Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Marlins Sweep Phillies

     The Miami Marlins bashed the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Wednesday at Marlins Park. The Marlins swept the Phillies in a series for the first time since 2012. The Phillies, who came into the contest with the worst record in Major League Baseball, have lost 25 of their last 31 games.
     Miami(21-30) jumped out in the first inning with a 3-0 lead. Christian Yelich knocked in Dee Gordon with a base hit into center field. Marcell Ozuna followed with a two-run homer to right on a 3-1 pitch.
      In the third inning, Ozuna drove in Gordon with a single to left field. Ichiro Suzuki crossed the plate during the bottom of the fourth on a base hit by J.T. Riddle to center.
     The Fish extended the gap to 8-0 in the fifth inning. Justin Bour smacked a solo home run to right on the first pitch. Gordon came up with the bases loaded and got an RBI-single into center field to score Derek Dietrich. A.J. Ellis later scored on a sacrifice fly by Riddle to center.
     Philadelphia(17-34) broke the shutout in the top of the sixth inning. Howie Kendrick scored on a Riddle throwing error.   
     The Marlins got another home run by Bour to right field in the bottom of the sixth. Ozuna scored in front of him on the play to make it 10-1.
     The Phillies finished off the scoring in the seventh inning. Aaron Altherr connected with a base hit into left field for Michael Saunders to score.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lamar Jackson On Magazine Covers

     Former South Florida high school football player Lamar Jackson appears on the Athlon Sports Louisville edition ACC magazine cover and Lindy's Sports Kentucky edition SEC magazine cover. Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in 2016 as the quarterback for the University of Louisville Cardinals. He compiled 230 passes for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns while he rushed for 1,571 yards on 260 carries and 21 touchdowns during his sophomore year.
     Jackson played for the Boynton Beach Tigers in high school. He helped the school make the FHSAA playoffs with consecutive district runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2014.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Marlins Trip Up Phillies

     The Miami Marlins defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 at Marlins Park on Monday night. The Fish have prevailed in four of their last six games and won two straight games for the first time since April 23. The Phillies, who have the worst record in Major League Baseball, lost for the 23rd time in the last 29 games.
     Miami(19-30) compiled two runs during the third inning to take the lead. Dee Gordon doubled to right for J.T. Riddle to score. Giancarlo Stanton then knocked in Gordon on a base hit into shallow center field.
     Philadelphia(17-32) got one run back in the top of the fifth. Aaron Altherr singled into left field which brought in Jeremy Hellickson for the Phils only run of the contest.
     The Marlins extended their margin when Derek Dietrich powered a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning with J.T. Realmuto on base. It was just his second home run of the season.

Steve Goldstein Works Stanley Cup Final

     Florida Panthers television play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein will be the studio host of the Stanley Cup Final radio broadcast on Westwood One and NBC Sports Radio. It will be the second straight year that he will have the same role.
     It will also be the second consecutive season that the Stanley Cup Final will be broadcast nationally on terrestrial radio by Kenny Albert as the play-by-play announcer and Joe Micheletti as the game analyst. The series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators begins Monday night.
     Goldstein did radio play-by-play on the weekly playoff game in the first round. He was a sideline reporter for the Western Conference Finals in the last two weeks. Goldstein was a sideline reporter at the annual New Year's NHL outdoor game held in St. Louis earlier this year.

Miami Hurricanes 44 Year Playoff Reign Ends

     The University of Miami Hurricanes baseball team will not a part of a regional playoff in 2017. The school had participated in the college baseball postseason for 44 consecutive years. The Hurricanes(31-27) were eliminated in a semifinal game against North Carolina at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Louisville this past weekend.
     It was also the final Canes baseball game that Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM will ever broadcast. WQAM and the University of Miami agreed to an extension of their radio broadcast deal several months ago that would include football and men's basketball, but not baseball. Hurricanes baseball has been on WQAM airwaves since early 2000.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Marlins Pound Angels

     The Miami Marlins blew out the Los Angeles Angels 9-2 at Marlins Park on Sunday. The Fish have won three of their last five games. It was the first series win for the Marlins since April 23.
     Miami(18-30) took their first lead in the opening frame. Giancarlo Stanton homered to center field for his 13th home run of the season.
     Los Angeles(26-27) put up a couple of run to go up 2-1 in the fourth inning. Martin Maldonado hit a two-run homer to left field with Cole Calhoun scoring in front of him.
     The Marlins scored three runs in the fifth inning and moved ahead 4-2. Ichiro Suzuki singled into right field to score Derek Dietrich. J.T. Riddle followed and knocked in Ichiro with a two-run home run to right.
     After adding two runs in the bottom of the sixth, Dee Gordon scored on a Christian Yelich bases loaded walk in the eighth. Marcell Ozuna later got a base hit into right which drove in Riddle and Stanton to make it 9-2.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Angels Slip By Marlins

