made a 13-foot putt at the 629-yard 11th, then a 17-footer off the fringe at the 170-yard 13th after a tee shot the came close to going into the water fronting the par 3.
Spieth only had two birdies, the last with an approach to less than 2 feet on No. 9 that matched them at 14 under going to the back nine.
After going into a greenside bunker at the 551-yard opening hole, Kokrak didn’t get the ball out of there on the first try and the bogey quickly put him two strokes behind.
But Spieth, who had only two bogeys in the first 55 holes, then bogeyed three holes in a row – and had two more on the back nine. He went in the right rough and then over the green on both Nos. 2 and 3, then hit into a bunker fronting the difficult 241-yard, par-3 fourth. He blasted to six feet, but his par attempt curled around the edge of the cup.
Kokrak led for the first time after a 23-foot birdie putt at the fifth, but his other bunker trouble came at No. 7, where he bogeyed while Spieth made par after a wayward tee shot hit a tree and ricocheted into the fairway.
Osaka fined $15K for skipping French Open media; Thiem out
PARIS (AP) Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 when she skipped the news conference after her first-round victory at the French Open on Sunday – and drew a stunning warning from all four Grand Slam tournaments that she could face stiffer penalties, including disqualification or even suspension, if she continues to avoid the media.
Osaka returned to Roland Garros after sitting out the tournament last year and turned in a mistake-filled 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig at Court Philippe Chatrier on Day 1. She had declared Wednesday on social media she would not speak to the press and kept that promise.
Hours later, Osaka turned to her preferred method of communication these days, tweeting: “anger is a lack of understanding. change makes people uncomfortable.”
Other results perhaps were more newsworthy than a straight-set win by the No. 2-ranked Osaka – U.S. Open champion and two-time French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem’s 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 loss to 68th-ranked Pablo Andujar comes to mind – but the events that unfolded after the Japanese superstar’s match were of high interest.
Tennis players are required to attend news conferences if requested to do so. The maximum fine, of course, is not a big deal to Osaka, the world’s highest-earning female athlete thanks to endorsement contracts totaling tens of millions of dollars.
She framed the matter as a mental health issue, saying that it can create self-doubt to have to answer questions after a loss.
“She’s capable of making her own choices and obviously she will do always what’s best for her,” Tig said. “I think that’s what’s happening now.”
Other players, notably 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and No. 1-ranked Ash Barty, have said they respect Osaka’s right to take a stance but explained that they consider speaking to reporters part of the job.
The fine was assessed by the tournament referee at Roland Garros and announced in a joint statement from the president of the French tennis federation, Gilles Moretton, and counterparts at the sport’s other majors: Tennis Australia President Jayne Hrdlicka, All England Club Chairman Ian Hewitt and U.S. Tennis Association President Mike McNulty.
BIG TEN BASEBALL: Big Ten Announces Baseball All-Big Ten Honors and Individual Award Winners
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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten on Sunday announced the 2021 baseball individual award winners and All-Big Ten teams, as selected by the conference coaches. Nebraska’s Spencer Schwellenbach was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, Iowa’s Trenton Wallace earned Pitcher of the Year honors, Nebraska’s Max Anderson claimed Freshman of the Year recognition and Huskers head coach Will Bolt was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Schwellenbach becomes the first Nebraska standout to claim Big Ten Player of the Year honors. A shortstop and reliever for the Huskers, Schwellenbach ranks thrid overall in saves (8), fourth in assists (109), third in runs (41), sixth in walks (27) and seventh in RBI (35). The team captain has pitched 25.1 innings with a 0.71 ERA and 29 strikeouts.
Wallace becomes the first Iowa hurler to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Year accolades. In 73.0 innings pitched, the left-handed starter currently paces the Big Ten in wins (7), strikeouts (106) and ERA (2.34). Wallace is the second Hawkeye pitcher to strike out more than 100 batters in a single season, joining Jim Magrane, who struck out 110 during the 1999 season.
Anderson becomes the second Nebraska player to capture Big Ten Freshman of the Year plaudits and the first since 2016. The third baseman leads the conference in hits (60) and is eighth in the league with a .337 average.
Bolt was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, becoming the second Nebraska head coach to earn the honor. Bolt guided the Huskers to their second Big Ten Championship and first since 2017.
The Big Ten also announced the Sportsmanship Award honorees from each institution. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
The complete list of All-Big Ten teams and award winners can be found below.
