Marlins vs Mets Live

Bullpen blows 5-run lead in the 9th, Marlins lose 10-9

he first three innings on Sunday, the game appeared to be headed for a good ole fashioned pitcher’s duel. Neither team could get much going, getting a grand total of zero hits combined in the first three

frames.Miami broke things open in the fourth inniFor the first three innings on Sunday, the game appeared to be headed for a good ole fashioned pitcher’s duel. Neither team could get much going, getting a grand total of zero hits combined in the first three frames.

Miami broke things open in the fourth inning hanging a six spot. Justin Bour was balked home by Julio Teheran after he tripled to center field. Miguel Rojas singled home Starlin Castro a few batters later to load the bases for rookie center fielder Lewis Brinson, who capped off the scoring with a grand slam to left field.

Wei-Yin Chen deserves a lot of credit for what he did in this game finishing with a respectable line (5.1IP, 5H, 2ER, 1 BB, 5 K), but he had to be bailed out by Nick Wittgren in the 6th with the Braves threatening to add to the two runs they had already scored in the inning. Wittgren came in and struck out Tyler Flowers and forced Ender Inciarte to line out to left to end the jam. 6-2 Marlins.

After Derek Dietrich reached third on a Little League type play with the ball being thrown around the yard, Miguel Rojas found the seats himself to make things 8-2 in favor of the Marlins. It looked as if the Marlins would cruise to a comfortable victory on this Sunday afternoon.

The tides really started to turn some in the home half of the 7th inning, where Drew Steckenrider was erratic yet again for the Marlins against the Braves. If it seems like that only happens against the Braves in 2018 for Drew, well…

After Johan Camargo walked, Charlie Culberson singled, and Ozzie Albies walked to load the bases, Ronald Acuna singled home two runs to make it 8-4. Fortunately, Steckenrider was able to escape the jam without allowing any further damage. After seven innings, it still felt like the Marlins were in good shape to get a series win in Atlanta.

After nothing doing in the 8th inning for either side, Rojas decided he would give the Marlins a little more insurance by having his first multi-home run game. The Marlins led 9-4 headed to the home half of the 9th, needing just three outs to secure the series win.

Things changed quickly in the home half of that 9th inning when Brad Ziegler was summoned to get the final three outs of the game. The first batter of the inning, Dansby Swanson, struck out swinging, two outs to go. Things spiraled quickly from this point. The Braves would go on to bat around in the inning, started with a walk for pinch hitter Ryan Flaherty. After Albies singled and Acuna hit a sacrifice fly to score Flaherty from third, the score was 9-5, but the Marlins were just one out from victory. Freddie Freeman reached on an infield single in which he should’ve been out if Ziegler had been covering first quickly enough.

After Freeman took second base on fielder’s indifference, Nick Markakis singled him home, ending the afternoon for Ziegler. Marlins manager Don Mattingly called upon Tayron Guerrero to try to get the final out of the afternoon with the Marlins still leading 9-7. After issuing a walk, pinch hitter Kurt Suzuki drove home a run on a single to left to make the score 9-8 in favor of the Marlins. Guerrero issued a four pitch walk to Camargo to load the bases, bringing up Swanson with two outs and nowhere to put him. After battling for six pitches, Swanson did this on the seventh pitch of the at-bat…

The Braves win the game 10-9 and take the last two games of the weekend to win the series. The worst part of this walk off loss is that the Marlins wasted their best offensive performance of the season in which they had 20 (!!!) base runners. They’ll have little time to regroup as the road trip continues with a three game set in New York against the Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM ET. Until then, this is an accurate portrayal of all Marlins fans…

Padres vs Nationals Live

SAN DIEGO — The Padres strongly believe in Manuel Margot as their leadoff man of the future, a multifaceted table-setter who can impact games with his bat and with his wheels.

In the present, however, Margot finds himself at the bottom of the San Diego order, where the club feels he’s best suited to break out of his season-long sophomore slump. The 23-year-old speedster showed signs of doing just that Wednesday night.
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Margot notched a season-high three hits in the Padres’ 2-1 victory over the Nationals at Petco Park. He doubled home the tying run in the fourth inning, then created the winning run in the seventh.

It feels good to see that the work I’m putting in is coming to fruition and finally showing itself,” Margot said. “The only thing I can do is keep working, staying with the same process to make sure the results keep showing up.”

Margot swatted a single into center field to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Two pitches later, he swiped second base and made it to third on a throwing error by Nationals catcher Matt Wieters. Matt Szczur plated Margot with a double later in the frame, and the Padres bullpen had a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Margot entered the series with one hit in 16 May at-bats, but he went 5-for-10 with a pair of extra-base hits against the Nationals. A year ago, Margot put forth a rookie campaign in which he never fell into a prolonged drought. This past month marked his first legitimate Major League slump.

“He’s been putting a lot of work in,” said Padres manager Andy Green. “He’s a tremendous kid. He puts everything he’s got into the game. It’s good seeing some of that work starting to pay off and seeing him turn a corner a little bit.”

