Daily sports news, including Seattle Mariners and Hillsboro Hops game results and college notes.
SUNDAY, AUG. 21
Jade Carey wins vault — Oregon State gymnast Jade Carey of Phoenix, Arizona won the vault gold medal and finished fifth overall at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Tampa, Florida to make the 2022-23 U.S. national team.
A's 5, Mariners 3 — At Oakland, the A's got to Luis Castillo for three early runs and held off a Seattle rally. Shea Langeliers had three hits, including Oakland's first triple in 81 games. Cal Raleigh hit two doubles for Seattle, Julio Rodriguez had three hits and Mitch Haniger homered.
Emeralds 8, Hops 3 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Luis Matos hit a seventh-inning grand slam to break open the game and Eugene made its four hits count to beat Hillsboro.
College women's soccer — Six different Pilots scored as Portland beat visiting Eastern Washington 6-0. MJ Roe, Aubrey Turner, Kayla Adams, Colby Wilson, Brooke Miller and Kate Howes scored goals. Portland State beat Western Oregon 4-1. Abi Hoffman scored twice for the Vikings. … Oregon goalkeeper Leah Freeman made nine saves as the Ducks drew 1-1 with San Francisco. … McKenna Martinez scored twice for Oregon State in a 4-1 win over Wyoming.
SATURDAY, AUG. 20
Oakland 4, Seattle 3 (10) — Oakland (44-77) scored in the bottom of the 10th on bases-loaded fielder's choice to pick up the win over Seattle (66-55). The Mariners tied the game in the eighth after falling behind 3-2 on an Eugenio Suarez single. Thanks to a Toronto win, Seattle is now tied with the Blue Jays (65-54) for the top AL Wild Card spot while Tampa Bay (64-55) sits one game back in the third spot. Minnesota (62-56) is 2.5 back of the Mariners and Baltimore is 3.5 back.
Hillsboro 5, Eugene 2 — Hillsboro (50-61) earned at least a split of this week's series with visiting Eugene (67-43) thanks to the 5-2 win. The Hops tied the game at two in the fourth inning on a Neyfy Castillo single that brought home both runs. In the sixth, Deyvison De Los Santos hit what was ultimately the deciding blow in the form of a three-run home run to right center field. Starting pitcher Chad Patrick gave up seven hits and two earned runs over six innings with no walks and four strikeouts, and Avery Short closed out the game pitching the final three frames, giving up only one hit with no runs with two walks and five strikeouts.
FRIDAY, AUG. 19
Mariners 10, A's 2 — Eugenio Suarez homered twice and knocked in five runs as the Seattle won at Oakland. The Mariners (66-54) have won four in a row and lead Toronto by a half game for the top AL wild card spot. Suarez hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning and a three-run shot in the sixth that put Seattle up 6-2. He has 22 homers this season. Marco Gonzales went 5.2 innings and gave up two runs.
Emeralds 5, Hops 1 — At Ron Tonkin Field, a Marco Luciano grand slam in the third inning was the difference for visiting Eugene (67-42). Ryan Bliss had two hits for Hillsboro (49-61), including one of three doubles for the Hops.
Sabres sign Tyson Kozak — Portland Winterhawks forward Tyson Kozak has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, who drafted Kozak with the 193rd pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. Kozak is eligible to return to Portland for one more season if he doesn't start his pro career.
Portland State volleyball — The Vikings were picked third in the Big Sky Conference preseason coaches poll behind Northern Colorado and Weber State. PSU returns five starters from last season's team that went 20-11 and 12-4 in the Big Sky. They host Central Washington at 5 p.m. Saturday for an exhibition match.
College men's soccer — The Portland Pilots completed an unbeaten exhibition season with a 2-0 win over third-ranked Washington at Merlo Field. Jose Olmos and Brandon Cambridge scored and George Tasouris saved a UW penalty kick. … Fifth-ranked Oregon State lost an exhibition match at Seattle U, 3-0.
