Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 6/1/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, June 01, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Los Angeles Angels 4, Detroit Tigers 2
Chicago White Sox 6, Houston Astros 0
Chicago Cubs 2, Kansas City Royals 1 – 11 innings

Angels 4, Tigers 2 – Giavotella’s 2-run single in 8th helps Angels sweep Tigers
Johnny Giavotella hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, making up for an earlier error that helped the Detroit Tigers score the tying run, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a four-game sweep with a 4-2 victory Sunday night. David Price (4-2) gave up a leadoff walk to David Freese and an infield single by Chris Iannetta, who was safe at first when third baseman Andrew Romine fielded his high chopper and pulled Miguel Cabrera off the bag with a hurried throw. Kole Calhoun advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Price intentionally walked Grant Green before retiring pinch-hitter Carlos Perez on a popup with his 121st and final pitch. Giavotella grounded Joba Chamberlain’s second pitch up the middle.

White Sox 6, Astros 0 – White Sox shut out Astros 6-0
John Danks earned his first shutout of the season to help the Chicago White Sox defeat the Houston Astros 6-0 on Sunday. Adam LaRoche homered and Conor Gillaspie went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the White Sox, who won two of three against the first-place Astros. A day after being blanked by Dallas Keuchel’s four-hit shutout on Saturday, the White Sox responded behind a solid performance from Danks (2-4). Danks entered Sunday with an 0-2 record and a 9.28 ERA in two starts at Houston. He was 0-3 with a 9.15 ERA in four starts against the Astros, but put it all behind him on Sunday. It was Danks’ third career shutout and first since August 2011 against Seattle. Danks threw 118 pitches, 82 for strikes, walking one and striking out six.

Cubs 2, Royals 1 – 11 Innings – Ross hits winning single in 11th, Cubs beat Royals 2-1
David Ross hit an RBI single with one out in the 11th inning Sunday, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Kansas City Royals 2-1. The Cubs and Royals split the abbreviated two-game series. Saturday’s game was rained out and will be made up at Wrigley Field during the last week of the regular season. Ross delivered the fifth game-ending hit of his career, a bases-loaded single just beyond the reach of shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tried to make a sliding, over-the-shoulder catch. Earlier in the inning, Dexter Fowler was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Alex Gordon when he tried to score on a single. Zac Rosscup (2-1) struck out Salvador Perez with runners on first and third with two outs in the 11th. Ryan Madson (0-1) walked Fowler to begin the 11th.

Today
Chicago Cubs (Hammel 3-2) at Miami (Urena 0-1), 7:10 p.m.
Tigers and White Sox are off

MLB – Tigers star Verlander shaky in 1st rehab start
Detroit Tigers star Justin Verlander struggled in his first rehabilitation start, giving up three runs in 2 2-3 innings for Triple-A Toledo on Sunday. The former American League MVP and Cy Young winner is trying to work his way back into the Tigers’ rotation from a right triceps injury he sustained in spring training. The Tigers have not announced whether Verlander will continue his rehab or now join the major league team. Verlander gave up six hits, walked two and struck out three for the Mud Hens against Indianapolis, Pittsburgh’s top minor league club. Verlander was on a restricted pitch count of 80-85 pitches by the Tigers’ staff in this International League start. He threw a total of 79, and reached 95 mph on two of his strikeouts. Prior to Sunday’s start, Verlander had thrown two simulated games and multiple bullpens since the regular season began.

French Open – Rain plays havoc on French Open schedule
Rain played havoc with Sunday’s French Open schedule and will force women’s defending champ Maria Sharapova and men’s second seed Roger Federer to complete their fourth-round matches on Monday. Federer and France’s Gael Monfils are tied at one set each in their match. Ana Ivanovic advanced to the women’s quarterfinals, while fifth seed Kei Nishikori, eighth seed Stan Wawrinka and No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the men’s quarters.

NCAA Softball – Michigan beats LSU 6-3, advances to championship series
Sierra Lawrence had a two-run double in the sixth inning and Michigan beat LSU 6-3 on Sunday to advance to face defending champion Florida for the Women’s College World Series title. The score was tied at 3-all when Lawrence’s hit knocked in Tera Blanco and Olivia Richvalsky. Lawrence stole home for the final run. Blanco, Lindsay Montemarano and Abby Ramirez each had two hits for Michigan (59-6). Megan Betsa got the start and Haylie Wagner earned the win for the Wolverines. Michigan won its only national title in 2005, when it became the first program east of the Mississippi River to win it all. The best-of-three championship series starts Monday. Sandra Simmons had two hits and Bailey Landry knocked in two runs for LSU (52-14). Carley Hoover took the loss for the Tigers.

