Bruins Escape Against Penguins

The Boston Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in second-period after David Pastrnak scored 4:22 into the second-period.

Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan decided to make a goaltending change. He decided to yank Matt Murray and put in Tristan Jarry. Pittsburgh got the message and scored four goals, including John Marino’s goal out of the penalty box with three seconds remaining in the second-period to go up 4-3.

Torey Krug tied the game at four for Boston 8:14 into the third-period. Brad Marchand scored the game-winning goal with 1:57 in regulation as the Boston Bruins took down the Penguins by a score of 6-4.

Patrice Bergeron scored an empty-net goal for Boston with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.

The other two goals that the Bruins scored in this game was in the first-period by Jake DeBrusk 5:24 in and Brad Marchand with 6:55 remaining in the first-period.

With Pittsburgh down 3-0, Dominik Kahun (5:35 into the second-period), Nick Bjugstad (9:56 into the second-period), and Bryan Rust (4:01 remaining in the second-period) scored the other goals in this game.

Defenseman Kris Letang left the game in the third-period for the Pittsburgh Penguins with a lower-body injury. Will see how long he is out for.

Patric Hornqvist was already placed on long-term injured reserve. It appears as if Pittsburgh can not catch a break with injuries so far in the 2019-2020 season.

Matt Murray only recorded eight saves in the game for Pittsburgh.

Tristan Jarry recorded 12 saves in this game for the Penguins.

Jaroslav Halak recorded 40 saves for Boston.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season.

Pittsburgh’s next game will be on the road on Thursday night against the New York Islanders.

Boston’s next game will be on the road on Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

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Nationals Win World Series Against Astros for First Time in Franchise History

It appeared as if the Washington Nationals were going to get mowed down by the Houston Astros in Game 7 on the road at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Once again, Washington showed reselience. Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer off of Zack Greinke in the seventh-inning. Greinke walked Juan Soto the next at bat and Houston’s Manager A.J. Hinch yanked Zack Greinke after 80 pitches.

On the next at-bat, Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer off of Will Harris to give the Nationals the lead for good and they defeated Houston by a score of 6-2.

Stephen Strasburg was named World Series MVP for Washington. This is the first time in World Series history that the road team has won all seven games in a series. This is also the first time in franchise history that the Washington Nationals have won the World Series.

In the second-inning, Yuli Gurriel hit a solo homer off of Max Scherzer for the Astros.

Carlos Correa had an RBI single in the fifth-inning for Houston.

The other runs that were scored in this game was on a Juan Soto RBI single in the eighth-inning.

I don’t understand why Houston did not intentionally walk him in the first place.

Adam Eaton also had a two-run single in the ninth-inning for Washington.

Patrick Corbin (1-1) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Nationals. He pitched three innings and gave up two hits. Corbin didn’t walk anybody and he struck out three batters.

Will Harris (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Houston Astros. He did not record an out. Harris gave up two hits and one run.

Zack Greinke was the starting pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two hits and two runs. Greinke walked two batters and struck out three.

Max Scherzer was the starting pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched five innings and gave up seven hits and two runs. Scherzer also walked four batters and struck out three.

He pitched a couple of days after he had issues with neck. The Washington Nationals did not lose a game this postseason when Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer started in a game.

This has to be one of the greatest World Series title stories of all time. This team was 19-31 back in May and it appeared as if  manager Dave Martinez was going to lose his job. He also had some heart issues that caused him to miss time at one point during the regular season.

This team has a couple of key free agents that they will look to keep in the offseason in third baseman Anthony Rendon and starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

One of the biggest questions for the Houston Astros will be why didn’t Gerrit Cole come into pitch for an inning or two in this game?

He will also be a free agent and it will be interesting to see if Cole returns or not. Other than that and Justin Verlander being a free agent, everybody else will be back.

Manager A.J. Hinch said before the game that everyone but Justin Verlander would be available to pitch.

The championship parade for the Washington Nationals will be on Saturday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. Both of these teams will be early favorites to win the 2020 World Series.

Nationals Win Game 6; Force Game 7

With the Washington Nationals leading 3-2 in the seventh-inning on the road in Game 6 over the Houston Astros, there was a ton of controversy.

Trea Turner hit a shallow ground ball to third base and there was a supposed throwing error. Turner would have been at second base and Yan Gomes would have been at third base with no body out, but Trea Turner was called out because he was supposedly out of the baseline and it was a terrible call.

They reviewed it for 10 minutes and the play was upheld. Everyone went nuts in Washington’s dugout and everyone was also in an uproar until Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer off of  Will Harris and the Nationals won Game 6 over Houston by a score of 7-2.

