Sports: Bombers win 9-7; Tigers win in Cleveland
Battle Creek started a four-game road trip with a 9-7 win against the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Sunday. Outfielder Nick Walker had three hits and hit his first home run for the Bombers. Centerfielder Nick Menken also had three of the Bomber’s 14 hits. The Bombers will play the Woodchucks again tonight and then head to Wisconsin Rapids to play the first-place Rafters on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Tigers finished the first half of the season with a 5-3 win in Cleveland, to salvage one game of the three game set. Jose Iglesias had three hits for the Tigers. He scored the first Tiger run in the 3rd, on an Ian Kinsler single. Alex Presley had a key hit in the sixth to knock in a pair of runs and break a 1-1 tie. The Tigers added their 5th run in the 7th when Nick Castellanos’ hit scored J.D. Martinez.
Michael Fulmer started and won his 9th against six losses. He gave up a run in the fourth, and two in the seventh, as the Tribe had four hits in a row off the Tigers’ All-Star pitcher. Jose Ramirez hit his 17th homer off Fulmer. Shane Greene game in with two on and nobody out and struck out two Indians and got a weak ground ball out in between. But Green walked the first two in the eighth, giving way to closer Justin Wilson who got the Indians out, preserving a 5-3 lead, and working the 9th for the save.
The Tigers are 8 games below .500, the first time they’ve had a losing record at the break in eleven years. Detroit is 8 games behind the first place Tribe, with a 39-48 record. If the season ended today, the Tigers would be looking at 9 teams ahead of them for a wild card playoff spot.
Michael Fulmer is an All-Star, but won’t be pitching in this years’ mid-season Classic. Fulmer started last night’s game, so he won’t be rested enough to pitch by Tuesday. Tigers’ outfielder Justin Upton will also represent the Tigers in the All-Star Game.
It's a day off today at Wimbledon. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have been playing well. In the last 15 years nobody other than those four have won the Wimbledon men's singles title. Federer has seven of those.
Rookie Xander Schauffele has his first PGA Tour victory. Schauffele beat Robert Streb by one strok to win the Greenbrier Classic. On Sunday, Schauffele shot a 3-under 67 and finished at 14-under for the weekend.
The NBA's No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz signed a contract on Saturday, and then rolled an ankle in a summer league game that night. The Philadelphia 76ers rookie will be out a couple of weeks with a sprained left ankle.