The Milford boy’s baseball team’s magical run through the state playoffs ended yesterday as they dropped a 6-1 decision to Decatur Lutheran in the first Danville Schlarman Sectional semifinal. Austin Price scored the only run for the Bearcats while Kyle McNally pitched in with two singles and a stolen base. Congratulations once again to the Milford Bearcats who finished the season with a 12-15 record and their second regional championship in school history.
In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs defeated the Giants 5-1 to take 3 out of 4 in their series and assume sole possession of first place in the NL Central standings. The northside offense continued their home run barrage as Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward, and Ben Zobrist each smacked solo home runs to lead the way. Starter Eddie Butler continued his strong play since being called up, as he gave up just 1 earned run on 4 hits in 5 innings of work to collect his second win on the year. Reliever Mike Montgomery pitched the final 4 innings to collect his first save since recording the final out of game 7 of the World Series. The Cubs will now hit the road for a 6 game west coast swing beginning tonight at 9:10 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the northsiders against Alex Wood of the Dodgers.
The Cardinals put up 3 runs in the first inning but could not hold on as the Dodgers rallied for a 7-3 victory to take 2 out of 3 in that series. Jedd Gyorko had a 2 RBI single and Yadi Molina singled him home to give the Redbirds their early cushion, but starter Michael Wacha had a hard time holding the LA offense down. Wacha gave up 6 earned runs on 7 hits while lasting just 4 innings to even his record at 2-2 on the season. The Cardinals will continue their west coast swing this weekend with three games in Denver against the Rockies. The first game of that series will take place tonight at 7:40 when Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Antonio Senzatela of the Rockies.
The White Sox had the day off yesterday but will return home this afternoon to host the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader. The first game will take place at 4:10 with Mike Pelfrey facing off against Buck Farmer, followed by a 7:10 matchup between Tyler Danish for the southsiders and Matthew Boyd of the Tigers.
In NBA playoff action last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers blew out the Boston Celtics 135-102 in game 5 in Boston to win the Eastern Conference Finals 4 games to 1. They will now face off against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. Golden State won their first matchup while the Cavs got revenge in last year’s finals, setting up the rubber match between the two teams which begins on Thursday, June 1st in Oakland.
Game 7 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals lived up to the hype as the Penguins defeated the Senators 3-2 in double overtime to stamp their ticket to their second straight Stanley Cup Finals. They will face off against the Nashville Predators in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night in Pittsburgh. They’re looking to become the first team since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings to win back to back Stanley Cups.
Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be back in Charlotte on Sunday night for 400 laps at the 1.5 mile quad-oval. Martin Truex Jr will be looking to defend his championship there from last year.