Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heat Up Two Games Over Bobcats

     The Miami Heat notched another victory over the Charlotte Bobcats with a 101-97 win on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Heat, who beat the Bobcats for the 18th consecutive time, lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 and will play Game 3 in Charlotte on Saturday night.
     LeBron James compiled 32 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes for the Heat. Chris Bosh put together 20 points along with five rebounds while Dwyane Wade pounded in 15 points and six rebounds. Mario Chalmers also contributed 11 points for Miami.
     The Bobcats got a double-double by Al Jefferson with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a team-high 22 points along with 10 rebounds for his own double-double. Kemba Walker dropped down 16 points and Gerald Henderson scored 15 points before he fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
     Miami went on a 16-6 tear at the end of the first quarter to get up by double digits 29-13. They were still ahead 57-47 at halftime. Charlotte stayed within striking distance and trailed 79-72 after three quarters. The Heat scored ten straight points and led by 14 points at 91-77 with 6:54 remaining. The Bobcats chipped away at the deficit in the final six minutes with a 20-7 run and were down 98-97 with 11 seconds left.   

MLB Network Adds Ryan Dempster

     Former Florida Marlins pitcher Ryan Dempster has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst. He pitched for the Boston Red Sox last year and helped that club win the 2013 World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals. Former Marlins teammates Kevin Millar and Cliff Floyd both currently work with MLB Network.
     Dempster played with the Marlins from 1998 until 2002 and had a record of 42-43 along with 628 strikeouts and a 4.64 ERA. He had stints with the Cincinnati Reds(2002-2003), Chicago Cubs(2004-2012) and the Texas Rangers(2012).

Marlins Fall To Braves

     The Miami Marlins finished a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves and were defeated 3-1 at Turner Field on Wednesday. The Marlins are now 1-8 on the road this season and play the Mets in New York this weekend.
     The Bravos moved ahead during the fourth inning against Nate Eovaldi. Chris Johnson led off as he reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and went to second on a wild pitch. He scored on a single by Ryan Doumit into center field.
     The Fish were able to tie it 1-1 as they picked up one run off Aaron Harang in the sixth inning. Jeff Mathis got to first on a bunt single to the left side. After Eovaldi and Christian Yelich struck out, Marcell Ozuna singled to left field and advanced Mathis to second. Giancarlo Stanton followed with a base hit to shallow center field to score Mathis.
     In the eighth inning, the Braves regained the lead against the Marlins bullpen. Johnson walked to first against Mike Dunn with one out and Ramon Pena replaced him as a pinch runner. Dan Uggla got on base with an infield single up the middle. Evan Gattis came up to pinch-hit for Jordan Schafer and smacked a two-run double down the left field line off A.J. Ramos to give them a 3-1 margin.     
     Harang pitched six innings for Atlanta(14-7), gave up one run on six hits and stuck out 11 Marlins. Eovaldi went six innings, stuck out seven and allowed one run on five hits for Miami(10-12).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Marlins Blank Braves

     Jose Fernandez pitched eight innings, struck out 14 batters and allowed no runs on three hits as the Miami Marlins shut out the Atlanta Braves 1-0 at Turner Field on Tuesday night. Fernandez improved his record this season to 3-1 as the Marlins won for the fourth time in their last five games. The Fish won their first road game this year after they lost their previous seven away games.
     Miami(10-11) got the only run in the game during the fourth inning against Alex Wood. Giancarlo Stanton doubled to left field with one out. Casey McGehee then knocked in Stanton with a base hit into center field. 
     Wood, whose record dropped to 2-3, went eight innings for Atlanta(13-7) as he struck out 11 Marlins and gave up just one run on four hits. Steve Cishek picked up his 33rd consecutive save for the Fish as he finished the final inning.

Braves Get By Marlins

     The Miami Marlins almost pulled off a late-inning comeback, but fell to the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in ten innings on Monday night at Turner Field. The Fish had their three-game winning streak snapped after they had swept the Seattle Mariners at home over the weekend.
     In the second inning, Garrett Jones smacked a lead-off solo homer to right field off Julio Teheran on a 1-2 pitch to give Miami(9-11) a 1-0 lead. It was his third home run with his new club this season.
     The contest with evened by Atlanta(13-6) during the fifth inning as Andrelton Simmons belted a home run with one out to left field on a 1-0 count against Tom Koehler.
     The Bravos got to the Fish again in the seventh inning to take their first lead 2-1. After Evan Gattis grounded out to short, Simmons singled to center field with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit slashed a base hit into right and Simmons moved to third. Mike Dunn then relieved Koehler and surrendered an RBI-single by Jason Heyward to right field for Simmons to score.
     The Marlins survived in the ninth inning when they faced Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Jarrod Saltalamacchia started with a walk and Reid Johnson came into the game to pinch-run. Adeiny Hechavarria reached base on catcher's interference as Johnson went to second. Derek Dietrich followed with a double to deep left field to score Johnson and tie it at 2-2.
     Atlanta was victorious in the tenth inning against Arquimedes Caminero. Dan Uggla led off with a single into center field. Gattis then blasted a game-winning home run to left field on a 1-0 pitch for his fifth homer of the season.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Heat Roar By Bobcats

     The Miami Heat began a path toward their third consecutive NBA title on Sunday with a 99-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Arena in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Heat have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
     It was the second playoff series ever for the Bobcats franchise since they came into the NBA in 2005. The Heat have not played a team from Charlotte in the postseason since 2000-01 when they faced the Hornets, who later moved to New Orleans, and lost in the first round.
     LeBron James led the way for the Heat as he fell short of a double-double with 27 points and nine rebounds in 39 minutes. Dwyane Wade pumped in 23 points and Chris Bosh added 13 points. James Jones had a surprising 12 points off the bench while Chris Andersen carried through with eight points and 10 rebounds.
     Al Jefferson compiled a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats in 35 minutes. Kemba Walker had a team-high 20 points and six assists while reserve Gary Neal dropped down 17 points.
      Charlotte jumped out to a 19-11 margin and had a 23-19 lead after one quarter. Miami had a 20-4 spurt during the second quarter and were up 49-42 at halftime. The Bobcats scored the first ten points in the second half, but they were still behind 72-65 after three quarters. The Heat went on a 21-6 run midway through the fourth quarter and had a comfortable 95-75 lead with 4:31 remaining.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Miami Ratings March 2014

     104.3 The Ticket stayed on top as the highest rated sports radio station in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region for the seventh straight month. It was an unusual period in which all three competitors in the market almost remained flat.
     The leader was 104.3 The Ticket as they went down slightly from a 1.5 to a 1.4 in March. Their overall lead was cut to a minimum. The station continued to have consistency with Miami Heat broadcasts along with their daytime lineup.
     Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM went slightly up from a 0.7 to a 0.8 in the month of March. It was helpful that Florida Panthers games returned to the schedule even though they were far away from playoff contention. The midday block still held on to their audience. There is much anticipation at WQAM on the launch of their new afternoon show with Marc Hochman and Zach Krantz in April.
     940 The Sports Animal WINZ-AM remained the same at a 0.2 for the second consecutive month. The combination John Congemi and Troy Stradford finished the period as The Finsiders interim hosts, however Greg Likens will take over as the new host in April and the program will expand its time slot. The station also expects to see a positive response with the start of the Miami Marlins regular season broadcasts next month.