Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 6/18/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, June 18, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Cincinnati Reds 8, Detroit Tigers 4 – 13 Innings
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 17, Cleveland Indians 0

Reds 8, Tigers 4 – 13 Innings – Reds beat Tigers 8-4 on Frazier’s grand slam in 13th inning
Todd Frazier hit an early solo homer and a grand slam with two outs in the 13th inning Wednesday night, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a rain-delayed 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The Reds twice rallied from one-run deficits in the late innings, turning it into the longest game this season for both teams. Ian Krol (1-0) escaped a two-on threat in the 12th inning and stayed in the game. Skip Schumaker opened the 13th with a single and Billy Hamilton walked. Joakim Soria took over and gave up a single by Brandon Phillips that loaded the bases with one out. Frazier connected for his fourth homer in two days, ending it at 1:20 a.m. local time.  Burke Badenhop (1-2) retired the side in the 13th.  Jay Bruce had a career-high five hits, the first Reds player do so since Willy Tavares in 2009.

Pirates 3, White Sox 2 – Locke, Kang lead Pirates to 3-2 win over White Sox
Jeff Locke allowed just two runs in six innings, Jung Ho Kang hit a two-run home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the struggling Chicago White Sox 3-2 Wednesday night for their seventh straight win. The Pirates, who had thrown three straight shutouts, and five in the previous six, saw their streak of scoreless innings end at 35. Locke (4-3) was followed by Arquimedes Caminero, Tony Watson and Mark Melancon, who combined for scoreless relief over the final three innings with Melancon getting his 22nd save. The White Sox, who snapped a string of 30 scoreless innings with two runs in the sixth, have dropped a season-high six straight. Locke gave up three hits and had a season-high eight strikeouts. White Sox starter John Danks (3-7) settled down after a shaky first inning to allow three runs on five hits in seven innings.  Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected in the fourth inning Wednesday night by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez for arguing an interference call on Melky Cabrera. It is Ventura’s first ejection of the season and his 11th as Chicago manager.

Cubs 17, Indians 0 – Cubs crush Indians 17-0
Kris Bryant had a grand slam and Kyle Schwarber was 4 for 5, including his first major league hit and RBI, and the Chicago Cubs hit four home runs to rout the Cleveland Indians 17-0 on Wednesday night. The Cubs scored seven times in the ninth inning, which ended with Indians position players Ryan Raburn and David Murphy pitching. Schwarber, the fourth pick in last year’s draft who was called up Tuesday, tripled in the second to key a six-run inning and added an RBI single in the third when the Cubs scored four times. Schwarber hit into a double play in the fourth and singled in the seventh. He added an infield hit in the ninth. Cleveland used seven pitchers in the first eight innings before calling on Raburn, who was given a loud ovation by the crowd of 15,572.

Tonight
Detroit (Verlander 0-0) at Cincinnati (Leake 3-4), 7:10 p.m.  WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago Cubs (Hammel 5-2) at Cleveland (Salazar 6-2), 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (G.Cole 10-2) at Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 4-4), 8:10 p.m.

NBA – Bulls hire Boylen as Hoiberg’s top assistant
The Chicago Bulls have hired Jim Boylen as new coach Fred Hoiberg’s top assistant. Boylen has 29 years of coaching experience, 17 in the NBA. He will serve as Chicago’s associate head coach. He spent the past two seasons on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio and was the coach at the University of Utah for four years, leading the Utes to a 69-60 record and the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Boylen was also an assistant with the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers and Michigan State. The Bulls announced the hiring on Wednesday, about two weeks after they hired Hoiberg away from Iowa State to replace the fired Tom Thibodeau.

NHL – Blackhawks bask in latest Stanley Cup win
General manager Stan Bowman recalled the Chicago Blackhawks’ championship rally and parade falling on his birthday two years ago. The Stanley Cup celebration comes a little earlier this year. The scene figures to be just as wild. Bowman says this is “why we get together back in September” and that these are “days you never forget.” The Blackhawks clinched their third Stanley Cup in six seasons with their win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 at the United Center on Monday night, setting off a wild celebration. On Thursday comes a parade through downtown and a rally at Soldier Field. After that, there will be some roster issues to address, including the future of forward Patrick Sharp.

NHL – Senate resolution congratulates Chicago Blackhawks
Illinois’ U.S. senators are on opposite sides of the aisle, but they have joined to congratulate the Chicago Blackhawks. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday to honor the Stanley Cup winners. Durbin says the Hawks “realized their mantra `One Goal,’ and brought the Stanley Cup home to Chicago.” Kirk says the team’s season reflects “the players’ hard work and the dedication of the entire Blackhawks organization.” The resolution mentions players by name and details moments leading to the team’s third Stanley Cup title in six years. It also commends the fans, players and management of the Tampa Bay Lightning for an outstanding series. In Chicago, there are plans for a parade on Thursday, followed by a rally at Soldier Field.

Golf – US Open – Most important figure at US Open not even playing
The name has become as common at this U.S. Open as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. And Mike Davis isn’t even playing. Davis is the head of the USGA and the man largely responsible for this major championship coming to Chambers Bay. More than that, however, he might be responsible for just how hard it will play. Davis will have options to play the tees back or forward. He will decide whether No. 18 is a par 4 or a par 5. And it’s his job to make sure Chambers Bay doesn’t get so out of control that it turns the toughest test into an impossible test. He says his biggest concern is the ground getting too firm and fast.

NCAA Baseball – Gators still alive
Florida is still alive in the College World Series after Harrison Bader led off the game with the first of the Gators’ four home runs in a 10-2 rout that eliminated Miami. Alex Faedo and two relievers combined on a four-hitter for the Gators, who outscored Miami 25-5 in their two CWS meetings. The Gators next play Virginia, which is 2-0

NCAA Football – Indiana boots top tackler off football team after arrest
Indiana University has kicked starting safety Antonio Allen off the football team after his arrest on drug-dealing charges. He faces two charges each of dealing methamphetamine and dealing heroin and one count of dealing cocaine. Allen also was charged with possession of heroin over 10 grams, possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 5, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2
Dayton Dragons 3, South Bend Cubs 1
Great Lakes Loons 4, Lake County Captains 3
Lansing Lugbuts 5, Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, 8 innings

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