Sports: Tigers Blow two games in the 9th
The Tigers blew two games on Sunday, both on 9th inning walk-offs to the White Sox in Chicago. Adam Eaton's game-winning single in the ninth inning lifted the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers Sunday. The game was interrupted three times by thunderstorms on Saturday before getting suspended after eight innings tied at 3. Once it resumed, it didn't take long for the White Sox to end it. The Tigers were behind Jose Quintana and the Sox in the regularly scheduled game Sunday, until the 9th when they got three solo homers from Nick Castellanos, Tyler Collins, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to tie it at 4. But reliever Bruce Rondon couldn’t hold the lead, as he walked Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera hit a 100 mph fastball to knock in the winning run. Tigers lose 5-4. The Tigers head to Boston for a series starting tonight. Justin Verlander will start for the Tigers. Broadcast time is 6:45 on WBCK. Former Tiger Rick Porcello became the first Boston pitcher in 55 years to open a season 10-0 at Fenway Park, getting a win over the Twins.
The Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Indians, so the Tigers are able to stay 6 games back in the Central division.
The Battle Creek Bombers topped the Madison Mallards, 4-2, behind a dominant outing on the hill from Scott Sency to sweep the two-game set. The Bombers got three runs over the first three innings. That was all Sency would need as he cruised through the first six innings, allowing just three hits. Sency pitched 7 and 1/3 innings for the Bombers, allowing 2 runs, only one of which was earned, on 6 hits for his third win of the season. With the win, the Bombers move back to .500 on the season at 26-26 and 8-8 in the second half. After an off day today, the Bombers will head to Wisconsin Rapids to take on the first-place Rafters for a two-game set, starting Tuesday night at 8:05.
Belgium's Laura Gonzalez Escallon won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title when rain washed out at the final round. Play began on time Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at Battle Creek Country Club, but was halted two hours later. Rain and lightning continued through the early afternoon and play didn't resume. The 25-year-old Gonzalez Escallon earned $15,000 and a spot in The Evian Championship in September. She jumped from 38th to 16th on the money list with $31,053. The top 10 at the end of the season will earn LPGA Tour cards. Ally McDonald also earned a spot in The Evian. McDonald is second on the money list with $71,728.
Former MSU Punter Sadler Killed
A former MSU Spartan punter was killed in a car crash Saturday night. Police in Wisconsin say 24 year old Mike Sadler and 22 year old Sam Foltz, the current Nebraska Cornhusker punter were both killed when the car Sadler was driving skidded off the wet pavement and hit a tree. LSU’s senior kicker was injured in the crash. Sadler, a Grand Rapids native, played four seasons for the Spartans, thru 2014. After earning a master’s degree, he planned to attend law school at Stanford this fall. Sadler was also the school's first four-time Academic All-American.
Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew has been put on the physically unable to perform list. They also put wide receiver Corey Fuller and tackle Corey Robinson on the PUP list. Pettigrew tore a knee ligament late last year and finished the season with only seven catches. He's entering his eighth season with the Lions.
Hall of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are the newest members of Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Griffey played 22 years in the big leagues and finished with 630 home runs. Piazza, a 12-time All-Star catcher who perhaps was the finest 62nd round draft pick in history, posted a career batting average of .308 and is fourth all-time in runs driven in by catchers.
Kyle Busch won the Brickyard 400 at Indy.
Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban on Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual global sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month's Rio de Janeiro Games. The International Olympic Committee decided against taking the unprecedented step of excluding Russia's entire team over allegations of state-sponsored doping.
Chris Sale, the ace of the Chicago White Sox, has been suspended five days without pay for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear Saturday. The suspension comes to $250,000 of Sale's $9.15 million salary for the 14-game winner.