Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 5/8/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, May 08, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 4, Chicago White Sox 1
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Chicago Cubs 1

Tigers 4, White Sox 1 – Lobstein helps Tigers shut down White Sox 4-1
Kyle Lobstein pitched 7 2-3 strong innings, Miguel Cabrera scored twice and drove in a run and the Detroit Tigers earned a 4-1 victory on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox to salvage the finale of a three-game series. Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos each drove in a run and Detroit bounced back after blowing a 6-3 eighth-inning lead on Wednesday. Avisail Garcia had an RBI single in the fourth inning for the White Sox. Lobstein (3-2) allowed an unearned run and five hits to lower his ERA to 3.00. Joakim Soria struck out all four batters he faced for his 11th save. Sox starter Jose Quintana (1-3) allowed two runs and four hits and had a season-high 8 strikeouts.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 1 – Lackey drives in run to lead Cardinals over Cubs 5-1
John Lackey drove in a run for the third time in his big league career and struck out 10 in 7 2-3 innings, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1 Thursday for their ninth win in 10 games. Jason Heyward singled three times with an RBI, and Peter Bourjos hit a run-scoring triple for the NL Central leaders, who took three of four from the second-place Cubs. Lackey had been 6 for 67 at the plate in 13 major league seasons before a two-out, opposite-field RBI double to right in the fourth. Bourjos, who had been on first base, scored for a 4-0 lead on an error by Jorge Soler who, with his back to the plate, missed the ball as he tried to glove it between his legs near the foul line.

Kansas City (Ventura 2-2) at Detroit (Price 3-1), 7:08 p.m.   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Cincinnati (Marquis 3-1) at Chicago White Sox (Noesi 0-3), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Hammel 2-1) at Milwaukee (Nelson 1-2), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Iglesias out of starting lineup because of groin injury
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was not in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Chicago White Sox because of a mild groin injury. Iglesias, who is batting .349, appeared to get hurt in the eighth inning Wednesday night when he scored from second base on a single by Victor Martinez. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that Iglesias might be out for “a couple of days.”

MLB – Sale drops appeal of 5-game suspension for April 23 brawl
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for his actions during an April 23 brawl with the Kansas City Royals. Sale allowed five runs and seven hits Wednesday against Detroit and started serving the penalty Thursday. If there are not any postponements, he would be eligible to rejoin the active roster for the May 12 game against Milwaukee. Chicago pitcher Jeff Samardzija dropped his appeal of his five-game suspension Wednesday, the day after he started.

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
No games last night

Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.                         (Series tied 1-1)
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m.                   (Series tied 1-1)

NBA – Bulls’ Jimmy Butler selected as NBA’s Most Improved Player
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler is the NBA’s Most Improved Player after making his first All-Star team and averaging a career high in scoring.  The 25-year-old Butler received 92 of 129 first-place votes to outdistance Golden State’s Draymond Green for the honor. Butler averaged 20 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season after contributing 13.1 points, 4.9 boards and 2.6 assists last year.

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Minnesota Wild 3                                    (CHI Wins 4-0)
Montreal Canadiens 6, Tampa Bay Lightning 2                               (TB Leads 3-1)

Blackhawks 4, Wild 3 – Sweep: Crawford, Blackhawks advance with 4-3 win over Wild
Corey Crawford made 34 saves, Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night for a four-game sweep. The Wild never led in the series. Goals by Jared Spurgeon and Nino Niederreiter with 2:18 and 1:27 left gave them one last shot, with their net emptied. The final few whacks were either wide or turned aside by Crawford, who stopped 124 of 131 shots in the four games. Brent Seabrook and Andrew Shaw scored for the Blackhawks, who were down to five defensemen after a serious injury to veteran Michal Roszival. Marian Hossa had a long empty-netter, and Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell had two assists apiece.

Canadiens 6, Lightning 2
Max Pacioretty scored a short-handed goal and had two assists as the Montreal Canadiens ripped the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 to stave off elimination. Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was lifted after Jeff Petry’s power-play goal put the Habs ahead 4-0 midway through the second period. Bishop had allowed just four goals in helping the Lightning take the first three games of the second-round series.

