Five Things for June 5th: Diamond Classic Finals Postponed, Will Be Played Tonight
1. Unfortunately, yesterday's late afternoon rain did not allow the Diamond Classic finals to be played. Grand Ledge will play Charlotte tonight at Kircher-Municipal Park, and nature is expected to cooperate. The forecast calls for a high of 77 degrees and sunny today.
2. The Tigers' offensive woes continued last night against the Blue Jays. They hit two solo home runs, but other than that they got very little from their offense. Their 4-6 hitters went 0-11, and other than home runs from Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera, the team only scattered five singles.
Rick Porcello pitched well, but the wheels came off when Detroit went to the bullpen. Evan Reed gave up three runs in 0.1 innings, and Cory Knebel gave up two runs in his one inning pitched, and his ERA is up to 9.64.
The Tigers have now lost 12 of their last 16, and they have only pushed across seven runs in the last four games. Justin Verlander will pitch against J.A. Happ as the Tigers try to end their four game losing streak.
3. Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals lived up to expectations. The Rangers jumped all over the Kings and grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period. New York's speed was giving Los Angeles trouble, and it led to a lot of opportunities for the Rangers.
However, the game took a drastic swing in the third period. LA smothered New York, and had them hemmed in their own zone for pretty much the whole period. The Kings outshot the Rangers 20-3 in that frame, and took a 2-2 tie into overtime. That is when the guy who always seems to come through in the clutch, Justin Williams, delivered the game winner for Los Angeles:
It was an exciting game that featured lots of scoring chances, speed, and excellent goaltending. I am looking forward to what hopes to be a long series.
4. Don Zimmer, an incredibly revered baseball figure, passed away yesterday at 83.
5. The San Francisco 49ers have locked up their franchise quarterback. Colin Kaepernick received a massive 6-year, $126 million contract extension. $61 million of that is guaranteed, the most money ever guaranteed in an NFL contract.