Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 5/27/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 1, Oakland A’s 0
Toronto Blue Jays 10, Chicago White Sox 0
Chicago Cubs 3, Washington Nationals 2

Tigers 1, A’s 0 – David Price outpitches Jesse Chavez as Tigers beat Athletics
David Price outdueled Jesse Chavez to win for the first time in four starts, and the Detroit Tigers bounced back from a shutout a day earlier to beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Tuesday night. Price (4-1) gave up five hits, struck out three and walked one in seven innings for a third straight winning decision, but his first victory since May 2 at Kansas City. Former A’s outfielder Rajai Davis hit a sacrifice fly in the first against Chavez (1-5). Slugger Miguel Cabrera returned to the Tigers lineup after sitting out Monday and extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a ninth-inning single. Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg took a ball in the mask in the ninth but stayed in the game after being checked, and then a fan ran onto the field to cause another delay.

Blue Jays 10, White Sox 9 – Donaldson’s 2nd homer lifts Blue Jays over White Sox 10-9
Josh Donaldson hit three-run homer off David Robertson in the ninth inning, his second home run of the game, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays over the Chicago White Sox 10-9 on Tuesday night.  Donaldson also hit a solo homer in the first and went 4 for 4 with a walk and five runs for Toronto, which matched a season high with its third straight win. Donaldson has three homers in two games and five game-ending homers, including two this season. Jose Bautista went 3 for 4 with five RBIs in his return to the lineup after missing two games with a sore right shoulder, an injury treated with a cortisone injection. With Toronto trailing 9-7, Josh Thole singled off Robertson (3-1) leading off the ninth and advanced on Jose Reyes’ double. Donaldson followed with a drive into the right-field bullpen and was mobbed at home plate. Steve Delabar (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings hitless innings. Robertson blew a save for the second time in 11 chances, and Chicago lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Cubs 3, Nationals 2 – Russell double gives Cubs 3-2 win over Nationals
Addison Russell hit a game-ending RBI double in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the surging Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night. Chris Coghlan started the winning rally with a one-out single against Matt Grace (2-1). The Cubs then caught a huge break when shortstop Ian Desmond threw wide to first while trying to turn a potential double play on pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera’s grounder to second. That extended the inning, and Russell lined a 1-0 pitch beyond center fielder Denard Span’s reach for his third hit of the game. That made a winner of Hector Rondon (3-0), who worked a scoreless ninth.

Today
Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 4-2) at Toronto (Estrada 1-3), 12:37 p.m.
Detroit (Simon 5-2) at Oakland (Kazmir 2-3), 3:35 p.m.     WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 3:10
Washington (Scherzer 5-3) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 4-2), 8:05 p.m.

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Cleveland Cavaliers 118, Atlanta Hawks 88                               (CLE Wins 4-0)

Game 4: Cavaliers 118, Hawks 88 – Cavs to the NBA Finals
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals for the first time in eight years after completing a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 15 of his 23 points while the Cavaliers were building a 17-point halftime lead in a 118-88 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks. Kyrie Irving was effective after missing the previous two games with tendinitis in his left knee, contributing 16 points and five assists in less than 22 minutes.

Tonight
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors, 9:00 p.m.                 (GS Leads 3-1)

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 3 – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Yesterday
New York Rangers 7, Tampa Bay Lightning 3                                 (Series tied 3-3)

Game 6: Rangers 7, Lightning 3 – Rangers halt Tampa party
Derick Brassard recorded a hat trick and had two assists as the Rangers thumped the Lightning 7-3 at Tampa to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. Brassard put the Blueshirts ahead to stay 3:36 into the game before tallying twice in the Rangers’ five-goal assault in the third period. Rick Nash and J.T. Miller each had a goal and three assists to back Henrik Lundqvist, who finished with 36 saves.

Tonight
Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00 p.m.                         (ANA leads 3-2)

NHL – Ducks Ds causing problems for Blackhawks
Anaheim stars Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are drawing a lot of attention in the Western Conference finals. When the Ducks’ defensemen join the attack, it presents a big problem for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ducks got four points from their defensemen in Monday night’s 5-4 overtime win, moving them within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals. It was their best total since their defensemen accounted for six points in a 6-1 victory over Calgary in Game 1 of their second-round series on April 30, according to STATS. If Anaheim’s blueliners come up with a similar performance in Game 6 on Wednesday night, that could spell the end for Chicago. But the Blackhawks believe they are going to bring their best performance of the series to date.

NHL – Blues retain Ken Hitchcock as coach for another season
The St. Louis Blues and head coach Ken Hitchcock have agreed to a one-year contract. The decision comes a month after the Blues were eliminated in the Western Conference quarterfinals following a successful run to the Central Division title. Hitchcock has led the Blues to the playoffs in each of his four seasons with the team, but the Blues have won just one playoff round in that span.