     The Los Angeles Angels edged the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Saturday at Marlins Park. The Marlins have lost 8 of their last 11 and 22 of their last 29 games.
     Los Angeles(26-26) quickly took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Mike Trout crushed a solo homer to left-center field for his 16th home run of the season.
     Miami(17-30) battled back to tie the contest in the bottom of the first. Marcell Ozuna knocked in Christian Yelich with a base hit into shallow center.
     The Angels regained the lead during the third inning. Former Marlin Cameron Maybin scored on a ground out to shortstop by Andrelton Simmons.
     The Halos extended their margin to 4-1 in the top of the eighth inning. Luis Valbuena singled to shallow right-center field which brought in Maybin and Simmons. They got another run in the ninth when Maybin crossed the plate on a double by Simmons to left field.
     The Marlins pulled to 5-2 on their final opportunity of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ozuna homered to right field for his 12th home run of the season.

WQAM Moves Zach Krantz

     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM moved Zach Krantz to the Joe Rose Show as the morning sidekick this past Monday. He left his position as afternoon co-host with Marc Hochman and Channing Crowder on May 19. Krantz was a co-host of the HCK program since April 2014.
     Krantz began his professional broadcasting career as a producer at WQAM. He moved to Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in August 2004 when they flipped to a sports talk format and became the morning producer for the Joe Rose Show. He moved back to WQAM with Rose in 2007. Krantz was the morning producer and later added duties as an on-air sidekick.

Captain Curtis Stevenson Out At WQAM

     Curtis Stevenson is no longer on Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. He was the morning sidekick on the Joe Rose Show until May 19. Zach Krantz moved over from the afternoon show as his replacement on Monday. Stevenson will work as a sports host on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM this weekend.
     Stevenson, who goes by the name Captain Curtis while on the airwaves, had a long tenure at WQAM. He was the afternoon producer on the Jim Mandich Show until the program ended in late January 2010. Stevenson was the afternoon host and then along with Anita Marks from February 2010 to June 2010.
     He held the midday slot alone for one month in July 2010 until Michael Irvin became the permanent midday host in August 2010. Stevenson remained with the program as the producer. He later replaced Kevin Kiley and became the midday on-air sidekick from August 2011 to July 2012. Stevenson was promoted to interim midday host and held it for one month.
     Stevenson was a weekend host at WQAM throughout the 2010s. He did co-host the early afternoon shift with Adam Kuperstein from September 2013 to December 2013. Stevenson was part of the morning show as the sidekick of Joe Rose since April 2014 when Krantz left to become the afternoon co-host with Marc Hochman.

Marc James Joins NESN

     Former South Florida sports radio host Marc James has joined NESN as a sports anchor and reporter. He had previously worked in several different markets in radio as a sports host. He worked on-air positions in Springfield, Massachusetts before moving to South Florida.
     James was known as Marc Benarzyk while he worked at 1400 The Fan WFLL-AM in Fort Lauderdale from April 2004 until May 2006. He began as a midday host, moved to the afternoon shift and then settled in the morning spot in early 2006.
     He co-hosted a nationally syndicated show on Sports Byline USA with Jim Grieshaber and co-hosted an afternoon sports show on Sirius Radio.  James then landed at WHBQ-AM in Memphis as a midday co-host.
     James moved on to Tampa in April 2008 where he hosted an afternoon show on WHBO-AM until August 2010. In early 2011, he joined WFNZ-AM in Charlotte and co-hosted the afternoon show with Taylor Zanzour. James went solo with the show, after Zanzour left for Sirius XM Radio, from December 2013 to May 2014.
     He then appeared on WZGC-FM in Atlanta where he started as the afternoon co-host in June 2014. James was later elevated to morning host and held that position until September 2015.

Marlins Crown Angels

     The Miami Marlins returned home from a six-game west coast road trip with a 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Marlins Park on Friday night. The Fish have won three of their last five games. It was the first appearance ever by the Angels at Marlins Park.
     Miami(17-29) broke out to a 2-0 lead during the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a two-run homer to center field for his 12th home run of the season.
     Los Angeles(25-26) put up a couple of run in the top of the sixth inning. Albert Pujols doubled down the left-field line then later Martin Maldonado hit a two-run home run.
     The Marlins extended their lead in the bottom of the frame. Justin Bour ripped a three-run homer to right field for his 13th of the year. It was his fifth home run in the past seven games.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yankees Back On 640 Sports

     The New York Yankees radio broadcasts returned back on 640 Fox Sports South Florida WMEN-AM on Wednesday night. The great start by the Yankees along with a demand by some South Florida residents impacted station management.
     No Yankees exhibition games along with the first seven weeks of the regular season were aired. The station website mentioned they were unable to broadcast them due the Major League Baseball restrictions.
     640 Sports had been an affiliate of the New York Yankees Radio Network since the 2008 season. The station flipped to a sports talk format in March 2008.

