Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Giants Escape Marlins

     The Miami Marlins played their final game on the west coast this year and were by stopped by the San Francisco Giants 6-5 at AT&T Park on Wednesday. The Marlins, who won the season series against San Francisco, have fallen in three of their last four games. The Giants have been victorious in four of their last seven.
     Miami(29-46) scored first in a contest for the first time in seven games this season against the Giants. In the second inning, Miguel Rojas singled to shallow left field and Cameron Maybin crossed the plate.
     It was not until the sixth inning when San Francisco(37-38) compiled five runs. Brandon Belt socked a ground-rule double toward right-center field to score Kelby Tomlinson. Mac Williamson grounded to short for a fielder's choice and Joe Panik scored on the play. Hunter Pence then sliced a single near the right-field line which brought in Belt to make it 3-1. Gorkys Hernandez slapped a base hit to right-center as Williamson along with Pence scored.
     The Marlins responded back in the top of the seventh. Yadiel Rivera knocked in Lewis Brinson on a sacrifice fly to center. Starlin Castro later singled in Rojas and they were down 5-3.
     The Giants looked to expand their margin to three runs in the eighth inning. Nick Hundley scored on a base hit by Pence to left field.
     The Fish attempted to pull off a major comeback like they have for the past nine games in the top of the ninth. Castro drove in Rojas with a sacrifice fly to center. Brian Anderson later singled to righ field and Dietrich scored to close the gap to 6-5. J.B. Schuck struck out with men on first and second to end the game.
   

Oxbridge Academy Ends Football Program

     Oxbridge Academy has eliminated their high school football program. The Thunderwolves made it to the FHSAA Class 3A state title game in 2017 and lost to the Chaminade-Madonna Lions. Several players had already transferred to different Palm Beach County schools for the upcoming 2018 season.
     Oxbridge Academy had an impact locally in their short time with high school football. They began in 2013 as an independent and played in the Southeastern Conference. They became a part of the FHSAA and won three district titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
     The Thunderwolves were eliminated at home by district rival American Heritage in the regional final on a last minute play in 2015. They made it to the regional final in 2016 and lost on the road to Chaminade-Madonna. The school got to the playoffs in 2017 as they topped Kings Academy, Melbourne Catholic Central and Florida State University before falling to Chaminade-Madonna for the state title in Orlando. University of Miami running back Travis Homer and Ole Miss defensive back Keidron Smith once played for Oxbridge Academy.

Joey Bosa On Magazine Cover

     Former South Florida high school football player Joey Bosa appears on the national cover of the annual Pro Football Weekly Preview magazine. He has played the last two seasons as a defensive end for the Los Angeles Chargers.
     Bosa attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale where he helped the Raiders win two FHSAA Class 7A state titles in 2010 and 2012. He went to Ohio State University and the school won the 2014 CFP national championship.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Giants Step On Marlins

     The Miami Marlins were defeated by the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Tuesday night at AT&T Park. The Fish have lost two of their last three contests while the Giants have won three of their last six.
     In the first inning, San Francisco(36-38) moved out to a 1-0 lead. Buster Posey nailed a solo home run to left-center field on the first pitch.
     The Giants added three more runs during the bottom of the second. Alen Hanson led off with a double to deep right field. Gorkys Hernandez followed with a two-run homer to left on a 1-0 count. Five batters later, Brandon Belt walked with the bases loaded for Joe Panik to score.
     Miami(29-45) began to chop at the lead in the fourth inning with three runs. J.T. Riddle ripped a triple to the right-center gap as Starlin Castro and Miguel Rojas scored. Brian Anderson later sprayed a double down the right-field line for Riddle to cross the plate and make it 4-3.
     San Francisco extended their margin in the fifth. Hanson knocked in Pablo Sandoval with a double to the warning track in right-center field. Hernandez dropped a base hit to shallow center field to bring home Mac Williamson.

Florida Panthers Acquire Mike Hoffman

     The Florida Panthers picked up left wing Mike Hoffman and a 2018 seventh-round selection from the San Jose Sharks for a 2019 second-round pick, a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2018 fifth-round pick. Hoffman was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Sharks earlier in the day.
     Hoffman has played the last seven seasons with the Senators. He compiled 107 goals and 123 assists in 342 games with the Sens. He helped them get to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016-17.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Giants Blow Lead To Marlins

     The San Francisco Giants were unable to hold on to a four-run margin as the Miami Marlins came back to win 5-4 at AT&T Park on Monday night. It was the fourth game of a nine-game road trip for the Fish.
     San Francisco(35-38) rolled off three runs in the second inning. Joe Panik knocked in Buster Posey on a single to center field. Pablo Sandoval followed with a two-run homer to left-center field on a 1-0 pitch.
     The Giants made it 4-0 during the bottom of the third. Mac Williamson drove in Andrew McCutchen on a base hit to left.
     In the fifth inning, Miami(29-44) stormed back. Miguel Rojas hit a single into left field to score Cameron Maybin and Lewis Brinson.
     The Marlins put up a fight in the top of the ninth and moved ahead with three runs. J.T. Realmuto connected on a double into the left-center field gap and Brian Anderson crossed the plate. Three batters later, Brinson lined a single to right field that brought in Realmuto. Rojas came up next and looped a base hit near the right-field line to bring in Maybin for a 5-4 lead.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Marlins Lose To Orioles

     The Miami Marlins were unable to get a three-game sweep as they fell to the Baltimore Orioles 10-4 at Camden Yards on Sunday. The Orioles snapped a nine-game losing streak overall and an 11-game home losing streak. The Fish head to San Francisco and face the Giants tomorrow.
     Baltimore(20-50) began the rout in the second inning. Jace Peterson connected on a ground-rule double to right-center field which brought in Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop.
     The Orioles stretched their margin to four runs in the third. Trumbo doubled to center field to score Manny Machado in the third. Two batters later, Trey Mancini got a single to center and Trumbo scored.
     Miami(28-44) busted through with a tally during the top of the fourth. Justin Bour smashed a solo home run to right on a 1-0 pitch.
     The O's kept the momentum in the middle of the contest. Adam Jones drove in Craig Gentry and Austin Wynns in the bottom of the fourth on a base hit to right. Peterson belted a two-run homer to right on a 1-1 count in the fifth to make it 8-1.
     The Marlins did their best to cut into the deficit in the sixth inning. Bour compiled his second homer of the game on a 1-1 pitch as the ball went over the right-field fence for a three-run shot.
     In the seventh, Baltimore capped things for a 9-4 lead. Trumbo lifted a solo homer run to right field on a 1-2 count. Machado singled in Joey Richard during the eighth inning.