Player of the Year: Spencer Schwellenbach, Nebraska
Pitcher of the Year: Trenton Wallace, Iowa
Freshman of the Year: Max Anderson, Nebraska
Coach of the Year: Will Bolt, Nebraska
All-Big Ten First Team
C – Luke Roskam, Nebraska
1B – Anthony Calarco, Northwestern
2B – Ted Burton, Michigan
SS – Benjamin Cowles, Maryland
3B – Jackson Raper, Illinois
OF – Grant Richardson, Indiana
OF – Ben Norman, Iowa
OF – Jaxon Hallmark, Nebraska
SP – Trenton Wallace, Iowa
SP – Steven Hajjar, Michigan
SP – Cade Povich, Nebraska
RP – Spencer Schwellenbach, Nebraska
DH – Justin Janas, Illinois
At-Large – Shawn Goosenberg, Northwestern
All-Big Ten Second Team
C – Griffin Mazur, Michigan
1B – Conner Pohl, Ohio State
2B – Zack Raabe, Minnesota
SS – Benjamin Sems, Michigan
3B – Max Anderson, Nebraska
OF – Chris Alleyne, Maryland
OF – Tito Flores, Michigan
OF – Kade Kern, Ohio State
SP – Gabe Bierman, Indiana
SP – McCade Brown, Indiana
SP – Cameron Weston, Michigan
RP – Ryan Ramsey, Maryland
DH – Matt Wood, Penn State
At-Large – Michael Trautwein, Northwestern
All-Big Ten Third Team*
C – Ryan Hampe, Illinois
1B – Jimmy Obertop, Michigan
2B – Izaya Fullard, Iowa
SS – Branden Comia, Illinois
3B – Chris Brito, Rutgers
OF – Zaid Walker, Michigan State
OF – Ben Nisle, Purdue
OF – Miles Simington, Purdue
SP – Andrew Hoffmann, Illinois
SP – Garrett Burhenn, Ohio State
SP – Seth Lonsway, Ohio State
RP – Willie Weiss, Michigan
RP – TJ Brock, Ohio State
DH – Mike Bolton, Purdue
At-Large – Cole Barr, Indiana
All-Big Ten Freshman Team
C – Luke Shliger, Maryland
2B – Paul Toetz, Indiana
SS – Mitch Jebb, Michigan State
3B – Max Anderson, Nebraska
OF – Morgan Colopy, Indiana
OF – Kade Kern, Ohio State
OF – Ryan Lasko, Rutgers
SP – Riley Gowens, Illinois
SP – Jason Savacool, Maryland
SP – Nick Powers, Michigan State
RP – John Modugno, Indiana
DH – Ethan O’Donnell, Northwestern
At-Large – Matthew Shaw, Maryland
At-Large – Brice Matthews, Nebraska
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Nate Lavender, Illinois
Collin Hopkins, Indiana
Grant Leonard, Iowa
Elliot Zoellner, Maryland
Joe Pace, Michigan
Andrew Morrow, Michigan State
Jack Wassel, Minnesota
Joe Acker, Nebraska
Charlie Bourbon, Northwestern
Joe Gahm, Ohio State
Conor Larkin, Penn State
Trent Johnson, Purdue
Kyle Muller, Rutgers
*Additional honorees due to ties
INDIANA BASEBALL: Richardson Headlines Eight All-Big Ten Honorees for Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Eight members of the Indiana University baseball team earned All-Big Ten honors on Sunday, the conference office announced.
OF Grant Richardson was named First-Team All-Big Ten, while both RHP Gabe Bierman and RHP McCade Brown were named Second-Team All-Big Ten. INF Cole Barr earned third-team honors as an at-large selection, while INF Paul Toetz, OF Morgan Colopy and RHP John Modugno were named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. C Collin Hopkins was named Indiana’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree.
Richardson had a tremendous year for Indiana, earning First-Team All-Big Ten honors. He led the Hoosiers with a .320 batting average, 55 hits and 11 stolen bases. Richardson also totaled nine doubles, two triples and 33 RBI on the season. He also had a team-high 19 multi-hit games on the season to go with seven multi-RBI games, starting all 44 contests for IU.
Bierman was a rock for the Hoosiers on the mound this season, posting a 5-4 record with a team-best 2.68 ERA to earn Second-Team All-Big Ten honors. He struck out 80 batters over 74.0 innings pitched, allowing opponents to bat just .179 against him. Bierman also recorded a team-high eight quality starts on the year.
In his first season as a starter, Brown made the most of his opportunity, earning second-team all-conference accolades. The right-hander struck out a team-best 97 batters in just 61.0 innings of work, posting an ERA of 3.39 and a record of 5-4. He allowed opponents to bat just .164 this season. On April 10, he and RHP Braydon Tucker combined to throw a no-hitter in an 8-0 win over Illinois.
Earning Third-Team All-Big Ten honors for IU was Barr, who batted .292 on the season and led the Hoosiers with eight home runs, 35 RBI, a .526 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .415. He also recorded eight doubles, two triples and four stolen bases on the year. Barr started all 44 games for Indiana.
Colopy played in 33 games this season as a true freshman for IU, earning 33 starts and Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors. He batted .274 on the season with eight doubles, a triple, five home runs and 21 RBI on the year.
Making a team-best 16 appearances on the mound this season, Modugno earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors. The right-hander posted a record of 3-1 on the season, making four starts. He posted an ERA of 2.09 with 40 strikeouts in 38.2 innings pitched, limiting opponents to a batting average of .207.
After sitting out the 2020 season with an injury, Toetz was an immediate contributor for Indiana this season, earning all-freshman team accolades. He started all 43 games in which he appeared, batting .281 on the season with a Big Ten-leading 18 doubles. Toetz also had one home run and 24 RBI on the year.
A leader on and off the field for the Hoosiers, Hopkins was named Indiana’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. The redshirt senior batted .209 on the season with 10 doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI.
INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana Takes Down No. 25 Maryland, 7-3
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Indiana University baseball team defeated the No. 25-ranked Maryland Terrapins, 7-3, on Sunday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park, Md.