Starter Joey Lucchesi continued his excellent rookie campaign with five-plus innings of one-run ball. He allowed only a homer to Anthony Rendon in the top of the fourth, while striking out six.

Rendon’s next trip to the plate spelled the end of Lucchesi’s night, even though the rookie left-hander was sitting on just 69 pitches. Lucchesi allowed the first two men to reach base in the sixth, and with Rendon due up, Green called for right-hander Craig Stammen.

“I can’t really argue with the coach,” Lucchesi said. “If that’s what he wants, it’s fine. I didn’t want to come out. I wanted to keep competing.”

If I ever go take a baseball from a guy and they’re happy about coming out of the game, we have a problem,” Green said. “If I take a baseball from a guy and he wants to continue to pitch, we have a competitor. That’s a good thing.”

Stammen promptly induced a double play and an inning-ending popup. Kirby Yates and Brad Hand followed with more scoreless relief, as the Padres avoided being swept by the Nationals for the first time at Petco Park.

Great Yates: Trailing by one in the eighth, the Nationals sent the top of their order to the plate against Yates. He quickly set them down in order, including strikeouts of Trea Turner and Rendon. They were Yates’ 100th and 101st K’s for the Padres — and he’s reached that mark in only 67 innings.

HE SAID IT
“There were a lot of times where I was going up to the plate with things in my head, thinking about things. If you’re doing that, that doesn’t really let you be who you need to be. I do think I’m getting back to just being myself.” — Margot

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Jordan Lyles’ strong showing in the bullpen has earned him admittance into the Padres’ starting rotation, after a struggling Bryan Mitchell was moved to a relief role. Lyles, whose hard curveball has come to life in the ‘pen, will start Thursday against the Cardinals at 7:10 p.m. PT. He’ll be limited innings-wise, having maxed out at 45 pitches this season. Meanwhile, former Padre Miles Mikolas gets the start for St. Louis.

Braves vs Phillies Live Stream MLB

Miami Marlins Visit Atlanta Braves: Series Preview

After 43 games, the Miami Marlins sit at 16-27 for the season. Winning games at that rate will yield a 60-102 season. Enter the Atlanta Braves.

The Miami Marlins will pay a visit to the Atlanta Braves at Trustmark Park for three games, starting tonight. The Marlins have won by shutout three times this season, and lost six times without scoring. Their biggest margin of victory was eight runs, against the Yankees, 9-1. Conversely, they’ve lost games by scores of 14-2, 12-1, and 20-1.

On the other side of the diamond, the Braves have lost by shutout only once, and collectively tossed five. Lefty Sean Newcomb was the winning pitcher of record in three of them. In those three games he’s struck out 23, walked four, and allowed nine hits in 19 innings.

Newcomb faced Miami on May 13th, earlier this week, and limited the Marlins to one hit and four walks in six innings. Although the game didn’t yield a shutout for Atlanta, they did end up with a 4-3 victory. Newcomb whiffed six in the start, and has made 54 batters miss this season in 46 2/3 innings.
Starting Pitching
Friday

Friday, the Miami Marlins will open the series against Newcomb (4-1, 2.51). His counterpart, Dan Straily (1-0, 5.54) is making his fourth start after an injury delay to begin the season. In seven games against the Braves through his career, he has held opposing batters to a .261/.292/.457 slashline, with six homers among 15 extra base hits surrendered. He’s gone 3-2 with a 5.24 ERA, a 1.456 slashline, and 36 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. Newcomb is 1-1 in three starts against the Marlins, with a 3.18 ERA, a 1.412 WHIP, and a .213/.333/.361 opposing slashline.
Saturday

On Saturday, José Ureña (0-6, 4.38) will make his 10th start of the season. Ureña has held batters to a 1.25 WHIP and has earned a 4.38 ERA. The Marlins have not given Ureña very much run support, crossing the plate just 22 times over his starts. That’s 2.44 runs per game, and the Miami Marlins have lost every one. Against the Braves, Ureña has held batters to a .248/.341/.422 slashline, striking out 28 in 43 1/3 innings. He’s gone 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.362 WHIP. Atlanta has yet to designate a starter for the middle game.
Sunday

In the series closing matinee, early Sunday afternoon, Wei-Yin Chen will take on Julio Teheran. Teheran is 4-1 with a 3.49 this season, with a 1.16 WHIP and 43 K’s in 49 innings. Teheran has had middling success against the Miami Marlins, as evidenced by his .262/.314/.405 opposing slashline. He has struck out 89 Marlins in 105 2/3 innings, earned a 1.278 WHIP, and gone 6-5 with a 3.49 ERA.

Chen will be pitching in his fifth game this season after getting a late start to the campaign. He’s gone 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA, nine strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings, and a 1.800 WHIP. Opponents have hit .297/.403/.703 against him in that small sample size, with six home runs. In five starts against the Braves, Chen has allowed a .242/.380/.323 slashline, and not surrendered a home run. He’s 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.048 WHIP. The Braves are Chen’s favorite NL East opponent due to this relative success.

The Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves have squared off 418 times up through now. That’s Miami’s second most prolific opponent, after the Philadelphia Phillies (422 games). Miami is .419 against the Braves, which is their worst winning percentage against any other NL East team. It’s their second worst in the National League behind the St. Louis Cardinals (.403).

Just FYI, the Braves are 10536-10538 since their inception as the Boston Red Stockings in 1876. That’s 117 years before the Marlins inception, and yet they’ve only won three World Series in that time, and only two in the last 100 years. The Marlins have also won two in the last 100 years, lol. The flip side of that is only one of Miami’s players would rank in Atlanta’s top 24 all-time WAR. Giancarlo Stanton‘s mark of 35.2 while with the Marlins would be 19th on the Braves’ list between Herman Long (35.5) and Tommy Holmes (34.7). So the Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves/Bees/Rustlers/Doves/Beaneaters/Red Stockings have 18 guys with better in-franchise careers than Stanton had with Miami. Staggering.
Integrated Team Leaders
Average

Nick Markakis .333
Freddie Freeman .325
Starlin Castro .296
Ozzie Albies .283
Brian Anderson .268
OBP

Freddie Freeman .435
Nick Markakis .408
Justin Bour .377
Brian Anderson .354
Starlin Castro .341
SLG

Ozzie Albies .598
Freddie Freeman .567
Nick Markakis .518
Justin Bour .468
Miguel Rojas .390
Hits

Nick Markakis 56
Ozzie Albies 52
Freddie Freeman 51
Starlin Castro 48
Ender Inciarte 46

Athletics vs Blue Jays Live

Athletics belt three homers in win over Blue Jays

TORONTO — There was no hiding the frustration after the Toronto Blue Jays fell back to the .500 mark with a 10-5 loss to Oakland on Thursday night.

Manager John Gibbons offered pithy replies in a media availability that lasted just 81 seconds. Starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez dropped a few expletives in his scrum with reporters.

A promising 15-10 April has been followed by a disappointing 6-10 May and the cracks are starting to show.

The Blue Jays were hoping to build on a stellar performance from a day earlier in New York. Instead they kicked off a seven-game homestand with a dud.

It was the Athletics who came to play on this night, with Khris Davis leading the charge by hitting one of three Oakland homers and finishing with four hits.

After the game, Gibbons kept his answers brief.

“It’s a tough night, that’s all I got,” he said. “No need to elaborate. A tough night.”

A reporter tried a follow-up question.

“Don’t bother,” said the skipper.

Both Oakland and Toronto own identical records of 22-22. The Blue Jays have dropped nine of their last 12 home games.

Sanchez (2-4) threw 29 pitches in the first inning and never really got on track. He struck out eight but walked four and had his 97-pitch effort end with a leadoff walk in the fifth.

“They put good swings on it,” Sanchez said. “I felt like tonight any time I left the ball up in the zone it was smacked.”

Was he encouraged with the swinging strikeouts?

“I don’t really give a (expletive),” he said, adding an f-bomb for good measure.

Davis, who reached base five times in all, leads the Athletics with 13 homers. Matt Olson added a three-run shot in the fifth inning and Matt Chapman provided a two-run blast in the sixth.

Toronto brought the potential tying run to the plate in the eighth inning but Josh Donaldson grounded out to end the threat. The Athletics outhit the Blue Jays 14-7.

“When we’re swinging pretty good and getting some contributions from everybody, it can turn into 10 runs like it did tonight,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

Kevin Pillar picked up his major-league leading 18th double of the season in the second inning for Toronto and Curtis Granderson walked three times.

Oakland starter Andrew Triggs took himself out of the game in the third inning due to “forearm nerve discomfort” in his throwing arm.

Reliever Yusmeiro Petit (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings for the victory as the Athletics improved to 4-3 on their 10-game road trip.

Announced attendance was 22,893 and the game took three hours 34 minutes to play.

Notes: Oakland placed Bruce Maxwell on the restricted list for the series and recalled fellow catcher Josh Phegley from triple-A Nashville. Maxwell can’t enter Canada while awaiting sentencing in Arizona on a gun-related charge. … Canadian skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis threw the ceremonial first pitch. … The retractable roof was open for the second time this year. It was sunny and 19 C at game time. … Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez sat out with back tightness. Gibbons said Hernandez is day to day. … Right-hander Marco Estrada (2-3, 5.32 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday against Oakland southpaw Brett Anderson (0-2, 8.16).

Athletics vs Blue Jays Live

Athletics belt three homers in win over Blue Jays

TORONTO — There was no hiding the frustration after the Toronto Blue Jays fell back to the .500 mark with a 10-5 loss to Oakland on Thursday night.

Manager John Gibbons offered pithy replies in a media availability that lasted just 81 seconds. Starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez dropped a few expletives in his scrum with reporters.

