Category: WNBA

WNBA Scores: 6/23/19

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  • Washington Mystics 89 – Atlanta Dream 73
  • Connecticut Sun 75 – Chicago Sky 93  (See Chicago Sports News)
  • Los Angeles Sparks 72 – Phoenix Mercury 82
  • Indiana Fever 61 – Seattle Storm 65

Chicago Sports News: 6/23/19

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Chicago Cubs 5 – New York Mets 3

Highlights:  Javier Baez hit the 100th homer of his career, a three-run drive in the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs overcame another home run by Pete Alonso to beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Sunday. Alonso hit his 27th home run, breaking the Mets record for most by a rookie in an entire season set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983. With the Mets clinging to a one-run lead, Baez launched his 19th homer of the season with Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo on base and one out. Baez sent an 0-2 pitch from Seth Lugo (3-1) halfway up the right field bleachers. Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. The NL Cy Young Award winner struck out nine and walked none.  DeGrom also drove in a run with a single. Steve Cishek (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win in relief of Cole Hamels. Pedro Strop tossed a perfect ninth for his ninth save. Alonso is nearing Mark McGwire’s major league record for homers by a rookie before the All-Star break, 33 set in 1987. Tomas Nido also homered for the Mets. Hamels helped his cause with an RBI single and Rizzo drove in Chicago’s other run as the Cubs salvaged a split in the four-game series. Hamels yielded three runs on seven hits through seven innings.


Chicago White Sox 4 – Texas Rangers 7

Highlights:  Shawn Kelley knew the Texas bullpen was a little short-handed, so he volunteered for some extra work. The Rangers’ closer shut down a late White Sox rally with his first four-out save in three years, and Texas beat Chicago 7-4 Sunday. Kelley had bullpen coach Oscar Marin inform the dugout that he was prepared to get four outs, particularly since fellow relievers Jose Leclerc and Chris Martin weren’t available. Kelley struck out Tim Anderson to strand runners at second and third in the eighth after the White Sox had scored three runs to pull to 5-4. He pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save, preserving the win for rookie Adrian Sampson(6-4). The 25 pitches were the most that Kelley has thrown this season. Tim Federowicz and Danny Santana hit two-out, two-run homers in the second inning to help the Rangers win for the third time in four games. They took two of three from the White Sox and have either won or split eight straight series. Sampson, who earned his first major league win on May 17, allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked one. He gave up the run on three straight singles to begin the fifth inning, Eloy Jimenez scoring on an opposite-field hit by Anderson. Sampson retired the next three batters without allowing the ball out of the infield. Ivan Nova (3-6) gave up three earned runs in six innings for Chicago. Nova is 0-2 in his last six starts.


Chicago Sky 93 – Connecticut Sun 75

Highlights:  Cheyenne Parker scored 22 points and the Chicago Sky ended the Connecticut Sun’s seven-game winning streak with a 95-73 victory Sunday. Tied at 27 after one quarter, the Sky scored the first 11 points of the second quarter and kept rolling, outscoring the Sun 29-8 in the period for a 56-35 lead at the half. Allie Quigley scored 14 points while Stefanie Dolson and Diamond DeShields had 12 apiece for Chicago (6-4). Jantel Lavender, the fifth starter had 13 rebounds to go with eight points. The Sky, coming off a season-low 69 points in a loss at Indiana that ended their four-game winning streak, shot 67% in the first half and 53% for the game. Connecticut (9-2) was led by Alyssa Thomas with 13 points and Jasmine Thomas with 12. Jonquel Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Sun, which got seven 3-pointers from Shekinna Stricklen and had 12 as a team in its last win, went 5 of 17 behind the arc and Stricklen was scoreless.

Chicago Sports News: 6/21/19

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Chicago Cubs 4 – New York Mets 5

Highlights:  Jeff McNeil likes any lineup that includes his name. No matter the position. McNeil homered and drove in three runs while making his first career start in right field, helping the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Friday. “I think that this guy is playing the type of baseball that you want everybody to play,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. Michael Conforto also connected as the slumping Mets won for just the fourth time in their last 11 games. Brooks Pounders (1-0) got his first victory since he was acquired in a deal with Cleveland last week, and Edwin Diaz worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 16th save. McNeil’s two-run shot off Yu Darvish gave New York a 3-2 lead in the third. With two outs and Adeiny Hechavarria on second in the seventh, Cubs manager Joe Maddon brought in left-hander Mike Montgomery to face McNeil, and he pulled an RBI single into right field to break a 4-all tie. Addison Russell hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which dropped to 2-2 on a 10-game homestand. Brad Brach (3-2) got the loss after surrendering Hechavarria’s leadoff single in the seventh. Darvish allowed four runs and four hits in six innings in his 10th consecutive no-decision, extending a franchise record. He became the first traditional starting pitcher with 10 straight no-decisions since Philadelphia’s Randy Lerch in 1977.