With the victory, the Hoosiers end the regular season with an overall and Big Ten record of 26-18. Maryland ends the regular season with a mark of 28-16 on the year and in conference action.
• Trailing 2-0 after four innings, the Hoosiers rallied to tie the game in the top of the fifth. OF Drew Ashley got IU on the board first with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring INF Kip Fougerousse from third base.
• OF Grant Richardson followed with an RBI single through the left side of the infield, plating OF Morgan Colopy from second to tie that game at 2-2.
• In the top of the sixth, Indiana jumped out to the lead thanks to a pair of home runs. With a runner on, DH Jordan Fucci blasted a two-run shot over the left-field fence for his fourth homer of the year.
• Fougerousse followed, hitting a no-doubt long-ball over the fence in left field for his second home run of the season.
• IU tacked on another run in the frame four batters later, when Ashley scored INF Jeremy Houston from second base on a double down the left-field line, making the Hoosier lead 6-2.
• In the top of the seventh, Fucci was at it again. On a 2-0 count, the redshirt senior launched his second homer of the game over the fence in left, giving him five on the season.
• Out of the bullpen, RHP Nathan Stahl (3-0) earned the win for Indiana, pitching three innings. He allowed just one run on three hits and struck out three.
• LHP Braden Scott pitched two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit while striking out four.
• Fucci and Fougerousse’s back-to-back home runs were the first for the Hoosiers since Drew Ashley and Matt Lloyd accomplished the feat at Maryland on March 31, 2019.
• RHP John Modugno had a solid start for the Hoosiers with four innings of work. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned on three hits and struck out four.
PURDUE BASEBALL: Purdue Rallies with 6 Unanswered for Senior Day Split
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball scored six unanswered runs over the sixth and seventh innings to rally for a 7-6 victory in the nightcap, salvaging a doubleheader split with Minnesota on Sunday’s Senior Day at Alexander Field.
Senior Mason Gavre sparked the comeback with three RBI as the Boilermakers (16-26) overcame a 6-1 deficit. His two-run double highlighted a five-run sixth inning. The first baseman plated the go-ahead run with an RBI single the following frame.
Even though he didn’t start either game, Justin Walker Jr. had a big impact on the nightcap. He also delivered a two-run single in the sixth inning after making a leaping catch at shortstop with a runner on second base in the top half of the frame.
Calvin Schapira (2-6) worked three innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory in his first relief appearance as a Boilermaker.
Cory Brooks and Jett Jackson both excelled on the mound, conceding three earned runs over a combined 12 innings as Purdue’s starting pitchers.
Brooks (3-4) worked 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in his final outing as a Boilermaker, keeping the Gophers off the scoreboard after the second inning. He put together his third quality start of the season even while registering just one strikeout. Dating back to his April 25 gem vs. Illinois, Brooks pitched 15 2/3 innings of two-run ball in his final two weekend starts at Alexander. In his two starts vs. Minnesota this year, the right-hander worked 14 2/3 innings of four-run ball.
Senior Ben Nisle made the finest catch of his career at Alexander as a four-year starter in left field. In the third inning of the nightcap, he laid out for a full extension grab on a line drive off the bat of Zack Raabe that was destined to be a two-out RBI double. Nisle singled in his first at-bat of the day to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 consecutive games, but the hit streak was snapped in the nightcap. He did finish his career riding a 14-game on-base streak.
Skyler Hunter moved into third place on Purdue’s all-time hits list while finishing his final day as a Boilermaker 4-for-9. The switch-hitter capped his career with 268 hits, going 3-for-5 as the leadoff man in the nightcap. His RBI ground out in the sixth inning plated the game-tying run.
Tyler Powers was 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in game 1. At that point, the infielder was 5-for-6 with two walks in the first two games of the pod this weekend and 10-for-12 with seven walks in his last five games dating back to May 21.
Miles Simington threw out a runner at the plate by a wide margin to end the sixth inning of game 1. The senior reached base safely three times on the day, but had to leave the nightcap after getting hit in the head by a pitch in the third inning. Simington initially walked to first base but was lifted moments later. He was able to return to the dugout a few innings later and celebrated the victory on the field with his teammates.
Mike Bolton Jr. bounced back from a tough lefty-lefty matchup in game 1 with a 2-for-3 showing in the nightcap, scoring a pair of runs after entering the game in place of Simington.
Jackson surrendered just one earned run over 4 1/3 innings as the game 2 starter, putting together his besting outing at Alexander Field.
Minnesota (6-31) received eight innings of one-run ball from lefty Jack Liffrig (2-4) in game 1. The only run the Boilermakers scored against him was unearned. They won the season series with Gophers, four games to two, and finished the season having won five of seven.
Purdue recognized eight seniors Sunday, a group that led the program through the uncertainty and obstacles of the last two seasons. It is a group that will dearly missed. The Boilermakers are slated to welcome back Powers, Bolton, Schapira, Jackson, Walker and many other experienced players for the 2022 season.
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Bradley, Weiler Earn PING All-Region Honors
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) has announced that Cole Bradley and Joe Weiler have been named PING All-Midwest Region.
