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Crew SC suffers another close loss to start second half of MLS season


Felipe Gutierrez scored the game's only goal in the 48th minute

Crew SC suffered a hard loss Sunday afternoon at Mapfre Stadium. It was a game full of chances that neither team could seem to capitalize on. Shortly just after the second half started Sporting KC’s Felipe Gutierrez struck giving them the lead in the 48th minute.

Jon Kempin in goal for Crew SC vs. Sporting KC

The goal end up being the only one of the game and SKC would hold on to win 1-0.  Harrison Afful of the Crew was given a red card for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity in the 74th and David Accam left the match with an injury.

Harrison Afful had the best performance against Sporting KC

Crew SC is back in action at home on Saturday, June 29th. They take on Orlando City. Game time is 7:30 pm. The team will be honoring legendary head coach Sigi Schmid. The first 7,500 fans will receive a Crew SC team scarf with Sigi Schmid’s name on embroidered on it. Schmid, who coached the team to its only MLS champion in 2008, died this past offseason, Christmas Day, December 25, 2018 at age 65 while awaiting a heart transplant.
**Defender Alex Crognale made his first regular-season start of 2019 for Crew SC during tonight’s home contest against Sporting Kansas City. Crognale recorded 48 touches, attempted 44 passes and finished with a passing percentage of 79.5 Since joining Major League Soccer in 2017, Crognale has made 23 regular-season appearances (12 starts), scoring one goal and providing one assist. He also started in and played all 90 minutes of two consecutive matches for Crew SC during the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
**Waylon Francis returned to the pitch for the Black & Gold during tonight’s contest against Sporting Kansas City. The match marked the first regular-season start and appearance for Francis since, suffering a left thigh injury during home contest against the Los Angeles Galaxy (May 8). Francis played 60 minutes, recording 39 touches, completing 22 passes and a passing percentage of 68.2. To date, Francis has made 95 regular-season appearances (87 starts) since re-joining Crew SC ahead of the 2019 regular-season.
**With his appearance in tonight’s contest, midfielder David Guzman recorded his 50th MLS regular-season appearance (44th start) scoring four goals and providing eight assists. Guzman played the entire 90 minutes, had one shot (one on goal), created one goal-scoring chance, registered 59 touches, made three tackles, attempted 46 passes and finished with a passing percentage of 84.8. Since joining Crew SC on May 8 of 2019, Guzman has recorded six regular-season appearances (five starts).
**Midfielder Robinho has featured for Crew SC in every competitive match since the beginning of the 2019 season, the only player to do so for the Black & Gold. Robinho played 29 minutes, had one shot (one on target), had one tackle and two crosses and led the team with a passing percentage of 85.7. Robinho joined Crew SC ahead of the 2019 season and has made 17 appearances (12 starts) and provided two assists in regular-season action, while making two appearances (one start) in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
**With the 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City in tonight’s match, Crew SC’s 2019 regular-season record is now a disappointing and unusual 5-10-2 (17 points)

Cardinals acrobatic 2B Kolten Wong earns MLB ‘Play of the Week’ honors


Kolten Wong Cardinals 2014 photo By Johnmaxmena2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https



Crafty Glove Tap to Start a Double Play by Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals

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Second baseman Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals earned his first career Play of the Week honor. In the top of the third inning of last night’s game at Busch Stadium, Wong fielded a ground ball hit up the middle by using his glove to push the ball to shortstop Paul DeJong, who stepped on the base before firing over to first to complete the double play. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Jackie Bradley Jr.’s leaping catch at the wall to rob an extra-base hit; Trea Turner’s sliding stop on a ball hit up the middle and his throw home to retire the lead runner; Anthony Santander’s leaping catch at the wall to rob a home run; Tyler Naquin’s diving catch before doubling up the runner at first in a one-run game during the top of the ninth inning; Richie Martin’s fully-extended dive on a grounder hit into the hole and his throw across the diamond; and Fernando Tatis Jr.’s run scored after tagging up on a shallow pop-up to the second baseman.




Angels star CF Mike Trout named W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week


Mike Trout Angels 2018 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso of the New York Mets has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week and All-Star outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has been named the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week.

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (@miketrout)

  • Batted .483 (14-for-29) with seven runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, four walks, a stolen base and a .559 on-base percentage across seven games.
  • On Wednesday, recorded his second multi-homer game of the season (also April 5th) to go along with a career-high seven RBI, becoming the first Angels player to log at least two homers and seven RBI in a single contest since his former teammate Torii Hunter on July 4, 2010.
  • Eclipsed the 20-homer mark for the eighth consecutive season in the aforementioned outing. Became the seventh player in Major League history to post eight seasons of 20-or-more home runs prior to turning 28 years old, joining fellow Most Valuable Players Giancarlo Stanton and Alex Rodriguez, as well as Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Eddie Mathews, Mickey Mantle and Mel Ott.
  • Enters play today with 22 home runs on the year, which marks the fourth time in his career in which he totaled at least 20-or-more homers before the All-Star break.

