The GIST's Quick Hits - US (May 6, 2021)
⚾️Baseball: The hurlers are proving the haters wrong. Following up LA Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani’s incredible , Tuesday saw Atlanta pitcher Huascar Ynoa become the first pitcher to since 2018. Go off.
- And while some pitchers are getting hits, others aren’t allowing any. Baltimore Oriole John Means no hit the Seattle Mariners yesterday, marking this season’s third no-hitter that also being a . Close, but no cigar.
🏒Hockey: Here’s a doozy: On Monday, Washington Capitals right winger Tom Wilson who has a and subsequent disciplinary action — acted severely outside traditional hockey violence boundaries and , injuring him. Wilson was only issued a
slap on the wrist $5,000 fine. Um, WTF?
- In response, the Rangers put out calling for the firing of the NHL’s head of player safety on Tuesday. But on Wednesday, the Rangers made their own firing, with their president and general manager. Didn’t see that coming.
- The teams faced off again in their final meeting of the season last night, and unsurprisingly, things started with . The first period alone and Wilson leaving with an upper body injury. Saw that one coming.
⚾️(Minor League) Baseball: Following last year’s COVID-19 cancellation, Minor League Baseball (MiLB) returned on Tuesday, 595 days after the last season ended. Highlights from Opening Day include Tampa Bay Rays prospect (and the ) Wander Franco going 3-for-5 in his Triple-A debut, including . What a welcome.
Soccer Football: USMNT forward Christian Pulisic continues to shine across the pond. His in yesterday’s Champions League semifinal helped lift Chelsea to a 2–0 win (3–2 ) over Real (pronounced REY-al) Madrid. Chelsea is the to send their women’s and men’s teams to a Champs League final in the same season. Bloody cool.
D.C.: A lot more than five for fighting
- Still, the undermanned Caps managed to pull out a 4–2 win, with winger scoring a in his first game back since . What a moment.
What’s next: The postseason. But we still have a lot of questions heading into it. Will captain Alex Ovechkin be healthy? He didn’t play last night and left Monday’s contest after playing just one shift. Not good.
- That’s not all. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov and center Evgeny Kuznetsov were late to a team function and didn’t play Monday for disciplinary reasons. Even worse, Kuznetsov then landed on the COVID-19 protocol list for the this season. C’mon.
🏀Wizards: Over on the hardwood, the Wizards lost a tough 135–134 battle to the Milwaukee Bucks last night, making tonight’s 7:30 p.m. ET matchup with the Toronto Raptors even more crucial.
Seattle: Speed demon
Seahawks Track: Remember when Seahawk wide receiver DK Metcalf Arizona Cardinal Budda Baker? Well, Metcalf’s putting his speed to the test against elite sprinters. He’s scheduled to run the 100-meter dash at Sunday’s USATF Golden Games and Distance Open at the famed Mt. San Antonio College in California.
- He hit the U.S. Olympic Trials’ automatic qualifying standard of 10.05 seconds, but we’re still excited to see how DK matches up.
⚾️Mariners: The Mariners are the to offer COVID-19 vaccines to fans attending games, and unfortunately that’s the only good news coming out of T-Mobile Park. The M’s were on the wrong side of history yesterday, getting shut out 6–0 by the Baltimore Orioles en route to Oriole pitcher John Means’ first career . Womp.
- The 17-15 M’s hope the bats awaken from their slumber when they take on the Texas Rangers tomorrow at 8:05 p.m. ET/5:05 p.m. PT.
🎓⚽️Soccer: Although UW women’s soccer held No. 2 North Carolina scoreless for two-thirds of the game, the Huskies ultimately fell 1–0 in yesterday’s Sweet Sixteen match. Still, what a great run.
- The seventh-seeded Husky men hope to fare better in their Sweet Sixteen match today, facing off against Missouri State at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. Can the Huskies make it two straight trips to the Elite Eight? Cross your ring and middle fingers.
Chicago: The more ya know
⚾️Cubs: The Cubs completed their series sweep of the LA Dodgers, winning 6–5 in extra innings last night. The Cubbies’ offense performed well consistently throughout the series, something the North Siders have struggled to do thus far. Fly that W!
White Sox: With two outs at the bottom of the 10th inning, the White Sox had an opportunity to tie the game against the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. Instead, manager Tony LaRussa directed center fielder Leury García to steal second. He was swiftly tagged out, and the South Siders lost 1–0. Y tho?
- What makes this puzzling decision even worse? Pitcher Liam Hendriks — who’s only been on base twice (!!!) in his career — was on third and could have scored.
- Even if LaRussa didn’t trust his pitcher to make it home (because, fair), he could have subbed first baseman Jose Abreu for Hendriks, thanks to the new extra-innings rules which began in 2020. Too bad LaRussa about that one. Buh-bye, .
🏀Bulls: After missing 11 games due to , shooting guard Zach LaVine is to the court tonight against the Charlotte Hornets at 7 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT. The Bulls have suffered a four-game skid, so hopefully the stud’s return will spark a change.
Dallas: Wild, wild West
🏀Mavericks: Thanks to a from Luka Doncic, the Mavs picked up a big 127–113 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday, helping them hold on to . But the LA Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers are hot on their tails with under two weeks remaining in the regular season. Talk about the wild, wild West.
- Dallas will face a true playoff test tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT, taking on Kevin Durant and the East’s second place team, the Brooklyn Nets. No pressure, no diamonds.
🏒Stars: Center Tyler Seguin gave us something to cheer about, returning to the ice on Monday and from a hip injury. But the fun stopped there as the Stars fell 5–4 to the Florida Panthers in overtime. And there’s more bad news where that came from: they dropped yesterday’s tilt with the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6–2. Ugh.