Sports Digest: RailCats drop series in Wichita

2014-06-01T21:30:00Z 2014-06-05T17:15:12Z Sports Digest: RailCats drop series in Wichita nwitimes.com
June 01, 2014 9:30 pm

Pro baseball

RAILCATS FALL IN SERIES FINALE IN WICHITA: Danny Pulfer and Wally Backman Jr. each hit solo home runs, but it wasn't enough to lift the RailCats past the Wichita Wingnuts in an 8-4 loss Sunday.

Backman also hit a double, his sixth of the season.

Starter Stephen Bougher took his first loss of the year, allowing three runs, two earned, in five innings. The RailCats fell behind 1-0, taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth, before Bougher gave up two in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The RailCats committed a pair of errors, and of Wichita's eight runs, three were earned.

SALE KEEPS SOX WINNING: Chris Sale pitched a two-hitter, Paul Konerko homered and the White Sox defeated the Padres 4-1 on Sunday.

Sale (5-0) struck out nine, walked none and threw 100 pitches. He froze Everth Cabrera for a called strike three to end the game, lowering his ERA to 1.59 ERA in seven starts.

Sale has allowed just one earned run in his last 25 innings, a span of four starts. The lefty was on the disabled list in late April because of a strained muscle in his pitching arm.

Konerko had two hits and drove in three runs as the White Sox won for the eighth time in 13 games.

Eric Stults (2-6) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings.

SAMARDZIJA HIT WITH EIGHT RUNS IN LOSS: Kyle Lohse allowed only three hits and Ryan Braun had a two-run homer to lead the Brewers to a 9-0 rout of the Cubs.

Milwaukee pounded Valpo High grad and Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija (1-5) for eight earned runs in three innings, raising his ERA from 1.68 to 2.54.

Braun homered to left on the first pitch he saw from Samardzija, and the Brewers rolled from there with Samardzija having trouble locating his fastball. Lyle Overbay broke the game open with a three-run double in the third.

Lohse's RBI single drove in Overbay to make it 8-0 for the pitcher's second run-scoring hit of the game. Lohse (7-1) struck out six in Milwaukee's first complete game shutout this season.

College baseball

INDIANA WILL PLAY FOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY: After a 10-7 loss to Stanford on Sunday, Indiana University will play today for a winner-take-all game against the Cardinal.

The Hoosiers took a 6-4 lead after the seventh inning before giving up three runs in each the eighth and ninth.

The region trio of Scott Donley (Crown Point), Dustin DeMuth (LaPorte) and Craig Dedelow (Munster) batted 4-5-6 in the order and accounted for a run (Donley) and three RBIs for IU.

Pro soccer

DONOVAN SCORES LATE TO TIE FIRE: Landon Donovan scored in the 74th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-1 tie with the Fire on Sunday.

Donovan has three goals in two games since he was left off the U.S. World Cup team roster. After going scoreless in his first six matches, he scored twice in Los Angeles' 4-1 victory over Philadelphia last Sunday.

Robbie Keane set up the goal, forced a turnover by Fire midfielder Chris Ritter. The Galaxy's Robbie Rogers tracked down the ball to the right of the goal and fed the wide-open Donovan on the left.

Los Angeles (4-3-4) extended its unbeaten streak to three matches at 1-0-2. Chicago (2-3-7) is 2-1-1 in its last four games.

Fire captain Jeff Larentowicz converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute.

Auto racing

JOHNSON WINS NINTH DOVER RACE: A week after shaking off a lengthy winless streak by his championship standards, Jimmy Johnson raced his way to another routine romp at Dover International Speedway. He followed last week's victory in the Coca-Cola 600 with another sensational run at Dover, extending his track victory record to nine.

Johnson was the class of the field in a race red-flagged for 22 minutes to repair a pothole in the concrete track.

Johnson led 272 of 400 laps, and won consecutive races for the 13th time. The six-time Cup champion swept Dover in 2002 and 2009 and won races in 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin.

CASTRONEVES WINS 2ND DETROIT GRAND PRIX OF WEEKEND: Helio Castroneves easily won the second Detroit Grand Prix race of the weekend Sunday, finishing 1.6836 seconds ahead of Penske Racing teammate Will Power.

Castroneves' lead was so large that when he made his final pit stop on Lap 49 he still was ahead when he got back on the track.

The competition got closer after cautions led to restarts with seven and three laps left, but Castroneves could not be caught.

The Brazilian has 29 IndyCar victories, tying Rick Mears for 11th on the career.

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