Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Marlins Escape Kershaw and Dodgers

     The Miami Marlins finished a nine-game road trip as they surprised the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-6 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. It was the first time that Clayton Kershaw pitched against the Marlins since September 9, 2016 when he opposed Jose Fernandez. Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Richards struck out 10 batters and allowed one hit in 4 2/3 innings.
     Miami(7-17), who won consecutive games for the first time this season, had a great chance to score in the fourth inning. The Marlins loaded the bases with no out, however Kershaw would get out of the jam unscathed.
     The Marlins got some production with a two-out rally in the top of the fifth. Justin Bour and Cameron Maybin both walked. Miguel Rojas then connected on the first pitch and lifted a three-run homer that bounced off the left-field foul pole for a 3-0 lead. Kershaw pitched five innings and gave up three runs, five hits along with a career-tying six walks.
     In the sixth inning, the Fish were able to expand their margin to 4-0. J.T. Realmuto blasted a solo home run to left-center field on a 3-2 pitch with two out against Daniel Hudson.
     Los Angeles(11-12) broke the shutout in the bottom of the sixth facing Merandy Gonzalez. Corey Seager scored on a two-out single by Joc Pederson into right field.
     J.B. Schuck led off the eighth inning with a single to center. After Derek Dietrich reached base on a fielder's choice, Realmuto hit his second home run of the contest to open up a 6-1 gap for Miami. He smashed a two-run homer to left field on a 2-1 count versus Scott Alexander for his fourth round-tripper of the season.
     The Dodgers cut the deficit to 6-3 in the bottom of the frame. Cody Bellinger was able to beat the shift with a double into left field with two outs. Matt Kemp came up and cracked a two-run homer to center field on a 2-1 pitch.
     A combination of bad fielding by the Dodgers in the top of the ninth gave the Marlins another two runs. Dietrich reached first on a throwing error by Chase Utley with two out for Rojas and Schuck to cross the plate.
     Kike Hernandez began the ninth for Los Angeles when a line drive went by Lewis Brinson to the center-field fence for a triple. He would then score on a ground out by pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer to short. Later in the frame, Seager picked up a two-out single into left field and Yasmani Grandal followed with a two-run homer to right field on a 2-1 count. to make it 8-6.

ESPN West Palm New Lineup

     ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM has announced that they will soon adjust their weekday lineup. The new schedule will be implemented on May 1.
     Evan Cohen has his program cut from two hours to one hour and will work the 5 p.m. hour without any commercials. Cohen has worked as the afternoon host at ESPN West Palm and before that their original local station ESPN Radio 760 WEFL-AM since the mid 2000s. He also currently is the morning co-host at Mad Dog Radio on SiriusXM Radio.
     Josh Cohen and The Home Team moves from the midday shift of 10 a.m. until Noon to an afternoon drive shift from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. His program has been in middays since January 2014. Cohen joined the station as a weekend host in February 2013 and became the evening host in September 2013.
     The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz will be on live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. instead of on tape delay like it has for the past three years. Stephen A. Smith from ESPN Radio will be piped into ESPN West Palm from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Marlins Take Dodgers

     Pitching dominated as the Miami Marlins dropped the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Fish snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory.
     Matt Kemp led off the bottom of the second for Los Angeles(11-11) versus Dillon Peters with a double into deep left field. Austin Barnes followed and doubled to right field which score Kemp. Peters pitched for 5 1/3 innings and surrendered one run on four hits.
     In the third inning, Miami(6-17) answered back quickly to tie the game 1-1. J.T. Realmuto came up to the plate against Kenta Maeda with two out and connected on the first pitch for a solo home run to right-center field. Maeda went six innings, struck out seven and allowed one run on four hits.
     The Dodgers were able to load the bases in the seventh inning. They regained the lead when Chase Utley walked to score Joc Pederson.
     The Marlins responded in the next inning to pull even again. Starlin Castro ripped a double through the left side of the field for Derek Dietrich to advance from second and score.
     It was the same for Miami in the top of the ninth as they took the lead for the first time in the contest. Brian Anderson got a lead-off base hit into left field. Cameron Maybin then lined a double to the left-field fence and Anderson crossed the plate.

