What Did I Miss?

A recap of yesterday's sporting news

Indians' Pitcher Mike Clevinger. Ron Schwane/AP Photo

We had a full Tuesday on our plates yesterday, and we’ll kick it off with more news from the World Cup. In yesterday’s action, Japan beat Colombia 2-1 after Colombia had a man sent off with a red card just five minutes into the game. Senegal defeated Poland by a score of 2-1, and the host country Russia took care of Egypt, 3-1.

Looking over at Major League Baseball, the Cincinnati Reds beat the Detroit Tigers 9-5 in a game that wasn’t nearly as close at the score would indicate. Joey Votto hit a grand slam in the third inning as the Reds piled on the runs, even Billy Hamilton hit a home run. The Reds led 9-0 going into the 9th inning, where the Tigers would score all of their runs. The Reds are now 27-45 on the season.

The Cleveland Indians took care of business against the Chicago White Sox, coming away with a 6-3 victory on Tuesday. The Indians scored 4 runs in the second inning, giving starting pitcher Mike Clevinger a lot of room to work with. Clevinger pitched 7.2 innings, only allowed 1 run and struck out 10 batters on his way to his 6th win of the season. The Indians improve to 39-33 on the year.

We are heading in to the NBA’s most exciting part of the off-season, the NBA Draft is tomorrow, and we’re all waiting for the news of where the superstars will be heading. Kawhi Leonard made it clear that he doesn’t want to be in San Antonio anymore. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich met with Leonard in Southern California yesterday, no doubt trying to reassure him that San Antonio is the best place for him. He still has another year on his contract, and ESPN sources say he wants to be in Los Angeles and plans to sign there as a free agent next year if he has to wait that long.

Still no news on the LeBron James front, but he will not be the first domino to fall. That will likely be Leonard, or Paul George. We will just have to sit back and enjoy watching the drama unfold.

The Top Play of the Day is Joey Votto’s grand slam in the third inning of the Reds-Tigers game. Votto had to shoo away a bird from the plate before stepping into the batter’s box, and giving the Reds a 4-0 lead.

In today’s action, the Reds and Indians continue their respective series with the Tigers and White Sox. The World Cup continues with three games, Portugal-Morocco, Uruguay-Saudi Arabia, and Spain-Iran. That’s about it for today, I imagine we’ll be getting some major news regarding the NBA off-season very soon.