Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 6/15/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, June 15, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 8, Cleveland Indians 1
Tampa Bay Rays 2, Chicago White Sox 1
Chicago Cubs 2, Cincinnati Reds 1 – 11 Innings

Tigers 8, Indians 1 – Cabrera again tags Kluber, Indians, as Tigers romp
Miguel Cabrera once again tagged Corey Kluber and the Indians, hitting a booming home run and leading the Detroit Tigers over Cleveland 8-1 Sunday. Cabrera hit his 14th homer, a solo drive in the fourth inning that went an estimated 450 feet into the left edge of the batter’s eye. It landed close to the 452-footer he hit Friday night. The two-time AL MVP is 20 for 35 with five homers in his career against Kluber (3-8). The reigning Cy Young Award winner lost his third straight decision. Cabrera had three hits and scored three times. He went 7 for 11 in the series with a pair of homers and six RBIs. J.D. Martinez added a three-run homer for the Tigers on a soggy afternoon. Alfredo Simon (7-3) allowed three hits and struck out five in the first five innings. Heavy, persistent rain delayed the game for 1:51 after the fifth.

Rays 2, White Sox 1 – Cabrera homers, Rays top Sale and White Sox 2-1
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale in the seventh inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox Sunday for a three-game sweep. Sale (6-3) struck out 12, walked three and hit a batter over 6 2-3 innings. He became the first pitcher since Boston’s Pedro Martinez in 2001 to strikeout 12 or more in four straight starts. The left-allowed two runs and three hits during a 125-pitch outing. After Steven Souza Jr. opened the seventh with a walk, Cabrera hit a high fly into the left-field seats off Sale to make it 2-1. It was Cabrera’s third homer this season, and first since May 19. He has just two extra-base hits over his last 19 games. C.J. Riefenhauser (1-0) threw a scoreless seventh to get his first major league win. After Steve Geltz pitched the eighth, Kevin Jepsen got the final three outs for his fifth save.

Cubs 2, Reds 1 – F/11 – Castro’s RBI single in 11th lifts Cubs past Reds, 2-1
Starlin Castro drove in the winning run for the second straight night with an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday night. Chris Coghlan doubled just out of the reach of left fielder Kristopher Negron with out in the 11th inning and scored the winning run on Castro’s single to left-center off reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2). Chicago took three of four in this series. Castro’s RBI single in the ninth gave the Cubs the win Saturday night. Billy Hamilton had a career-high five stolen bases _ the most in a game since Jacoby Ellsbury stole five on May 30, 2013, and also tied a Reds record. Hamilton leads the majors with 31 steals. Brian Schlitter (1-2), called up from Triple-A Iowa before the game, got two outs in the 11th for the victory.

Chicago White Sox (Rodon 2-0) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 3-5), 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati (Moscot 1-1) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 4-7), 7:08 p.m.   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Cleveland (Bauer 5-3) at Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 6-4), 8:05 p.m.

NASCAR – Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened NASCAR race in Michigan
Kurt Busch has won his second NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season, a rain-shortened event at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday that was called 62 laps short of its scheduled distance. The fourth weather-related red flag of the day came after lap 138 of a scheduled 200. Busch was leading at the time, and he was declared the winner after heavy rain soaked the track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second, followed by Martin Truex Jr. With the rain approaching, Kyle Larson did his best to stay in the lead, but with fuel running low, he came to pit on lap 133, giving up the lead to Busch. The first three red flags, on laps 14, 20 and 46, delayed the race for a total of over two hours.

NBA – 2015 NBA Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Golden State Warriors 104, Cleveland Cavaliers 91                  (GSW Leads 3-2)

Game 5: Curry leads Warriors to 104-91 win against Cavs
Stephen Curry scored 37 points and the Golden State Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals with a 104-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.  Curry had 17 in the fourth quarter, including seven straight to put away the game after Cleveland got within eight points in the final 2 minutes.  The Warriors can win their first championship since 1975 with a victory Tuesday in Cleveland. Game 7, if necessary, would be back in Oakland on Friday.  LeBron James finished with 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson had 19 points and 10 boards.

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of 7)
Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00 a.m.                 (CHI Leads 3-2)

NHL – Blackhawks return home just 1 win away from title
The Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from their third Stanley Cup title in six seasons, and their depth has played a key role against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kris Versteeg and Antoine Vermette combined for the winning goal in Chicago’s 2-1 victory in Game 5 on Saturday night. Vermette was a healthy scratch for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against Anaheim, and Versteeg has played in 11 of the Blackhawks’ 22 playoff games. Next up is Game 6 tonight in Chicago, when the Blackhawks will have the opportunity to clinch the title at home for the first time since 1938. Defenseman Brent Seabrook says Sunday that it’s not just another hockey game, but the team has to try to treat it that way.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Sky 98, Indiana Fever 72

Sky 98, Fever 72 – Delle Donne scores 24 points and Sky dominates Fever 98-72
Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points on Sunday as the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 98-72. Cappie Pondexter added 15 points as the Sky improved to 2-2 on the season.

Golf – Champions – Langer defends his title
Bernhard Langer is dominating the Champions Tour and other senior events. He is now the first man since Arnold Palmer 30 years ago to win the Senior Players Championship in two straight years. Langer wound up 19-under-par after a final round 3-under-68 to finish six shots in front of Kirk Triplett to win in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Golf – PGA – Gomez lands the big check
Fabian Gomez of Argentina won his first PGA Tour title by finishing first in the St. Jude Classic, beating England’s Greg Owen by four strokes. Gomez started the round tied with Owen atop the leaderboard at 9 under with 23 players within four strokes. Gomez shot 4-under 66 to take home the winner’s check of $1.08 million.

Golf – LPGA – Park wins
Inbee Park was the winner of the Women’s PGA Championship, the second major of the LPGA season. She shot a final round 5-under-68 to finish 19-under par, five shots in front of fellow South Korean Sei Young Kim. American Lexi Thompson was third at 12-under. Park has now won the event three straight years and has regained the No. 1 world ranking.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Great Lakes 3, Quad Cities 2 – Game 1
Quad Cities 5, Great Lakes 0 – Game 2
Cedar Rapids 8, Lansing 3
Burlington 11, West Michigan 5 – Game 1
Burlington 6, West Michigan 1 – Game 1
South Bend 7, Peoria 3

Lansing at Cedar Rapids, 1:05 p.m.
Great Lakes at Quad Cities, 2 p.m.
West Michigan at Burlington, 7:30 p.m.
South Bend at Peoria, 8 p.m.