A's Top Marlins

     The Miami Marlins finished their six-game west coast road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Oakland A's at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Wednesday. The Fish have lost in seven of their last nine games and 21 of their last 27 games.
     Oakland(21-25) moved out to a 2-0 lead with a two-out rally during the first inning. Jed Lowrie doubled then Kris Davis smacked a home run to right field. Miami(16-29) put up a run in the top of the fourth.
     The A's added another run in the fifth when Lowrie knocked in Matt Joyce with a double. Lowrie picked up his third RBI of the contest in the seventh inning when he drove in Adam Rosales with a base hit.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cortez Kennedy Dead

     Former University of Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy passed away on Tuesday at the age of 48. He played on a national champion while with the Canes in 1989. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
    Kennedy was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks as the third overall pick in 1990 and played with them for 11 seasons. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
    His uniform number 96 was retired by the Seahawks franchise in 2012. He was recognized by Sports Illustrated in 2007 and later in the book By The Numbers several years ago as the greatest athlete to ever wear that uniform number in any sport.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jordan Scarlett On Magazine Cover

     University of Florida Gators running back Jordan Scarlett ended up on the front cover of a college football magazine. He appeared on the state of Florida edition Sporting News national magazine.
     Scarlett played his senior year of high school football with St. Thomas Aquinas. He brought the Raiders a FHSAA Class 7A state championship in 2014. Scarlett has been with the University of Florida for the past two years. He had 179 rushing attempts for 889 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.

Mark Walton On Magazine Covers

     The 2017 college football magazines were released and University of Miami Hurricanes running back Mark Walton showed up on several magazine covers. He appeared on the front cover of Athlon Sports ACC regional magazine, Sporting News national magazine Florida edition and Lindy's Sports national magazine Florida edition.
     Walton has played the last two seasons with the University of Miami. He lead the school with 1,117 rushing yards on 209 carries and 14 touchdowns last season. Walton played high school football with Booker T. Washington and helped the Tornadoes win three consecutive FHSAA Class 4A state titles from 2012 to 2014.

Antonio Callaway On Magazine Covers

     University of Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway appears on several college football magazine covers. He is seen on the cover of Florida edition SEC magazines which includes Athlon Sports and Lindy's Sports.
     Callaway has been with the Gators for the past two seasons. He had 54 catches for 721 receiving yards and three touchdowns receptions in 2016. He played high school football with the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes and helped the school capture three straight FHSAA Class 4A state championships from 2012 until 2014.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dodgers Handle Marlins

     The Miami Marlins fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. The Marlins have lost six of their last seven games and 20 of 25.
     Los Angeles(26-19) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to right field which brought in Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal. They made it 3-0 with a solo home run by Joc Peterson on a 1-1 pitch in the bottom of the fourth.
     Miami(15-28) got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. Former Dodger A.J. Ellis knocked in Derek Dietrich with a base hit into center field.
     The Dodgers regained their three-run margin in the bottom of the frame. Gonzalez singled to center for Grandal to score again. Brett Eibner extended their lead to 6-1 in the following inning with a two-run single into left field to score Pederson and Kike Hernandez.
     The Marlins scored in the ninth inning as Justin Bour blasted a solo homer to center field on a 1-1 count. It was his third home run in the four-game series in Los Angeles along with his seventh overall in the last 11 games.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dodgers Bust Marlins

     The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. The Fish have lost five straight and 19 of their 23 games.
     Los Angeles(25-18) pulled ahead 1-0 in the first inning. Austin Barnes grounded out to first for Corey Seager to cross the plate.
     The Dodgers added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Chris Taylor whacked a solo home run to right field on a 2-0 pitch. Kike Hernandez later knocked in Seager with a base hit into center field.
     The Marlins fell behind 5-0 in the fourth inning. Brett Eibner ripped a two-run homer to center on the first pitch and Yasiel Puig scored in front of him. Cody Bellinger also hit a two-run home run to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning with Barnes scoring on the play.
     Miami(14-27) eventually broke the shutout during their final opportunity in the top of the ninth. Justin Boar blasted a solo home run to right field on a 2-1 pitch. J.T. Realmuto later scored on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Riddle to center.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Boynton Beach Edges Palm Beach Lakes

     The Boynton Beach Tigers defeated the Palm Beach Lakes 6-0 in a two-quarter contest at Dick Melear Stadium on Friday night. It was the fourth and final game of the Palm Beach Lakes Jamboree. The Miami Central Rockets and Deerfield Beach Bucks were two South Florida powerhouse programs that also participated on the gridiron earlier in the night.
     There was no scoring until the second quarter. Boynton Beach got the only points of the game on a one-yard touchdown run toward the right sideline by their quarterback.

