Tigers leave the bases loaded in the 9th and fall to SF 3-1 – Wednesday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
San Francisco Giants 3, Detroit Tigers 1
Baltimore Orioles 5, Chicago White Sox 3
Chicago Cubs 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0 – Game 1
St. Louis Cardinals 13, Chicago Cubs 3 – Game 2

Giants 3, Tigers 1 – Rodón stays hot as Longoria helps Giants beat Tigers, 3-1
Carlos Rodón continued his hot streak with seven strong innings as the San Francisco Giants held off the Detroit Tigers 3-1. The Giants survived a bases-loaded threat in the ninth. Evan Longoria homered for the Giants, who won their eighth straight interleague game on the road. Rodón allowed one run on five hits and struck out 10 without walking a batter. He is 4-0 in his last five starts with a 1.44 ERA and has now recorded eight double-digit strikeout games this season. Drew Hutchison (1-7) took the loss, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in five innings.

Orioles 5, White Sox 3 – Mountcastle homers off Cease, Orioles hold off White Sox 5-3
Ryan Mountcastle hit a three-run homer off Dylan Cease in the first inning, and Félix Bautista pitched out of an eighth-inning jam to help the Baltimore Orioles hold on for a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Cease allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, his second straight start allowing at least three earned runs after he went 14 in a row yielding no more than one. The right-hander settled in after a rough first inning, but Austin Voth pitched through trouble enough times to keep the Orioles ahead. The White Sox, who have lost five of six, left 13 men on base.

Cubs 2, Cardinals 0/Cardinals 13, Cubs 3 – Arenado, O’Neill, Edman homer, Cards thump Cubs for DH split
Nolan Arenado and Tyler O’Neill homered in a five-run fourth inning, Corey Dickerson had four hits and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded the Chicago Cubs 13-3 to split a doubleheader. The Cubs blanked the Cardinals 2-0 in the opener, ending St. Louis’ season-best eight-game winning streak. Javier Assad pitched four scoreless innings in his major league debut and combined with four relievers on a five-hitter. The NL Central-leading Cardinals got back on track in the nightcap with 16 hits. Tommy Edman had a solo homer, a double and three RBIs.

San Francisco (Webb 11-6) at Detroit (Manning 0-1), 1:10 p.m.             WSJM/WCSY 12:50
Chicago White Sox (Giolito 9-7) at Baltimore (Watkins 4-3), 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis (Mikolas 10-9) at Chicago Cubs (Farrell 0-0), 8:05 p.m.

MLB – White Sox put Kopech on 15-day IL with strained knee
The Chicago White Sox have put right-hander Michael Kopech on the 15-day injured list with a left knee strain. Chicago recalled left-hander Tanner Banks from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. Kopech started Monday’s game at Kansas City but faced only four batters before leaving with knee soreness. He is 4-9 with a 3.58 ERA in 23 starts this season for the White Sox. Chicago entered Tuesday three games out of first place in the AL Central and four back of the final American League wild card.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association – 2022 Playoffs – Round 1 (best of 3)
Last Night
Chicago Sky 90, New York Liberty 72                                          (CHI Wins 2-1)

Sky 90, Liberty 72 – Parker, Chicago advance to WNBA semis, beat New York 90-72
Candace Parker had 14 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Chicago Sky over the New York Liberty 90-72 in the deciding Game 3 to advance to the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs. The defending champion Sky await the winner of the Connecticut-Dallas series that will have its deciding Game 3 on Wednesday. Allie Quigley and Kahleah Copper each added 15 points while Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and 10 assists for the Sky. Chicago has won four consecutive elimination games dating to back-to-back single-elimination games last year en route to the franchise’s first WNBA championship.

NCAAMBKB – Emoni Bates officially transfers to Eastern Michigan
Emoni Bates has officially transferred to Eastern Michigan. The school announced that the 6-foot-9 guard will play for his hometown Eagles this season, nearly two months after Bates shared his plans on social media. He averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to join the class of 2021. Bates became the first sophomore to win the Gatorade national player of the year award in high school basketball in 2020, beating out Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley.