Heat Eliminated By 76ers

     The 2017-18 season came to an end for the Miami Heat as their playoff run was stopped. They fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 104-91 in Game 5 at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.
     The Sixers won their first playoff series since 2012. It was the first time that the Heat were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs since 2010. Tony Fiorentino announced his final game as the Miami Heat television game analyst after 15 seasons.
     Philadelphia had a 23-21 edge after one quarter and were tied with Miami 46-46 at the half. The 76ers began the second half on a 20-8 run to make it 66-54 with 6:11 left in the third quarter. The Heat trailed 80-66 after the third and they scored 10 straight points to cut the deficit to 87-79 with 5:58 remaining in the fourth.
     Goran Dragic had 15 points for Miami and Tyler Johnson added 16. Kyle Olynyk put together 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while Dwyane Wade contributed 11 points. Justice Winslow chalked up 12 points with seven rebounds.
     Joel Embiid compiled a double-double of 19 points along with 12 rebounds for the Sixers. Ben Simmons had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while J.J. Redick dropped in a game-high 27 points.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dodgers Beat Marlins

     The Miami Marlins continued their nine-game road trip as they were defeated by the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. The Marlins have lost five straight games and eight of their last nine. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler made his first major league start and allowed no runs on four hits in five innings.
     In the fourth inning, Los Angeles(11-10) moved out to a 1-0 lead. Kike Hernandez faced Jarlin Garcia and lifted a solo home run to left field on a 3-2 count with none out. It was the only run Garcia surrendered as he gave up four hits and struck out seven batters in six innings.
     Miami(5-17) had to wait until the eight inning to tie the contest 1-1. Brian Anderson knocked in Starlin Castro from second with a one-out base hit up the middle of the diamond.
     The Dodgers regained the lead in the bottom of the frame. Chris Taylor led off with a double to deep left field. Three batters later, Cody Bellinger lined a sacrifice fly to right field for Taylor to cross the plate with the go-ahead run.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Brewers Sweep Marlins

     The Milwaukee Brewers completed a four-game sweep with a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday at Miller Park. The Marlins have lost seven of their last eight games and 14 of their last 17.
     Miami(5-16) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Justin Bour knocked in J.T. Realmuto with a double into deep right field.
     Former Marlin Christian Yelich helped Milwaukee(14-9) take the lead in the fourth inning. He smashed a two-run homer to center field on a 2-1 pitch. Lorenzo Cain was able to score in front of him.
     The Brewers made it 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Travis Shaw scored on a fielding error by Bour.
     The Marlins cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning. Bour singled to right field which scored Realmuto.
     Milwaukee answered back in the bottom of the eighth. Jesus Aguilar drove in Cain with a base hit into left field.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

76ers Slip By Heat

     The Miami Heat fell short to the Philadelphia 76ers 106-102 in Game 4 on Saturday at American Airlines Arena. The 76ers moved the best-of-seven series to 3-1 and can wrap it up in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
     Miami scored the final seven points of the first quarter and were tied with the Sixers 26-26. The Heat got their largest lead of the first half 61-52 with one minute left in the second quarter and stayed in front by halftime 61-56. The pace slowed down and Philadelphia trailed 83-79 after three quarters.
     The Sixers began the fourth quarter outscoring the Heat with a 13-2 run to regain the lead. They extended their margin to 97-90 with 4:05 remaining. Miami pulled to within one point 102-101 with 43.9 seconds to go and never got closer again.
     Dwyane Wade dropped in a game-high 25 points for Miami and Goran Dragic contributed 20 points. Hassan Whiteside chalked up a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. James Johnson got 15 points and eight rebounds for the Heat.
     Ben Simmons became the youngest player in NBA history to compile a triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Joel Embiid of the 76ers put together a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. J.J. Redick powered in a team-high 24 points and Dario Saric had 11.