Boynton Beach Upsets Deerfield Beach

     The Boynton Beach Tigers surprised the Deerfield Beach Bucks with a 6-3 victory in a two-quarter game at the Palm Beach Lakes Jamboree on Friday night. The Tigers ended up as the district runner-up in a three-way tiebreaker contest last year and lost in the first round.
     Deerfield Beach got the advantage in the first quarter as Liden Rivera connected with a 24-yard field goal for a Bucks 3-0 lead.
     The second quarter ended up being a different story. The Bucks had their first drive end quickly as a pass to the right side was picked off by Boynton Beach linebacker Abraham Beauplan and he returned it 30 yards for a score. The Tigers two-point conversion failed on a bad snap from center and they held a 6-3 margin.

Deerfield Beach Tops Miami Central

     The Deerfield Beach Bucks got by the Miami Central Rockets 10-0 in a two-quarter contest at the Palm Beach Lakes Jamboree in West Palm Beach on Friday night. The Bucks made it to the Class 8A state semifinal last season and lost at home to Southridge. The Rockets failed to make the FHSAA playoffs in 2016 and ended their run of four consecutive Class 6A state championships.
     Deerfield Beach came close to scoring a touchdown during their first possession and were stopped by the Rockets defense. They had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Liden Rivera to make it 3-0.
     In the second quarter, Miami Central fumbled the ball away at their own 27-yard line. The Bucks capitalized on it and finished their drive as quarterback Kyle Kaplan sneaked up the middle on a one-yard touchdown run for a ten-point lead.

Miami Central Stomps Palm Beach Lakes

     The Miami Central Rockets played the first game of the Palm Beach Lakes Jamboree and blasted the host Rams 28-0 in a two-quarter game at Dick Melear Stadium on Friday night. The Rockets have captured the FHSAA Class 6A state championship in four of the last five years.
     Early in the first quarter, Miami Central made it 7-0 on a 25-yard pass down the left sideline from quarterback Maurice Underwood to wide receiver Terrell Perriman.
     Palm Beach Lakes lost the ball on a fumbled snap during their next possession at their own 40-yard line. The Rockets punched it in on a fullback carry from one yard out for a 14-point margin.
     Rockets backup quarterback Tijuane Morten had his jersey completely ripped up and destroyed when he was tackled on a play on their first drive of the second quarter. Underwood reentered the game. fired a 53-yard touchdown pass to Perriman in the front right corner of the end zone on his first play back and extended their lead to 21-0.
     Rams quarterback Jalen Hall fumbled the ball on a carry at the Palm Beach Lakes 35. Several plays later, Miami Central scored on a 25-yard run up the middle to make it 28-0.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

West Palm Beach Ratings April 2017

     It was one of those months where the complexion between the two competitors in the Palm Beach County market was noticed. ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM remained consistent while 640 Fox Sports South Florida WMEN-AM emerged with new changes in their lineup.
     ESPN West Palm, who could not be measured because they do not subscribe to a ratings service, had evening co-host Chris Kokell leave his position as Olympic Heights head football coach and give his full attention toward the radio station. He has co-hosted the evening program with Joe Colella since January.
     A new era began for 640 Sports as they moved from a 0.4 to a 0.5 in April. It was the first month since they changed to a sports format in March 2008 that they did not carry a local weekday show. They aired syndicated Fox Sports Radio which added Doug Gottlieb for afternoons during the ratings period. In addition, the station did not air regular season New York Yankees baseball games and were not an affiliate of the New York Yankees Radio Network for the first time since 2007.