Weiler earns All-Region honors for the second time after being named last year. Weiler had an outstanding senior season, leading the team in stroke average (72.17), while finishing tied for second at the Big Ten Championships, Purdue’s highest finish since Pariya Junhasavasdikul won medalist honors in 2007. He placed tied for 10th at the NCAA Noblesville Regional for his fourth top-10 finish of the season. He would finish with 12 rounds of even-par or better (out of 24 played) and has seven top-10 finishes in 14 events spanning the last two seasons.
Weiler owns the fourth- and fifth-lowest stroke averages in school history (5th – 2021; 4th – 2020) and ranks sixth on the school’s career stroke average list.
and has three top-5 finishes in seven events this spring. Weiler leads the team with a 72.33 stroke average and now owns the fourth- and fifth-lowest stroke averages in school history (4th in 2020 – 72.05). In addition to his Big Ten runner-up finish, he placed tied for fourth at both the Timuquana Collegiate and the Boilermaker Invitational.
Over his last two seasons, he has seven top-10 finishes in 14 events. He currently ranks sixth on the school’s career stroke average list (73.52).
Bradley, meanwhile, his first all-region accolade after a stellar last month. Bradley won the NCAA Noblesville Regional for his first career victory and currently sits in T-11th at the NCAA National Championships entering Sunday’s third round. Entering the third round, he owns a 72.27 stroke average, good for sixth in school history. He was the round-one leader in Scottsdale after firing a 4-under par 66, the lowest round for a Purdue player in NCAA Championships history.
He has recorded three top-20 showings, including a top-20 finish at the Big Ten Championships. He was 10th at the Hootie Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay and owns nine career top-20 showings, the team leader.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Fall on Championship Sunday to Top-Seed Dallas Baptist in Extras
CARBONDALE, Ill. – Top-seed Dallas Baptist rallied to defeat No. 2 Indiana State, 12-8, in 11 innings to claim the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Championship and the League’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana State (30-19) will now await its postseason fate following the MVC Championship. Postseason berths will be awarded during the NCAA Selection Show Monday afternoon at noon ET on ESPN2.
MVC Baseball All-Tournament Team
C – Christian Boulware, DBU
1B – Philip Archer, Southern Illinois
2B – Jackson Glenn, DBU
3B – Brendan Dougherty, Bradley
SS – Jordan Schaffer, Indiana State
SS – Blayne Jones, DBU
OF – JT Weber, Southern Illinois
OF – Ellison Hanna II, Indiana State
OF – River Town, DBU
OF – Jace Grady, DBU (MVP)
P – Luke Eldred, DBU
P – Geremy Guerrero, Indiana State
Geremy Guerrero, Indiana State (3.93 GPA in Intelligence Analysis)
Tied at six entering extra innings, Dallas Baptist led off the 10th with a double that eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly to put DBU on top. With two runners on and two outs, Jordan Schaffer singled to left to bring in the tying run and extend the game to the 11th. The Patriots went on to score five runs on four hits to jump ahead five runs. Aaron Beck homered in the bottom of the 11th but ISU was unable to rally back.
DBU threw seven pitchers in the game, but Friday night starting pitcher Dominic Hamel threw four pitches in the 10th to earn the win, improving to 12-2 on the year. Connor Fenlong (4-2) took the loss for the Sycamores after allowing the go-ahead run in the 11th, finishing with 1.2 innings pitched, two hits.
Jordan Schaffer finished with a career high five base hits in six at bats. Grant Magill and Sean Ross tallied three hits each. ISU struggled uncharacteristically in the field, finishing with a season high five errors leading to four unearned runs for DBU.
Jace Grady homered in the top of the first to give Dallas Baptist the early lead and Indiana State answered back with two runs of their own. After loading the bases and two outs on the board, catcher Grant Magill singled to the gap in left.
The Sycamores answered with two more runs in the second inning to extend the lead. Josue Urdaneta doubled, and Jordan Schaffer singled to give ISU back-to-back hits. Urdaneta made a jump on a dirt ball and scored from third. Max Wright would later score after Brian Fuentes singled to left.
Urdaneta scored for the second time in the game in the fourth inning. After leading off being hit-by-pitch, the second baseman reached third before coming home when Ellison Hanna II flew out to right field to extend the Sycamore lead to 5-1 on the sacrifice fly.
DBU would get two runs back in the fifth when Blayne Jones hit a two-run home run to close the gap to two runs. Grady connected on his second home run of the game and third in the last three games when he closed the gap to one run in the sixth.
Zach Frey went a career long five innings while striking out four in just his fourth start of the season. Connor Cline entered in the sixth with a runner on first and no outs. DBU would move the runner to second on a ground ball before a failed pickoff attempt allowed him to move to third. The Pats tied the game with a sacrifice fly from Boulware.
Cline pitched 3.1 innings in relief, allowing two hits while striking out two.
The Sycamores jumped on top of DBU starting pitcher Jared Pettitte as the left-hander was able to record just one out while walking two and allowing a pair of runs.
Indiana State set the MVC Tournament single-game record with 20 runners left on base.