A promising 15-10 April has been followed by a disappointing 6-10 May and the cracks are starting to show.

The Blue Jays were hoping to build on a stellar performance from a day earlier in New York. Instead they kicked off a seven-game homestand with a dud.

It was the Athletics who came to play on this night, with Khris Davis leading the charge by hitting one of three Oakland homers and finishing with four hits.

After the game, Gibbons kept his answers brief.

“It’s a tough night, that’s all I got,” he said. “No need to elaborate. A tough night.”

A reporter tried a follow-up question.

“Don’t bother,” said the skipper.

Both Oakland and Toronto own identical records of 22-22. The Blue Jays have dropped nine of their last 12 home games.

Sanchez (2-4) threw 29 pitches in the first inning and never really got on track. He struck out eight but walked four and had his 97-pitch effort end with a leadoff walk in the fifth.

“They put good swings on it,” Sanchez said. “I felt like tonight any time I left the ball up in the zone it was smacked.”

Was he encouraged with the swinging strikeouts?

“I don’t really give a (expletive),” he said, adding an f-bomb for good measure.

Davis, who reached base five times in all, leads the Athletics with 13 homers. Matt Olson added a three-run shot in the fifth inning and Matt Chapman provided a two-run blast in the sixth.

Toronto brought the potential tying run to the plate in the eighth inning but Josh Donaldson grounded out to end the threat. The Athletics outhit the Blue Jays 14-7.

“When we’re swinging pretty good and getting some contributions from everybody, it can turn into 10 runs like it did tonight,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

Kevin Pillar picked up his major-league leading 18th double of the season in the second inning for Toronto and Curtis Granderson walked three times.

Oakland starter Andrew Triggs took himself out of the game in the third inning due to “forearm nerve discomfort” in his throwing arm.

Reliever Yusmeiro Petit (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings for the victory as the Athletics improved to 4-3 on their 10-game road trip.

Announced attendance was 22,893 and the game took three hours 34 minutes to play.

Notes: Oakland placed Bruce Maxwell on the restricted list for the series and recalled fellow catcher Josh Phegley from triple-A Nashville. Maxwell can’t enter Canada while awaiting sentencing in Arizona on a gun-related charge. … Canadian skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis threw the ceremonial first pitch. … The retractable roof was open for the second time this year. It was sunny and 19 C at game time. … Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez sat out with back tightness. Gibbons said Hernandez is day to day. … Right-hander Marco Estrada (2-3, 5.32 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday against Oakland southpaw Brett Anderson (0-2, 8.16).

Orioles vs Red Sox Live

Baltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox: 5 players to watch

The Baltimore Orioles haven’t suited up in three days, and with a 5-2 record on their home stand, they’ll be eager to return to action.

With thunder and lightning pounding the East Coast, the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies didn’t get to play their series opener on Tuesday night. Throw in Monday’s day off, and the Birds haven’t suited up in three whole days.

There’s still rain in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon, but with any luck, there will be time for nine innings before the floodgates open. Game time is set for 12:05 p.m. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.

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Best of Orioles news and analysis across the web from 5/15/18

Rainout costs Orioles’ Miguel Castro chance to start Wednesday against Phillies: Castro was set to make a spot start on Wednesday, but with Tuesday’s postponement pushing everyone back, he’ll have to wait for his chance. This article by Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun includes quotes from Castro and Buck Showalter.

Davey Johnson Still Loves Baltimore And The Orioles: It’s been over 20 years since Davey Johnson managed his last game for the Orioles, but at 75 years old, you can’t blame him for looking back. The two-time Manager of the Year and four-time All-Star spoke to Rich Dubroff of Press Box about his eventful tenures with the Birds.

Orioles notes: Britton takes another step toward return; O’Day making progress: In this article, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun provides updates on a pair of injured relievers and quotes Buck Showalter on his rebuilding philosophy.

Manny Machado’s performance has been even better than it’s seemed: We all know that Machado has been killing it this season, but just how hot is he? Joe Wedra of Camden Chat dives deep into the stats to paint an accurate picture of the slugging shortstop’s value.

Orioles vs Red Sox Live

Baltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox: 5 players to watch

The Baltimore Orioles haven’t suited up in three days, and with a 5-2 record on their home stand, they’ll be eager to return to action.

With thunder and lightning pounding the East Coast, the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies didn’t get to play their series opener on Tuesday night. Throw in Monday’s day off, and the Birds haven’t suited up in three whole days.

There’s still rain in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon, but with any luck, there will be time for nine innings before the floodgates open. Game time is set for 12:05 p.m. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.

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Best of Orioles news and analysis across the web from 5/15/18

Rainout costs Orioles’ Miguel Castro chance to start Wednesday against Phillies: Castro was set to make a spot start on Wednesday, but with Tuesday’s postponement pushing everyone back, he’ll have to wait for his chance. This article by Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun includes quotes from Castro and Buck Showalter.

