Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Sunday……..

— There have been 55 baseball games so far this season; of the 110 starting pitchers, only four lasted 7+ innings:

Thursday- Pablo Lopez, Minnesota- 7 IP, 84 PT
Saturday- Logan Gilbert, Seattle- 7 IP, 91 PT
Sunday- Paul Blackburn, A’s- 7 IP, 88 PT
Brady Singer, Kansas City- 7 IP, 98 PT

Only 30 of the 55 starting pitchers finished the sixth inning.

— NC State 76, Duke 64
Duke led 27-18 with 1:39 left in first half.
Wolfpack is 9-0 since March 12.
NC State was 2-7 in its last nine regular season games.

— Purdue 72, Tennessee 66
Purdue is in Final Four for first time since 1980.
Tennessee’s entire team was 7-11 on foul line.
Zach Edey scored 40 points; he was 14-22 on foul line, by himself.

— Pointspreads for Final Four:
Purdue -9.5 vs NC State
UConn -11.5 vs Alabama

— San Antonio 27, DC Defenders 12
Defenders were 5-14 on 3rd down, Brahmas 1-8
San Antonio converted 3-4 fourth down plays.
Defenders’ only TD came on a 40-yard pass on a fake field goal.

— Memphis 18, Houston 12
Showboats’ QB Cookus threw for 204 yards and a TD.
Memphis was 9-15 on third down, Houston 3-8.
Time of possession: Memphis 39:32, Houston 20:28.

Famous birthdays for April 1st:
Ali McGraw. 85
Willie Montanez, 75
Annette O’Toole, 72
Mark Jackson, 59
Daniel Murphy, 38
Brook and Robin Lopez, 36

— Torey Lovullo has been the Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager since 2017, winning the NL title last year; his father Sam was a producer on the old TV show, Hee Haw.

— Brewers 4, Mets 1- Mets’ GM David Stearns quit the Brewers to jump to New York, but the Mets start his tenure by getting swept at home by Milwaukee.

— Dodgers 5, Cardinals 4- Max Muncy’s 2-run homer in the 8th inning was a game-winner.

— Pirates 9, Marlins 7 (11)
Marlins scored five runs in the first inning.
Pittsburgh’s bullpen allowed two runs in 20.1 IP in the 4-game sweep.
Miami was the last MLB team to hit a home run. 

— Reds 6, Nationals 5
Will Benson tied game with a 2-out home run in the 9th inning.

Next batter, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, walked it off with another homer, his first hit in 13 at-bats this season.

— New York 4, Astros 3
Juan Soto’s 9th-inning single, his 3rd of the day, was the game-winner.
Houston is 0-4 for the first time since 2011.

— Tigers 3, White Sox 2
Andy Ibanez’ pinch-hit single in the 9th inning was the game-winning hit.
Both back-up catchers started this game, batted 9th; they both hit a home run.

— Cubs 9, Rangers 5
Chicago scored four runs in 9th, salvaged Game 4 of the series.
Cubs’ bullpen threw five shutout innings.

— A’s 4, Guardians 3
Abraham Toro’s bases-loaded walk gave the A’s their first win of the year.
Paul Blackburn tossed seven shutout innings. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.