NCAA Baseball – CWS – Michigan beats Bradley 4-3 in NCAA elimination game
Jacob Cronenworth and Jackson Glines had two hits apiece and Evan Hill threw 6 2-3 solid innings to lead Michigan to a 4-3 win over Bradley in an elimination game at the Louisville Regional on Sunday. The loss ends the season for the second-seeded Braves (36-21). Hill (2-2), a junior left-hander, gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Evan Gruener hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the ninth to pull the Braves within a run, but Carmen Benedetti came in to earn his third save of the season. Bradley starter Brent Strong (5-6) gave up four earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three in 4 2-3 innings.

NCAA Baseball – CWS – Wright State eliminates Notre Dame with 4-0 win
Jack Van Horn tossed eight shutout innings, and Mitch Roman drove in two runs and scored twice as Wright State beat Notre Dame 4-0 on Sunday night, eliminating the Irish from the Champaign Regional. Van Horn (4-2) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out six in his longest outing of the season for the Raiders (43-16). His longest previous appearance was four innings last week against Milwaukee. Andrew Elliott got three outs for the save. Brandon Bielak (6-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings in the loss for Notre Dame (37-23). Wright State defeated Ohio earlier Sunday, notching the school’s first postseason win since 1994. The Raiders meet Illinois for the regional title on Monday.

IndyCar – Bourdais earns first IndyCar win of season
Sebastien Bourdais raced to his first IndyCar victory of the season yesterday. He outlasted Takuma Sato in a caution-filled ending at Belle Isle. Bourdais held on in his No. 11 Chevrolet in a race that was shortened from 70 laps to 68 because of a two-hour time limit. The first caution didn’t come until lap 37. Bourdais led coming out of the final caution and had little trouble staying in front.

NASCAR – Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover
Defending champion Jimmie Johnson is now a 10-time winner at Dover International Speedway after a first-place performance in the FedEx 400. He led the final 23 laps and finished ahead of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne (kayn) for his series-leading fourth victory of the season. Johnson pulled away on the final restart to win the race and become the fifth NASCAR driver with 10 or more Sprint Cup victories at a single track.

AHL – American Hockey League – 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Utica Comets 3, Grand Rapids Griffins 2                                     (UTI leads 3-2)

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Fort Wayne 3, West Michigan 0 – 7 Innings
Lake County 3, South Bend 0 – Susp, 3rd, rain
Dayton 6, Lansing 5 – 10 Innings
Great Lakes 5, Bowling Green 3 – Game 1
Great Lakes 2, Bowling Green 1 – Game 2

Today
Great Lakes at Bowling Green, 1:05 p.m.
South Bend at Lake County, 5:00 (completion of suspended game)
South Bend at Lake County, 6:30 (game 2
Lansing at Dayton, 7 p.m.
West Michigan at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Today
***Many of Saturday’s baseball and softball district games were rained out, they’ll be made up today
Baseball
Division 1 at Mattawan
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix vs. Mattawan, 12:00 p.m.
Portage Northern vs. Gull Lake, 2:00 p.m.
Championship 4:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Niles
Niles vs. Dowagiac, 10:00 a.m.
Paw Paw vs. Edwardsburg, 12:30 p.m.
Championship 3:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Bangor
Watervliet vs. Bangor, 12:00 p.m.
Fennville vs. Saugatuck, 2:00 p.m.
-Championship 4:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Bridgman
Buchanan vs. Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.  (Championship)

Division 4 at River Valley
Lake Michigan Catholic 5, River Valley 0 – suspended 3rd inning
-Championship game will resume at 4:15 p.m.

Division 4 at Decatur
Lawrence vs. Byron Center Zion Chr., 2:00 p.m.
Decatur vs. Holland Calvary, 4:00 p.m.
-Championship 6:00 p.m.

Softball
Division 1 at Mattawan
Portage Central vs. Portage Northern, 12:00 p.m.
Mattawan vs. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 2:00 p.m.
-Championship 6:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Niles
Paw Paw vs. Edwardsburg, 12:00 p.m.
Niles vs. Dowagiac, 2:00 p.m.
-Championship 4:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Bangor
Fennville vs. Saugatuck, 2:00 p.m.
Watervliet vs. Bangor, 4:00 p.m.
-Championship 6:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Decatur
Decatur vs. Martin, 2:00 p.m.
Lawrence vs. Watervliet Grace Christian, 4:00 p.m.
-Championship 6:00 p.m.