Joe Raineri Joins WZFL And WBGF

     Joe Raineri has joined WZFL-FM in Islamarada as their new morning host. He will begin his new position on May 22. ANCO Media Group, who owns WZFL-FM, has acquired WBGF-FM in Belle Grade and will simulcast the program on that station soon.
     Raineri had worked at 640 Sports WMEN-AM for almost three years. He joined that station in November 2014 as the afternoon drive host when he replaced Steve White. Raineri was shifted to the midday shift in May 2015 when Hank Goldberg was promoted and then returned to afternoons that August. He became the morning co-host with Steve Zemach in January 2016 when they replaced Sid Rosenberg and held that spot until early March 2017.
     He did work in the West Palm Beach market prior to joining 640 Sports. Raineri co-hosted mornings on WRMF-FM for three years.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Miami Northwestern Beats Atlantic

     The first Palm Beach County spring high school football game was held on Wednesday night at War Eagle Stadium in Delray Beach as the Miami Northwestern Bulls topped the Atlantic Eagles 19-7. A statue of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Y.A. Tittle was dedicated prior to the contest.
     Both schools won district titles and made the FHSAA playoffs last season. The Bulls lost to the Carol City Chiefs in the Class 6A regional semifinal while the Eagles fell to the Deerfield Beach Bucks in the Class 8A regional final.
     The first quarter belonged to the Atlantic Eagles. Running back Aaron Lewis fumbled the ball on a hit by linebacker Jason Mercier at the Bulls 47-yard line five minutes in. Eagles wide receiver Corey Gammage had a leaping one-handed catch for a 15-yard touchdown negated due to a player illegally downfield at the midway point of the quarter. Wide receiver Cadarius Gaskin caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kalani Ilimaleota in the back of the end zone with 4:01 left in the first.
     Miami Northwestern changed the momentum of the game late in the second quarter. Quarterback Chatarius Atwell Jr. connected a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Hill to make it 7-6 with 20.6 seconds left in the first half.
     The Bulls commanded the second half as they added two touchdowns during the third quarter. They took their first lead at the 6:31 mark when Atwell threw a 37-yard pass into the right corner of the end zone to wide receiver Derrick Davis and were ahead 12-6.
     The Miami Northwestern defense got a turnover when linebacker Cortland Faison intercepted the ball at the Eagles 28-yard line and returned it 18 yards. Three plays later, running back Corey Hammett blasted up the middle for a two-yard touchdown run with 2:12 to go.

Astros Sweep Marlins

     The Miami Marlins completed a nine-game home stand as they were swept by the Houston Astros 3-0 at Marlins Park on Wednesday. Miami(14-25) finished the home stand with a 1-8 record. They have lost 11 of their last 13 games and 17 of 21. The Astros, who remained on top with the best record in Major League Baseball, went 6-1 on their road trip.
     Houston(29-12) sprinted out to a 1-0 lead during the first inning. George Springer led off with a double to deep right field and scored on a Jose Altuve double down the left-field line.
     The Astros extended their margin to 3-0 in the top of the sixth with a two-out rally. Alex Bregman singled to left and former Marlin Jake Marisnick was hit by a pitch. Lance McCullers Jr. loaded the bases when Dee Gordon made a throwing error to second base. Springer pushed a base hit through the hole on the right side which brought in Bregman and Marisnick.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Miami Ratings April 2017

     Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM finished on top of the ratings among sports format radio stations in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region for the second straight month. All three competitors in the market put a major emphasis on the NFL Draft for several weeks.
     The Ticket moved from a 0.9 to a 1.0 in the month of April. It was the best ratings for that station since July 2016. The Miami Heat just fell short of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM bounced back from a 0.8 to a 0.9 in the period. The Florida Panthers failed to make the postseason after reaching it last season.
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ remained the same with a 0.2 for the seventh consecutive month. The Miami Marlins started their regular season with six home games in the first three weeks of the campaign. Andy Slater returned to WINZ after being off the air for four weeks due to spring training games.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Astros Slam Marlins

     The Houston Astros held off the Miami Marlins 7-2 on Monday night at Marlins Park. The Marlins have lost nine of 11 and 15 of their last 19 games. The Astros entered the contest with the best record in Major League Baseball.
     Miami (14-23) got out to a 1-0 lead during the fifth inning. Christian Yelich got a base hit into center field to score J.T. Riddle.
     Houston(27-12) mounted a comeback in the top of the sixth inning. Yuli Gurriel capped it with a grand-slam homer to left field on a 2-1 pitch. Josh Reddick, Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis were able to score on the play.
     The Astros extended their margin to 6-1 in the seventh. Jose Altuve lined a single toward left field which brought in Nori Aoki and George Springer.
     In the eighth inning, Justin Bour blasted a solo home run to right field on a 1-1 count. It was his fourth homer in the last five games. Altuve matched it with his own solo homer to center on a 1-1 pitch during the ninth inning.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Marlins End Losing Streak

     The Miami Marlins snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on Sunday. It was their first win in a nine-game home stand. The Marlins have won two of their last nine games.
     Atlanta(13-21) scored first for the third consecutive contest between both clubs during the top of the fifth inning. Nick Markakis drove in Ender Inciarte with a single into left-center field for the Braves.
     Miami(14-22) had to wait until the seventh inning to take the lead. Tyler Moore came up to pinch-hit against R.A. Dickey and lifted a three-run homer into center field to put the Fish up 3-1.

