SLO Rundown: What the sports world is talking about today


▪ The baseball world is still buzzing over Max Scherzer’s historic night in our nation’s capitol, as the Nationals ace struck out 20 in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. Scherzer tied the record held by Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens (who did it twice) for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game. Scherzer threw only 23 balls the entire game.

▪ Those pesky Trail Blazers put up a fight, but in the end, the best regular-season team in NBA history did what they do — and on a night when Steph Curry received his second straight MVP award no less. With the Golden State Warriors’ 125-121 victory over Portland, the defending champs will move on to face the winner of the San Antonio Spurs-Oklahoma City Thunder series in the conference finals.

▪ It was a bit of a gruesome night in Texas as Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier required five stitches in his lower lip after diving into the stands after a ball on Wednesday. Frazier, the offensive leader of the surprise White Sox who leads the team in slugging percentage (.496), runs (22), HR (11) and RBI (31), said he’s good to go, however, and even had a good sense of humor over the incident.

The White Sox bullpen catcher Adam Ricks also caught a home run bare handed (yes, bare handed).

▪ Cental Coast softball fans may remember former high school stars Jill Compton and Jessie Hufstetler. They’re now dominating the Mountain West conference, and our own Lucas Clark caught up with them now that they’re both close to wrapping up their spectacular college careers.

▪ It may not have had 20-strikeout-worthy drama, but the San Francisco Giants won in walk-off style in the 13th inning against Toronto on Wednesday. Toronto reliever Ryan Tepera loaded the bases with a hit batter, a botched play on a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and an intentional walk brought up Buster Posey, who then walked on four straight pitches.

▪ And here’s something you don’t see every day: The Fairfax Virgina girl's 4x100 track team used a high jump pole instead of a normal baton in their race on Wednesday. It worked, as the team still won.

▪ Speaking of track, Cal Poly landed a top local athlete — who’s also quite the engineering whiz, as reporter Travis Gibson discovered — when Templeton hurdler Clayton Mackay signed Wednesday with the Mustangs.

▪ And finally, what a day be without the recreation of a historic moment in sports with LEGO’s. Here’s an Instagram user’s depiction of Tiger Woods' famous 2005 Masters shot.