MIAMI BASEBALL: RedHawks Conclude Season with Two Losses at BSU
MUNCIE, Ind. — The Miami University baseball team responded to the Cardinals in game one of a doubleheader on the road but eventually fell 5-2 and 4-0 to Ball State on Sunday afternoon. The RedHawks end the season with a 25-31 record (18-22 Mid-American Conference), while Ball State improves to 38-18 (29-11 MAC).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
While trailing 2-0 in the top of the fifth with runners on both first and second, Will Vogelgesang tied the game at two for Miami with a two-RBI double, which scored both Dalton Back and Nate Stolze. The Cardinals eventually responded in the bottom of the sixth with three runs, as the ‘Hawks fell 5-2 in game one.
In game two, the Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, before adding to that lead in the bottom of the seventh with three more runs, taking game two by a 4-0 score.
MIAMI GAME NOTES:
In game two, Jacob Webb, Kenten Egbert, and Kevin Napoleon combined to throw six innings out of the pen, allowing no earned runs while striking out eight batters. Jonathan Brand threw a complete game in game one, striking out six batters in six innings of work.
Nate Stone went 2-for-4 in game two, while Vogelgesang had two hits throughout the two games with two RBI.
This ends the 2021 Miami baseball season.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: BUCKEYES CAP REGULAR SEASON
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State dropped an 8-2 decision to the Northwestern Wildcats Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium after previously winning the series by taking the first two games on Friday and Saturday evening.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings, increased the lead to 7-2 in the sixth, and had a contingent of eight pitchers hold Ohio State’s bats in check by allowing just seven hits. Tyler Uberstine started and got the win to even his record at 3-3. Freshman Nate Haberthier started his first game as a Buckeye, worked 3.0 innings, allowed four earned runs off five hits, and took the loss in his first career decision.
Ohio State completes the regular season with a 22-20 record. Northwestern ends 15-21.
The Wildcats scored one run in the first inning, two in the second and two in the third to take a 5-1 lead. Big blows were home runs by Shawn Goosenberg – his 14th, a solo shot in the first – and a two-run blast in the second by Stephen Hrustich.
The Buckeyes missed out on a promising second inning. Garrett Boeckle threw 20 pitches with only eight strikes but a caught stealing and then a strikeout and pop-out ended the threat.
Northwestern extended its lead with two unearned runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit and with the benefit of two errors, a walk and a HBP.
Ohio State’s runs came in the first on a run-scoring single from Conner Pohl and in the seventh on a double by Kade Kern.
A series of five pitchers from the bullpen limited Northwestern to just one earned run over six innings pitched.
Zach Dezenzo continued his torrid series with two more hits and two runs scored. He hit .500 against NU with six runs scored, six hits including three home runs, and seven RBI.
Prior to the start of the game, five seniors were honored:
RHP Joe Gahm, who excelled out of the bullpen with 39 games played, a 2-0 record and 4.22 ERA. He graduated this spring with his degree in human development and family science.
LHP Patrick Murphy, who also excelled out of the bullpen after transferring in from Marshall. He played in 20 games, posted a 4-1 record and earned his master’s degree in kinesiology as a Buckeye.
1B and captain Conner Pohl, who played in 208 games and hit 29 home runs, good for 12th in school history. He is a two-time all-Big Ten honoree who graduated with his degree in psychology.
UTIL player Scottie Seymour, who played in 38 games for Ohio State, played six different positions and made 18 starts, including today on senior day. He is a Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist and has his undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting.
RHP Jake Vance, a veteran of 38 games and 20 starts over the last five years. He recorded 97 career strikeouts in 109 innings. He graduated this spring with his degree in strategic communications.
These five seniors represent the 902, 903, 904, 905 and 906th lettermen to get their names posted on the new “lettermen wall” at Bill Davis Stadium. It’s a new Buckeye Baseball tradition. Names are added at the conclusion of a player’s career.
This strange, Big Ten-only games, 2021 regular season has come to its conclusion. Ohio State finishes sixth in the Big Ten Conference with only the top three or four teams expected to be invited to the NCAA tournament when invites come out tomorrow at noon.
Three players – CF Kade Kern, SS Zach Dezenzo and 1B Conner Pohl started all 42 games this year.
Kern, a true freshman, led the team in hitting with a .325 average.
Pohl led in both home runs and RBI with 13 and 35, respectively.
ERA leaders were T.J. Brock (2.08 with nine saves), Isaiah Coupet (3.63) and Garrett Burhenn (3.81).
Seth Lonsway led in opponent’s batting average (.167) and in strikeouts – 98 in 68.0 innings. Burhenn had 91 strikeouts in a team-high 80.1 innings.
Today’s game was the last on-campus sporting event of this 2020-21 season and it represents the second-to-the-last sport to end its season. Rowing capped its season today as well and the men’s and women’s track and field team will close their campaigns June 9-12 at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
XAVIER BASEBALL: GAME ONE; Xavier Wins Game One, Forces Game Two with UConn in BIG EAST Championship Series
CINCINNATI – Xavier used a big seventh inning to take control of the first game of the BIG EAST Championship series, scoring five runs in the frame to take the 5-4 win and force game seven to decided the conference title at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio.
The two teams were scoreless until the seventh inning when back-to-back Musketeer homers, a two-run shot from Andrew Walker followed immediately by a solo shot for Natale Monastra, put the Musketeers in front. Xavier added two more runs in the inning on an 2-RBI singles from Luke Franzoni to take a 5-0 lead.
