Weekday Morning Sports Report – Monday 7/22/19

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 4, Toronto Blue Jays 3 – 10 Innings
Tampa Bay Rays 4, Chicago White Sox 2
San Diego Padres 5, Chicago Cubs 1

Tigers 4, Blue Jays 3 – 10 Inn. – Tigers beat Blue Jays 4-3 on Castellanos’ HR in 10th
Nicholas Castellanos led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run, and the Detroit Tigers snapped their six-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.  The Tigers won for only the eighth time in their last 41 games — and this victory didn’t come easily. Closer Shane Greene allowed a tying, two-run homer by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the ninth, but Castellanos connected on the first pitch thrown by Tim Mayza (0-1) for his 11th homer of the season.  Nick Ramirez (5-3) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th for Detroit.  Tyler Alexander pitched seven impressive innings and JaCoby Jones homered for the Tigers. Alexander held Toronto to a run and three hits, but his first career win slipped away in the ninth. Greene, who entered with a 1.03 ERA, allowed a drive to left-center by Gurriel that tied the game at 3.  Jeimer Candelario put Detroit up 2-1 with an RBI groundout in the third, and Jones hit his 10th homer of the year in the fifth.  The Tigers recalled the 25-year-old Alexander from Triple-A Toledo before the game. He did not allow a baserunner after the third inning and faced just three batters over the minimum through seven.

Rays 4, White Sox 2 – Snell, d’Arnaud help Rays beat White Sox to end 5-game skid
Blake Snell struck out 10 in six scoreless innings, Travis d’Arnaud hit his first grand slam and the Tampa Bay Rays stopped their longest losing streak of the year at five games by beating the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Sunday.  Snell (6-7) allowed three hits and two walks while throwing a season-high 109 pitches.  D’Arnaud had been hitless in 11 at-bats since a three-homer game Monday night in a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees that preceded his team’s recent skid.  Yolmer Sanchez got his 21st triple since 2017 for the White Sox, who won the first two games of the series and were seeking their first sweep since May 27-29 against Kansas City.  Yandy Diaz walked, Avisail Garcia singled and Joey Wendle also walked before d’Arnaud sent a 1-1 pitch from Dylan Cease (1-2) into the left field seats for a 4-0 lead.

Padres 5, Cubs 1 – Mejia homers as Padres beat Cubs 5-1 to avoid sweep
Francisco Mejía homered, Fernando Tatis Jr. drove in three runs and the San Diego Padres avoided the sweep, beating the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Sunday.  Mejía and Tatis had two hits apiece for the Padres, who scored three runs in the ninth and have won just two of their last nine.  Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in seven innings and Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who are 7-2 after the All-Star break. Cal Quantrill (3-2) threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, retiring 14 of his final 15 batters. He struck out six and walked none.  Kirby Yates struck out three in the ninth to work around a Rizzo single.  Hendricks (7-8) gave up four hits in his longest start since he came off the IL July 2. His home ERA increased to 1.89.

Tonight
Miami (Richards 3-11) at Chicago White Sox (Nova 4-9), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Mills 0-0) at San Francisco (Anderson 3-2), 9:45 p.m.
Tigers are off

MLB – Baseball Hall grows by 6
The Baseball Hall of Fame now includes pitchers Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith and the late Roy Halladay, along with designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines. The six were inducted at Cooperstown on a sizzling Sunday in upstate New York. Naturally, Rivera closed the ceremony after the all-time saves leader became the first unanimous selection into the Hall.

NASCAR – Harvick gets first Cup win of year
Kevin Harvick picked up his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season by holding off Denny Hamlin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The two made contact coming out of the final turn before Harvick finished just over 0.2 seconds ahead of Hamlin for his 46th series victory and first since last November in Texas.  Driving a backup car after wrecking during a practice lap Friday, Hamlin led 113 laps but couldn’t catch Harvick after pitting on a caution on the 265th lap. Erik Jones was third, and Ryan Blaney fourth.

Golf – British Open – Lowry wins by 6
The silver claret jug is staying on the Emerald Isle after Shane Lowry captured the first British Open to be held in Northern Ireland since 1951.  Shane Lowry endured the worst weather of the tournament, along with the Sunday pressure of a sellout crowd cheering him along to win the final major of the year by six shots at Royal Portrush. The 32-year-old closed with a 1-over 72, the first time since 1996 the Open champion was over par.  Amid rain and strong wind, Lowry began making bogeys in the middle of the round without losing ground as no one from the last 12 groups broke par. Lowry was no worse than three shots ahead all day as he wrapped up his first major championship.  Lowry’s 15-under total was far better than runner-up Tommy Fleetwood, whose double-bogey on 14 left Lowry without a serious challenger.  Brooks Koepka just missed becoming the first player to finish in the top three in all four majors during a calendar year. Tony Finau finished third at 7 under, one ahead of Koepka and Lee Westwood. Koepka opened with four straight bogeys in a 74.

Golf – LPGA – Clanton, Suwannapura win LPGA team event
Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura ran away with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational by shooting an 11-under 59 in best-ball play for a six-stroke victory over Jin Young Ko and Minjee Lee. Clanton and Suwannapura took a five-shot lead into the final round after shooting an alternate-shot 63 on Friday at Midland Country Club in the LPGA Tour’s first-year team event. They finished at 27-under 253. Clanton earned spots the next two weeks in the Evian Championship and Women’s British Open.

Cycling – Yates takes 15th stage, Alaphilippe keeps yellow jersey
Simon Yates of Britain posted a second stage win with a solo raid during the last Pyrenean trek of the Tour de France.  Yates triumphed in Stage 15, three days after his first stage victory in the southwestern mountain range. Thibaut Pinot crossed the finish line in second place, 33 seconds behind Yates.  Julian Alaphilippe cracked in the final of the four climbs on the program but salvaged his yellow jersey.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Yesterday
Chicago Sky 78, Indiana Fever 70

Sky 78, Fever 70 – Quigley, Dolson score 19 apiece as Sky beat Fever 78-70
Allie Quigley and Stefanie Dolson scored 19 points apiece to help Chicago beat the Indiana Fever 78-70 on Sunday for the Sky’s fourth consecutive win.  Quigley scored eight points in the fourth quarter, hitting two of her four 3-pointers, and Dolson finished with nine rebounds. Diamond DeShields added 13 points and Courtney Vandersloot had nine points and a season-high 14 assists for Chicago (10-8).  Erica Wheeler had 13 points and nine assists and Teaira McCowan added 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for Indiana. The Fever have lost five in a row and nine of their last 10.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
Wisconsin 6, West Michigan 3 – Game 1
Wisconsin 6, West Michigan 4 – Game 2
Beloit 4, South Bend 3 – Game 1
South Bend 5, Beloit 1 – Game 2
Lansing 4, Clinton 2
Great Lakes 8, Burlington 5

Today
Burlington at Great Lakes, 12:05 p.m.
South Bend at Beloit, 1 p.m.
West Michigan at Wisconsin, 1:05 p.m.
Clinton at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.

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