Braves Take Marlins

     The Miami Marlins dropped to last place in the National League East with a 3-1 defeat to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Marlins Park. The Fish have lost eight of nine and 14 of their last 17 games.
     Atlanta(13-20) rolled out to a two-run lead in the fourth inning. Nick Markakis knocked in Freeman with a base hit into center field. Dansby Swanson later followed with an RBI-single to center which brought in Markakis
     Miami(13-22) cut the lead down to 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Justin Bour hit a home run for the third consecutive game.
     The Braves added an insurance run during the top of the eighth. Freeman scored on a throwing error by Derek Dietrich.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Braves Sink Marlins

     The Miami Marlins dropped an 8-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Marlins Park. The Fish have fell in seven of their last eight games and 13 of the last 16.
     Atlanta(12-20) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Tyler Flowers nailed a two-run homer to left field that also scored Matt Kemp.
     Miami(13-21) closed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Bour blasted a solo home run on a 2-1 pitch to right field.
     The Braves batted around and compiled six runs during the seventh inning to put the game away. Tony Phillips began the onslaught as he singled into center field to score Tyler Flowers and Dansby Swanson.
     The Marlins got several home runs late in the contest. J.T. Realmuto connected with a two-run shot to left on the first pitch in the bottom of the seventh with Derek Dietrich on base. Dietrich hit a solo homer to center in the ninth inning on a 0-1 count.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Steve Goldstein Part Of Western Conference Finals

     Florida Panthers television announcer Steve Goldstein will work the Western Conference Finals between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators on Westwood One Sports and NBC Sports Radio Network. Goldstein will be the sideline reporter while Dave Goucher steps in as play-by-play announcer along with Jim Fox as game analyst.
     Goldstein and Goucher had announced the weekly NHL game over national airwaves during the early rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Goldstein has been the Panthers television play-by-play announcer since 2007. He was the Panthers radio play-by-play announcer for two seasons prior to that. Goldstein was the radio studio host for the franchise from 1996-97 until 2003-04.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cardinals Sweep Marlins

     The Miami Marlins were swept at home by the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 at Marlins Park on Wednesday night. The Marlins have fell in six of their last seven contests and 12 of their last 15 games.
     The Cardinals won their ninth consecutive game on the road and have not done that since 1970. In addition, they came back from four runs behind in their second straight road game for the first time since 1935.
     Miami(13-20) roared out to a 4-0 lead with a two-out rally during the first inning. Christian Yelich nailed a solo home run to center on 3-1 pitch. Three batters later, Justin Bour blasted a three-run homer on a 2-2 count which scored Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton.
      St. Louis(19-14) responded with three runs in the top of the third. Jedd Gyorko singled to right field which brought in Magneuris Sierra and Kolten Wong. Matt Carpenter then scored on an RBI-single by Yadier Molina to center.
     The Redbirds got the lead in the sixth inning. Dexter Fowler ripped a triple into right-center field for Tommy Pham along with Sierra to cross the plate and make it 5-4. Fowler would later score on a sacrifice fly to center by Wong.
     The Fish closed the gap to 6-5 in the bottom of the frame. Derek Dietrich knocked in Dee Gordon with a base hit into right field.
     The Cardinals added one more run in the seventh inning. Gyorko scored on a single by Aledmys Diaz to center.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Boog Sciambi and Eduardo Perez Back In Miami

     Two former Marlins broadcasters returned to Miami on Wednesday night and announced the Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals game to a national audience on ESPN. John "Boog" Sciambi was the play-by-play announcer while Eduardo Perez was the game analyst on the television broadcast.
     Sciambi had not done a baseball game in quite some time in South Florida. He was a radio play-by-play announcer with the Florida Marlins from 1999 to 2004. He did the radio pre-game and post-game shows for the team in 1997 and 1998.
     He also hosted an evening show and co-hosted a midday show with original Florida Panthers radio voice Chris Moore on Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM from 1993 until 1997. Sciambi was the studio host for Florida Panthers radio broadcasts during the 1995-96 season which they got to the Stanley Cup Finals. He moved on to 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in 2004 and worked as a midday host for one year.
     Perez was one of several primary television game analysts with Rich Waltz on Fox Sports Florida last season. He was a studio analyst and game analyst for ESPN prior to joining the Marlins in 2016. He is the son of Baseball Hall of Fame player Tony Perez.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cardinals Come Back On Marlins

