Digest for 06-15-14


LOCAL

Braves to visit Union Chapel Sunday

As long as the sun continues to shine, the Pine Bluff Braves semipro baseball team will return to action Sunday on the road.

Pine Bluff is slated to host the Union Chapel Travelers at 3:30 p.m. The Braves (2-2) have had 10 games rained out this year.

Mason Reynolds will start for the Braves. The Arkansas Tech standout is undefeated on the mound this season, having pitched four innings in relief in his last appearance against the West Chase Express of Houston.

Seabrook advances to Pink Tomato final

WARREN — The Seabrook Babe Ruth team reached the championship game of the Pink Tomato Tournament after defeating the Pine Bluff Phillies 17-1 and Camden 16-1 on Friday.

Seabrook was to play in the championship game Saturday.

Hunter plates two in high-scoring win

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter played a major part in Detroit’s hit parade against Minnesota, finishing 2 for 4 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBIs.

Eugenio Suarez finished a single shy of the cycle as the Tigers grabbed a 12-9 victory over the Twins in the second of a three-game set on Saturday.

Suarez scored three times and drove in two, Ian Kinsler went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Victor Martinez added a two-run home run for the Tigers, who had lost four of five coming in.

Anibal Sanchez (3-2) went 6 1/3 innings as he gave up three runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Danny Santana went 2 for 5 with three RBIs, Eduardo Nunez was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Eric Fryer finished the game 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Twins, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Samuel Deduno (2-5) was beat up for seven runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in just 2 2/3 frames.

STATE

A-State’s Nelvis wins NCAA 100 hurdles

EUGENE, Ore. — Arkansas State senior Sharika Nelvis won the 100-meter hurdles championship Saturday in the NCAA outdoor meet at the University of Oregon.

Nelvis, who also won the 60-meter indoor hurdles, clocked in at 12.52 seconds, a world-leading time this year. She and Earl Bell (1976) are the only A-State athletes to win indoor and outdoor national championships.

Oregon (88) and Texas A&M (70) won the men’s and women’s team championships, respectively, with Arkansas (20 and 21.5) placing ninth in both standings.

REGIONAL

Cards top Nationals on another Adams homer

ST. LOUIS — For the second straight night, Matt Adams decided a terrific pitcher’s duel between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals with his bat.

Adams’ solo homer off Stephen Strasburg in the seventh inning produced the go-ahead run in the Cardinals’ 4-1 triumph over the Nationals at Busch Stadium, a game that featured another outstanding performance by a St. Louis hurler.

Shelby Miller didn’t receive the victory in Saturday’s matchup, exiting with the game tied at 1-1 and the bases loaded with two out in the top of the seventh. The young right-hander matched Strasburg nearly pitch-for-pitch, however, holding the Nationals to a run on four hits while fanning seven.

The effort came one day after Lance Lynn yielded just two hits over eight scoreless frames in St. Louis’ 1-0 verdict over Washington, with Adams providing the only run with another solo shot.

Randy Choate (1-2) got out of the seventh-inning jam by retiring Denard Span and setting up Adams’ latest heroics.

Strasburg (6-5) was dominant for most of the evening, but he and the Nationals faltered during a three-run bottom of the seventh that Adams — in just his second game back from the disabled list — began by drilling a fastball on a 3-1 count into the Cardinal bullpen.

Wainwright to miss next start

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will not make his scheduled start Monday against the New York Mets in order to rest his ailing elbow.

Wainwright underwent an MRI Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla., one day after he tossed seven shutout innings to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, after complaining of soreness in the elbow. The tests revealed tendinitis but no structural damage, with the All-Star right-hander prescribed an anti-inflammatory shot to help relieve the discomfort.

The Cardinals have labeled Wainwright’s removal from Monday’s outing as precautionary and expect him to start next Saturday against Philadelphia.

The runner-up for the 2013 National League Cy Young Award, Wainwright has gotten this season off to an excellent beginning as well. Through 14 starts, the 32-year-old has compiled a 9-3 record with a 2.15 earned run average.

NATIONAL

Lewis, Park paired at U.S. Women’s Open

PINEHURST, N.C. — Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park, the top two players in the world, have been paired together for the first two rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Lewis, the reigning Women’s British Open champion and Arkansas alumna, has won twice this year and that helped her reclaim the top spot in the women’s world golf rankings. Park, the defending U.S. Women’s Open champion, has one win this year.

Both players now own 10 LPGA Tour titles. They will play the first two rounds with reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champ Emma Talley. The trio will start on No. 10 Thursday at 7:02 a.m. Central and will start Friday at 12:47 p.m. on the first tee.

Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson and So Yeon Ryu, the fifth, sixth and eighth ranked players in the world, start at the same time as the above trio, but will be off the first tee Thursday and the 10th tee on Friday. Webb is a two-time winner of the U.S. Women’s Open and Ryu won the title in 2011.

Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen, the third and fourth ranked players in the world, are paired with world No. 10 Cristie Kerr for the first two rounds. That trio will play opposite of the above groups. Ko, Pettersen and 2007 champion Kerr start at 12:47 p.m. Thursday on the first tee and will go off at 7:02 a.m. Friday on the 10th tee.