Area high school baseball scores from yesterday included Hoopeston Area all over Armstrong Potomac 15-0, Clifton Central defeating Cissna Park 8-1, and Iroquois West squeezing by Watseka 11-10. There is one game of local interest on the schedule tonight as Milford will host Bismarck Henning in a 4:30 first pitch this afternoon.
The lone area softball game last night saw Watseka blow out Iroquois West 17-1. Taylor Hotaling picked up the victory for the Warriors after giving up just 2 hits on the day while striking out 8. There is only one softball game on the schedule again this afternoon when Milford hosts Bismarck Henning in a 4:30 first pitch.
Major League Baseball scores from yesterday featured the Cubs shutting out the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh. The Cubs scored one unearned run in the second inning when a throwing error to first on a ball put in play by Jason Heyward allowed Addison Russell to plate the game’s only run. Starter Kyle Hendricks appeared to get back on track last night as he tossed 6 innings of shutout baseball while giving up just 4 hits and striking out 3 to earn his second victory of the year. The northsiders will go for the series sweep tonight at 6:05 when Jon Lester faces off against Tyler Glasnow for the Pirates.
The Cardinals dropped the first game in their three game home series with the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 in 11 innings last night. A throwing error by Aledmys Diaz allowed Marcus Stroman to score the eventual winning run for Toronto. Jose Martinez led the Redbird offense with a game tying two run home run in the 7th inning. They will play game 2 in that series tonight at 7:15 when Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Mat Latos of the Blue Jays.
The White Sox won their second game in a row over the Royals 10-5 in Chicago last night. Todd Frazier led the offense with 2 hits and 3 RBI while Omar Narvaez and Leury Garcia each pitched in with 2 RBI of their own. The southsiders will go for the series sweep this afternoon at 1:10 when they send ace Jose Quintana to the mound to take on Nathan Karns of the Royals.
NBA playoff scores from last night featured the Rockets closing out their series with the Thunder 105-99 in Houston, the Spurs over the Grizzlies 116-103 to take a 3 games to 2 lead in that series, and the Jazz over the Clippers 96-92 in Los Angeles to take a 3 game to 2 lead in that series as well. There are two game 5’s on the schedule in the Eastern Conference tonight with the Hawks taking on the Wizards in Washington and the Bulls traveling to Boston to take on the Celtics in a 7:30 tip off. The Bulls are looking to get back on track after dropping two in a row to the Celtics after Rajon Rondo broke his right thumb at the end of game 2. Both of those series are tied at two games apiece.
Lastly, the NHL playoffs resume tonight and the St Louis Blues will look to continue the momentum they gained from knocking the second seeded Minnesota Wild out of the playoffs in the first round. The Blues will host the Nashville Predators at 7 o’clock in game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The winner of this series will take on the winner of the Oilers-Ducks series in the Western Conference Finals.