     The St. Louis Cardinals came from behind to top the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. The Fish have lost five of their last six games and 11 of 14. The Cards remained in first place in the N.L. Central.
     St. Louis(18-14) put up one run during the fifth inning. Tommy Pham doubled into left-center field for Yadier Molina to score.
     After scoring one run in the bottom of the fourth, Miami(13-19) piled on four runs in the sixth inning to go up 5-1. Derek Dietrich ripped a base hit and drove in two runs. Justin Bour followed with an RBI-single to right field and then J.T. Riddle hit a sacrifice fly to center field for Dietrich to score.
     The Cardinals came back with their own four-run rally in the top of the eight inning. Matt Adams came up to pinch-hit and got an RBI-base hit to make it 5-2. Wong walked to load the bases, then Magneuris Sierra scored on a long sacrifice fly by Randall Grichuk to left field. Matt Carpenter walked to get the bases loaded again. Jedd Gyorko singled to left which brought in Adams and Wong to tie the game at 5-5.
     In the ninth inning, St. Louis regained the lead. Pinch-hitter Dexter Fowler placed a single into right field for Sierra to score from second base with one out.

Cardinals Fly By Marlins

     The Miami Marlins returned home and were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4 at Marlins Park on Monday night. The Fish have now lost four of five and 10 of their last 13 games. The Cardinals jumped the Cincinnati Reds and moved to first place in the National League Central Division.
     The Marlins had played the least amount of home contests in Major League Baseball with 11 prior to this game. Miami began a stretch in which they play 19 of their next 25 games in South Florida.
     St. Louis(17-14) attacked with three runs in the top of the second. Carlos Martinez cleared the bases with a bases-loaded double into left-center field which scored Yadier Molina, Aledmys Diaz and Magneuris Sierra.
     The Redbirds added four runs in the fourth inning to get up 7-0. Martinez got an RBI-single to left and Sierra scored. Matt Carpenter followed with a two-run triple into right field to score Martinez and Kolten Wong. Jedd Gyorko capped the rally with a double to right for Carpenter to score.
     Miami(13-18) responded in the bottom of the frame to get on the scoreboard. Marcell Ozuna ripped a two-run homer to center on the first pitch and Christopher Yelich scored on the play.
     The Marlins added two solo home runs later in the contest. Ozuna hit his second homer of the contest in the sixth while Giancarlo Stanton smashed a solo shot in the ninth inning.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Marlins Pound Mets

     The Miami Marlins finished a short five-game road trip with a 7-0 shutout victory over the New York Mets on Sunday at Citi Field. The Fish have won six consecutive games against the Mets(15-16).
     Miami(13-17) moved out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning against Adam Wilk. Christian Yelich walked to first with one out then Marcell Ozuna followed with a double into the left-field corner. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a three-run homer off the fa├žade of the middle deck in left field on a 0-1 pitch for his ninth home run of the season.
     The Marlins made it a four-run cushion in the top of the fourth. Stanton again homered to left for his 31st career home run against the Mets. He now has the most home runs hit by an opponent at Citi Field with 20.
     In the fourth inning, the Fish extended their margin to 6-0. Adeiny Hechavarria smacked a solo home run on a 1-0 count to left-center field. It ended a long drought for him as he hit his first homer since May 26, 2016. Yelich later tripled to right-center field and scored on a wild pitch.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Viola Horse Wins Kentucky Derby

     Always Dreaming won the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday. The horse previously captured the Florida Derby last month at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale. Trainer Todd Pletcher and rider Jose Velasquez both won their second Kentucky Derby.
     One of the primary owners of Always Dreaming is Vincent Viola and his wife Teresa. Viola is the owner of the Florida Panthers along with Doug Cifu. They have owned the hockey team since September 2013.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rays Defeat Marlins

     The Miami Marlins fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Thursday night at Tropicana Field. The Fish lost the Citrus Series as the Rays won three of the four games this week.
     Tampa Bay(15-15) took the lead during the second inning. Tim Beckham blasted a two-run home run to center on a 0-2 count with Brad Miller scoring in front of him.
     Beckham smacked his second homer of the game in the bottom of the fourth to give the Rays a 4-0 margin. He hit a 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall which brought in Colby Rasmus. In the fifth inning, Kevin Kiermaier drove in Derek Norris with a base hit into center field.
     Miami(12-15) got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth to break the shutout. Dee Gordon singled into left field and scored Justin Bour.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Stefano Fusaro Leaves WTVJ For ESPN

     Miami television sports anchor Stefano Fusaro has left WTVJ-TV Channel 6 and joined ESPN as a sports reporter. He has been with WTVJ-TV for the past two years. He was associated with Univision prior to that.
     Fusaro also did a stint on local radio recently. He hosted the Dos Amigos Show with Larry Milian at 880 WZAB-AM on Saturday late mornings from July 2016 until February 2017.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sid Rosenberg Joins CBS Sports Radio