Seahawks struggle — Hey, it's only preseason. But the Seahawks' 27-11 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday at Lumen Field cannot inspire confidence.
Drew Lock, who missed the game with COVID, might have had a better night than many of his teammates.
Geno Smith was ineffective, finishing 10 of 18 for 112 yards while playing the first half. As Michael Shawn-Dugar of The Athletic wrote, it was hardly all on the quarterback. Penalties (13 on the night, including four on rookie left tackle Charles Cross) and dropped passes (four with Smith at QB) made it an uphill battle for Smith.
Granted, Seattle's top two receivers played only a few plays and weren't targeted. The receivers fighting for roster spots behind DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett did little to help themselves.
Special teams also were problematic, with Chicago scoring off a muffed punt, getting kickoff returns of 58 and 31 yards and a 47-yard punt return. And Jason Myers missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.
Starting left guard Damien Lewis suffered an ankle sprain in the second quarter.
Seattle's final preseason game is Friday, Aug. 26 at Dallas.
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THURSDAY, AUG. 18
Storm 86, Mystics 83 — The Seattle Storm survived game one at home in the first round of the WNBA playoffs against Washington on Thursday. Breanna Stewart, the league's leading scorer, had a big second half to finish with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way. Sue Bird chipped in 10 points, Jewell Loyd had 16 and Gabby Williams had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Game two and the potential series clincher is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 in Seattle.
Hops 10, Emeralds 1 — Hillsboro (49-60) came out firing in the big win over Eugene (66-42). The Hops scored eight of their 10 runs in the first four innings, starting off with a Jordan Lawlar single that scored one. He eventually came around and stole home for a second first inning run. One run crossed in the second, and two more in the third on a Deyvison De Los Santos two-run home run. Caleb Roberts broke it all open in the fourth with a three-run shot. Scott Randall held it down on the mound as well, giving up only four hits in six innings of work with no runs, four strikeouts and one walk.
PSU men's hoops completes schedule — The nonconference portion of Portland State men's basketball's schedule has been finalized. The season begins with a Nov. 11 matchup against rival Portland before hitting the road for a Nov. 13 matchup at Seattle.
The Vikings' home opener will be Nov. 16 against Evergreen State, followed by a trip to Corvallis to play Oregon State on Nov. 19. Then PSU will take part in the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament in Portland, which will see the Vikings take on powerhouse Gonzaga in the first round of action.
November closes with a matchup against Portland Bible on Nov. 30 at home. December starts with a home matchup against Air Force, then a two-game trip to play Cal Poly on Dec. 10 and Santa Clara on Dec. 13. The nonconference slate closes with two games at home, one on Dec. 17 against UC Santa Barbara and the other Dec. 22 against California Baptist.
College women's soccer — Portland opened with a 2-2 draw with visiting Utah. Nedya Sawan (penalty kick) and Aubrey Turner scored for the Pilots, who saw a 2-0 lead disappear with two Utes goals three minutes apart in the second half. … San Francisco beat Portland State 4-0. … Third-year sophomore Callan Harrington, a Jesuit High grad, scored her first career goal as Oregon beat New Mexico State 2-0. … Oregon State tied 1-1 with Eastern Washington.
West Coast League honors — The Portland Pickles had two pitchers named to the All-West Coast League First Team in Nathan Shinn (San Francisco State) and Evan Tomlinson (Cal Poly). Catcher Michael Campagna (San Francisco) was picked for the Second Team to rep the Pickles. Jason Doktorczyk (Sonoma State), Jacob Jablonski (Chico State), Kolby Kmetko (Washington State), Eddie Saldivar Jr. (Long Beach State) and Kyler Stancato (Cal State Bakersfield) were tabbed as honorable mentions.