NFL – Lions partner with MGM Grand Detroit on premium area
The Detroit Lions and the MGM Grand Detroit casino-hotel plan to build an exclusive premium area for fans at Ford Field. They announced Tuesday that the MGM Grand Detroit Tunnel Club will be located adjacent to the Lions locker room and will accommodate more than 100 fans and guests from MGM Grand Detroit during home games and other stadium events. As part of the plans, the lower bowl in the west end zone is being extended to include field-level seating for Tunnel Club members. Those in the area, which will include bleacher-style seating, will get a close-up view of Lions player leaving and entering the locker room. Season memberships for the Tunnel Club will be available for purchase through the team’s premium seating department.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 5, Lake County 1
Dayton 4, South Bend 0
Fort Wayne 4, Great Lakes 2 – Game 1
Fort Wayne 4, Great Lakes 3 – Game 2
Bowling Green 8, Lansing 4

Today
West Michigan at Lake County, 11 a.m.
Great Lakes at Fort Wayne, 11:05 a.m.
South Bend at Dayton, 7 p.m.
Lansing at Bowling Green, 7:35 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League – 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Toledo Walleye 5, South Carolina Stingrays 4 – OT                    (Series tied 3-3)

Tonight
South Carolina Stingrays at Toledo Walleye, 7:35 p.m.               (GAME 7)

MHSAA – Olds steps down as South Haven boys basketball coach
Citing focusing on his duties as South Haven’s athletic director, Rams Boys Basketball Coach Jamin Olds has decided to step down as the coach of the team.  Olds, a former player at South Haven himself, spent five years as head coach, compiling a 70-43 record, including three district championships and a trip to the regional finals.  South Haven was just 11-9 this past year.
MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Baseball – Districts
Division 3 at Bangor
Watervliet 2, Hartford 1

Division 3 at Bridgman
Berrien Springs 2, Brandywine 1

Division 4 at Decatur
Lawrence 7, Martin 1

Division 4 at River Valley
Lake Michigan Catholic 10, Eau Claire 0 – 5 Inn.

Softball – Districts
Division 3 at Bridgman
Brandywine 13, Berrien Springs 9

Division 3 at Bangor
Watervliet 15, Hartford 2

Division 4 at River Valley
Lake Michigan Catholic 7, Eau Claire 1

Girls Soccer – Districts
Division 2 (Sturgis Host)
Lakeshore 5, Niles 0
Five different players each scored goals as Lakeshore beat Niles 5-0 to advance to the District Semis.  Sydney Cason, Lindsay Ebeling, Carley Dubbert, Natalie Stampfly, and Lauren Matti each scored for the Lancers.  Lindsay Ebeling, Sarah Dubbert, Rachel Edinger, Sydney Cason got the assists for Lakeshore who will host Mattawan Thursday at 6:00.  It’ll be the 4th time Lakeshore and Mattawan will have faced each other this season.  Lakeshore has won the previous three.

St. Joseph 6, Sturgis 0
St. Joseph eliminated the host school Sturgis with a 6-0 win.  Sarah Corbe had two goals, while Corel Carmichael and Summer Hoffman each had a goal and an assist, while Shivani Jain and Morgan Parsons also scored.  Brittney Ackerman and Audrey Filippo each had an assist. for the Bears who will host Three Rivers in the District Semifinals Thursday at 6:00

Three Rivers 3, Edwardsburg 2

Division 3 (Comstock Host)
Coloma 3, Berrien Springs 1
Parchment 2, South Haven 0
Paw Paw 8, Dowagiac 0
Buchanan 5, Comstock 0

Division 3 (Otsego Host)
GR South Christian 8, Fennville 0
Otsego 8, Wyoming-Kelloggsville 0
Allegan 4, Hopkins 0

Division 4 (New Buffalo Host)
Michigan Lutheran 4, Cassopolis 3
Hailey Maas had two goals and two assists, while Courtney Ritter also had two goals as Michigan Lutheran beat Cassopolis 4-3

Lake Michigan Catholic 12, River Valley 0
Nine different players scored in Lake Michigan Catholic’s 12-0 rout of River Valley in the District Semifinals. Brianna Watts had the hat trick for Catholic while Sarah McCoy had two goals and three assists.

Bridgman 3, New Buffalo 2 – Shootout

Division 4 (Lawton Host)
Lawton 7, Saugatuck 0
Bangor 3, Watervliet 0

Tonight
Baseball – Districts
Division 2 at South Haven
St. Joseph at South Haven, 5:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Otsego
Vicksburg at Otsego, 5:00 p.m.

Division 1 at Mattawan
Kalamazoo Central vs. Mattawan, 4:00 p.m.
Portage Central vs. Gull Lake, 6:00 p.m.

Softball – Districts
Division 2 at South Haven
St. Joseph at South Haven, 5:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Otsego
Vicksburg at Otsego, 5:00 p.m.

Division 1 at Mattawan
Portage Central vs. Gull Lake, 4:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central vs. Mattawan, 6:00 p.m.