Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 7/22/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, July 23, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 9, Seattle Mariners 4
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Cincinnati Reds 9, Chicago Cubs 1 – Game 1
Chicago Cubs 6, Cincinnati Reds 5 – Game 2

Tigers 9, Mariners 4 – Castellanos’ grand slam lifts Tigers to 9-4 win over Seattle
Nick Castellanos hit a grand slam off the brick facade in left-center field, part of an eight-run third inning for the Detroit Tigers in their 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Anibal Sanchez (10-7) won his seventh straight decision, and Ian Kinsler had four hits for the Tigers, who rebounded from an ugly 11-9 loss the previous night. Detroit entered the night four games behind the American League’s second wild card. With the trade deadline approaching, it’s not clear what the next week or so has in store for the Tigers, but every win helps their postseason chances. Nelson Cruz homered twice for Seattle. Mike Montgomery (4-4) allowed six earned runs and six hits in 2 2-3 innings. The Mariners did make it close enough to force Detroit to use closer Joakim Soria, who got four outs for his 22nd save in 25 chances.

Cardinals 3, White Sox 2 – Molina’s clutch triple rallies Cardinals past White Sox 3-2
Yadier Molina hit a bases-loaded triple off David Robertson with two out in the eighth inning, sending the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Randal Grichuk singled, Matt Holliday was hit by a pitch and Jason Heyward reached on catcher’s interference before Molina drove a 2-2 pitch into the corner in right for his third hit of the game.  It was the first triple for the All-Star catcher since May 22, 2011, and No. 4 for his career.   Miguel Socolovich (4-1) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win. Kevin Siegrist struck out Adam LaRoche with runners on the corners for the final out in the eighth, and Trevor Rosenthal finished for his 29th save in 31 chances.

Game 1: Reds 9, Cubs 1 – Frazier doubles home 2, Reds beat Cubs 9-1 in DH opener
Todd Frazier extended his post-derby surge with three more hits, including a two-run double, and the Cincinnati Reds used a big first inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1 on Wednesday in the opening game of a day-night doubleheader. Frazier won the All-Star Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park, then went into an 0-for-10 slump. After getting a day off last Sunday, the third baseman is 6 for 12 with a homer and six RBIs. Joey Votto added a solo homer off Kyle Hendricks (4-5), who gave up four runs while facing nine batters in the first inning. Billy Hamilton singled with the bases loaded in the seventh off Yoervis Medina as the Reds pulled away. Mike Leake (8-5), who could be traded by the end of the month, allowed four hits in eight innings, including Kyle Schwarber’s RBI single.

Game 2: Cubs 6, Reds 5 – Teagarden’s hit leads Cubs to 6-5 win over Reds and DH split
Taylor Teagarden singled home the tiebreaking run off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, completing the Chicago Cubs’ biggest comeback of the season for a 6-5 win and a doubleheader split with the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati won the opener 9-1.  The Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to get the split, completed with Teagarden’s pinch-hit single off Chapman (3-4). Hector Rondon (4-2) escaped a bases-loaded threat in the eighth, and Jason Motte finished it for his sixth save in as many chances. Leake (8-5) went eight innings in the opener to beat the Cubs for the fifth straight time. Todd Frazier extended his post-derby surge with three more hits, including a two-run double in the first inning off Kyle Hendricks (4-5).

Seattle (Iwakuma 2-1) at Detroit (Price 9-3), 1:08 p.m.              WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 12:40
Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 6-5) at Cleveland (Bauer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.
Cubs are off (Cubs host Philadelphia this weekend at Wrigley Field,  starting Friday at 4:05)

NBA – Pistons sign first-round pick Stanley Johnson
The Detroit Pistons have signed Stanley Johnson, their first-round draft pick. The Pistons took Johnson with the No. 8 pick last month. The Arizona star is expected to compete for playing time at small forward for Detroit. Johnson played one season at Arizona, averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 2014-15. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Johnson was the Pac-12 freshman of the year. That was after an impressive high school career at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California.

NBA – Format change could be coming
NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league is leaning toward not guaranteeing a playoff spot to a team that wins its division. Silver says no decision has been made, but he believes it’s likely that teams will qualify for the postseason only if they have one of the top eight records in their conference. Being a division winner would not assure a team of a playoff spot.  Division winners are currently guaranteed no worse than the No. 4 seed, though that’s expected to be changed before next season. Portland got that spot in the Western Conference last season by winning the Northwest Division, but the Trail Blazers would have been seeded sixth by win-loss record.

NCAA Football – Navy to play Notre Dame in San Diego in 2018
Navy and Notre Dame will play their annual rivalry game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in 2018, the first meeting between the longtime rivals west of the Mississippi. The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen have played 88 times and earlier this month agreed to play in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2016. The teams play this season on Oct. 10 in South Bend, Indiana. The 2018 game is set for Oct. 27. San Diego hosts the largest naval fleet in the world and is home to more than 35,000 sailors, soldiers, Department of Defense civilian employees and contractors. Military bases include U.S. Navy facilities, Marine Corps bases, and Coast Guard stations. Navy is 3-4 in San Diego, defeating BYU in the inaugural Holiday Bowl in 1978 and winning two Poinsettia Bowls.

Gold Cup Soccer – Jamaica stuns Team USA in semis
Jamaica, ranked No. 76 in world soccer, stunned the United States with a pair of first-half goals in a 2-1 victory in the Gold Cup semifinals. Darren Mattocks put the Reggae Boyz ahead with 31st-minute header off a throw-in. Giles Barnes followed five minutes later with a goal on an 18-yard free kick after Team USA goaltender Brad Guzan was caught going outside the penalty area on a routine throw.  Michael Bradley scored in the 48th minute for the Americans, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a stunning setback in front of sold-out crowd at the Georgia Dome. Jamaica now advances to the Gold Cup final for the first time and will face Mexico in Sunday’s championship.  The Americans had played in five straight Gold Cup finals. Instead, Team USA will face Panama in the third-place game on Saturday.

Cycling – Froome remains the man to beat
Germany’s Simon Geschke won a tough and dangerous Stage 17 of the Tour de France. The bearded Geschke won the stage held in the Alps with a solo breakaway and on a treacherous descent. Race leader Chris Froome showed his bike-handling skills on the last high-speed descent where 2007 and 2009 winner Alberto Contador suffered a problem with his bike, costing him time.

Golf – LPGA
Today – Round 1
Meijer LPGA Classic, presented by Kraft, Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Par 71

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

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