The Viral Roundup – Believe In The Beard Edition
Greetings! Welcome to another bright eyed and bushy tailed go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your friendly one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a brand new day in sports. In today’s edition: Steph Curry goes down hard in Golden State’s Game 4 loss, the Ducks and Hawks offer up another OT thriller and a familiar face takes to the field for the Texas Rangers.
Did You Hear?
If you check Houston’s pulse you’ll see they’re still alive and kicking. Locked in a 3-0 Western Conference Finals stranglehold, James Harden and the Rockets (a five point home underdog) dropped the Warriors 128-115 to keep their playoff journey going. Harden put in an insane performance providing 45 points and 9 rebounds to lead Houston to victory. The Warriors not only blew a chance to sweep their opponents, but they also dealt with the scary sight of league MVP Steph Curry falling hard on his head and back. Curry would return to action after getting evaluated, although there’s definitely a lot of nervous Golden State fans worrying about the star guard’s health going forward. Game 5 goes down tomorrow night in Oakland.
Did You See?
Dunk? DUNK! Would you like to see a 5’9” dude soar over top of a man sitting on another man’s shoulders in the name of ridiculous jams? Of course you would. You’re not made of stone. Here’s Ilya Kroshka (a.k.a. Kroha) performing what he calls the “Triple Up” dunk. Do not try this at home. Heck, don’t even try this on a SlamBall court.
Did You Know?
- The Ducks are just one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Matt Beleskey potted Game 5′s OT winner in under a minute to give Anahiem a 5-4 extra time victory and a 3-2 series lead. Beleskey’s game winning goal broke the hearts of the Blackhawks who were riding high on the heroics of captain Jonathan Toews who lit the lamp twice in the final two minutes of regulation to knot things up. Corey Crawford was shaky between the pipes for Chicago stopping only 23 of the 28 shots that came his way. The Ducks can punch their ticket on Wednesday night in the Windy City.
- Jeremy Guthrie had a miserable Memorial Day. The Kansas City veteran was lit up for eleven runs in the opening inning, a strategy that most baseball experts recommend against. The Yanks (a -120 moneyline home favourite) absolutely battered the Royals pitcher in his only inning of work and exited with a 14-1 victory. Chase Headley, Brian McCann, Stephen Drew, Slade Heathcott and Brett Gardner all bashed homers in this clobbering and the two teams will do battle again tonight at Yankee Stadium.
- Dallas Keuchel’s 2015 win-loss record now has a blemish on it. Baltimore squeaked out a 4-3 win at Camden Yards over the AL West leading Astros, handing Keuchel his first L of the season. Steve Pearce and Caleb Joseph both socked two-run blasts off of the star pitcher who stayed on the mound for all nine innings to notch a complete game.
- The discipline hammer has dropped on Baltimore hurler Brian Matusz and the punishment will be… An eight-game suspension. The pitcher was caught using an “illegal substance” in the 12th inning of Saturday’s Orioles/Marlins game and was ejected for the infraction. Matusz is appealing the decision and that means his suspension will be placed on hold until the appeal process is complete.
- Josh Hamilton was held hitless in his return to the Rangers, but that didn’t stop Texas from snapping Cleveland’s six game win streak. Prince Fielder teed off his fourth homer in four games as the Rangers outslugged the Indians 10-8. Hamilton struck out twice, but did score in the 3rd after advancing on a walk. The two teams square off again tonight.
- Jesse Hahn had the Tigers on a strong yesterday. The A’s starter put in a four-hit complete game performance to lead Oakland to a 4-0 blanking of Detroit. Oakland racked up all their runs in the 6th with Billy Butler, Mark Canha, Sam Fuld and Max Muncy all smacking runners home. Jesse Chasez will take to the mound today for the A’s and the Tigers will counter with David Price.
- Pray for the Reds, because their opponents are preying on them. Cincinnati (a -150 moneyline home favourite) dropped their 9th (9th!) game in a row on Monday afternoon, courtesy of a 5-4 loss to the Rockies. Nolan Arenado’s sacrifice fly in the final frame brought Charlie Blackmon home to score the winning run for Colorado. In case you were wondering, Cincy haven’t had a losing strength of this length since 1998.
- Bartolo Colon collected his seventh W of 2015 yesterday as Mets rolled over the Phillies 6-3 at Citi Field. New York pulled ahead in the 6th thanks to a three-run shot from Wilmer Flores. Elsewhere in Mets news, David Wright is seeing a back specialist on the West Coast in a bid to get back to 100%.
- Jhonny Peralta played the role of Missouri’s walkoff hero on Monday. The shortstop’s long ball to left in the 10th provided the Cardinals with a 3-2 victory of the Diamondbacks. Arizona pulled themselves into a tie in the 8th thanks to Mark Trumbo’s two-run shot, but Peralta’s later dinger made Trumbo’s tater academic.
- Charlie Morton’s first start of 2015 had the bats of the Marlins looking silly over seven innings. Morton held Miami to two runs in a 4-2 Pirates victory at PNC Park. Francisco Cervelli and Pedro Alvarez both went yard for the Pirates while Miami superstar Giancarlo Stanton drilled his 13th homer of the season in a losing cause. New Marlins skipper Dan Jennings drops to 2-6 since taking the reins.
- Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald has been arrested on a domestic violence charge. The 30-year-old athlete is also facing a separate charge of child endangerment. McDonald’s career has been checkered with previous allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault. San Francisco released McDonald in late 2014 and he signed a one year pact with Chicago in the spring. McDonald was cut by the squad before Monday was through.
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