Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 5/22/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, May 22, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 6, Houston Astros 5 – 11 Innings
Cleveland Indians 5, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 3, San Diego Padres 0

Tigers 6, Astros 5 – F/11 – McCann hits leadoff HR in 11th, sends Tigers over Astros
James McCann hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Houston Astros 6-5 Thursday. McCann sent an 0-2 pitch from Tony Sipp (2-1) into the Tigers’ bullpen, just beyond the reach of leaping left fielder Colby Rasmus. It was the second homer of his career. Alex Wilson (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Detroit led 5-0 after six innings. Pinch hitter Preston Tucker tied it with one out in the ninth, connecting off Joakim Soria for his first career homer.

Indians 5, White Sox 2 – Salazar, Indians power past White Sox 5-2
Danny Salazar tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by first-inning home runs from Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles, leading the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Thursday night. Salazar was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against Texas on May 16. He recovered to help the Indians take three of four from Chicago while winning their third straight for the first time this season. Salazar (5-1) walked three, but struck out eight while giving up five hits to hand Chicago its first series loss at home. John Danks (2-4) allowed five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Chicago’s Jose Abreu went 1 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Bryan Shaw to avoid the shutout.

Cubs 3, Padres 0 – Hendricks’ 5-hitter, Bryant’s 2-run homer carry Cubs, 3-0
Kyle Hendricks pitched a five-hitter for his first career complete game and shutout, and Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 on Thursday night to take two of three games. Hendricks (1-1) struck out seven with no walks. Only one Padres baserunner advanced to second base. Hendricks came in with six no-decisions in seven starts, including one against San Diego at Wrigley Field on April 18. Bryant homered to straightaway center field on the seventh pitch of the game by Odrisamer Despaigne. Dexter Fowler was aboard on a walk for Bryant’s fifth homer. Bryant made his big league debut on April 17 against the Padres at Wrigley Field. He starred at the University of San Diego before the Cubs took him with the second pick overall in the 2013 amateur draft.

Houston (McHugh 5-1) at Detroit (Simon 4-2), 7:08 p.m.            WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Minnesota (P.Hughes 3-4) at Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 3-2), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Lester 4-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 3-5), 9:40 p.m.

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Golden State Warriors 99, Houston Rockets 98                          (GS leads 2-0)

Game 2: Warriors 99, Rockets 98 – Warriors hold of Rockets
Stephen Curry shot 5-for-11 from 3-point range and finished with 33 points and six assists as the Golden Warriors held off Houston 99-98 to take a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA’s Western Conference finals. Andrew Bogut had a strong performance for the Warriors’ scoring 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting and finishing with eight rebounds and five blocks. Rockets guard James Harden had game highs of 38 points and nine assists to go with 10 rebounds.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, 8:30 p.m.                         (CLE leads 2-0)

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 3 – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Anaheim Ducks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1                                     (ANA leads 2-1)

Game 3: Ducks 2, Blackhawks 1 – Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western finals
Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Defenseman Simon Despres scored his first career playoff goal in the second period as top-seeded Anaheim bounced back quite nicely from a triple-overtime loss at home in Game 2. Patrick Maroon had a power-play goal and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists. Ryan Kesler’s two holding penalties contributed to more than nine power-play minutes for the Blackhawks, but the Ducks’ penalty killers kept most of Chicago’s opportunities to the outside and Andersen stood his ground during a couple of goalmouth scrums. Patrick Kane scored his eighth playoff goal for Chicago, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves. Game 4 is Saturday night in Chicago.

New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 8:00 p.m.                    (TB leads 2-1)

NHL – Mike Babcock faces `massive challenge’ as Maple Leafs’ coach
Mike Babcock has been introduced as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ new coach and says restoring the team will be a “massive, massive challenge.” The former Detroit Red Wings coach takes over a team that finished 27th in the league this season. He said at a news conference Thursday that he is taking the job with “eyes wide open.” Babcock spent the last 10 years behind the Detroit bench. His new team is coming off a season that cost head coach Randy Carlyle, interim coach Peter Horachek and many other club officials their jobs. Babcock arrives with great expectations and a reported $50 million, eight-year contract that makes him the NHL’s highest-paid coach. He acknowledges that Toronto has “made a long-term commitment to me” and “in turn, I’ve made a long-term commitment to the Leafs and our plan is to grow the team.”

NCAA Baseball – Big Ten Tournament
Michigan 8, Iowa 5
Michigan State 9, Nebraska 7

Michigan 8, Iowa 5 – Michigan beats Iowa 8-5 in Big Ten tourney
Cody Bruder and Kendall Patrick hit home runs to lead Michigan to an 8-5 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament last night. The third-seeded Wolverines knocked Hawkeyes starter Blake Hickman out of the game in the third inning. Hickman walked three of the last six batters he faced.

Michigan State 9, Nebraska 7 – Michigan State beats Nebraska 9-7 in Big Ten tourney
Ryan Krill hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning in Michigan State’s 9-7 victory over Nebraska yesterday in the Big Ten tournament. The Spartans scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to erase a 7-3 deficit in the elimination game. Joe Mockbee retired 11 of 13 batters in 3 2-3 innings of relief for the fifth-seeded Spartans.