Davey Johnson Still Loves Baltimore And The Orioles: It’s been over 20 years since Davey Johnson managed his last game for the Orioles, but at 75 years old, you can’t blame him for looking back. The two-time Manager of the Year and four-time All-Star spoke to Rich Dubroff of Press Box about his eventful tenures with the Birds.

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Manny Machado’s performance has been even better than it’s seemed: We all know that Machado has been killing it this season, but just how hot is he? Joe Wedra of Camden Chat dives deep into the stats to paint an accurate picture of the slugging shortstop’s value.

Warriors vs Rockets live Stream

Live playoff updates: Warriors vs. Rockets, Game 2 on Wednesday

Join us for live news and analysis Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. as the Warriors look to seize a commanding lead in the Western Conference Finals when they take on the Rockets in Houston for Game 2.

The Rockets were summarily silenced by the Warriors in Game 1 on Monday and now Houston is facing a must-win situation in Game 2 following Golden State’s impressive 119-106 Game 1 win.

James Harden scored 41 points in Game 1 but need to do even more if the Rockets can avoid becoming the first team to win 65 or more games and trail a series 2-0 in NBA postseason history.

The Warriors had plenty of answers for the team with the NBA’s best regular season record in Game 1, beginning with Kevin Durant’s dominating 37-point performance. Klay Thompson (28 points, 6 3-pointers) and Stephen Curry (18 points, 8-of-15 shooting) chipped in offensively, as did Nick Young (3 3-pointers).

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Defensively, the Warriors were able to successfully handle the Rockets’ isolation and pick-and-roll game, even with Harden’s big night. The question is can Golden State duplicate that effort?

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The series will shift to Oakland on Sunday for Game 3, beginning at 5 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were the best team in the NBA in the regular season.

They played like it Wednesday night, using a balanced scoring attack to rout the Golden State Warriors 127-105 and even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece.

James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points on a night Houston had five players score 16 points or more.

“We can beat anybody, anywhere at any time playing the way we play,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.

The Rockets didn’t trail after the first quarter and led by double digits for most of the night. They head to Oakland, California for Game 3 on Sunday night feeling much better after rebounding from a deflating 119-106 loss in the series opener.

P.J. Tucker added a playoff career-high 22 and Trevor Ariza had 19 as both bounced back after struggling in Game 1. Tucker had just one point in that game and Ariza scored eight, but was limited on defense after collecting his fifth foul early in the third quarter.

They were more settled tonight and they hit timely shots,” Durant said. “The first quarter was still the most important part of the game. Eric Gordon hit two big 3s and that kind of settled them in. Those shots did it for them.”

Houston avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this postseason and the Warriors lost in the second game of a playoff series for the first time since the 2015 NBA Finals, snapping a 10-game winning streak in such games.

“We got outplayed the whole game … we got it handed to us,” Kerr said. “You can look at it any way you want … and parcel it out, but it didn’t matter who we had out there tonight we got beat.”

Houston led by as many as 19 in the first half and was up 64-50 at halftime. The Warriors cut it to 74-64 with five quick points from Durant, but the Rockets opened it back up to 89-72 when Gordon made an off-balance layup before crashing to the court while being fouled and made the free throw.

The Rockets were up by 16 to start the fourth quarter but Golden State got within 98-86 with about 10 minutes left. Curry had five points in that span, including his first 3 after missing his first six attempts of the night.

Curry finished with 16 points and Thompson was 3 for 11 for his eight points.

Sweden vs Switzerland Live Stream

IIHF World Championship 2018: Sweden stunned by Switzerland, will play Sweden for bronze

Switzerland stunned the heavily-favored Canadians 3-2 in Saturday’s semifinal round to set up an all-European gold medal game against Sweden on Sunday. Sweden will have to settle for a bronze medal matchup against the United States.

The Canadians outplayed Switzerland for much of the contest, but never led as they struggled to solve Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni. Genoni stopped 43 of the 45 shots he faced, with most of them coming in the second and third periods as Sweden ramped up the pressure.

Tristan Scherwey opened the scoring for Switzerland late in the first period, but the Canadians responded well in the second and tied the game on a Bo Horvat wrist-shot. The Swiss regained the lead a few minutes later and then pushed it to 3-1 in the third period with some opportunistic offense from their special teams.

Gregory Hofmann tapped home a Kevin Fiala pass for a power play marker in the second and Gaetan Haas made the most of a man-advantage by redirecting Switzerland’s only third-period shot on goal past Darcy Kuemper to give his team a two-goal cushion.

Colton Parayko’s one-time blast in the final 130 seconds of regulation made things interesting, but the Swiss held their nerve to seal the win.

Sweden will face the United States for the bronze on Sunday (9:45 a.m. ET) in a rematch between the rivals who opened the 2018 tournament against each other. The United States won that first game, 5-4, in a shootout.

