Tigers Massacred by Twins
The Tigers lost one of the ugliest games in team history last night, 20-6 to the Twins. Detroit starter Robbie Ray left in the second inning, with Detroit already trailing 6-1. The Tigers made it a one-run game by scoring four runs in the fifth inning, but the bullpen collapsed in the sixth. Jim Johnson, Ian Kroll and Al Alburquerque gave up six walks and four hits. With additional help from two Detroit errors, the Twins scored nine times to put the game away. Things got so bad that shortstop Andrew Romine made his pitching debut in the eighth inning. He gave up three runs on two homers, but also struck out a batter.
The Tigers continue that series at Minnesota with a day-night doubleheader today. In the afternoon game, Buck Farmer will start against Yohan Pino. Hear the first pitch at 1:10 on FM 99.3 and AM 1400, WCCY. In the evening contest, Justin Verlander will pitch against Trevor May. Hear the first pitch at 8:10 on FM 99.3 and AM 1400, WCCY.
The Royals won, so Detroit now trails Kansas City by two-and-a-half games in the American League Central Division.
Brewers Fall to Pirates
The Brewers committed three errors, and lost a sloppy 8-3 decision to the Pirates. Five of Pittsburgh’s runs were unearned. Yovani Gallardo took the loss.
The Cardinals also lost, so Milwaukee’s lead in the National League Central Division remains at a game-and-a-half. Pittsburgh is now five back.
Stanton Wins Twilight Tourney
The Stanton Wildcats completed a sweep of regular-season champion BlueSky Health with a 13-10 victory in the second game of the title series Friday night. The win followed an 11-9 triumph in the first game of the best-of-three championship series Thursday night. Daron Durocher of the Wildcats had three hits in each game, and was named series MVP.
High School Volleyball Season Opens Today
The high school volleyball season begins today.
– Calumet and Hancock play at the Kingsford Invitational.
– Houghton plays at the Sault Ste. Marie Invitational.
– L’Anse, Lake Linden-Hubbell, and Baraga travel to the West Iron County Invitational.
Lions Edge Jaguars
The Detroit Lions slipped past the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-12 in their third exhibition game of the season last night. Reggie Bush broke loose for an 86-yard touchdown run. Receiver Calvin Johnson caught two passes for 27 yards in his first preseason action. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah also made his first appearance. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford got off to a slow start, but found his rhythm and completed 10 of 16 passes for 98 yards. The Lions close their preseason at Buffalo Thursday night.
The Packers got off to a quick start, and held on to beat the Raiders 31-21 last night. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes. The Packers host the Chiefs in their final preseason game Thursday night.
Finlandia Adds V’ball, Soccer Players
Former Baraga High School standout volleyball player Melissa Putala will play for the Finlandia Lions this season. Putala was the Vikings’ Most Valuable Player last season, and was named first-team all-conference. Kelsey Shope from Mid-Peninsula High School will also join the Lions, as will Kellie Maddox, who was an All-State Honorable Mention in Tucson, Arizona.
The Finlandia men’s soccer team has added 15 players for the upcoming season. The group includes eight All-League Award Winners, six All-District, two All-Region, one All-State, one All-Conference collegiate transfer, and a National NSCAA Excellence Award Winner. One of the new players is from the U-P… Tyler Borkadi from Escanaba.
Find out more about the new Finlandia volleyball and soccer players here.
Former Trojans Football Coach Honored
Legendary Forest Park football coach Bill Santilli was honored yesterday, when Crystal Falls changed the name of Eighth Street to Santilli Way. Santilli coached the Trojans for 18 season. He retired last winter. The idea came from sportscaster Troy Margoni of WIKB in Iron River, who said the Crystal Falls City Council was immediately receptive. Somehow, they managed to keep the idea secret, and Santilli was surprised at the dedication on Friday. See Santilli’s reaction here.