Chicago White Sox 5 – Texas Rangers 4

Highlights:  Eloy Jimenez scored on a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Yolmer Sanchez in the 10th inning as the White Sox beat the Rangers 5-4 on Friday night. Jimenez, a rookie who had a tiebreaking RBI single earlier in the game, had a one-out single in the 10th off Shawn Kelley (3-2) and went to third on Tim Anderson‘s soft single to left. Sanchez then bunted, tagged out by Kelley after the reliever fielded the ball going away from the plate. Zack Collins, the 10th overall pick by the White Sox in the 2016 draft, got his first big league start and went deep in the second inning. His three-run homer to center was measured at 447 feet by MLB’s StatCast. Normar Mazara pulled a two-run shot deep into the second deck of seats in right field in the first that MLB’s system said would have gone 505 feet unimpeded. That matched the longest ever recorded by StatCast, which is in only its fifth season of use. White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez, who later gave up a solo homer to Rougned Odor, said he made a mistake on the pitch to Mazara. “It was supposed to be in, and the pitch was around right in the middle,” Lopez said through a translator. “And it was a very long, long homer.” Kelvin Herrera (3-3) struck out the only batter he faced. Alex Colome worked the 10th for his 16th save and broke the White Sox record for consecutive save chances converted to start a season.


Chicago Sky 69 – Indiana Fever 76

Highlights:  Erica Wheeler had 28 points and eight assists, rookie Teaira McCowan added 10 points and 13 boards and the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 76-69 on Friday night. Indiana (5-5) is one victory shy of matching its victory total from last season. Candice Dupree had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Indiana. McCowan tied Tamika Catchings‘ rookie franchise record of 15 rebounds on Wednesday against Atlanta. Wheeler had 14 points and five assists in the first half and Indiana led 40-31 after making six 3-pointers. Chicago was just 11-of-34 shooting in the half. The Fever led 60-40 late in the third quarter, but Chicago pulled to 72-69 with 20.9 seconds left. Wheeler made four straight free throws to seal it. Diamond DeShields scored 19 points for Chicago (5-3), which lost for the first time at home this season. Courtney Vandersloot had 10 points and eight assists. Washington Wizards forward Jabari Parker, a Chicago native, sat courtside.

WNBA Scores: 6/21/19

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  • Atlanta Dream 76 – Connecticut Sun 86
  • Indiana Fever 76 – Chicago Sky 69  (See Chicago Sports News)
  • Los Angeles Sparks 62 – Seattle Storm 84

Chicago Sports News: 6/19/19

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Image result for cross town classic logoChicago White Sox 3 – Chicago Cubs 7

Highlights:  Willson Contreras celebrated a very special anniversary with an impressive all-around show. Contreras homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Chicago Cubs handed Lucas Giolito his first loss since April by downing the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Wednesday night. David Bote also connected to help the Cubs bounce back from a tough loss to their crosstown rivals in their first meeting of the season. Jon Lester (6-5) allowed two more homers, but worked into the sixth inning to improve to 3-1 in June. Contreras had his sixth career multihomer game on the third anniversary of his first plate appearance in the majors, a pinch-hit drive for a two-run shot against Pittsburgh. He also cut down speedy Tim Anderson trying to steal third after he led off the fifth with a double. Trying for his ninth win in a row, Giolito (10-2) showed flashes of the dominant stuff that put him in the mix to start next month’s All-Star Game in Cleveland. He struck out Kris Bryant three times and fanned Kyle Schwarber twice on a rainy, windy and unseasonably cold night at Wrigley Field. Giolito allowed a total of four runs in 29 innings over his previous four starts. Giolito allowed six runs and seven hits, struck out nine and walked three in his first loss since April 6 against Seattle. The 6-foot-6 right-hander went 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his previous 11 starts. Leury Garcia homered on Lester’s first pitch, and James McCann also went deep for the White Sox. Eloy Jimenez was held in check one night after he hit a two-run homer in the ninth against his first major league organization, lifting the White Sox to a 3-1 win. The rookie slugger went 0 for 3 with a walk and scored a run. Yoan Moncada‘s RBI double trimmed the Cubs’ lead to 5-3 in the fourth. The White Sox had a chance for more with runners on second and third, but Lester struck out Giolito and retired Garcia to end the inning. Lester allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one in 5 2/3 innings. He has given up seven homers in his last three starts.


Chicago Sky 91 – New York Liberty 83

Highlights:  Courtney Vandersloot had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the Chicago Sky beat the New York Liberty 91-83 on Wednesday night. Cheyenne Parker and Allie Quigley each had 13 points for the Sky (5-2). They have won four straight games. The Sky led 61-56 after the third quarter and scored nine of the first 11 points in the fourth quarter to open up a double-digit lead. New York (3-6) got to 82-78 with just under 2 minutes left. Amanda Zahui B. missed a fast-break layup on one and of the court and then Cheyenne Parker was fouled with 1:31 left. She made both free throws as the Sky made 9 of 10 from the line in the final 91 seconds to seal the win. Asia Durr scored 19 points to lead New York and Tina Charles added 16. Chicago led 14-10 midway through the first quarter before holding the Liberty to just one basket over the rest of the quarter. The Sky led 20-12 after the period and were up 41-34 at the half. Kia Nurse got hurt with just over 2 minutes left in the first half, injury her left lower leg. She sat out the rest of the half, but started the third quarter and play most of the second half.