Plenty of players with Portland connections were also named to the All-WCL teams, and you can check them all out by heading to the West Coast League website.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17
Mariners 11, L.A. Angels 7 — Despite a big day by Shohei Ohtani, Seattle swept the three-game series with the host Angels to move to 65-54.
Cal Raleigh hit two home runs and drove in three runs. Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker also homered.
Ohtani added a two-run, ninth-inning homer to a day that also included two singles and a triple. He went 4 for 5 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
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But, the Angels fell to 51-67.
After an off day Thursday, the Mariners play three games at Oakland.
Big upset — Sabrina Ionescu led her New York Liberty in a 98-91 win over defending WNBA champ Chicago Sky in the first game of a first-round playoff series.
The Liberty finished the game on a 13-0 run.
Ionescu, the former Oregon star, had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Hops 5, Eugene 3 — Hillsboro (48-60) beat the Emeralds (66-41) at Ron Tonkin Field with only five hits. Yilber Diaz led the pitching effort, allowing one hit and one run in four innings. Eugene had six hits, all singles.
Trail Blazers schedule — Portland announced its schedule: The Trail Blazers tip off the NBA season on Oct. 19 at Sacramento and plays Phoenix in its home opener at Moda Center on Oct. 21.
The team's opening week also includes an Oct. 23 game at the Los Angeles Lakers, and also a home matchup against Denver on Oct. 24.
All 82 Trail Blazers games will be televised by Root Sports and Root Sports Plus; in addition, the team has a partnership with Evoca TV that provides fans in Oregon and Southwest Washington with a new and affordable way to watch regional teams, including the Blazers.
The schedule includes two ESPN games (Nov. 2 vs. Memphis, March 1 vs. New Orleans), one on TNT (Nov. 29 vs. L.A. Clippers) and 11 on NBATV.
More about the schedule via the Blazers:
Portland will play five of its first seven games at home before hitting the road from Nov. 4 to Nov. 12 for the first of three six-game road trips throughout the season (Dec. 14-23, March 3-12). The Trail Blazers will play 21 road games before the calendar turns to 2023. The Rip City faithful will have plenty of opportunities to watch their home team in January as the Trail Blazers play 11 home games in the first month of the New Year.The January docket features a season-long six-game homestand from January 19 to January 30 that includes a matchup with Philadelphia (Jan. 19) and the first of the Lakers' two visits to Portland this season (Jan. 23).
The Trail Blazers will close the 2022-23 campaign with nine of their final 14 games at home, including visits from New York (March 14), Boston (March 17), the Clippers (March 19) and New Orleans (March 27) leading up to Portland's season finale against the 2022 NBA champion Golden State Warriors at Moda Center on Sunday, April 9. Other highlights of Portland's 2022-23 home fixtures include hosting Brooklyn on Nov. 17, a weekend back-to-back against Dallas (Jan. 14 and 15), and February games against Milwaukee (Feb. 6), Golden State (Feb. 8) and the Lakers (Feb. 13).
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For tickets, see http://www.trailblazers.com/tickets.
TUESDAY, AUG. 16
Seattle 8, LA Angels 2 — A ninth inning flurry sealed the deal for Seattle (64-54) in the 8-2 win on the road over the Los Angeles Angels (51-66). The Mariners took the lead in the sixth inning thanks to a two RBI single from Ty France followed by a Jesse Winker sac fly to make it 3-2. In the ninth, Adam Frazier tripled to score two runs, Sam Haggerty brought home Frazier and then Julio Rodriguez provided the exclamation point with a two-run home run, his 19th of the season. Robbie Ray went six innings, allowed two runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks. Seattle is 11 games back of Houston in the AL West, but does hold the top wild card spot now, leading Tampa Bay (62-53) by half a game, Toronto (61-54) by 1.5 games and Baltimore on the outside looking in is two games back.
Eugene 9, Hillsboro 1 — Hillsboro (47-60) continues to struggled with another ugly loss to visiting Eugene (66-40) on Tuesday. The Hops had only four hits, the lone run coming on a Deyvison De Los Santos solo home run in the fourth. The Emeralds scored three runs in the second inning, one in the third, two in the fifth and three in the eighth to seal the deal.
