Tigers find offense again, earn split with Texas – Monday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 7, Texas Rangers 3
Houston Astros 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Atlanta Braves 6, Chicago Cubs 0

Tigers 7, Rangers 3 – Grossman leads Tigers past Rangers 7-3 for series split
Robbie Grossman homered and drove in four runs as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 to split the four-game series. The Tigers and their league-worst offense scored five or more runs in consecutive games for the first time this season. Detroit had lost six straight before winning 14-7 Saturday. For the second day in a row, the Rangers hit a homer in the first — this time, it was Corey Seager — only to let Grossman homer during a three-run reply in the bottom of the inning.

Astros 4, White Sox 3 – Matijevic homers for 1st MLB hit, Astros beat White Sox 4-3
Rookie J.J. Matijevic homered for his first major league hit and Mauricio Dubón added a two-run shot to power the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. The Astros bounced back from a 7-0 shutout Saturday to get a 2-1 series win. The victory breaks a tie between Houston manager Dusty Baker and Chicago manager Tony La Russa, giving the 73-year-old Baker a 106-105 edge against the 77-year-old La Russa in regular-season matchups dating to 1996.

Braves 6, Cubs 0 – Anderson, Olson lead Braves over Cubs, avoid 1st 3-game skid
Ian Anderson pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Matt Olson hit three doubles and the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0. Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Harris II homered for the defending World Series champion Braves, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. The Braves, who arrived in Chicago with a 14-game win streak, went 21-8 in a stretch of 29 straight games against teams that were under .500 at the time of the matchup.

Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Kilian 0-1) at Pittsburgh (Brubaker 0-7), 7:05 p.m.
Detroit (Faedo 1-3) at Boston (Winckowski 1-1), 7:10 p.m.                  WSJM/WCSY 6:50
Toronto (Berríos 5-2) at Chicago White Sox (Lynn 0-0), 8:10 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League – 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
Tonight
Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning, 8:00 p.m.       (COL Leads 2-0)

NHL – Lightning may be running out of gas vs fresher Avalanche
It’s no secret Tampa Bay has played more hockey over the past two years than any other team in the NHL. That may finally be taking a toll on the two-time defending champs against the Colorado Avalanche, who took a much shorter route to the Stanley Cup Final. The Avalanche now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 going into Game 3 Monday at Tampa Bay. The Lightning have played 67 postseason games since Aug. 1, 2020. That is the most by one team over the span of three playoffs. Players and coach Jon Cooper refuse to use that as an excuse.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Yesterday
Indiana Fever 89, Chicago Sky 87

Fever 90, Sky 87 – Smith scores career-high 26, Fever rally, beat Sky 89-87
NaLyssa Smith scored a career-high 26 points — including a go-ahead three-point play in the closing seconds to help the Indiana Fever erase a 15-point second-half deficit and beat the Chicago Sky 89-87. Smith was fouled as she hit a turn-around jumper from the left block and made the free throw to give the Fever an 88-87 lead with 39 seconds left. Chicago missed two shots on the other end before Victoria Vivians was fouled with 7.8 seconds remaining. She made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Fever a two-point lead. After the Sky called a timeout, Courtney Vandersloot missed a short baseline jumper and the Fever held on. Chicago’s Candace Parker missed her second consecutive game due to an knee injury.

Golf – US Open – Fitzpatrick a winner again at Brookline as US Open champion
Matt Fitzpatrick is a champion again at The Country Club. And this time he has one of the grandest trophies in golf. Fitzpatrick delivered all the clutch shots on the back nine at Brookline in a terrific battle with Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler ahead of him. He seized control with a two-shot swing on the 15th and closed it out with a shot onto the green from a fairway bunker. Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur at Brookline in 2013. He joins Jack Nicklaus as the only men to win a U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open on the same course.

Golf – LPGA – Jennifer Kupcho wins LPGA Meijer Classic in playoff
After missing a 2-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff, Jennifer Kupcho won the LPGA Meijer Classic on Sunday when Leona Maguire’s 3-foot birdie try lipped out on the second extra hole. Kupcho closed with a 1-under 71 to match playing partner Nelly Korda and Maguire at 18-under 270 at Blythefield Country Club. Maguire finished with a 65. Korda, the winner last year, had a 72 after taking a one-stroke lead over Kupcho into the final round. Korda dropped out of the playoff with a three-putt par on first extra trip down the par-5 18th. Kupcho won for the 2nd time on the LPGA Tour, following her major victory in April at Mission Hills in the California desert.

NCAABSB – Sooners beat Notre Dame 6-2 to move within win of CWS finals
Cade Horton struck out a career-high 11 in six innings, Tanner Tredaway continued his torrid postseason with three hits, and Oklahoma took control of its bracket in the College World Series with a 6-2 win over Notre Dame. The Sooners need one more win to advance to the best-of-three finals starting Saturday. They’ll play Wednesday against the winner of a Tuesday elimination game between Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Horton held the Irish scoreless on three singles the first five innings. Tredaway continued to be a catalyst for the Sooners and is batting .513 in the NCAA Tournament.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Peoria Chiefs 5
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 14, Lansing Lugnuts 0
Great Lakes Loons 3, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2
Quad Cities River Bandits 2, South Bend Cubs 1

Today
No games today

MHSAA – High School Sports
Saturday
Softball – State Championship
Division 2 at Michigan State University
Lakeshore Lancers 6, Trenton Trojans 2

Lancers 6, Trojans 2 – Lakeshore rallies to beat Trenton 6-2 and claims 8th state title in school history
Lakeshore trailed Trenton 2-0 heading after the bottom of the 4th inning, but Lakeshore not only tied the game but took the lead in the 5th inning with three runs on their way to a 6-2 win over the Trojans to win the 2022 MHSAA Division 2 State Championship in softball.  Gabby Solloway single scored two runs, and she would score on an error to give the Lancers a 3-2 lead.  Olivia DenDooven drove in Pallas Dominion in the 6th on a fielders choice.  Solloway drove in another run in the 7th and again scored on a SAC fly be Eden Gray.  Lakeshore concludes the season at 41-4 and wins the 8th state title in program history.  Trenton falls to 34-11. 

Baseball – State Championship
Division 3 at Michigan State University
Buchanan Bucks 3, Detroit Edison Pioneers 1

Bucks 3, Pioneers 1 – Buchanan wins first baseball state title since 1985 win 3-1 win over Detroit Edison
Buchanan shortstop Cade Preissing scored in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings, to tie, take the lead, and add an insurance run for the Bucks in a 3-1 win over Detroit Edison to win the MHSAA Division 3 Baseball State Championship.  Preissing scored on an RBI double from Matthew Hoover in the 3rd, Hoover again would drive in Preissing again with an RBI double in the 5th.  Macoy West would drive in Preissing in the 7th on a single giving the Bucks the final margin. Things got close for Edison in the bottom of the 7th as the Pioneers loaded the bases, but West struck out Edison’s Caleb Sanders on a full count to end it.  The win is the first state championship for Buchanan baseball since 1985.  It also closed out the 2021-22 high school sports season across the state of Michigan.