The Huskies scored a run in seventh and then three more in the ninth to cut the lead to one, but couldn’t get tying run across, forcing a game seven for the BIG EAST title. Trevor Olson picked up the win in the start and Nick Zwack earned the save after picking up the final out.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Storm Chasers Complete Series Sweep Over Indians
PAPILLION, NEB. – The Omaha Storm Chasers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the win and complete the series sweep over the Indianapolis Indians on Sunday, 7-2.
The Indians now own a seven-game losing streak, their longest since losing seven consecutive games from May 4-10, 2014.
Omaha (16-7) took the early lead in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run from Gabriel Cancel off Cody Ponce.
After five scoreless innings, the Indians (11-12) tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning by taking advantage of an error by the Storm Chasers. Kevin Kramer reached base on a walk and Bligh Madris hit a hard ground ball to Ryan McBroom who bobbled it to allow Kramer to come around.
Omaha came out hot in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead back with a leadoff double from Emmanuel Rivera and an RBI single from Ryan O’Hearn. With no outs, relief pitcher Braeden Ogle entered with runners at first and second, retired one batter then loaded the bases with a walk to Gabriel Cancel. He hit Sebastian Rivero by pitch to push O’Hearn across the plate and score the eventual winning run. The Storm Chasers scored once more in the inning with a sacrifice fly before Ogle fanned Angelo Castellano to end the inning at 4-1.
The Storm Chasers picked up three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend their lead to 7-1.
In the top of the eighth, Kramer launched his third home run of the season over the right field wall to give Indy its second run of the game.
Cody Ponce (0-1) earned his first loss of the season giving up four runs on four hits while he collected six strikeouts. Mike Shawaryn (1-0) entered in the sixth inning and secured his first win of the season with no hits and three strikeouts.
The Indians return to the Circle City as they begin a six-game series vs. the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday at 7:05 PM. RHP Kevin Herget (0-1, 13.50) will take the mound for the Clippers while Indy has yet to name a starting pitcher.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1869 The first rainout involving a professional baseball team occurs when heavy rain postpones the Red Stockings’ tune-up game against the Antioch Nine, a Yellow Springs, Ohio college team. Aaron B. Champion, Cincinnati’s owner, had been a student at the school in the 1850s.
1914 At Comiskey Park, three fourth-inning White Sox errors ruin the shutout, but Joseph Benz still no-hits the Naps (Indians), 6-1. It will take the right-hander known as ‘Blitzen,’ only one hour and 45 minutes to accomplish the deed.
1927 Although it will be another 42 years before the next one, an unassisted triple play is made for the second consecutive day in the major leagues when John Neun accomplishes the rare play in the ninth inning, saving the Tigers’ 1-0 victory. The first baseman catches Homer Summa’s line drive, tags Charlie Jamieson, the runner on first, and then beats Glenn Myatt to second base, making it the first time the last three outs of a game result from a solo triple killing.
1937 In Game 1 of a Memorial Day doubleheader, Carl Hubbell’s consecutive-game winning streak, compiled over two seasons, ends at 24 when the Dodgers, led by Babe Phelps’ 5-for-6 performance, defeat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 10-3. ‘King Carl’ is honored between games when Babe Ruth presents the southpaw with the 1936 National League’s MVP Award.
1938 Lou Gehrig plays in his 2000th consecutive game, collecting an RBI single in the Yankees’ 12-5 victory over Boston in the Bronx ballpark. The 34 year-old first baseman will play in another 130 straight games before amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) shortens his Hall of Fame career.
1941 Chuck Aleno establishes the longest hitting streak to start a career when he extends his string to 17 games with a single and a triple in the Reds’ 5-2 victory over St. Louis at Crosley Field. The 24 year-old third baseman, who is hitting .485, begins the record run with four consecutive multi-hit games.
1944 At Briggs Stadium, Al Unser, whose son Del will play in the major leagues, hits a pinch-hit grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Tigers a 6-2 walk-off victory over New York. The game-winning round-tripper will be the second baseman’s only home run this season.
1948 Tommy Lasorda, best known as the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame skipper, strikes out 25 batters and collects the game-winning hit when the Schenectady Blue Jays defeat the Amsterdam Rugmakers, 6-5, in 15 innings. The promising southpaw, who goes the distance in the CanAm minor-league contest played in McNearney Stadium, believes he probably threw more than 300 pitches during the game.
1949 Charley Lupica announces from a twenty-foot platform atop a flagpole that he will remain perched there until the Indians are eliminated from the race or win another pennant. Although the local grocery store owner abandons his post in late September with the Tribe in fourth place, Cleveland owner Bill Veeck will reward the loyal fan with a souvenir 50-foot flagpole and a brand new car.
1961 Carroll Hardy, batting for Carl Yastrzemski, bunts for a single in the eighth inning of Boston’s 7-6 loss to the Yankees. The Red Sox outfielder will be the only player to pinch-hit for both Captain Carl and Ted Williams.
1964 In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium, Gaylord Perry pitches ten extra-inning frames in relief, getting the victory when the Giants beat the Mets in the longest game ever played in baseball history, 8-6. The future Hall of Famer reportedly threw his first spitball in a major league game during the seven-hour and 23 minute, 23-inning marathon.
