May 21: Pittsburgh’s Dual-Sport Day

On Sunday, May 21, Pittsburgh had a victorious day in two different sports: baseball and ice hockey. Moreover, both produced shutout wins for the Black and Gold. The minor leaguers also had their own games. Please keep on reading, or click on “Continue Reading” below, to find out more.

The most obvious event to occur in town was the playoff hockey game at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins blanked the visiting Ottawa Senators 7-0. According to WJAC Johnstown’s article from The Associated Press, the Pens’ monster victory resulted in the team leading the series 3-2. That means one victory separates the Penguins from this year’s Stanley Cup Final. (An NHL playoff series is best-of-7 games; whichever team wins four times will advance to the next round.)

Across the Allegheny River, the Pirates hosted the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park. The hometown Buccos blanked Philadelphia by a score of 1-0, as reported by The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. (Pittsburgh’s baseball game was much closer than the blowout Penguin game as described in the previous paragraph.)

In addition to the big-league games in the Steel City, the minor league teams played too. Roughly thirty miles south of Pittsburgh, the Washington Wild Things got a home victory of their own. They won Sunday’s game 5-4 over the Windy City Thunderbolts (based in Crestwood, Illinois) in extra innings. In Altoona, local TV station WTAJ and newspaper report that the Curve (who are the Pirates’ double-A affiliate) were on the other side of a shutout. They lost to the Erie SeaWolves by a score of 2-0.

As mentioned in the preceding paragraphs, May 22 was a busy day for sports fans in the Pittsburgh region. Although the City of Pittsburgh had a pair of shutout victories at home, the minor league teams had more competitive games.


Sources

Associated Press. “PENGUINS STRIKE EARLY, ROUT SENATORS 7-0 TO TAKE 3-2 LEAD.”

WJAC Johnstown (PA). Sinclair Broadcast Group, 21 May 2017. Web. 22 May 2017.

Baker, Jaime. “Curve Falls to Ducks in Finale.” WeAreCentralPA. Nexstar

Broadcasting, Inc., 21 May 2017. Web. 22 May 2017.

Giger, Cory. “Curve shut out by Erie.” Altoona (PA) Mirror. The Nutting Company,

22 May 2017. Web. 22 May 2017.

MLB. “5/21/17: Kuhl leads Pirates to a 1-0 victory.” YouTube. YouTube,

21 May 2017. Web. 22 May 2017.

NHL. “Penguins blank Senators in Game 5 for 3-2 series lead.” YouTube. YouTube,

21 May 2017. Web. 22 May 2017.

“Pirates Edge Phillies 1-0.” The Intelligencer (Wheeling, WV). The Nutting Company,

22 May 2017. Web. 22 May 2017.

“Wild Things Walk Off in Fashion.” Washington Wild Things Baseball. N.p., 21 May 2017.

Web. 22 May 2017.


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