Dodgers beat Angels, 2-0, in pitcher’s duel
Clayton Kershaw and Reid Detmers put on a show for a full house at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night.
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1. Dodgers beat Angels, 2-0, in pitcher’s duel
Clayton Kershaw and Reid Detmers put on a show for a full house at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Taylor Blake Ward.
Following two starts of allowing one run in each, Reid Detmers continued his hot stretch of missing bats and limiting runs on Tuesday with seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts (for the third consecutive start) and just three baserunners.
"It might have been the best one I've seen him throw -- and yes, I know he threw a no-hitter last year," said Angels manager Phil Nevin. "I thought the was probably the best I've seen him considering how the game was going."
Countering Detmers was Clayton Kershaw who also went seven scoreless innings, with the Angels two opportunities to score being thwarted by an overturned call at the plate and groundballs hit where defenders were placed.
"Certainly, we had our chance," Nevin said. "One of the best pitchers in the game is never going to give in. That's why he's going to the Hall of Fame."
With the battle leading to a 0-0 score into the eighth, Kershaw had high praise for his duel-mate.
"Detmers threw the ball really well," Kershaw said postgame. "He's got good stuff. Really, he pitched better than I did."
2. Padres crumble once again in 4-3 loss to Giants
Padres gave the game away late as Josh Hader walked in game winning run, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Isaiah Zuravel.
After a strong couple of weeks from the Padres bullpen they have returned to early season form this week in San Francisco. After a great outing last night, Tim Hill gave up 3 hits and a run tonight. Then after giving up a home run to Joc Pederson in the 8th inning, Nick Martinez left runners on for Josh Hader who would end up walking 2 batters and walk in the winning run.
Some may blame Martinez for a poor outing, some may blame Hader for walking two batters, but many blame manager Bob Melvin for not starting Josh Hader at the begging of the inning. If you were going to bring him in any way this inning, why wouldn’t you have him start the inning?
You can’t really say you thought Nick Martinez was going to go 1-2-3 as he had just given up a homerun last inning. More questionable managing by Bob Melvin tonight.
3. Sparks lose to Lynx again to make it 0-3 on home stand
The Lynx make it three for three against the Sparks. Minnesota is now 3-0 against the Sparks and 1-7 against the rest of the WNBA, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Rey Moralde.
The Sparks couldn't get it done again.
The Lynx came in and got another one against Los Angeles.
In the first quarter, it was all about Nneka Ogwumike getting all the buckets. She scored 11 points, which surpassed her total from their last match-up on Friday (which was 8 points). Still, behind Tiffany Mitchell's two steals that led to lay-ups and Napheesa Collier, the Lynx had a slim 19-18 lead after the first quarter.
Turnovers really plagued the Sparks in the first half. But the Sparks got a great boost from Rae Burrell, who scored five quick points. The Lynx couldn't capitalize off the turnovers and the Sparks led, 33-32, by halftime.
In the third, the Sparks took much better care of the rock. Nneka and Napheesa did their thing for their respective teams. A tip-in by Napheesa tied the game and we were back to Square One after the third, 49-49.
4. Five-star prospect Ron Holland signs with Ignite
Top prospect Ron Holland II will play for Las Vegas' G League Ignite this season, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Wilko Martinez-Cachero.
Five-star prospect Ron Holland II has officially signed with the G League Ignite, per the team.
“First of all, I want to thank God for blessing me with the abilities to play the game that I love,” Holland said through a team release.
“I want to thank everyone that has believed in me throughout the whole process, it hasn’t been easy. I am super excited to join G League Ignite," he added. "I feel Ignite has the tools needed to prepare me for the life I want on and off the court. Let’s get to work!”
5. Joyce improving but no timetable for his return yet
An update on the status and return of Ben Joyce, Zach Neto, Anthony Rendon and other Angels players., writes The Sporting Tribune’s Taylor Blake Ward.
Ben Joyce (elbow) says the tingling and numbness in his hand/fingers has gone away while the swelling has improved. “The main thing was getting the inflammation down,” Joyce said. “A lot of modalities in there to do that. Just starting to do more every day.” There is no timetable for his return.
Zach Neto (oblique) says the pain and swelling has gone down “big time” with a some still remaining. He is in the training room regularly saying he has been running, hopping on the training bike, and getting his heart rate up to stay as loose as possible. He will not travel with the team to Colorado and does not have a current timetable for his return.
6. Golden Knights’ win is Las Vegas’ shining moment
The Stanley Cup championship win by the Golden Knights will be remembered by many as Las Vegas' biggest sports moment ever, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Steve Carp.
As the Golden Knights rolled up the score in the third period in Game 5 against the Florida Panthers Tuesday night en route to capturing the Stanley Cup at T-Mobile Arena, I was asked if this was going to be the greatest moment in Las Vegas sports history?
Not individual moments like a boxing match, an MMA contest, a golf tournament or an auto race. Strictly a team sports accomplishment.
I had covered UNLV’s run to the NCAA men’s basketball championship in 1990 so I definitely had some perspective for what had been the No. 1 moment this city had seen.
But it’s hard to define what the Golden Knights did in comparison to what the Runnin’ Rebels accomplished. For starters, we’re talking about a major league professional sports franchise vs. a college program. It’s hockey vs. basketball. The community was vastly different then compared to now.
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