Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 7/1/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, July 01, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Detroit Tigers 4 – 14 Innings
Chicago White Sox 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1 – 11 Innings
Chicago Cubs 1, New York Mets 0

Pirates 5, Tigers 4 – F/14 – Walker’s RBI double in 14th lifts Pirates over Tiger 5-4
Neil Walker’s RBI double in the 14th inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in a game that ended early Wednesday morning. The Pirates took the lead in that inning despite a massive baserunning mistake. With one out and a runner on first, Josh Harrison doubled, but Gorkys Hernandez retreated, thinking Rajai Davis had made a diving catch. After being urged on by Harrison, Hernandez then broke for third, but didn’t retouch second, and was out on a Tigers appeal. Walker followed with an RBI double off Tom Gorzelanny (2-1) to make it 5-4, but the Hernandez mistake cost the Pirates a run. Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the inning, but Victor Martinez hit into a game-ending double play.  Deolis Guerra (1-0) picked up his first major-league win with three scoreless innings of relief.

White Sox 2, Cardinals 1 – F/11 – Sale ties strikeout record, White Sox edge Cardinals in 11th
Chris Sale matched a major league record by striking out at least 10 in eight straight starts, and the Chicago White Sox outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings Tuesday night on a home run by Tyler Flowers. Sale struck out 12 in eight innings. The lefty tied the mark set by Pedro Martinez in 1999 with Boston. The White Sox ace had fanned every hitter in the St. Louis lineup by the end of the sixth. He is 0-2 with two no-decisions during the last four games of his streak, getting only four runs of support. Sale helped himself, getting his first career hit and scoring the first run for the White Sox. Flowers hit his sixth homer with two outs in the 11th. He connected off Miguel Socolovich (2-1), pitching for the first time in nine days. Daniel Webb (1-0) got the win and David Robertson earned his 16th save in 20 chances. Randal Grichuk homered for the Cardinals, whose nine-game home winning streak ended.

Cubs 1, Mets 0 – Hendricks, 3 relievers shut down Mets in Cubs’ 1-0 win
Kyle Hendricks outpitched Jonathon Niese in a matchup of feeble offenses, and Matt Szczur provided the one big hit Tuesday night as the Chicago Cubs snapped a five-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the New York Mets. Hendricks (3-4) pitched three-hit ball for six innings and combined with three relievers to bail out the Cubs, who scored just six runs during their losing streak. Szczur had an RBI double off Niese (3-8) in the sixth, the team’s only hit in five chances with runners in scoring position. It was enough to end a four-game winning streak for the Mets, who lost 1-0 for the fourth time in two months. Chicago was 4 for 37 with runners in scoring position while dropping two to the Dodgers and getting swept by NL Central-rival St. Louis.

Tonight
Pittsburgh (Burnett 6-3) at Detroit (Simon 7-4), 7:08 p.m.                   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago Cubs (Lester 4-6) at N.Y. Mets (B.Colon 9-6), 7:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Quintana 3-7) at St. Louis (Lackey 6-4), 8:15 p.m.

FIFA – Canada 2015 – Women’s World Cup
Last Night
United States 2, Germany 0

USA 2, Germany 0 – Team USA blanks Germany to reach finals
Team USA is going to the Women’s World Cup championship — and seems to be peaking at the right time.  Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and assisted on Kelley O’Hara’s first international goal late in the Americans’ 2-0 victory over Germany in the semifinal in Montreal. Goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded her fifth straight shutout before a crowd of 51,176 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. England and the defending Women’s World Cup champion Japan play tonight for the right to play the Americans in Sunday’s championship in Vancouver.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
New York Liberty 89, Chicago Sky 81

Liberty 89, Sky 81 – Charles, Wiggins lead New York Liberty past Sky 89-81
Tina Charles had a season-high 26 points to lead the New York Liberty to an 89-81 win over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night. Three-time WNBA Player of the Week Elena Delle Donne finished with 26 but was only 8 of 20 from the field. She went 10 of 10 from the line.

NHL – Blue Jackets acquire Saad in trade with Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a seven-player deal. The 22-year-old Saad set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games this past season. The rugged winger then helped the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup title in six seasons. Saad was eligible for restricted free agency, and Chicago is trying to manage its salary cap with twin extensions for captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane kicking in for next season. The Blackhawks also sent forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 draft. The 27-year-old Anisimov had seven goals and 20 assists in 52 games for the Blue Jackets last season.   The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with veteran goaltender Michael Leighton on a one-year extension through next season. The 34-year-old Leighton went 22-13-4 with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage with the Rockford AHL affiliate last season.

NHL – Red Wings buyout Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss’ run in Detroit has come to an end.  According to Canadian TV outlet TSN, the Red Wings have chosen to buyout the veteran center.  Weiss is two years in to a five-year, $24.5 million contract signed with Detroit.  The 32-year-old had nine goals and 25 points in 52 games for the Red Wings last year. Weiss’ tenure in Detroit was injury-filled, finishing with just 78 games and 29 points through two seasons.For his career, the former fourth overall draft pick has 156 goals and 423 points in 732 games spent with the Red Wings and Florida Panthers

Tennis – Wimbledon – Day 2
Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal weathered temperatures that topped 100 degrees to earn first round victories on Day 2 at Wimbledon. Defending women’s champ Petra Kvitova was also a winner on Day 2, but 2014 runner-up semifinalists Eugenie Bouchard last-year’s semifinalist Simona Halep lost their opening matches.  The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, have pulled out of women’s doubles at Wimbledon. The tournament referee’s office announced the withdrawal and did not give a reason.

NASCAR – Daytona to offer Stars and Stripes in exchange program
Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend. But the track will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property. Daytona President Joie Chitwood says the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for the American flag. Daytona hosts NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend. Chitwood said there’s not enough time to plan and enforce a ban on the Confederate flag, which NASCAR chairman Brian France does not want flying at NASCAR events. NASCAR has taken a strong stance against the flag since nine black churchgoers were slain in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17. The suspect, Dylann Roof, embraced Confederate symbols before the attack.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lansing 5, South Bend 4
Lake County 12, West Michigan 1
Great Lakes 8, Dayton 7

Tonight
Lansing at South Bend, 7:00 p.m.
Lake County at West Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Great Lakes at Dayton, 7:00 p.m.