Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chaminade-Madonna At Miami Central Preview

     The Chaminade-Madonna Lions travel to Traz Powell Stadium and face the Miami Central Rockets on Thursday night. It is the opening game of the regular season for both schools as they begin with a new playoff points system instituted by the FHSAA.
     Chaminade-Madonna made it to the FHSAA Class 3A state championship game in Orlando last year and lost to Trinity Christian Academy. This season the Lions have to fight it out for one of four playoff spots available in Section 4 against competition that includes Oxbridge Academy, American Heritage and Cardinal Newman. Chaminade-Madonna returns some speed on their offense with Auburn University commit Shaun Shivers at running back and wide receiver Xavier Williams.
     After four consecutive FHSAA Class 6A state championships, Miami Central finished in third place in District 16 and failed to make the postseason in 2016. This season has the playoff points system and it is possible that the Rockets, Class 6A state champion Carol City and Miami Northwestern could all qualify to make the playoffs. Miami Central is led on offense by running back James Cook and he explode into open space anytime.

Phillies Smash Marlins

     The Philadelphia Phillies pounded the Miami Marlins 8-0 at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night. The loss ended the Marlins three-game winning streak.
     The Phillies got out to a 1-0 margin during the bottom of the first. Tommy Joseph doubled in Nick Williams on a shot into left-center field.
     Miami(62-63) surrendered five more runs in the third inning. Freddy Galvis drove in Cesar Hernandez with a base hit to left. Rhys Hoskins later blasted a three-run homer to left field on 3-2 pitch. Galvis and Williams scored in front of him on the home run. Maikel Franco then scored on a base hit by Jorge Alfaro.
     Philadelphia(46-79) continued the rout in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-0. Hoskins knocked in Galvis and Williams with a double down the left-field line.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Marlins Sweep Doubleheader

     The Miami Marlins stopped the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. The Marlins, who swept the doubleheader against the Phils, have won nine of their last 11 games and reached the .500 mark for the first time since April 27.
     The first two innings belonged to the Marlins as they compiled six runs. The first inning was capped by a Marcell Ozuna two-run homer to center field on a 2-2 pitch. Christian Yelich made it 6-0 in the second inning on a three-run home run to center field.
     In the fourth inning, Philadelphia(45-79) closed the gap to 6-3. Nick Williams connected with a solo home run and later Andres Blanco blasted a two-run homer to right on a 3-2 pitch.
     The Phillies pulled to within two runs during the bottom of the sixth. Tommy Joseph smashed a solo homer to left field on a 1-0 count.
     Miami(62-62) extended their margin to 7-4 in the top of the eighth. Mike Aviles knocked in Derek Dietrich with a single into center field.
   

Marlins Drop Phillies

     The Miami Marlins outscored the Philadelphia Phillies 12-8 on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. It was the first game of a doubleheader between both clubs. There was a brief ceremony prior to the contest honoring Marlins Spanish-language radio play-by-play announcer Felo Ramirez who passed away on Monday.
     In the top of the first, Miami(61-62) took a 1-0 lead. Christian Yelich hit a double which scored Dee Gordon.
     Philadelphia(45-78) responded with two runs in the bottom of the first. Rhys ripped a two-run homer that hit the top of the center-field fence and went over. Nick Williams was able to score in front of him on the play.
     The Marlins tied it up 2-2 in the second inning. Miguel Rojas grounded out to short for Derek Dietrich to score.
     Both teams exchanged runs in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI double for the Fish to right-center field and Rojas crossed the plate. Cameron Rupp popped a solo homer to right on a 0-1 pitch for the Phils.
     Miami put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh as they had six runs in the frame. Ichiro Suzuki lined a three-run homer to right-center field on a 3-1 count which scored Tomas Telis and Rojas. Stanton later got a solo homer to right field on a 1-1 pitch for his 46th home run of the year. Two batter later, Marcell Ozuna smacked a two-run home run to left on a 1-2 count.
     The Phillies answered in the bottom of the seventh. Maikel Franco hit a sacrifice fly into right-center field to score Tommy Joseph. Cesar Hernandez belted a solo home run to center on a 2-1 pitch in the eighth inning.
     The Fish extended their margin to 12-5 during the ninth. J.T. Realmuto connected with a three-run homer to right and Yelich along with Ozuna scored.

Felo Ramirez Passes Away

     Original Marlins Spanish-language radio play-by-play announcer Felo Ramirez passed away Monday at the age of 94.. He took a nasty fall on a road trip with the team in Philadelphia on April 26 and never announced another baseball game.
     Ramirez became the first Spanish-language radio voice for the Marlins in 1993 when they became a Major League Baseball expansion franchise. He was a play-by-play announcer with the team for the past 25 seasons. Ramirez announced both World Series that the Marlins won in 1997 and 2003.
     He received the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. Ramirez began as a baseball play-by-play announcer while in Cuba back in 1945. He announced more than 30 World Series in Spanish.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sun-Sentinel Releases Harvey Fialkov

     Longtime local sportswriter Harvey Fialkov is no longer with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He had been a full-time member of the staff for the past 18 years and worked on a part-time/freelance basis for 10 years before that.
     Fialkov was the Florida Panthers beat reporter with that newspaper for the past six years and took over for Steve Gorten. He covered the Miami Dolphins football team prior to that during the 2000s.

Anquan Boldin Retires

     Former South Florida high school football player Anquin Boldin retired from the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Boldin had a 14-year career in the National Football League as he compiled 1,076 receptions for 13,779 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns.
     Boldin played quarterback with the Pahokee Blue Devils. The team went undefeated during the 1998 regular season and beat Glades Central in the Muck Bowl. He has made many contributions toward that high school over the years and his name is on the school football field known as Anquan Boldin Stadium.
     Boldin went to college at Florida State University where he was shifted to wide receiver. He helped the Seminoles win the BCS National Championship in 1999.
     He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round as the 54th overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. He helped them win an NFC Championship in 2008 before they lost in the final minute to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 43.
     The Cardinals traded him away to the Baltimore Ravens in March 2010. He captured a Super Bowl title as they beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47. Boldin was dealt a couple of the months later to the Niners in March 2013.
     He stayed in San Francisco for three seasons. Boldin played his final NFL season with the Detroit Lions in 2016.