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m.                   (WSH Leads 3-1)
Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m.                                (ANA Leads 2-1)

NFL – Lions sign 5 draftees, 12 undrafted players
The Lions signed five of their seven picks in the recent draft and added 12 undrafted free agents Thursday. Joining Detroit on four-year deals were cornerback Alex Carter (third round), defensive tackle Gabe Wright (fourth round), fullback Michael Burton (fifth round), cornerback Quandre Diggs (sixth round) and tackle Corey Robinson (seventh round). The only 2015 draftees not signed by the Lions are their top two picks, guard Laken Tomlinson and running back Ameer Abdullah. The undrafted rookies are quarterback Anthony Boone;  guards Al Bond and Torrian Wilson; running backs Zach Zenner and Rasheed Williams; safeties Brian Suite and Isaiah Johnson;  wide receivers Vernon Johnson and Desmon Lawrence; linebacker Kevin Snyder; tight end Casey Pierce; and placekicker Kyle Brindza.

NFL – What’s next for Brady, Patriots after `Deflategate’ report
Tom Brady’s agent says the NFL was determined to blame the Patriots quarterback for deflated footballs in the AFC title game, and that the investigation omitted key facts and buried others.  Don Yee released a statement Thursday saying the report prepared by NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells was “a significant and terrible disappointment.” Yee said the report “reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later,” and said Wells’ firm makes a lot of money from the NFL and put out a report that benefits the league. Yee emphasized that the league should not have allowed a sting operation in a playoff game, and that Wells left out most of Brady’s testimony.
NCAA Football – Notre Dame QB Everett Golson transferring for final season
Quarterback Everett Golson has announced he is leaving Notre Dame and will use his final season of eligibility elsewhere after graduating later this month. Golson issued a statement to Fox Sports on Thursday saying he has decided to transfer. A call left on Golson’s cell phone by The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned. Golson refused to talk to the media all spring after The Times-Picayune in January quoted a source as saying he had reached out to LSU about transferring there less than a week after the Irish beat the Tigers in the Music Bowl. Golson lost his starting job for the bowl game after committing 22 turnovers last season and being benched during the regular-season finale blowout loss to USC and replaced by Malik Zaire.

Golf – TPC – Hoffman’s 8 birdies put him in 4-way tie for lead
Charley Hoffman carded eight birdies in grabbing a share of the first-round lead in the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.  The string of birdies offset a triple-bogey on the first hole and left him at 5-under 67, tied with David Hearn, Kevin Na and Hideki Matsuyama.  Billy Horschel (HOHR’-shul) and Charles Howell III are among six players at minus-4. Rory McIlroy is just two strokes back after winning the Match Play Championship last weekend. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson opened with 73s but fared better than Masters champ Jordan Spieth, who shot a 75.

Hockey – World Championships – US beaten for first time
The United States has been beaten by Belarus 5-2 at the ice hockey world championship. It was the first time Belarus had defeated the Americans after five straight losses and the first loss for the U.S. in the tournament. Belarus built a 3-0 second-period lead before Brock Nelson got the Americans on the board.   Belarus tops Group B after four games with 10 points, one ahead of the U.S. and Russia.  The top four teams in each of the two groups of eight will advance to the quarterfinals.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lake County Captains 10, Great Lakes Loons 6
West Michigan Whitecaps 5, Dayton Dragons 3
Lansing Lugnuts 8, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 5
South Bend Cubs 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2

Great Lakes Loons at Lake County, 6:30 p.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Dayton Dragons, 7 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Bowling Green Hot Rods, 7:35 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League – 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Rockford Ice Hogs at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.                 (GR Leads 1-0)

AHL – Oklahoma City beats Utica 2-1 in 4th OT in AHL playoffs
Curtis Hamilton scored 16 seconds into the fourth overtime to give the Oklahoma City Barons a 2-1 victory over the Utica Comets early Friday morning in Game 1 of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference semifinals. Richard Bachman made 56 saves for Oklahoma City, the Edmonton Oilers’ farm team. Jacob Markstrom stopped 65 shots for Utica, affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks. Kent Huskins opened the scoring for Utica in the first period, and Connor Jones tied it in the second. At 120 minutes, 16 seconds, the game fell more than a period short of the AHL record of 142:58 set in Philadelphia’s 3-2 victory over Albany in five overtimes in Game 5 of the 2008 East Division semifinals.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League – 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Fort Wayne Komets 2, Toledo Walleye 1 – OT                                        (Series tied 2-2)

