Minnesota Sports Roundup: Braves tie the game in the ninth, win it in the 10th
Atlanta's Freddie Freeman singled in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning to lift the Braves past the Twins, 5-4, in the middle of a three-game series at Turner Field last night in Atlanta. Evan Gattis' pinch-hit solo homer in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at four. Brian McCann went 3-for-4 with a solo shot and two RBI, while Freeman also drove in two for the Braves, who have won five in-a-row. Craig Kimbrel was credited with his first victory of the season. Justin Morneau, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon all had two hits and an RBI for Minnesota, which has lost seven straight. Brian Duensing fell to 0-and-1 with the loss. The Twins try to avoid a sweep with game three of the set this morning at 11:10 a.m.
The Minnesota Lynx dropped their exhibition finale yesterday at the Target Center, falling to Connecticut 88-80. Connecticut used a 13-to-nothing run late in the game to seal the victory. Minnesota committed 22 turnovers, which did not help the cause, as the Sun scored 33 points off of Lynx miscues. Seimone Augustus scored 15 points, while Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen added 14 points. Minnesota opens the WNBA regular season against Connecticut at the Target Center on Saturday, June 1st at 6 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves did not win last night's NBA Draft lottery, as their odds were too long to think they could nab the top spot. In fact, Minnesota landed right where they were mathematically supposed to...with the ninth overall selection, after they weren't picked for a top three slot All-star Kevin Love represented his team last night in New York City at the lottery. The Cleveland Cavaliers earned the top pick in the NBA Draft. The Orlando Magic had the best odds at 25-percent and drew the second overall selection, while the Washington Wizards grabbed the third pick The NBA draft is set for June 27th.
The top six baseball teams in the Big Ten Conference will visit the Twin Cities this week for the Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Target Field, beginning today. The University of Minnesota will open the tourney with a noon game against Illinois. The Golden Gophers are the No. 4 seed in the event. This will be the first time the Big Ten Tourney has ever been played in a Major League Baseball stadium. The tourney is a double-elimination format. Here is the schedule of upcoming games in the Big Ten Tournament at Target Field in Minneapolis (Big Ten seeding in parenthesis):
Wednesday: (4) Minnesota vs. (5) Illinois, 12:05pm
Wednesday: (3) Nebraska vs. (6) Michigan, 3:35pm
Thursday: (1) Indiana vs. Minnesota/Illinois winner, 7:05pm
Thursday: (2) Ohio State vs. Nebraska/Michigan winner, 3:35pm
Thursday: Minnesota/Illinois loser vs. Nebraska/Michigan loser, 12:05pm
Friday: Game #6, Teams TBD, 12:05pm
Friday: Game #7, Teams TBD, 3:35pm
Friday: Game #8, Teams TBD, 7:05pm
Saturday: Game #9, Teams TBD, 3:35pm
Saturday: Game #10, Teams TBD, 7:05pm
Sunday: Game #11 (if necessary), Teams TBD, 12:05pm
Minnesota native Tom Lehman has decided to not play in this weekend's PGA Senior Championship in St. Louis. The Austin-born and Alexandria-raised Lehman will instead play in the regular PGA Tour event in Texas. Lehman will begin play in the famed Colonial Tournament in Fort Worth on Thursday, passing up the chance to play in one of the major events on the PGA Champions Tour. Lehman, a former Golden Gopher golfer, won the PGA Senior Championship in 2010 in Colorado and would have been considered a pre-tourney favorite in Missouri this week. Lehman won the 1995 Colonial and this year will go against some players who are half his age.