1964 The Mets execute an unusual 6-6-3 triple play in the 14th frame of a 23-inning 8-6 loss to the Giants when shortstop Roy McMillan snares Orlando Cepeda’s line drive, tags second base to double off Jesus Alou, and then throws to first, catching Willie Mays off base for the third out. The play is the team’s second triple-killing in the franchise’s brief history, having pulled one off against Los Angeles in 1962, the team’s inaugural season.
1965 For the first time in history, an all-switch-hitting infield starts a big-league game. In the nightcap of a twin bill, the Dodgers, with Wes Parker at first base, Jim Lefebvre at second, Maury Wills at shortstop, and Jim Gilliam at third, lose to the visiting Reds, 6-1.
1966 In a 14-5 trouncing of the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, Orioles’ first baseman Boog Powell scores from second on a wild pitch. The 6′ 4″, 240-pound infielder, not known for his speed, will be thrown out in each of four attempts to steal a base this season.
1966 Ron Santo establishes a National League record when he appears in his 364th consecutive game at third base. The Cubs infielder’s streak, which started on April 19, 1964, will end at 390 contests after Jack Fisher fractures his cheek with a pitch.
1968 Don Drysdale’s shutout streak stays intact when home plate umpire Harry Wendelstedt rules that Dick Dietz, who is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, did not attempt to get out of the way of the right-hander’s delivery. The Giants catcher finishes the at-bat by popping up, and the next two batters also make outs to give ‘Big D” his fifth straight shutout, tying a major league established by White Sox hurler Doc White in 1904.
1975 The Astros establish a team record by scoring twelve runs in the eighth inning of a 15-3 rout of Philadelphia. Cliff Johnson, appearing as a pinch-hitter during the frame, doubles and hits a home run, but his round-tripper does not count as a pinch-hit since he batted earlier in the inning.
1975 For the fifth time in his career, Cesar Tovar gets his team’s lone hit in a game when he breaks up Catfish Hunter’s bid for a no-hitter with a sixth-inning single in the Rangers’ 6-0 loss to the Yankees. The Texas DH also accomplished the feat against Barry Moore (1967 Senators), Dave McNally (1969 Orioles), Mike Cuellar (1969 Orioles), and Dick Bosman (1970 Senators).
1976 In his final start after basically forcing the Twins to trade him, Bert Blyleven is serenaded by fans with a “Bye, Bye, Blyleven” chant. The unpopular right-hander will be reacquired by Minnesota in 1985, helping the team to win a World Series two seasons later before becoming a very popular broadcaster in the Twin Cities after he retires.
1976 After an error sets up a six-run rally for the Padres in the eighth inning, Ted Turner, the new Atlanta owner, invites the 2,994 fans watching the Braves lose to San Diego, 10-7, to come back the next night as his guests.
1979 Pat Underwood, in his major league debut, blanks the Blue Jays for 8.1 innings, earning the victory when the Tigers beat Toronto, 1-0, thanks to Jerry Morales’ eighth-inning solo home run. The 22 year-old rookie’s mound opponent is his older brother Tom, now winless in seven decisions, who goes the distance in the Exhibition Stadium contest.
1980 Ken Landreaux’s 31-game hitting streak comes to an end when he goes hitless in four at-bats in Minnesota’s 11-1 loss to Baltimore at Metropolitan Stadium. The 33 year-old outfielder’s accomplishment, the longest span in the American League since Dom DiMaggio’s 34 for the Red Sox in 1949, establishes the record for the most consecutive games with a hit in Twins history.
1980 Gary Carter hits the second of his two career inside-the-park home runs, and, an inning later, the Expos catcher adds an out-of-the-park homer as well. The pair of two-run shots is to no avail when Montreal drops the Busch Stadium contest to the Redbirds, 8-6.
1991 The Mets and Padres swap middle infielders, with second baseman Tim Teufel going to San Diego in exchange for shortstop Garry Templeton, who will retire at the end of the season. The Friars’ new keystone sacker will hit .232 for during his two-plus seasons with the club.
1997 Ila Borders becomes the first woman to play in a minor league game. The St. Paul Saints reliever gives up three runs to Sioux Falls without recording an out but redeems herself the next day by striking out the side.
1999 After consulting a TV monitor in the dugout, Frank Pulli becomes the first umpire to use instant replay to make a call, changing Cliff Floyd’s fifth-inning home run to a ground-rule double in the Marlins’ 5-2 loss to the Cardinals. After the Pro Player Stadium contest, the National League officials make it clear the reversal of the call using technology should not have occurred.
2001 The Red Sox finally beat the Yankees in their eighth attempt, and for the first time in over a year since Pedro Martinez scoffed at the ‘Curse.’ The right-hander was 7-1 when he said, “Wake up the damn Bambino and have me face him — Maybe I’ll drill him in the ass,” but after the comment he makes seven winless starts, marking the first time he did not earn a win in seven starts since his first seven major league appearances as a rookie.
2001 After 25 years in the organization, manager Felipe Alou, 66, is fired by the Expos and replaced by Jeff Torborg, an old friend of owner Jeffrey Loria. The former Montreal skipper is the winningest manager in franchise history, compiling a 691-717 record during his nine-year tenure.
2001 The Padres rout the Mets 18-6, setting a new scoring record for Petco Park. The team’s total of tallies is one better than the previous mark set in the 17-2 victory over Atlanta in the home opener played in April.