Sporting News provided updates throughout Sweden’s 3-2 semifinal loss to Switzerland (all times Eastern).
Third period

Shots on goal: Sweden 45, Switzerland 17

3:33 – Sweden wins the faceoff and takes two more shot attempts, but Parayko’s effort is blocked and Genoni comes up big once again on a rebound as the Swiss hold on to advance to the gold medal game.

3:31 – The Canadians keep control of the puck in the offensive zone and try to create chaos in the crease. Genoni finds the loose puck and covers with seven seconds remaining.

3:30 – Sweden continues to apply the pressure with six skaters on the ice and Switzerland ices the puck with 42 seconds to play.

3:27 – Goal Sweden! The extra attacker pays off as Colton Parayko blasts a one-timer off of Genoni’s blocker and into the back of the net. Sweden uses its timeout to get its top line some rest. 3-2 Switzerland with 2:07 to play in the period.

3:25 – Kuemper heads to the bench for an extra attacker just as Ekblad fires a shot from the point into Genoni’s glove. Sweden will have six skaters on the ice for an offensive zone faceoff with 2:39 to go.

3:22 – Sweden’s top power play unit spends a good 90 seconds in the offensive zone, but can’t convert. O’Reilly has a couple chances in front, but Genoni does just enough to keep the puck out of the net. Switzerland kills off the remaining penalty time as we go back to 5-on-5 play with less than four minutes to play in regulation.

3:20 – Noah Rod gets caught for a slash on Parayko and Sweden will head to the power play for the first time this afternoon.

3:15 – Schenn fires a shot on goal from the slot and finds his own rebound for a second-effort, but Genoni gets in front of it and pounces onto the rebound with McDavid lurking.

3:12 – Sweden has been applying the pressure in the offensive zone, but hasn’t created a lot of clear-cut chances to get back in this. The Canadians are outshooting the Swiss 10-1 in the period as we reach the 10-minute mark.

3:03 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss convert on the power play again to go up by two. Bo Horvat comes close to scoring a nifty short-handed goal, but Switzerland comes back the other way and Andrighetto fires a wrist shot that is deflected past Kuemper by Gaetan Haas. 3-1 Switzerland with 15:46 to play in the period.

3:00 – Switzerland will go to the power play for the third time tonight (1-2) after Nugent-Hopkins is whistled for hooking in the offensive zone.

2:58 – Early pressure from Sweden. Parayko fires two long-range shots that are stopped by Genoni and then the Swiss goaltender gets bailed out by his near post on an effor by O’Reilly.

2:55 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the third period. Sweden has 20 minutes to find a tying goal.
Second period: Switzerland 2, Sweden 1

Shots: Sweden 27, Switzerland 16

2:41 – Nugent-Hopkins fires a backhand effort on goal, but Genoni shrugs it away with his shoulder as the second period comes to a close.

2:38 – Edmundson fires a one-timer from the point that takes a wicked deflection off the stick of Andrighetto and bounces into Genoni’s glove. The Swiss netminder follows that up with a nice save on O’Reilly in close.

2:34 – Sven Andrighetto skates over the Canadian blueline and fires a shot at Kuemper, who makes an easy glove save. That’s the goaltender’s first involvement in a while.

2:28 – The McDavid line causes all sorts of problems for Switzerland, who essentially plays the shift down a man because of a broken stick. After nearly two minutes in the zone, Switzerland finally ices the puck, but can’t get a change. They finally get that change on the next sequence against the Islanders’ line (Barzal, Bailey, Beauvillier) and avoid any high-danger chances.

2:22 – What a save by Genoni! Barzal plays it across to Beauvillier and the Islanders’ forward is denied by a spectacluar lunging save. Sweden players on the ice and bench thought that was going in.

2:18 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss strike back immediately after keeping the Canadian penalty kill on the ice for extended shift. Fiala plays the puck through the crease and Gregory Hofmann taps it home to restore the lead. 2-1 Switzerland with 10:20 to play in the period.

2:16 – The Swiss will get a chance to take the momentum back right away on the power play as Edmundson is whistled for hooking.

2:14 – Goal Sweden! Sweden capitalizes on its early pressure as Bo Horvat scores his third goal of the tournament on an eerily similar play to Switzerland’s opening goal. Pageau plays the puck to the Canucks forward, who skates over the blue line and fires a shot from the top of the left circle past Genoni. 1-1 with 12:40 to play in the period.

2:11 – Brayden Schenn plays a nice give-and-go with McDavid before firing a shot from the slot, but Genoni gets a piece of it and the Swiss clear the zone.

2:07 – Chance for Pageau! Bo Horvat finds the Senators forward on the doorstep, but Genoni makes a right-pad stop to keep his team in the lead.

2:02 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the second period. Tristan Scherwey’s first-period goal is the difference so far.
First period: Switzerland 1, Sweden 0

Shots: Sweden 9, Switzerland 5

1:47 – Edmundson fires a shot from a poor angle and Genoni makes the save as the final seconds of the period expire.