Washington Manager Dave Martinez was ejected after the top of the seventh-inning. This was the first time since 1996 that a manager was ejected in the World Series. That manager happened to be Bobby Cox of the Atlanta Braves.

Rendon also hit a two-run double in the ninth-inning to give them some insurance.

They also scored in the first-inning on an Anthony Rendon RBI single. He beat the defensive shift on that hit.

Jose Altuve hit a sacrifice fly for the Astros in the first-inning. Alex Bregman also hit a solo homer off of Stephen Strasburg in the first-inning.

Adam Eaton hit a solo homer off of Justin Verlander in the fifth-inning for the Washington Nationals and so did Juan Soto.

Stephen Strasburg admitted to tipping pitches in the fist-inning and he settled down after that.

Strasburg (2-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched 8.1 innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Stephen Strasburg walked two batters and struck out seven.

Justin Verlander (0-2) was the losing pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and three runs. Verlander walked three batters and struck out three.

He has never won a World Series game in his career before.

After the game, Joe Torre spoke about the incident. Trea Turner was called out because Torre claimed it had nothing to do with the baseline. He was called out because Turner knocked off Yuli Gurriel’s glove.

It kind of made sense at the end, but there are a lot of people that are upset still at that call. People better hope that Game 7 is not like that at all.

This will be the third time in four years that there will be a Game 7 in the World Series. In this decade, Game 7’s have happened the past five-out-of-10 years. This will be the second Game 7 that the Houston Astros will appear in in the World Series.

This will be the first Game 7 that the Washington Nationals will appear in in the World Series. I am very interested to see how this game plays out. Anything can happen in these kinds of games. It is usually unpredictable and fun.

The first six games of this series has been won by the road team. That is the first time ever something like that has happened in either the MLB, the NHL, the NBA, or the NFL.

Speaking of the first six games in this series, the first six games have been average at best and people are hoping Game 7 could potentially be epic.

Another thing that occurred in this game was that Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto both carried their bats down to first base after hitting homers.

The projected pitchers for Game 7 on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas will be Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) for Washington and Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) for Houston.

 

 

Bucks Avoid Letdown Against Cavaliers

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers played with a fast pace early in the game on Monday night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee had seven players score in double figures in this game and it was one on the reasons why they took down Cleveland by a score of 129-112.

Khris Middleton led the way with 21 points. He shot 64.3 percent from the field. Middleton also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded two assists, and recorded one steal.

Brookl Lopez scored 16 points. He shot 55.6 percent from the field. Lopez also grabbed five rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked two shots, and recorded three steals. He was an anchor on the defensive end of the floor and Brook Lopez disrupted plays all game long.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Wesley Matthews, and Eric Bledsoe each scored 14 points, but Antetokounmpo was the most effective one. He grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded seven assists, and blocked two shots. Giannis Antetokounmpo shot 33 percent from the field.

The Bucks bench scored 50 points. George Hill scored 19 points. He also shot 70 percent from the field. Hill also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded two steals.

Pat Connaughton scored 17 points on 75 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds and recorded four assists.

Collin Sexton led the way for the Cavaliers with 18 points. He shot 53.3 percent from the field. Sexton also grabbed three rebounds and recorded one assist.

Tristan Thompson recorded another double-double for Cleveland with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He shot 44.4 percent from the field. Thompson also recorded four assists.

Kevin Love scored 15 points. He shot 41.7 percent from the field. Love also grabbed 16 rebounds and recorded two assists.

Cedi Osman scored 10 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Osman also grabbed one rebound and recorded two assists. He signed a four-year contract extension worth $30.8 million earlier in the week.

The Cleveland Cavaliers bench scored 43 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points. He shot 46.2 percent from the field. Clarkson also recorded four assists.

Larry Nance Jr. scored 15 points. He shot 66.7 percent from the field. Nance Jr. also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded one assist, and blocked two shots.

Cleveland’s biggest lead in the game was four points. The Milwaukee Bucks biggest lead in the game was 21 points.

These two teams will play each other three more times this season.

The Cavaliers next game will be at home on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls.

Milwaukee’s next game will be on the road on Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics.

76ers Stay Undefeated in Win over Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks trailed 103-101 when Trae Young was on the free throw line. Young missed the free throw and John Collins put the shot back in and it tied the game at 103 with 7.4 seconds remaining.

Joel Embiid was fouled on the next possession for the Philadelphia 76ers. He made two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

Atlanta had no more timeouts. Philadelphia did a tremendous job of denying Trae Young the ball and Vince Carter attempt a three-point shot as time expired and he missed. The 76ers were able to hang on against the Hawks by a score of 105-103.

Embiid finished with 36 points on 63.2 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 13 rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked one shot, and recorded three steals.