Golf – Senior PGA – Massy Kuramoto leads Senior PGA Championship
Massy Kuramoto had the only under-par round with a 1-under 71 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship in cool, damp conditions on the testy Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana. The 59-year-old Kuramoto, a 30-time winner on the Japan Tour, is the chairman of the PGA of Japan and plays on the side, something he does well enough to have won the 2014 Japan Senior Open. Kuramoto had a one-stroke lead over defending champion Colin Montgomerie, Billy Andrade, Barry Lane, Jean Francois Remesy and Bart Bryant. Sweaters and rain jackets were the uniform of the day and scoring on the rugged Dye Course’s twisting fairways and small greens did not come easily.

NFL – Ray Rice gets a pass
A judge in New Jersey has dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator.  His attorney had described what happened in February 2014 as “little more than a misunderstanding.” Judge Michael Donio dismissed the charges after the Atlantic County prosecutor told him the former Baltimore Ravens running back had completed the terms of his pretrial intervention. Under terms of the program, Rice paid $125 in fines and received anger management counseling. Videos released by TMZ showed him pulling Janay Palmer, the woman he later married, out of an elevator at the Revel Casino Hotel after he struck her.

NFL – Another lawsuit filed against the league
Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit against the NFL. The players claim all 32 teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players, often illegally, as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health. The lawsuit reprises some of the allegations made in a federal lawsuit last year on behalf of 1,300 former players against the NFL. That complaint was filed in May 2014 and dismissed in December by a judge who wrote that the collective bargaining agreement was the appropriate forum to resolve such claims.  That decision is being appealed.

NASCAR – Gordon to move from behind wheel to booth
Jeff Gordon will join Fox as a full-time analyst in 2016, when he will join Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth. Gordon, who signed a multiyear contract with Fox, is retiring at the end of this season. His first race in the booth will be next February from Daytona International Speedway. He will replace Larry McReynolds, who will move to an in-race analyst role alongside Michael Waltrip and host Chris Myers.

NASCAR/IndyCar – Logano says NASCAR can learn from IndyCar on safety crews
Joey Logano says NASCAR can learn something from the near-fatal accident involving IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe this week and the importance of having a regular safety crew at each race. Hinchcliffe’s left leg was pierced by a piece of his car’s suspension during practice Monday for the Indianapolis 500. The fast action of the series-hired safety team helped extract Hinchcliffe before he suffered catastrophic blood loss. Logano says “they basically saved his life” and suggested NASCAR look at what IndyCar did “and try to improve our sport.” IndyCar has a travel safety team of more than 30 people, with at least 18 at each race, according to its website. NASCAR has an emergency response plan in place, too, but uses different staffs at each track.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lansing Lugnuts 17, South Bend Cubs 2
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Bowling Green Hot Rods 3 – 14 innings
Great Lakes Loons 4, Dayton Dragons 3

Dayton Dragons at West Michigan Whitecaps, 7:00 p.m.
Lake County Captains at Great Lakes Loons, 7:05 p.m.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green Hot Rods at South Bend Cubs, 7:35 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League – 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Toledo Walleye at South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m.               (SC leads 2-1)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Mattawan 11, St. Joseph 0 – Game 1
St. Joseph 8, Mattawan 6 – Game 2
After getting only two hits and being shut out 11-0 in the first game, St. Joe pounded out 14 hits and held on to beat Mattawan 8-6 in game two.  Every St. Joe batter had at least one hit and six different players had an RBI in the Bears win.

Lakeshore 12, Benton Harbor 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore beats Benton Harbor – Game 2 (score N/A)
South Haven 2, Kalamazoo Central 1 – Game 1
South Haven 8, Kalamazoo Central 3 – Game 2
Eau Claire 13, Michigan Lutheran 12
Kalamazoo Christian 4, Lake Michigan Catholic 3
Kalamazoo Christian 12, Lake Michigan Catholic 8
Niles 11, Decatur 0 – Game 1
Decatur 11, Niles 7 – Game 2
Lawrence 9, Dowagiac 1 – Game 1
Lawrence 6, Dowagiac 1 – Game 2
Coloma 11, New Buffalo 3 – Game 1
Coloma 14, New Buffalo 5 – Game 2
Brandywine 5, Watervliet 3 – Game 1
Brandywine 9, Watervliet 1 – Game 2

Mattawan 8, St. Joseph 6 – Game 1
St. Joseph 13, Mattawan 10 – Game 2
Lake Michigan Catholic 9, Martin 5 – Game 1
Martin 12, Lake Michigan Catholic 2 – Game 2
Paw Paw 5, Kalamazoo Christian 3
South Haven 8, Kalamazoo Central 3
Watervliet Grace Christian 15, Allegan 3 – Game 1
Watervliet Grace Christian 10, Allegan 0 – Game 2
Brandywine 19, Watervliet 9

Girls Soccer
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 2, Lake Michigan Catholic 0
Lawton 2, Bridgman 0

Boys Golf
Division 3 Districts at Hampshire CC – Dowagiac
Top six teams qualify for regionals
1.       Schoolcraft           339
2.       Dowagiac               340
3.       BC Pennfield          359
4.       Comstock               362
5.       Berrien Springs      367
6.       Brandywine            376
7.       Watervliet             379
8.       Coloma                  385
9.       Buchanan               409
10.     Parchment              415
11.     Constantine           447
12.     Benton Harbor       715

Girls Soccer
St. Joseph at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
South Haven at Watervliet, 5:30 p.m.
Coloma at Buchanan, 6:00 p.m.
Fennville at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.

Lakeshore at Mishawaka Penn, 4:30 p.m.
South Haven at Parchment, 4:00 p.m.

Coloma at Decatur, 7:30 p.m.