Day: May 8, 2021

Anthony Davis, Lakers Fall to No. 7 Seed as Damian Lillard Shines in Blazers Win | Bleacher Report

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, May 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Faced with arguably their biggest game of the season, the Portland Trail Blazers muscled past the Los Angeles Lakers 106-101, breaking a tie for the sixth seed in the Western Conference, clinching a season-series victory over the defending champions and retaining control of their play-in tournament destiny.

Only the top six seeds in each conference will advance to the first round of the postseason automatically. Teams that finish seventh through tenth place will participate in a single-elimination play-in tournament beginning May 18.

One night after getting blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center—a game that saw Anthony Davis exit after nine minutes with back spasms—a shorthanded Lakers team suffered its eighth loss in its last 10 games. 

Without LeBron James

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Wade Miley throws no-hitter as Cincinnati Reds blank Cleveland

Major League Baseball’s no-hitter parade continues.

Two days after John Means tossed a no-hitter and near perfect game for the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati’s Wade Miley shut down the hitters in Cleveland for his own no-hitter in the Reds’ 3-0 win Friday night in the battle of Ohio.

Miley struck out eight and walked one while throwing 114 pitches to record his first career no-hitter and Cincinnati’s first since Homer Bailey blanked the San Francisco Giants on July 2, 2013.

It was the 17th no-hitter in Reds’ franchise history and the fourth no-hitter of the 2021 season — fifth if Madison Bumgarner’s seven-inning no-no for the Arizona Diamondbacks is included. It’s the second time this season that Cleveland has been no-hit.

No Cleveland pitcher has thrown a no-hitter since Len Barker’s perfect game on May 15, 1981. It’s the longest current streak without a no-hitter in baseball.

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A pitcher who spent 7 years in the minors threw just the 101st immaculate inning in MLB history

Kyle Finnegan

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  • MLB pitcher Kyle Finnegan struck out all three batters in an inning with just nine pitches.

  • Finnegan didn’t even realize he was in his feat until his second-to-last pitch.

  • Finnegan is in just his second MLB season at 29 after spending seven years in the minors.

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Washington Nationals pitcher Kyle Finnegan recorded an immaculate inning on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves, marking a historic feat after a longer-than-usual journey to the majors.

Finnegan came into the game in the sixth inning and struck out all three batters he faced with just nine pitches, just the 101st “immaculate inning” in MLB history.

“It wasn’t until the eighth and ninth [pitches] that I was actually fully aware of what was going on,” Finnegan said after the game. “At that point, I was just telling myself, ‘At least give it a chance.

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