Josh Richardson scored 14 points. He shot 42.9 percent shooting from the field. Richardson also grabbed five rebounds, recorded three assists, and blocked three shots.

Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons each scored 13 points. Harris shot 31.2 percent from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded five assists, and recorded one steal.

Simmons shot 54.5 percent from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

Philadelphia’s benched scored 24 points. Shake Milton scored nine points and Matisse Thybulle scored eight points.

Trae Young led the way once again for the Hawks with 25 points. He shot 35 percent from the field. Young also grabbed four rebounds and recorded nine assists.

John Collins scored 16 points. He shot 60 percent from the field. Collins also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

De’Andre Hunter scored 14 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Hunter also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded one assist, and recorded one steal.

Atlanta’s bench scored 39 points. Bruno Fernando scored 11 points on 71.4 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked two shots.

Jabari Parker and Kevin Huerter each scored six points off the bench.

The Philadelphia 76ers biggest lead was four points and the Atlanta Hawks biggest lead was 13 points.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season.

Philadelphia’s next game will be at home on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Atlanta’s next game will be on the road on Tuesday night against the Miami Heat.

Astros One Win Away from World Series Title

The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals series was tied at two entering Game 5.

Max Scherzer was supposed to pitch in Game 5 for Washington, but he couldn’t pitch due to neck spasms.

Manager Dave Martinez hopes he could pitch in a Game 7, if necessary and Joe Ross started in his place. He gave up two homers in the game and Houston won Game 5 by a score of 3-2.

Yordan Alavarez hit a two-run homer in the second-inning for the Astros off of Joe Ross.

Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer in the fourth-inning for Houston off of Joe Ross.

Juan Soto hit a solo homer for the Nationals off of Gerrit Cole in the seventh-inning.

Yuli Gurriel had an RBI single in the eighth-inning for the Houston Astros.

George Springer hit a two-run homer for Houston in the ninth-inning off of Dakota Hudson.

Gerrit Cole (1-1) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched seven innings and gave up three hits. Cole walked two batters and struck out nine.

Joe Ross (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Ross walked two batters and struck out one.

This is the first time since 1996 that the road team in the World Series has won the first five games of the series.

Houston will look to win its second World Series title in franchise history on Tuesday night. Washington will hope to force a Game 7. The series is also heading back to Houston, Texas at Minute Maid Park.

The Game 6 projected starting pitchers will be Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA) for the Washington Nationals and Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for the Houston Astros.

Astros Even World Series Against Nationals

The Houston Astros had a 4-1 lead on the road in Game 4 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals in the seventh-inning.

Alex Bregman came up with the bases-loaded and he hit a grand slam off of Fernando Rodney and he delivered the blow in Game 4 and Houston won by a score of 8-3 over Washington.

Bregman went 3-for-5 in the game and he finished with five RBI’s in the game.

His other RBI came in the first-inning. Yuli Gurriel also had an RBI single in that inning as well.

Robinson Chirnios hit a two-run homer for the Astros in the fourth-inning off of Patrick Corbin.

Juan Soto had an RBI groundout in the sixth-inning and Gerardo Parra scored from third base.

Jose Urqudiy (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Houston. He pitched five innings and gave up two hits. Urqudiy struck out four batters.

He pitched a lot further than Manager A.J. Hinch probably expected.

Patrick Corbin (0-1) was the losing pitcher for Washington. He pitched six innings and gave up seven hits and four runs. Corbin also walked two batters and also struck out five.

The series is now tied at two games a piece. The road team has won the first games of the World Series.

Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday night at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., but it will be interesting to see if it is played because of the rain that is expected in the forecast.

The projected pitching match up will be Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA) for the Houston Astros and Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) for the Washington Nationals.

 

Clippers Trounce Warriors

This would be the first time that Kawhi Leonard would face the Golden State Warriors as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The last time Leonard played them was in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena as a member of the Toronto Raptors and winning their first championship in franchise history.

This would be the first regular season at Chase Arena and Leonard scored 21 points on 52.9 percent shooting, along with five rebounds and nine assists, in a 141-122 win for Los Angeles over Golden State.

Patrick Patterson scored 20 points on 53.8 percent shooting. He also grabbed three rebounds and recorded one assist.

Ivica Zubac scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He shot 80 percent from the field. Zubac also recorded one assist and blocked two shots.

Landry Shamet scored 11 points. He shot 80 percent from the field. Shamet also recorded three assists and blocked one shot.

The Los Angeles Clippers bench was strong once again as they scored 68 points as a unit. Montrezl Harrell scored 18 points. He shot 88.9 percent from the field. Harrell grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists.

Lou Williams scored 22 points. He shot 45.5 percent from the field. Williams also grabbed three rebounds, recorded eight assists, and recorded one steal.

