MLB – Tigers Blank Indians
Alfredo Simon threw seven shutout innings, as the Detroit Tigers blanked the Cleveland Indians 6-0 Saturday. Alex Wilson and Bruce Rondon completed the three-hitter. J.D. Martinez and Tyler Collins homered. It was just the third win in the past 15 games for Detroit. Full details are here.
The Tigers host Cleveland again this afternoon. Justin Verlander will start against Cody Anderson. Hear the first pitch at 1:08 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3, WCCY.
The Milwaukee Brewers took two from the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. In the afternoon game, the Brewers scored five runs in the sixth, and single runs in the eighth and ninth, to claim an 8-6 comeback win, Elian Herrera’s homer provided the go-ahead run. The late surge saved Milwaukee starter Matt Garza from another loss, after he gave up five runs over 4-2/3rds innings. After the game, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Garza would not start again this season.
Herrera homered again in the evening game, sealing a 7-3 victory with a three-run shot in the ninth.Shane Peterson hit his first major league home run in the sixth inning. The game was delayed in the third inning, at first because umpire Phil Little had to be notified of an urgent family medical issue. As that unfolded, lightning struck a light pole in left field, and the remaining umpires declared a rain delay. When the game resumed 93-minutes later, Ariel Pena replaced Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta. Pena gave up two runs over three innings, and earned the win in his major league debut. It was the 22nd rain delay the Reds have experienced this season.
Those teams will wrap up that series in Cincinnati today. Jimmy Nelson will pitch against Michael Lorenzen.
High School – Lakes Pound Midgets
In high school football Saturday, Lake Linden Hubbell roared out to a 27-0 halftime lead, and stunned the Hurley Midgets 35-6. Blake Dupuis opened the scoring with a five-yard run in the first quarter, and then kicked a 26-yard field goal. Brandon Middleton then squelched a potential Hurley scoring drive by intercepting a James Sukonen pass and returning it 67 yards for a score. The Lakes closed the first half as Arthur Lyons hit Lucas Klein on a 41-yard pass-and-run play. Lake Linden opened the second half with their final scoring drive, capped by an eight-yard Lyons to Steven Suhonen touchdown pass. Hurley got on the board when running back Ronnie Nickel scored from 14 yards out with a little less than two minutes remaining. It was the Lakes’ first win over the Midgets since 2009.
MTU Volleyball Completes Sweep
The MTU volleyball team completed a sweep of its games at the Wildcat Classic in Marquette with victories over Lake Superior State and Cedarville Saturday. Details about their 3-0 wins are here. The Huskies defeated Upper Iowa and Fort Hays State on Friday.
The Tech women’s tennis team lost to Grand Valley State 8-1 Saturday morning. Emilia Tenizbaeva and Allenca Rolim provided the only Huskies win at number-two doubles. Details are here. Tech will host Ferris State this morning at 10:00.
The MTU soccer team will play at Saint Cloud State this afternoon.
NMU Football Falls
The Northern Michigan University football team opened its season with a 20-7 loss at Northwood on Saturday. The Wildcats were hurt by five turnovers. Game details are here.
Finlandia Football Debuts with Loss
Finlandia University’s football program debuted Saturday with a 43-0 loss to Alma College. The Scots scored three times in the first six minutes, and three more times in the third quarter in front of more than 1,000 fans at McAfee Field. The Lions’ offense did put together 179 yards of offense and 13 first downs. Ronald Brown completed 10 of 21 passes for 127 yards. He was intercepted once, and sacked four times. Check game details here.
The Finlandia University men’s soccer team blanked MacMurray College 1-0 on Saturday. The Lions women’s team lost to the Highlanders 5-0. Game details were not provided.
The Finlandia volleyball team defeated Northland College 3-0 Saturday. Details are here. The result of the Lions match against Silver Lake College was not reported.
NFL – Lions, Pack Reduce Rosters
The Detroit Lions released quarterback Kellen Moore and tight end Joseph Fauria yesterday, as they trimmed their roster to 53 players in advance of the opening of the regular season. Moore fell short in his attempt to replace veteran Dan Orlovsky as Detroit’s backup quarterback. Fauria has been hobbled by a nagging ankle injury. The Lions recently traded for tight end Tim Wright from the Buccaneers. See who made the team here.
Rosters can still be adjusted before opening day if players are claimed off waivers.
Copper Harbor Trails Festival Continues
The annual Copper Harbor Trails Festival for mountain bikes concludes today. Results from Saturday’s events have not been made available.