MHSAA – Lake Michigan Catholic names new football coach
Less than a month after Steve Graziano stepped down as Lake Michigan Catholic’s head football coach, the Lakers have found his replacement.  Toby Riley will be the Lakers new coach.   Riley was formerly an assistant for Catholic under Head Coach Jerome Learman.    Graziano spent two seasons as the Lakers head coach, compiling an 11-7 record.  Graziano was named head coach following the departure of Learman after the 2012 season.
MHSAA – High School Sports

Jake Kissane scoring on his grand slam in LMC's win over River Valley
Jake Kissane scoring on his grand slam in LMC’s win over River Valley

Lake Michigan Catholic 10, River Valley 0 – Game 1
Lake Michigan Catholic 11, River Valley 4 – Game 2
Lake Michigan Catholic took sole possession of first place in the Red Arrow Conference with a doubleheader sweep of River Valley. In game one, senior Jack Marszalec tossed five no-hit innings and freshman Jake Kissane delivered a grand slam as Catholic posted a 10-0 win. A six run 5th inning propelled the Lakers to an 11-4 victory in game two.  Matt Cutter picked up the win on the mound with Marszalec earning the save.Kyle Juza went a combined 7-7 at the plate for Catholic while Kissane went 6-7.  The Lakers improve to 14-6 on the season and 6-0 in the Red Arrow.

St. Joseph 16, Battle Creek Central 1 – Game 1
St. Joseph 13, Battle Creek Central 0 – Game 2
Ben Johanski was 3 for 3 with 4 RBI’s, while Bret Cohoon also drove in four runs as St. Joseph beat Battle Creek Central 16-1 in game 1.  The Bears also won the second game, Johanski, Dylan Lawrence, and Evan Wilson each drove in a pair of runs at the Bears won 13-0.  St. Joe scored 8 runs in the 4th inning to put the game out of reach.


BC Lakeview 6, Lakeshore 5 – Game 1 – 8 innings
Lakeshore 8, BC Lakeview 1 – Game 2
Niles 3, Kalamazoo Central 2 – Game 1
Niles 12, Kalamazoo Central 8 – Game 2
Berrien Springs 8, Dowagiac  0 – Game 1
Berrien Springs 2, Dowagiac 1 – Game 2
Bridgman 2, Buchanan 1 – Game 1
Bridgman 9, Buchanan 8 – Game 1


Decatur 12, Lawton 2 – Game 1
Decatur 14, Lawton 2 – Game 2
Lawrence 9, Watervliet 4 – Game 1
Lawrence 4, Watervliet 1 – Game 2
Saugatuck 7, Gobles 0 – Game 1
Saugatuck 12, Gobles 2 – Game 2

Lakeshore 15, BC Lakeview 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore 15, BC Lakeview 0 – Game 2
St. Joseph 15, BC Central 0 – Game 1
St. Joseph 16, BC Central 0 – Game 2
Niles 12, Kalamazoo Central 2 – Game 1
Niles 12, Kalamazoo Central 2 – Game 2
River Valley 11, Lake Mich. Catholic 2 – Game 1
River Valley 14, Lake Mich. Catholic 4 – Game 2
Paw Paw 4, Dowagiac 1 – Game 1
Paw Paw 10, Dowagiac 2 – Game 2
Watervliet 10, Lawrence 6 – Game 1
Watervliet 19, Lawrence 4 – Game 2

Girls Soccer
Lake Michigan Catholic 8, Michigan Lutheran 0
Emily Kryska and Andy Ives each scored twice at Lake Michigan Catholic defeated Michigan Lutheran 8-0 to win the Red Arrow Conference title.  Catholic also got goals from Brianna Watts, Caroline Hardman, Katie Sullivan, and Hannah Christensen.

Dowagiac 3, Berrien Springs 2

Girls Soccer
St. Joseph at Niles, 4:15 p.m.
South Haven at Vicksburg, 6:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Lakeshore, 6:45 p.m.
Paw Paw at Mattawan, 6:45 p.m.
Buchanan at Cassopolis, 5:00 p.m.
Bridgman at New Buffalo, 5:00 p.m.

Track and Field
Wolverine Conference Championship, 2:00 p.m.at Sturgis

Benton Harbor at Three Rivers, 6:45 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at White Pigeon, 4:15 p.m.

Dowagiac at Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at White Pigeon, 4:15 p.m.
Cassopolis at Coloma, 4:15 p.m.
Watervliet Grace Chr. at Three Rivers, 4:30 p.m.

Track and Field
Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference Championship, 10:00 a.m. at Battle Creek Central