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The GIST's Quick Hits (April 19, 2021)

April 19, 2021
Source: Marco Garcia/Associated Press
Source: Marco Garcia/Associated Press

⛳️Golf: Lydia Ko’s drought ended this weekend. The former world No. 1 won her first LPGA event since April 2018 — the Lotte Championship in Hawaii — and she did it in style. The New Zealander set a new tournament record with a 28-under par score, seven strokes ahead of the four runners-up. 

🏀Basketball: Is it WNBA time yet? The draft is over (and what a draft it was!), the jerseys are ready, and Seattle Storm superstar Breanna Stewart is already in midseason form. Stewart spent her offseason playing in the Euroleague, and like the star she is, won the championship and the Final Four MVP title. Naturally. 

😷COVID-19: This virus isn’t going anywhere fast. The MLB recorded six new cases last week, the NHL postponed three Colorado Avalanche games, and the LA Lakers canceled their trip to the White House. Meanwhile, more than half of all NFL teams decided to skip voluntary offseason workouts (set to start today) due to lacking safety protocols. Uh yeah, good call.

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D.C.: Through the looking glass

April 19, 2021
Source: Jeff Roberson/AP Photo
Source: Jeff Roberson/AP Photo

⚾️Nationals: After splitting their Thursday-Sunday series 2-2 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Nats now hold a 5-8 record. But more concerning than yesterday’s 5–2 loss are the rapidly accumulating injuries. Star pitcher Stephen Strasburg — who was scheduled to start yesterday — was placed on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. Eek. 

  • That’s not all. Relievers Wander Suero (strained oblique) and Luis Avilán (torn elbow ligament) are also dealing with health issues. And here we thought 2021 was going to be better.

🏀Wizards: The very streaky Wizards will look to extend their four-game winning streak tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder — and every one of the Wiz’s remaining 16 games counts. They’re currently neck-in-neck with the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors for 10th in the Eastern Conference.

🏒Capitals: The Caps dropped a chippy 6–3 affair to the Boston Bruins yesterday. Despite the loss, the Caps are still atop the East Division with 10 regular season games remaining. If the new-look playoffs started today, their first-round opponent would be the Bruins. Spicy.

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Chicago: All that jazz

April 19, 2021
Source: White Sox/Twitter.com
Source: White Sox/Twitter.com

⚾️White Sox: After shortstop Tim Anderson hit a home run off the first pitch of the day, White Sox fans knew yesterday was going to be a good one. The South Siders went on to beat the Boston Red Sox in both games of their doubleheader, taking a 2-1 series lead ahead of the teams’ final game today at 11:10 a.m. ET/10:10 a.m. CT. 

⚽️Soccer: Fire FC opened their MLS season with a 2–2 draw against the New England Revolution on Saturday. All four goals were scored within the first 30 minutes of play, with Robert Beric and Luka Stojanovic finding the net for Chicago. We’ll take it.

  • ICYMI, the Red Stars lost 1–0 to the Portland Thorns on Thursday. With an 0-1-1 record, they'll look for their first win against Kansas City tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT. 

🏀Bulls: Thanks to Nikola Vučević’s 25-point effort, the Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106–96 on Saturday, snapping their five-game losing streak in the process. We’re hopeful the Bulls can keep the positive momentum going against the Boston Celtics tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT. 

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New York: Let’s get it started

April 19, 2021
Source: Knicks/Twitter.com
Source: Knicks/Twitter.com

🏀Knicks: The Knicks earned their sixth straight win — the franchise’s longest win streak in seven years — yesterday, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 122–112 in overtime. Reggie Bullock drained a three-pointer to send the game to overtime, and Julius Randle had his fourth straight 30-point game with 33. Playoffs, is that you?

⚾️MLB: The Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 2–1 yesterday, winning two of their three-game series. Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman pitched eight innings, giving up just one run on three hits and capping off his dominant performance with this insane behind-the-back stop. LGM!

  • Meanwhile, the Yankees struggled against the Tampa Bay Rays, losing all three games of their weekend series. To top it off, All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce randomly decided to hang up his pinstripes for good after yesterday’s game. Double whammy. 

⚽️MLS: NYC FC and Red Bulls FC both lost their MLS season openers 2–1 this weekend, with NYC falling to D.C. United and the Red Bulls losing to Sporting KC. Sigh. Thankfully both teams will have the week to regroup ahead of their matches this weekend. 

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Boston: Let’s do brunch

April 19, 2021
Source: Red Sox/Twitter
Source: Red Sox/Twitter

⚾️Red Sox: While the Red Sox looked stylish in their new jerseys during Saturday’s win, they couldn’t keep the good times rolling, dropping both games to the Chicago White Sox in their doubleheader yesterday. Womp.

  • The BoSox will look to even the series today at 11:10 a.m. ET with ace Nathan Eovaldi getting the start for the annual Patriots day morning contest. Brunch and baseball? Sounds like the perfect way to close out this long weekend.

🏀Celtics: Jayson Tatum continues to dazzle, capturing the 119–114 win and our hearts on Saturday with a 44-point performance against the Golden State Warriors. Now the C’s will go for their seventh straight win, taking on former Celtic Daniel Theis and the Chicago Bulls tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

🏒Bruins: The B’s picked up their fourth consecutive win with a 6–3 victory over the Washington Capitals yesterday. Next up, the Bruins will hit the road and take on the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. ET, the first of three games against new Bruin Taylor Hall’s former squad. Here’s to a successful homecoming for friend of the GIST, Hallsy.

⚽️Revolution: Behind goals from Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou, the Revs grabbed a point in Saturday’s season opener, playing to a 2–2 draw with Chicago Fire FC. We’re counting down the days ’til New England’s home opener — this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET against conference rival D.C. United. See you in Foxborough!