     Sid Rosenberg is joining CBS Sports Radio Network as a weekend host. He will make his debut on May 20 as a Saturday midday host and take over the time slot that was held by Adam The Bull.
     He will be heard on Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM airwaves for the next couple of months until the start of the University of Miami Hurricanes football season. Rosenberg has been the late morning co-host on WABC-AM in New York City since January 2016 with Bernard McGuirk. He added sports anchor duties with the Imus In The Morning show on that same station in November 2016.
     Rosenberg hosted a sports show at several different radio stations in South Florida. He joined 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in late 2005 as a fill-in host. Rosenberg then co-hosted middays with former Miami Dolphins wide receiver O.J. McDuffie and was later elevated to morning show host. He stayed with The Ticket until May 2009.
     His next stop was at WQAM in August 2009 as a midday host. Rosenberg was promoted to afternoon host in June 2010 and held that spot until April 2012.
     Rosenberg landed at 640 Sports WMEN-AM in August 2012 as the morning host. He remained at that station until December 2015.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rays Down Marlins

     The Miami Marlins lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. The Marlins, who finished the home stand with a 1-4 record, have been on the losing end in five of their last six games.
     Tampa Bay(14-14) got out to a 1-0 lead during the third inning. Former Marlin Logan Morrison ripped a solo home run to right field on a 1-0 pitch.
     The Rays added two runs in the top of the fifth. Kevin Kirkmaier scored on a sacrifice fly by Tim Beckham to center. Derek Norris followed with a base hit into center field to score Brad Miller.
     Miami(11-14) broke the shutout in the eighth inning. Giancarlo Stanton doubled toward left-center field and Martin Prado crossed the plate.

Mike Dee Joins Entercom

     Former Miami Dolphins executive Mike Dee has joined Entercom Communications as the president of Entercom Sports. Entercom will soon merge with CBS Radio on the approval of the United States government.
     Dee was once the Boston Red Sox CEO, under owner John Henry, before he arrived in South Florida. He was named the president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Dee left to become the president and COO of the San Diego Padres.
     The impact of Dee in broadcasting has been noticed locally. He created The Finsiders show which was simulcast on Fox Sports Florida and 940 WINZ. He hired Jesse Agler as the studio host of the program and later made Agler an internet studio host and radio play-by-play announcer for the Padres.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Rays Stop Marlins

     The Miami Marlins began the Citrus Series on Monday night and were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 at Marlins Park. The Marlins have lost four of their last five games.
     Miami(11-13) jumped out to an early lead for the first time in the current homestand during the first inning. Dee Gordon scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Christian Yelich.
     Tampa Bay(13-14) got two runs and moved out in front in the top of the fourth inning. Tim Beckham dropped a two-run double into right field which brought in Corey Dickerson and Rickie Weeks Jr.
     The Fish tied it up 2-2 in the bottom of the frame. Marcell Ozuna smashed the first pitch over the wall in left field for a solo home run.
     The Rays regained the lead in the seventh. Steven Souza Jr. grounded into a fielder's choice to make it 3-2. They added an additional run in the eighth inning when Daniel Robertson knocked in Brad Miller with a base hit into center field.

Marlins Bash Pirates

     The Miami Marlins honored Ichiro Suzuki for his 3,000th base hit in Major League Baseball prior to the game and they pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-3 at Marlins Park on Sunday. The Fish were able to snap a four-game losing streak.
     Pittsburgh(11-13) scored all of their runs in the contest during the first inning against Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler. Josh Harrison walked and Josh Bell followed with a two-run homer to right-center field on a 3-1 count. John Jaso later singled into right field to score Gregory Polanco.
     Miami(11-12) cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second when Justin Bour drove in Marcell Ozuna with a double to center. Bour knocked in Giancarlo Stanton with a single down the right-field line in the bottom of the fourth.
     The Fish took the lead 4-3 during the fifth inning. Bour again came through with a two-run single into right-center field which brought in Dee Gordon and Stanton.
     The Marlins put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the seventh. After an Ozuna base hit, Bour blasted a two-run home run into the upper deck in right on the first pitch. A.J. Ellis was rewarded home when a relay from the outfield went off Bell and into the Pirates dugout. Adeiny Hechavarria came up to pinch-hit, got an RBI-single to right and Rojas scored from third.
     Martin Prado hit the ball up the middle for a base hit and Hechavarria crossed the plate. Miami loaded the bases and Christian Yelich whacked the ball toward the pitcher for Gordon to score on a ground out.