2004 Sister Susanna Helms wins $10,000 from U.S. Bank and WLW when Barry Larkin and Sean Casey hit back-to-back home runs in Cincinnati’s 9-7 victory over the Marlins at Pro Player Stadium. The nun will donate the cash she won in the Reds’ radio promotion when the team hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to the Sisters of Saint Francis in Oldenburg (IN) to help the order meet expenses.
2005 Buddy Bell, who formerly managed the Tigers (1996-98) and the Rockies (2000-2002), becomes the first Kansas City manager in 19 years with previous experience to be hired as the team’s skipper. With the worst record in baseball, the Royals will respond by sweeping a three-game series with the Yankees.
2006 After the Royals get off to a slow start, the team replaces general manager Allard Baird with former Braves assistant Dayton Moore. During his seven-year tenure, the club compiled a 381-576 record, including one winning season and three 100-loss seasons.
2006 The Astros announced that Roger Clemens is coming out of retirement to pitch for the team for the remainder of the season, after coming to terms with the right-hander on a deal worth $22,000,022 (#22 is his uniform number), prorated approximately to $12.25 million due to his midseason start. The 43 year-old right-hander will finish the season with a 7–6 record, a 2.30 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP, averaging just under six innings per start. which includes never pitching into the eighth.
2007 In a crisp, one-hour, fifty-minute contest at Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays beat Chicago, 2-0. Roy Halladay becomes the quickest pitcher in franchise history to record 100 victories, needing just 200 starts to reach the milestone.
2008 In front of many visiting Red Sox fans at Camden Yards, Manny Ramirez becomes the 24th and 12th-youngest major leaguer to hit 500 career home runs. The historic ball, thrown in the seventh inning by Orioles right-hander Chad Bradford, is caught in the stands by Damon Woo, who presents the Boston slugger with the ball after the game.
2009 Carlos Pena becomes the first player to hit a ball into the “A” ring, the highest catwalk at Tropicana Field. The Rays’ first baseman’s 190-foot pop fly, considered in play, is caught off the rebound by Jose Mijares, but the Twins’ left-hander has to roll onto his stomach to hold onto the ball for the out.
2012 At Coors Field, Carlos Gonzalez sets a franchise record and becomes the 22nd major league to hit a home run in his fourth straight at-bat. The Rockies outfielder’s first frame three-homer off Houston pitcher Bud Norris comes on the heels of CarGo’s three round-trippers in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings of yesterday’s contest.
2012 With their 6-2 victory, the Brewers beat LA at for the fourth consecutive day, making the Brew Crew the first visiting team to sweep a four-game series at Chavez Ravine since the Rockies accomplished the feat in August of 1993. The victories also mark the first time the franchise has ever swept the Dodgers.
2015 Derek Fisher, the Astros’ 2014 first-round draft pick, dramatically makes his California League debut, hitting a solo home run and two grand slams in his first three at-bats for the Lancaster Jethawks, Houston’s Class-A Advanced affiliate. The former Virginia Calavier outfielder establishes a new league mark when he clears the bases in the seventh inning with a bases-loaded double to raise his RBI total to 12 in the team’s 16-3 victory.
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|Atlanta||24||26||.480||3.5||13 – 14||11 – 12||11 – 12||10 – 4||1 – 2||5 – 5||L 2|
|Philadelphia||25||28||.472||4||15 – 10||10 – 18||13 – 15||8 – 3||2 – 4||3 – 7||L 2|
|Miami||24||28||.462||4.5||12 – 12||12 – 16||10 – 9||3 – 6||9 – 8||5 – 5||L 3|
|Washington||21||28||.429||6||13 – 15||8 – 13||6 – 9||6 – 10||4 – 6||4 – 6||L 4|
|St. Louis||30||23||.566||–||15 – 10||15 – 13||10 – 10||13 – 7||6 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||29||23||.558||0.5||18 – 10||11 – 13||8 – 6||16 – 14||3 – 0||8 – 2||L 1|
|Milwaukee||28||25||.528||2||12 – 14||16 – 11||7 – 9||12 – 9||8 – 3||7 – 3||W 4|
|Cincinnati||23||28||.451||6||11 – 13||12 – 15||2 – 1||11 – 10||6 – 14||4 – 6||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||20||32||.385||9.5||10 – 15||10 – 17||1 – 3||7 – 19||7 – 7||3 – 7||L 1|
|San Diego||34||20||.630||–||18 – 10||16 – 10||0 – 0||9 – 8||17 – 11||7 – 3||L 1|
|San Francisco||33||20||.623||0.5||14 – 7||19 – 13||6 – 4||8 – 3||16 – 11||6 – 4||W 3|
|LA Dodgers||31||22||.585||2.5||17 – 9||14 – 13||5 – 1||2 – 8||17 – 8||6 – 4||L 3|
|Colorado||20||34||.370||14||16 – 12||4 – 22||4 – 6||3 – 7||11 – 21||5 – 5||W 1|
|Arizona||19||35||.352||15||10 – 14||9 – 21||7 – 13||6 – 4||6 – 16||1 – 9||W 1|
|New York City FC||3||2||0||1||8||2||6||1-0-0||1-0-1||6|
|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|