Wild Take Two at Nationals – Saturday Sports Wrap
MLB: Tigers’ Win Streak Ends
The Tigers’ seven-game winning streak ended last night with a 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Astros. Justin Verlander gave up three runs over six innings, and left with Detroit trailing 3-2. The Tigers tied it in the eighth, when Eugenio Suarez scored on Jonathan Villar’s throwing error. Jason Castro’s homer off Blaine Hardy in the bottom of the 11th won it for Houston.
The Tigers continue that set at Houston this afternoon. Max Scherzer will face Brett Oberholtzer. Hear the first pitch at 4:10 on AM 1400, WCCY.
Kansas City won yesterday, so the Tigers’ lead in the AMerican League Central stands at three-and-a-half games.
Brewers Edge Rockies in 9th
Ryan Braun’s RBI single with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Rockies. Braun’s big hit came after Colorado had tied the game with a Josh Rutledge homer off Francisco Rodriguez in the top of the ninth.
The Brewers host the Rockies again tonight. Matt Garza will start against Jhoulys Chacin.
The Cardinals also won, so Milwaukee’s lead in the National League Central holds at five-and-a-half games.
Red Wings Take Michigan Native
The Detroit Red Wings used the 15th pick in the NHL draft last night to take Waterford native Dylan Larkin. Larkin played the past two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor. He’s a 17-year-old center, but he’s already graduated from high school. Larkin plans to play for the University of Michigan next season. He’s only the second American player ever to be selected in the first round by the Red Wings. The final rounds of the NHL draft take place today.
The Wings have signed goalie Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract. Gustavsson will continue to back up starter Jimmy Howard. Prospect Petr Mrazek will get another year of seasoning at Grand Rapids.
Wild Continues Play for National Title
The Western Wild girls’ basketball team got off to a rough start at the USSSA National tournament yesterday… falling to Team Premier 61-38 in their first game. The Wild bounced back, though… and took a 45-41 victory over ADS Express, and a 50-44 win over the Southern Lady Spurs. They’ll wrap up pool play this morning at 9:00 against the Jupiter Jaguars… then play their semifinal game at 12:45 against an opponent yet to be determined. If they win the semifinal match, they’ll play for the championship this afternoon at 4:45. The Wild is made up of ninth grade girls from Baraga and Hancock. Follow the tournament here.
U.P. All Star Football Game Today
Many of the best recently-graduated high school senior football players from the Upper Peninsula will face off this afternoon in the U.P. Football All Star Game. The West roster includes Jacob Pieti and Paul Torola from Calumet… Sean Patchin from Hancock… Chuck Heckel and Konrad Klein from Lake Linden-Hubbell… Keith Denomie, Ryan LaBerge, Jonny Magaraggia, Brandon Scroggs and Jimmy Veker from L’Anse… Dillon Hueckstaedt from Baraga… and Tony Soumis from Ontonagon. Retired Forest Park football coach Bill Santilli will be the West head coach, and Lake Linden-Hubbell assistant coach Ken Klein will be one of his assistants. The game begins at 3:00 at the Superior Dome.