Weekday Morning Sports Report – Thursday 6/6/19

MLB – Major League Baseball
Tampa Bay Rays 4, Detroit Tigers 0
Washington Nationals 6, Chicago White Sox 4
Chicago Cubs 9, Colorado Rockies 8

Rays 4, Tigers 0 – Morton’s unbeaten streak at 20 after Rays blank Tigers 4-0
Charlie Morton allowed five hits in seven innings, extending his unbeaten streak to 20 starts and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.  Morton (7-0) hasn’t lost since Aug. 11, and only Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, at 21 starts, has a longer active unbeaten streak. Morton struck out eight with no walks and needed just 83 pitches to complete seven innings.  Austin Meadows tripled and scored on a throwing error in the third to open the scoring. Tampa Bay scored two more runs in the fifth and snapped its four-game losing streak.  Spencer Turnbull (3-5) allowed three runs in five innings.  Detroit’s JaCoby Jones singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Nationals 6, White Sox 4 – Nats win season-high 4th straight, beat White Sox 6-4
Trea Turner homered off Alex Colomé in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Wednesday to extend a winning streak to four for the first time since early September.  Washington led 4-1 in the eighth before another meltdown by a bullpen that has a 6.68 ERA — no other team is above 6.00.  Leury Garcia singled with one out in the eighth off Kyle Barraclough, and Yoán Moncada hit a drive that Juan Soto caught with a leap at the left-field wall.  José Abreu followed with his 16th homer, Wander Suero relieved and Welington Castillo homered on his first pitch. Washington’s 12th blown save tied Pittsburgh for second-most behind the New York Mets’ 14.  Colomé (2-1) entered in the bottom of the ninth and walked Brian Dozier on four pitches. He fell behind Turner 2-0, and Turner drove a high full-count fastball into the left-field bullpen for his third game-ending home run, his second this season.  Sean Doolittle (4-1) pitched out of two-on, one-out trouble in the ninth, striking out Garcia and Moncada. Chicago has lost three of four following a season-high five-game winning streak.

Cubs 9, Rockies 8 – Bote’s career-high 7 RBIs lead Cubs over Rockies 9-8
David Bote drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.  Bote had four hits, including a three-run homer and bases-clearing double to hand the Rockies a second straight loss after ending their season-high eight-game winning streak Tuesday.  He lined his seventh homer through the fog to left-center in the fifth inning to stake Chicago and Yu Darvish to a 3-0 lead. But the Rockies rallied for three runs off Darvish in the sixth to chase the right-hander and deny him his first win at Wrigley Field as a member of the Cubs.  Bote keyed a five-run rally in the sixth with his double to the left field corner that put Chicago up 8-3. He singled in a needed insurance run with two outs in the eighth to make it 9-7 after Colorado had trimmed the Cubs’ lead to a run.  Brandon Kintzler (2-0), the second of six Chicago relievers, got the final two outs of the sixth for the win. Steve Cishek allowed a run in the ninth before earning his sixth save in eight chances.

Tampa Bay (TBD) at Detroit (Norris 2-4), 1:10 p.m.            WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 12:45
Colorado (Gray 5-4) at Chicago Cubs (Quintana 4-4), 2:20 p.m.
White Sox are off

NCAABB – NCAA moving 3-point line back
The 3-point line is moving back in college basketball. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced Wednesday that the arc will be moved to 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches for the upcoming season, matching the international distance. The change will not go into effect in Division II and I until 2020-21 due to the potential financial impact on schools. The 3-point line was last moved in 2008-09, extending a foot to 20 feet, 9 inches. The panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound and gave coaches the ability to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and any overtime period. Players also will be assessed technical fouls for derogatory language about an opponent’s race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

NBA – 2019 NBA Finals (best of 7)
Last Night
Toronto Raptors 123, Golden State Warriors 109                                 (TOR leads 2-1)

Raptors 123, Warriors 109 – Raptors win at Golden State to take 2-1 lead
Stephen Curry set a career high for playoff points, but the Toronto Raptors still managed to take a two-games-to-one lead in the NBA Finals. Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Kyle Lowry combined for 71 points to trump Curry’s 47 as the Raptors knocked off the two-time defending champs, 123-109 in Oakland. Leonard scored 30 points for Toronto, which shot 52% and nailed 17 3-pointers. Lowry hit five treys while scoring 23 points, and Green scored all 18 of his points from beyond the arc. Pascal Siakam provided 14 of his 18 points while the Raptors were building a 60-52 halftime edge. Curry was 6-for-14 from 3-point range and 13 of 14 from the line in breaking his previous playoff career high of 44 set against San Antonio in the 2013 Western Conference semifinals. It was the sixth 40-point playoff game of his career, but he was one of just two Warriors with more than 11 points.  Draymond Green had 17 points for the Warriors, who host Game 4 on Friday.

NHL – 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final (best of 7)
St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins, 8:00 p.m.                                           (Series tied 2-2)

NHL – Pavel Datsyuk staying in Russia with hometown club
Pavel Datysuk has signed for his hometown Russian club in the Kontinental Hockey League, ending speculation of a possible return to the NHL. The 40-year-old center has signed a one-year deal with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, the successor to the team where he began his pro career in the 1996-97 season. He posted a picture on social media of himself in the Avtomobilist uniform and the caption “beloved Yekaterinburg.”  Datysuk left the NHL in 2016 to return to Russia with SKA St. Petersburg after 953 games for the Detroit Red Wings. He won an Olympic gold medal last year with the Olympic Athletes from Russia after the NHL did not allow its players to take part. He left SKA last month after three KHL seasons.

Tennis – French Open – The rain won
A steady rain washed out Wednesday’s French Open schedule, forcing those matches to be played on Thursday.  Defending champion Simona Halep of Romania was scheduled to face 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova, and No. 8 Ash Barty of Australia was supposed to meet No. 14 Madison Keys. On the men’s side, No. 1 Novak Djokovic had his match with No. 5 Alexander Zverev pushed back a day, as was another quarterfinal match between fourth seed Dominic Thiem and No. 10 Karen Khachanov. Djokovic is seeking a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Great Lakes 6, Lansing 5
South Bend 2, Bowling Green 1
Dayton 4, West Michigan 3

Bowling Green at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
Dayton at West Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Lansing at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Baseball – Regional Semifinals
Division 2 at Coldwater
Lakeshore 14, Marshall 1

Division 2 at Hopkins
Otsego 10, Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg 3

-Lakeshore vs. Otsego, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the regional finals at Edwardsburg

Division 3 at Lawton
Buchanan 6, Parchment 3

Division 3 at Union City
Bronson 4, Watervliet 3

-Buchanan vs. Bronson, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the regional finals at Coloma

Division 4 at Decatur
Decatur 4, Kalamazoo Christian 1

Division 4 at Holton
River Valley 4, Muskegon Catholic Central 3

-Decatur vs. River Valley, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the regional finals at Gobles

Division 1 at East Lansing
Grand Ledge 9, Gull Lake 1

Division 1 at Mattawan
Portage Northern 10, Dexter 0

-Portage Northern vs. Grand Ledge, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the regional finals at Kalamazoo College