Maurice Harkless scored 10 points. He shot 71.4 percent from the field. Harkless also grabbed two rebounds, recorded three assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

This team jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first-quarter before Golden State scored their first basket of the game.

Los Angeles led by as many as 31 points. The Golden State Warriors did not have a lead in this game.

Steph Curry led the way for Golden State with 23 points. He shot 40 percent from the field. Curry grabbed four rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded one steal.

D’Angelo Russell made his debut with the Warriors after being with the Brooklyn Nets the last couple of years. He scored 20 points. Russell shot 37.5 percent from the field. He also recorded eight assists.

Glenn Robinson III scored 13 points. He also shot 50 percent from the field. Robinson III grabbed three rebounds and recorded two assists.

Draymond Green scored 11 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Green also grabbed four rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded one steal.

Golden State scored 52 bench points. Eric Paschall and Jacob Evans each scored 14 points. This was Paschall’s NBA debut. He was a second-round pick out of Villanova.

These two teams will play each other three more times this season.

Klay Thompson did not play in this game for Golden State because of a knee injury that will sideline him until after the All-Star Break potentially.

Paul George was sidelined in this game once again because of offseason shoulder surgery. He is expected to return sometime in November.

The Los Angeles Clippers next game will be on the road against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

The Golden State Warriors next game will be on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon.

Bucks Rally Against Rockets

The Milwaukee Bucks trailed by as many as 16 points on the road against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Milwaukee trailed 87-78 entering the fourth-quarter.

Giannis Antetokoumnpo fouled out in the fourth-quarter, but other players stepped up for the Bucks. They outscored Houston 39-24 in the fourth-quarter and Milwaukee was able to win by a score of 117-111.

Antetokoumnpo finished the game with 30 points on 64.7 percent shooting. He also grabbed 13 rebounds, recorded 11 assists, one block, and one steal.

Wesley Matthews scored 14 points on 50 percent shooting. He grabbed four rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Eric Bledsoe each scored 11 points.

The Milwaukee Bucks bench scored 40 points. Ersan Ilyasova scored 13 points on 75 percent shooting. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked one shot.

Pat Connaughton scored 10 points on 50 percent shooting. He grabbed four rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

This was also the debut of the James Harden-Russell Westbrook era in Houston. Westbrook scored 24 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 16 rebounds, recorded seven assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Harden scored 19 points, but he shot only 15.4 percent from the field. James Harden also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded 14 assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

P.J. Tucker scored 17 points on 60 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked one shot.

Clint Capela recorded another double-double in his career with 13 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 50 percent from the field. Capela blocked three shots and recorded one steal.

The Houston Rockets bench scored 30 points. Eric Gordon scored 11 points on 21.1 percent shooting, He also grabbed one rebound.

Tyson Chandler scored 10 points on 83.3 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds.

This was the first game in a long time that Houston Head Coach Mike D’Antoni used 10 players in one game.

These two teams will play each other one more time this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks next game will be at home on Saturday afternoon against the Miami Heat. The Houston Rockets next game will be at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

Lightning Edge Penguins Late

After Victor Hedman scored the go-ahead goal on the power-play with 56 seconds remaining in regulation for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Pittsburgh Penguins gave them one last gasp.

In the final seconds, Andrei Vasilevskiy made a glove save and he finished with 37 saves.

However, that glove save had to be reviewed because there was a possibility the glove and the puck both crossed the line. There is one angle that showed both of that for a glimpse second, but most of the angles did not show that what so ever and Tampa Bay hanged on to beat Pittsburgh 3-2.

This review took around eight minutes. For the most part, the NHL officiating did a very good job officiating that play and also reviewing it.

Alex Killorn scored 9:46 into the game for the Lightning.

The Penguins struck twice in the second-period. Brandon Tanev scored a back-handed goal 5:06 into the second-period. Jake Guentzel scored with 59 seconds remaining in the second-period.

Dominik Simon did a tremendous job of keeping the puck in the zone on the second goal and Sidney Crosby did a great job finding Guentzel open.

Cedric Paquette tied the game at two for Tampa Bay 7:07 into the third-period.

Tristan Jarry finished the game with 45 saves for Pittsburgh.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season.

This was a big win for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Injuries are starting to catch up to the Pittsburgh Penguins. You know it is getting bad for them when defenseman Jusso Riikola has to play forward on the fourth-line.

This team is currently on a three-game losing streak. They started the season 6-2 and are now 6-5.

Pittsburgh’s next game will be on the road on Saturday night against the Dallas Stars. Tampa Bay’s next game will be at home on Saturday night against the Nashville Predators.