Mitch's Sports Report: A Surprising First For Crosby; An Even Bigger Surprise For Stunned Warriors

May 17, 2016

The Boston Red Sox were rained out in Kansas City last night, and they'll make that game up with a day-night double header on Wednesday. Tonight, Rick Porcello takes the hill for the Red Sox, looking for his seventh win of the year. The NY Yankees may wish they'd been postponed in Arizona last night, but they don't get too may rain-outs in the desert. The Diamondbacks were waiting and chomping at the bit to snap their five-game losing skid, which they did in authority, clobbering the Yankees 12-2.

Not a great debut for rookie Chad Green, who went four innings for New York, giving up six runs, only four earned, on eight hits, and certainly he wasn't the only Yankees pitcher to get tagged last night. Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb was more like a lion, blasting a three-run homer as part of a five-run fifth inning for the D-Backs, who also benefited from a rare error by Yankees first baseman Mark Texiera that started the inning. Lamb also singled and doubled, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Michael Pineda gets the start for the Yanks in game two of the series tonight, opposed by Zack Greinke, the former L.A. Dodgers and Royals ace who's having a real off year by his high standards, just 3-3 on the season with a 5.26 ERA.

The NY Mets were idle last night, and host their division rivals and currently in first place Washington Nationals tonight. Great pitching match-up in this one. The Nats send Max Scherzer to the mound, fresh off a start in which he tied a major league record with twenty strike-outs against the Tigers, and Noah Syndegaard goes for the Mets. He won his last start on a three-hitter, and also homered twice in that game.

To the NHL playoffs, and here's something amazing about Sidney Crosby, who for ten seasons now has been one of the best, if not the best hockey player on the planet. He's twice been named the league's most valuable player, was rookie of the year in his first season in Pittsburgh, helped lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009, and has 338 goals in his career to go with 600 assists. But last night he did something he'd yet to do in his Hall of Fame career: score a game winning overtime goal in the playoffs. Sid the Kid's wrister past Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy just forty seconds into overtime gave the Penguins a 3-2 win over the Lightning, and ties their eastern conference final series at one game apiece as the series shifts to Tampa Bay for game three. The Pens had a 2-0 lead before the Lightning battled back to tie and head to OT, so it was arguably the biggest playoff goal of Crosby's career to avoid going on the road down two games to none. The game winner also ended an eight-game scoring drought for Crosby and Tampa fans have to feel nervous about a having that one goal open the floodgates to a whole lot more. As the cliche goes, when it comes to players like Crosby, you can't stop them, you can only hope to contain them, and that containment period may have just expired.

If Crosby going ten years before scoring an overtime playoff winner is a shocker, here's another one: In the NBA playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder went into Oakland for game one of the western conference finals against the defending champion Warriors, who have a healthy Steph Curry back on the court, fell behind at one point by fourteen points, and came back to win the game. This marks the first time the Warriors have lost at home in the playoffs this year, and the only thing not surprising about this upset win is that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were most responsible for making it happen. Durant scored twenty-six points and hit a clutch jumper with thirty seconds left that led to a 108-102 victory for the Thunder. Westbrook was pretty quiet in the first half, but found a groove in the second half, pouring in twenty-four of his twenty-seven points on the night after the break. Steph Curry had twenty-six points and a career-high ten rebounds, but the Warriors uncharacteristically missed some big shots down the stretch and suddenly the Thunder have stolen home court advantage from the champs. Game two is Wednesday night back at Oracle Arena. Tonight in Cleveland, the Cavaliers host the Toronto Raptors in game one of the eastern conference finals.