Other noteworthy AL performances were Mike’s teammate Tyler Skaggs (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 9 SO); shortstop J.P. Crawford (.370, 6 R, 10 H, 7 RBI) and outfielder Domingo Santana (.370, 7 R, 6 XBH, 10 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; infielder Danny Santana (.381, 6 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; starting pitcher Homer Bailey (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 13.0 IP, 11 SO) of the Kansas City Royals; second baseman Jason Kipnis (.417, 6 R, 3 XBH, 10 RBI) and first baseman Carlos Santana (.348, 7 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; rookie outfielder Yordan Alvarez (.296, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI) of the Houston Astros; infielder DJ LeMahieu (.435, 10 R, 4 XBH, 10 RBI), backstop Gary Sánchez (.375, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and starter CC Sabathia, who earned his 250th career victory on Wednesday, of the New York Yankees.

In recognition of their Player of the Week Awards, Pete Alonso and Mike Trout will each be awarded a specially engraved watch courtesy of Artinian.




Mets 1B Pete Alonso named W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week

Pete Alonso NY Mets 2019 photo By David B. King Flickr, Blogspot , CC BY 2.0, https

Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso of the New York Mets has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week and All-Star outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has been named the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week.

Alonso earned his first career Player of the Week Award and is the second Mets player to be awarded weekly honors in 2019, joining his teammate Noah Syndergaard (May 6th). The University of Florida product is the Mets’ first position player to accomplish the feat since Asdrúbal Cabrera for the week ending August 29, 2016. Trout claimed his fifth career AL Player of the Week Award and his second of the 2019 campaign (also April 7th). Mike tied Tim Salmon for the second-most weekly awards in franchise history, trailing only Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan (6).

Pete Alonso, New York Mets (@pistol_pete20)

  • Posted a slash line of .417/.548/1.042 with seven runs scored, 10 hits, three doubles, four home runs, seven RBI and seven walks over seven games played.
  • Clubbed his 27th home run of the season yesterday against the Chicago Cubs, surpassing Darryl Strawberry (26) for the most home runs in a single season by a rookie in franchise history.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 27 round-trippers are the fourth-most by a rookie before the All-Star break in MLB history, trailing eventual Rookies of the Year Mark McGwire (33), Aaron Judge (30) and José Abreu (29).
  • Entering play today, he paces qualified Major League rookies in runs scored (50), hits (77), extra-base hits (46), home runs, RBI (61), walks (32) and slugging percentage (.642).

Other noteworthy NL performances last week included Pete’s teammate Jeff McNeill (.407, 6 R, 6 XBH, 7 RBI); All-Star third baseman Manny Machado (.444, 12 H, 4 2B, 3 HR) of the San Diego Padres; starting pitcher Walker Buehler (1-0, 1 CG, 16 SO, 0 BB) and shortstop/outfielder Chris Taylor (.417, 6 R, 5 XBH, 11 RBI) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; outfielder Juan Soto (.476, 5 XBH, 7 RBI, 2 SB) of the Washington Nationals; outfielder Alex Dickerson (.417, 4 XBH, 9 RBI, 1.000 SLG) of the San Francisco Giants; third baseman Brian Anderson (.357, 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and starter Jordan Yamamoto (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 14 SO) of the Miami Marlins; All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman (.375, 3 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves; and closer Felipe Vázquez (4 G, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 4 SO) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In recognition of their Player of the Week Awards, Pete Alonso and Mike Trout will each be awarded a specially engraved watch courtesy of Artinian.




Indians continue roster moves; promote Jon Edwards from AAA Columbus

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the following transactions relative to the 2019 Major League roster:

Recalled RHP JON EDWARDS (#46) from Triple-A Columbus.

Optioned RHP AARON CIVALE to Triple-A Columbus.

Edwards, 31, has split the 2019 season between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus and is beginning his fifth stint on the Major League roster, his first since June 5-7. With Cleveland, he has posted a 2.25 ERA in nine relief outings (8.0IP, 5H, 2R/ER, 6BB, 5SO, .179 avg). During his time at AAA, he has posted a 3-0 mark with a 3.97 ERA in 18 relief outings (22.2IP, 21H, 10ER, 10BB, 29SO, .233 avg, 11.5 SO per 9.0IP). With the Clippers, Triple-A right-handed hitters are hitting just .216 (11-for-51).

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