NCAAWBKB – ABC to air NCAA women’s basketball title game for 1st time
The NCAA women’s basketball title game will be broadcast on ABC this season for the first time. The championship game usually airs in prime time but will be played at 3 p.m. Eastern on April 2. ESPN said it would look at moving the game back to prime time in the future but currently has commitments to entertainment shows that night. Last season’s championship game, in which South Carolina beat UConn, was the most viewed women’s title game in nearly two decades, drawing 4.85 million viewers. The national semifinals averaged 2.7 million viewers, up 21% year over year, and was the most viewed semifinals in a decade. The full tournament averaged 634,000 viewers, up 16% from the previous year’s coverage.

NCAAFB – Under Golden, No. 5 Notre Dame readies its defense
Al Golden is Notre Dame’s third defensive coordinator in three seasons. The first two became head football coaches: Clark Lea left for Vanderbilt and Marcus Freeman is now Notre Dame’s first-year head coach. Golden is a former defensive coordinator and head coach in college and he spent last season as linebackers coach for the Super Bowl runner-up Cincinnati Bengals. The Irish defense will be tested in the Sept. 3 opener against high-powered and second-ranked Ohio State.

NCAAFB – Alabama gives Saban new 8-year, $93.6 million deal
Alabama coach Nick Saban is getting a new eight-year contract worth at least $93.6 million, eclipsing the recent megadeal of Southeastern Conference rival Kirby Smart. The University of Alabama trustees compensation committee approved a one-year extension through Feb. 28, 2030 for the 70-year old Saban, who has led the Crimson Tide to six national titles. Saban’s deal averages out to $11.7 million per year, topping Smart’s $11.25 million pay at defending national champion Georgia. The announcement comes a month after Smart agreed to a 10-year deal worth more than $110 million. The Bulldogs beat Alabama in the national championship game.

NCAAFB – Big Ten – Big Ten clash as college football resumes international play
College football is going international again. Nebraska will play Northwestern in Dublin on Saturday. It’s the first regular-season international game in five years. Ireland has a five-game deal in place with organizers for the series dubbed the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. The pandemic affected plans for the first two games. Ireland first hosted a game in 1988 when Boston College beat Army 38-24. It’s Northwestern first time abroad and Nebraska’s second. The Huskers beat Kansas State 38-24 in Tokyo in 1992.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
South Bend Cubs 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 – 10 Innings
Great Lakes Loons 13, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3

Lansing Lugnuts at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 1:10 p.m.  
South Bend Cubs at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Great Lakes Loons, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Howardsville Christian 6, Our Lady of the Lake 0
Paw Paw 8, Bloomingdale 0
Caledonia 2, Kalamazoo Central 1

Coloma 3, Berrien Springs 0

Boys Tennis
Kalamazoo Hackett 8, Bridgman 0

Girls Swimming and Diving
St. Joseph 105, Kalamazoo Central 75

Boys Soccer
Lakeshore at Edwardsburg, 5:30 p.m.
New Buffalo at Michigan Lutheran, 5:00 p.m.
South Haven at Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.
Niles at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.
Coloma at Constantine, 5:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Dowagiac, 5:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Lawton, 6:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Kalamazoo Hackett, 6:00 p.m.
Fennville at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.
Three Rivers at Battle Creek Lakeview, 6:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Union at Otsego, 6:30 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Parchment, 7:00 p.m.
East Kentwood at Portage Northern, 6:30 p.m.
GR Forest Hills Northern at Gull Lake, 6:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Pennfield at Sturgis, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 4:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Portage Northern, 4:00 p.m.

Benton Harbor at South Bend Washington, 6:30 p.m.
New Buffalo at Michigan Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.
Watervliet Grace Christian at Our Lady of the Lake, 6:00 p.m.
Niles at Sturgis, 6:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Dowagiac, 6:00 p.m.
Otsego at Hamilton, 6:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
Bridgman, Dowagiac, Brandywine, Galesburg-Augusta at Buchanan, 4:00 p.m.