It was a pretty busy Tuesday in the world of sports. First things first, Central Ohio legend Pandel Savic passed away yesterday. Savic was a WWII Veteran, then went on to play QB for the 1949 Ohio State Football team which won the first Rose Bowl in school history. Savic not only was a founding member of Muirfield Village Golf Club, but he served as the General Chairman of the Memorial Tournament for over 30 years. You can read more about him here.
Checking out the Major Leagues, the Cincinnati Reds took the first game between them and the Kansas City Royals. The Reds were trailing 1-0 entering the 9th inning, but Tucker Barnhart hit a solo home run to tie things up at 1 run apiece. With the bases loaded in the top of the 10th inning, Joey Votto hit a triple, scoring Barnhart, Billy Hamilton, and Scott Schebler. Eugenio Suarez would knock Votto in with a single, and the Reds would win 5-1 in 10 innings. The Reds are now 24-43 on the season.
The Cleveland Indians were on the wrong side of another 5-1 game, falling to the Chicago White Sox. Adam Plutko got the loss after allowing 5 runs in 4.2 innings of work. The White Sox scored 3 runs in the first inning, including back-to-back home runs to start the game. The Indians fall to 35-30 on the season.
Heading over to the NBA, the Toronto Raptors have hired their new head coach. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors have hired one of their assistant coaches, Nick Nurse, for the team’s head coaching position.
The Toronto Raptors are hiring assistant Nick Nurse as the franchise's new head coach, league sources tell ESPN. Sides are working through details of contract now.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 12, 2018
The Raptors fired Dwane Casey, who just accepted the head coaching job of the Detroit Pistons, after one of the best seasons in franchise history. Unfortunately for Toronto, it ended with a 4-game sweep in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In NFL news, more superstars are in the news for this week’s mandatory mini-camp. Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald will not participate, as he is holding out for a new contract. This has been known for awhile, so not much surprise there. New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr was at practice yesterday, they’re taking his progress slow, as he’s coming off of his broken ankle.
The Top Play of the Day comes from the Mariners and Angels series, for the second consecutive night. Mike Trout hit two home runs in this game, for the second consecutive night as well. In the top of the 6th, the Angels’ Luis Valbuena ripped a shot down the right field line, and thought he had himself a double. Mitch Haniger, in right field, had other ideas, and threw an absolute laser to second base. The throw was great, but the tag by Jean Segura was one of the best I have ever seen. Enjoy.
In tonight’s action, the Reds and Indians continue their play with the Royals and White Sox, respectively. The US Open and the World Cup begin tomorrow, and NBA Free Agency talk is heating up with 8 days until the NBA Draft.