Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 7/22/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Seattle Mariners 11, Detroit Tigers 9
St. Louis Cardinals 8, Chicago White Sox 5
Chicago Cubs 5, Cincinnati Reds 4 – 13 Innings

Mariners 11, Tigers 9 – Grand slam by Gutierrez gives Seattle 11-9 win over Tigers
Franklin Gutierrez’s pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a wild 11-9 victory over the Detroit on Tuesday, pushing the Tigers one loss closer to a trade deadline that could have drastic consequences in Motown. The Tigers had come back from a 5-1 deficit and led 8-6 when Neftali Feliz (1-3) allowed five runs in the eighth. Feliz, who was picked up by Detroit on July 11 after refusing a minor league assignment from Texas, allowed a run on a wild pitch before giving up Gutierrez’s opposite-field drive. There was no activity in the Detroit bullpen as Seattle rallied. Joe Beimel (1-1) got the win in relief, and Carson Smith got four outs for his eighth save. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and Detroit’s J.D. Martinez each hit long home runs to center field in the third.

Cardinals 8, White Sox 5 – Holliday’s grand slam sends Cardinals over White Sox
Matt Holliday hit his sixth career grand slam, powering Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals past the Chicago White Sox 8-5 on Tuesday night. Holliday homered for the first time since May 12. He returned last Friday after missing 31 games because of a strained right quadriceps. Holliday connected in the fourth inning for his fourth homer. Mark Reynolds added a solo shot in the fifth. Wacha (11-3) gave up five runs in five innings. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 30 chances. Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis’ top hitting prospect, made his major league debut playing left field. He had an infield single in four at-bats and struck out twice. Carlos Rodon (3-3) was tagged for seven hits in four innings as the Cardinals built a 7-0 lead. Chicago lost its third in a row.

Cubs 5, Reds 4 – F/13 – Schwarber’s 2 homers send Cubs over Reds 5-4 in 13 innings
Kyle Schwarber hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning, then completed yet another big night at Great American Ball Park with a solo shot in the 13th, rallying the Chicago Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Schwarber’s homer off Nate Adcock (1-2) gave the rookie his first two-homer game, right in the ballpark where he grew up rooting for the Reds.  The catcher grew up in nearby Middletown, Ohio, and was called up briefly last month. He hit his first homer in Cleveland. He finally got to play at Great American in the All-Star Futures game nine days ago and won the MVP award with a two-run triple.  Schwarber, the fourth overall draft pick last year, doubled home a run Tuesday and then tied it with his 424-foot homer in the ninth off J.J. Hoover.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 4-4) at Cincinnati (Leake 7-5), 12:35 p.m. – Game 1
Chicago Cubs (Beeler 0-0) at Cincinnati (Cingrani 0-3), 6:10 p.m. – Game 2
Seattle (Montgomery 4-3) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 9-7), 7:08 p.m.         WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
St. Louis (Lynn 7-5) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Ausmus makes the case for Tigers to press on
Manager Brad Ausmus says the Detroit Tigers are still very much in the race for the postseason. General manager Dave Dombrowski says the team is still trying to make the playoffs. Detroit’s situation might be the most compelling of any team in baseball with the trade deadline approaching. They have three high-priced players eligible for free agency after this season in David Price, Yoenis Cespedes and Joakim Soria.

NHL – Bids are in
The NHL has confirmed that it has received applications from prospective ownership groups in Las Vegas and Quebec City. The announcement came a day after a deadline for submissions. The league doesn’t anticipate adding teams before the 2017-18 season. The proposed expansion fee is at least $500 million.

NCAA – Michigan State AD to head NCAA basketball committee in 2016
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis will be the vice chairman of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee this season and lead the selection of the field of 68 for the 2016-17 season. The men’s basketball team has appeared in 18 consecutive NCAA Tournaments during Hollis’ tenure at Michigan State. Hollis helped create the “BasketBowl” game played in 2003 between the Spartans and Kentucky at Ford Field in Detroit.

USA Soccer – US women add 2 matches against Australia to victory tour
The U.S. women’s national team has added a pair of September matches against Australia to its World Cup victory tour. The team will face the Matildas in September at Ford Field in Detroit before a rematch at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The matches are the latest to be announced for a 10-game victory tour following the World Cup.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Sky 97, Atlanta Dream 92

Sky 97, Dream 92 – Delle Donne’s big 2nd half lifts Chicago over Atlanta 97-92
Elena Delle Donne scored 21 of her 27 points in the second half as the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 97-92 on Tuesday night in the teams’ final game before the All-Star break. Courtney Vandersloot added 19 points and Cappie Pondexter had 12 for Chicago. Matee Ajavon led Atlanta with 21 points.

WNBA – Tulsa Shock try to fight through mounting distractions
The Tulsa Shock have had more than a season’s worth of distractions just halfway through. First, forward Glory Johnson was suspended seven games after a domestic fight with fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner. After Johnson and Griner were married, Johnson announced she was pregnant and would miss the entire season. Things were still OK before Skylar Diggins, the Western Conference Player of the Month for June and the No. 2 vote-getter for the All-Star game, was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Now, majority owner Bill Cameron has announced plans to move the team to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On the court, it’s also been tough. The Shock enter the All-Star break on a four-game losing streak, with each defeat coming by seven or fewer points.

MHSAA – Benton Harbor Names Smith as new Athletic Director
Benton Harbor High School has named its new Athletic Director who replaces Willie Wilson.  The school board announced Tuesday night the hiring of Buchanan High School Athletic Director Fred Smith.  Smith has served as an Athletic Director for 30 years.  He’s guided the Buchanan athletic programs the past eight years.  Before that, was Athletic Director at Comstock High School for 16 years and, before that, at Lake Michigan Catholic High School.  Last week, the Benton Harbor Board of Education voted to leave the schools current athletic conference, the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference, at the end of the upcoming school year.  Smith said he would look at the Wolverine and BCS Conferences along with going independent.

MHSAA – Elliot Uzelac Hired To Guide Benton Harbor Football
Benton Harbor High School has named its new head varsity football coach.  It is former St. Joe coach Elliot Uzelac.  Benton Harbor introduced Fred Smith as its new athletic director Tuesday night and Smith’s first action in his new position was to quickly announce the hiring of Uzelac. Uzelac brings with him years of college and high school experience.  Before guiding the St. Joe football program to a 45-13 record from 2006-2010, he held assistant coaching positions at colleges such as Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Maryland.  He also served as head coach at Western Michigan and Navy.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Dayton 6, West Michigan 3
South Bend 5, Great Lakes 0
Lansing 2, Bowling Green 1

Bowling Green at Lansing, 12:05 p.m.
West Michigan at Dayton, 7 p.m.
Great Lakes at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.