1:44 – Goal Switzerland! It’s been coming. The Swiss finally capitalize on their pressure as Tristan Scherwey takes a pass in the neutral zone, crosses the blueline and fires a shot over Kuemper’s shoulder. Darnell Nurse gave Scherwey too much time and space to fire his effort on goal. 1-0 Switzerland with 1:19 to play in the period.

1:39 – Another opportunity for Meier! The Swiss forward can’t control a pass in close and ends up playing the puck through the crease insead of into the open side. Big letoff for the Canadians.

1:37 – Big chance for Sweden! Bailey and Beauvillier come close to connecting on a tip play for the Canadians, but Genoni just gets his stick out to break the pass.

1:33 – Two chances for Switzerland! Timo Meier finds some room in the slot, but fires his wrist shot just wide of Kuemper’s goal. On the ensuing shift, the Canadian netminder robs Tristan Scherwey on the doorstep.

1:27 – Very tentative start from the Swiss, but they have limited Sweden to shots from the perimeter so far. Genoni has been equal to them all.

1:23 – No shots for Switzerland on the power play. The Canadians kill it off with relative ease as the Swiss had trouble gaining the offensive zone.

1:20 – Down the other end, Switzerland takes advantage of a Sweden turnover and Gaetan Haas gets his team’s first shot on Kuemper. The Canadians steer the rebound to safety, but Darnell Nurse is heading to the penalty box for delay of game. The Swiss get the first power play of the game.

1:18 – Genoni comes way out of his crease to deny Pageau of a breakaway chance. The Swiss netminder fires the puck into his team’s bench, avoiding a delay of game penalty.

1:15 p.m. – The puck is dropped and away we go! It’s Darcy Kuemper in net for Sweden against Leonardo Genoni for Switzerland.
Pregame

12:50 p.m. – Here are the expected lineups for Sweden and Switzerland:

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IIHF World Championship 2018: Sweden stunned by Switzerland, will play Sweden for bronze

Switzerland stunned the heavily-favored Canadians 3-2 in Saturday’s semifinal round to set up an all-European gold medal game against Sweden on Sunday. Sweden will have to settle for a bronze medal matchup against the United States.

The Canadians outplayed Switzerland for much of the contest, but never led as they struggled to solve Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni. Genoni stopped 43 of the 45 shots he faced, with most of them coming in the second and third periods as Sweden ramped up the pressure.

Tristan Scherwey opened the scoring for Switzerland late in the first period, but the Canadians responded well in the second and tied the game on a Bo Horvat wrist-shot. The Swiss regained the lead a few minutes later and then pushed it to 3-1 in the third period with some opportunistic offense from their special teams.

Gregory Hofmann tapped home a Kevin Fiala pass for a power play marker in the second and Gaetan Haas made the most of a man-advantage by redirecting Switzerland’s only third-period shot on goal past Darcy Kuemper to give his team a two-goal cushion.

Colton Parayko’s one-time blast in the final 130 seconds of regulation made things interesting, but the Swiss held their nerve to seal the win.

Sweden will face the United States for the bronze on Sunday (9:45 a.m. ET) in a rematch between the rivals who opened the 2018 tournament against each other. The United States won that first game, 5-4, in a shootout.

Sporting News provided updates throughout Sweden’s 3-2 semifinal loss to Switzerland (all times Eastern).
Third period

Shots on goal: Sweden 45, Switzerland 17

3:33 – Sweden wins the faceoff and takes two more shot attempts, but Parayko’s effort is blocked and Genoni comes up big once again on a rebound as the Swiss hold on to advance to the gold medal game.

3:31 – The Canadians keep control of the puck in the offensive zone and try to create chaos in the crease. Genoni finds the loose puck and covers with seven seconds remaining.

3:30 – Sweden continues to apply the pressure with six skaters on the ice and Switzerland ices the puck with 42 seconds to play.

3:27 – Goal Sweden! The extra attacker pays off as Colton Parayko blasts a one-timer off of Genoni’s blocker and into the back of the net. Sweden uses its timeout to get its top line some rest. 3-2 Switzerland with 2:07 to play in the period.

3:25 – Kuemper heads to the bench for an extra attacker just as Ekblad fires a shot from the point into Genoni’s glove. Sweden will have six skaters on the ice for an offensive zone faceoff with 2:39 to go.

3:22 – Sweden’s top power play unit spends a good 90 seconds in the offensive zone, but can’t convert. O’Reilly has a couple chances in front, but Genoni does just enough to keep the puck out of the net. Switzerland kills off the remaining penalty time as we go back to 5-on-5 play with less than four minutes to play in regulation.

3:20 – Noah Rod gets caught for a slash on Parayko and Sweden will head to the power play for the first time this afternoon.

3:15 – Schenn fires a shot on goal from the slot and finds his own rebound for a second-effort, but Genoni gets in front of it and pounces onto the rebound with McDavid lurking.

3:12 – Sweden has been applying the pressure in the offensive zone, but hasn’t created a lot of clear-cut chances to get back in this. The Canadians are outshooting the Swiss 10-1 in the period as we reach the 10-minute mark.