Stewart named POY, Storm gear for playoffs — Seattle Storm superstar Breanna Stewart was named the Associated Press Player of the Year for the second time in her career on Tuesday. Stewart led the WNBA in scoring with 21.8 points per game, matching her career high for a season.
The Storm enter the WNBA playoffs as the No. 4 seed and will take on No. 5 Washington Mystics. The WNBA changed its playoff format starting 2022 to make the first round a best of three series with the semifinals and finals a best of five. Being the higher seed, Seattle will host games one and two and play game three at Washington, if necessary. Game one is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 (ESPN).
MONDAY, AUG. 15
College men's soccer — The Portland Pilots beat visiting Oregon State 4-0 in an exhibition match at Merlo Field. Jacob Babalai, Brandon Cambridge, Sebastian Nava (penalty kick) and Jose Olmos scored for Portland. Monday's match does not count on either team's record. The Beavers are ranked No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason Top 25. The Pilots are unranked, but were picked to finish first in the West Coast Conference ahead of No. 22-ranked Santa Clara.
Portland hosts one more non-counting match at 7 p.m. Friday, when No. 3-ranked Washington comes to Merlo Field.
West Coast League —The Corvallis Knights won their sixth consecutive West Coast League championship, beating North Division champion Bellingham 5-0 Monday in the WCL championship game at Goss Stadium in Corvallis. Grant High grad Kaden Segel was the winning pitcher. The second of four Corvallis pitchers who limited Bellingham to three hits, Segel struck out six and allowed two hits over over 3.1 innings.
Mariners 6, L.A. Angels 2 — Seattle (63-54) survived a start by Los Angeles Angels' star Shohei Ohtani, and scored four ninth-inning runs to beat the home team.
The four-run rally included J.P. Crawford's second RBI single of the game. Jesse Winker, who homered early, added an RBI grounder.
Luis Rengifo homered for the Angels (51-65).
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Ohtani gave up seven hits and two earned runs while striking out eight and walking one in six innings.
College fall sports — The Portland Pilots women's soccer team, which beat British Columbia 5-0 on Aug. 12 in an exhibition match, plays its first counting match of 2022 at home Aug. 18 against Utah The Pilot women also host Eastern Washington at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.
Portland men's soccer plays the last of three home exhibition matches at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 when Washington visits Merlo Field.
Portland State women's soccer plays Thursday, Aug. 18 vs. San Francisco, 6 p.m. (Hillsboro Stadium) and Sunday, Aug. 21 vs. Western Oregon, 5 p.m. (Hillsboro Stadium).
Portland State volleyball hosts Central Washington at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 (exhibition).
Ducks 11th — Oregon is ranked No. 11 in the first Associated Press football poll.
Utah is No. 7 and USC is No. 14.
Pro baseball — The Mariners play a series in Los Angeles against the Angels through Wednesday, Aug. 17, then have a rare two days off, one on either side of an Aug. 19-21 three-game series at Oakland. They are home for six games beginning Tuesday, Aug. 23 against Washington.
• The Hops are at Ron Tonkin Field through Aug. 21, with six games against Eugene completing a two-week homestand. Hillsboro's final six home games are Aug. 30 through Sept. 4 against Tri-City.
NFL Preseason — The Seattle Seahawks play their second preseason game at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 when the Chicago Bears visit Lumen Field (ESPN TV).
The Hawks lost their preseason opener on Aug. 13 at Pittsburgh, 32-25. In the battle to replace Russell Wilson at quarterback, Geno Smith played the first half at Pittsburgh, going 10 for 15 for 101 yards and a rushing touchdown at the end of a two-minute drill drive. Drew Lock was 11 of 15 for 102 yards and two TDs but had a key lost fumble.
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