The Viral Roundup – Los Angeles, I’m Yours Edition
Hello! Welcome to a sparkling Tuesday go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a brand new day in sports. In today’s edition: Clayton Kershaw stands tall as the Dodgers dump Colorado, Jason Hammel leads Chicago to a road win and the Panthers have locked down their star pivot for many seasons to come.
Did You Hear?
Coors Field saw a surplus of jacks on Monday night and that was bad news for the club that calls that park home. Andre Ethier, Jimmy Rollins, Joc Pederson and Howie Kendrick all went yard for Los Angeles in an 11-4 pummeling of Colorado that saddled Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick with his seventh loss of the season. Things went better on the mound for the Dodgers. Reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw held the Rockies to a meager five hits to improve his win-loss total to 4-3. Colorado continues to be underwhelming at home, dipping to an 8-14 record in Denver.
Did You See?
Were you under the impression that Last Week Tonight with John Oliver was going to let the most recent FIFA scandal mosey on by without a mention? Of course you weren’t. The hilarious HBO host tore FIFA to shreds yet again on his show and we should really just shut up and let you check it out. You will not be disappointed.
Did You Know?
- Klay Thompson was in practice yesterday, but he hasn’t been officially cleared for Game 1. The Splash Brother will be re-evaluated today to see if he’s good to go following his Round 3 concussion. Thompson has averaged 19.7 points per game in this year’s playoffs. Golden State goes into the NBA Finals as a -190 moneyline favourite to win the title and a five and a half point home favourite to score the win in Game 1.
- The Cubs nabbed a win in the Sunshine State on Monday night. Jason Hammel struck out eleven to power Chicago (a -130 moneyline favourite) to a 5-1 victory over the Marlins. Starlin Castro cranked his fourth tater of 2015 in the win and rookie megastars Kris Bryant and Addison Russell added to their RBI totals before the evening was through. Miami are now a dismal 4-10 since Dan Jennings took over in the role of skipper.
- Milwaukee may be galaxies away from St. Louis in the NL Central standings, but last night it was the Brewers that was the club to be reckoned with. The Brew Crew’s Mike Fiers scored 6 Ks over 6 innings in Milwaukee’s 1-0 blanking of the Cards. The only touch of home plate came courtesy of an RBI single from Carlos Gomez that brought in Jean Segura. Closer Francisco Rodriguez snapped up his 9th save of 2015 to close out the contest.
- Jacob deGrom pitched an absolute gem in the Home of Ron Burgundy. The Mets starter decimated San Diego’s offense with eight innings of two-hit ball in a 7-0 New York smackdown. Rival hurler Andrew Cashner got off to a hot start with 12 Ks but was chased off the mound by the bats of the Mets in the 5th. New York 2B Daniel Murphy had a monster game going 4-5 at the plate with a round-tripper and three RBI. The two teams square off again tonight in San Diego.
- Atlanta lit up Arizona in yesterday’s series opener. The D-Backs only managed to score one run off of Alex Wood over 8 innings in a decisive 8-1 victory. ATL 1B Freddie Freeman smacked his 8th homer of 2015 in the win and bumped up his RBI total to a team-leading 29. The Braves are now riding a three game winning streak and will aim to improve to four in a row tonight with Shelby Miller on the mound. Arizona will counter with Josh Collmenter.
- The Astros keep adding to their win total. Houston, a one and a half run favourite, pulled out a 5-2 win at Minute Maid Park over the Baltimore Orioles. It was a pretty tight affair until the Astros blew up for four runs in the 7th, including two off the bat of DH Evan Gattis. Houston currently enjoys a healthy multi-game lead at the top of the AL West standings, while the Orioles are in the middle of the AL East. The four game series between these clubs rolls on tonight in Texas.
- The Texas Rangers have called up one of their star prospects. 3B Joey Gallo has gotten the nod to come up to the big club as Adrian Beltre moves to the DL. The 21-year-old has been played fantastic ball in Double-A. Gallo’s knocked in nine homers and has hit .314 this season.
- Cam will continue to be the man in Carolina. The Panthers pivot is reportedly close to locking down a long-term deal with the franchise that drafted him first overall in 2011. The pact will likely keep #1 with the club through to 2020 with approximately $20 million per year as the salary range. In four seasons with Carolina, Newton’s been a force through the air and as a rush threat. The Auburn alum has been named to two Pro Bowls and has appeared in three postseason contests. Carolina currently sit at 40/1 odds to win the Super Bowl this season.
- UAB will once again be a football school. The University of Alabama at Birmingham has elected to reinstate the school’s football program after eliminating it six months ago. The Blazers are now in the complicated position of restocking their roster after a good chunk of their players either graduated or transferred. There’s also the possibility that UAB will not be bowl eligible for 2016.
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