3:03 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss convert on the power play again to go up by two. Bo Horvat comes close to scoring a nifty short-handed goal, but Switzerland comes back the other way and Andrighetto fires a wrist shot that is deflected past Kuemper by Gaetan Haas. 3-1 Switzerland with 15:46 to play in the period.

3:00 – Switzerland will go to the power play for the third time tonight (1-2) after Nugent-Hopkins is whistled for hooking in the offensive zone.

2:58 – Early pressure from Sweden. Parayko fires two long-range shots that are stopped by Genoni and then the Swiss goaltender gets bailed out by his near post on an effor by O’Reilly.

2:55 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the third period. Sweden has 20 minutes to find a tying goal.
Second period: Switzerland 2, Sweden 1

Shots: Sweden 27, Switzerland 16

2:41 – Nugent-Hopkins fires a backhand effort on goal, but Genoni shrugs it away with his shoulder as the second period comes to a close.

2:38 – Edmundson fires a one-timer from the point that takes a wicked deflection off the stick of Andrighetto and bounces into Genoni’s glove. The Swiss netminder follows that up with a nice save on O’Reilly in close.

2:34 – Sven Andrighetto skates over the Canadian blueline and fires a shot at Kuemper, who makes an easy glove save. That’s the goaltender’s first involvement in a while.

2:28 – The McDavid line causes all sorts of problems for Switzerland, who essentially plays the shift down a man because of a broken stick. After nearly two minutes in the zone, Switzerland finally ices the puck, but can’t get a change. They finally get that change on the next sequence against the Islanders’ line (Barzal, Bailey, Beauvillier) and avoid any high-danger chances.

2:22 – What a save by Genoni! Barzal plays it across to Beauvillier and the Islanders’ forward is denied by a spectacluar lunging save. Sweden players on the ice and bench thought that was going in.

2:18 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss strike back immediately after keeping the Canadian penalty kill on the ice for extended shift. Fiala plays the puck through the crease and Gregory Hofmann taps it home to restore the lead. 2-1 Switzerland with 10:20 to play in the period.

2:16 – The Swiss will get a chance to take the momentum back right away on the power play as Edmundson is whistled for hooking.

2:14 – Goal Sweden! Sweden capitalizes on its early pressure as Bo Horvat scores his third goal of the tournament on an eerily similar play to Switzerland’s opening goal. Pageau plays the puck to the Canucks forward, who skates over the blue line and fires a shot from the top of the left circle past Genoni. 1-1 with 12:40 to play in the period.

2:11 – Brayden Schenn plays a nice give-and-go with McDavid before firing a shot from the slot, but Genoni gets a piece of it and the Swiss clear the zone.

2:07 – Chance for Pageau! Bo Horvat finds the Senators forward on the doorstep, but Genoni makes a right-pad stop to keep his team in the lead.

2:02 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the second period. Tristan Scherwey’s first-period goal is the difference so far.
First period: Switzerland 1, Sweden 0

Shots: Sweden 9, Switzerland 5

1:47 – Edmundson fires a shot from a poor angle and Genoni makes the save as the final seconds of the period expire.

1:44 – Goal Switzerland! It’s been coming. The Swiss finally capitalize on their pressure as Tristan Scherwey takes a pass in the neutral zone, crosses the blueline and fires a shot over Kuemper’s shoulder. Darnell Nurse gave Scherwey too much time and space to fire his effort on goal. 1-0 Switzerland with 1:19 to play in the period.

1:39 – Another opportunity for Meier! The Swiss forward can’t control a pass in close and ends up playing the puck through the crease insead of into the open side. Big letoff for the Canadians.

1:37 – Big chance for Sweden! Bailey and Beauvillier come close to connecting on a tip play for the Canadians, but Genoni just gets his stick out to break the pass.

1:33 – Two chances for Switzerland! Timo Meier finds some room in the slot, but fires his wrist shot just wide of Kuemper’s goal. On the ensuing shift, the Canadian netminder robs Tristan Scherwey on the doorstep.

1:27 – Very tentative start from the Swiss, but they have limited Sweden to shots from the perimeter so far. Genoni has been equal to them all.

1:23 – No shots for Switzerland on the power play. The Canadians kill it off with relative ease as the Swiss had trouble gaining the offensive zone.

1:20 – Down the other end, Switzerland takes advantage of a Sweden turnover and Gaetan Haas gets his team’s first shot on Kuemper. The Canadians steer the rebound to safety, but Darnell Nurse is heading to the penalty box for delay of game. The Swiss get the first power play of the game.

1:18 – Genoni comes way out of his crease to deny Pageau of a breakaway chance. The Swiss netminder fires the puck into his team’s bench, avoiding a delay of game penalty.

1:15 p.m. – The puck is dropped and away we go! It’s Darcy Kuemper in net for Sweden against Leonardo Genoni for Switzerland.
Pregame

12:50 p.m. – Here are the expected lineups for Sweden and Switzerland: