NFL Draft 2018: Thunder’s Billy Donovan stops interview to ask Adam Schefter about cornerbacks

Many people are looking forward to the NFL Draft Thursday night on Fox. Even NBA coaches are apparently thinking about the event in the middle of their games.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan had his hands full in a heated Game 5 with the Jazz Saturday night when he did a between-quarters interview with ESPN. Only it wasn’t a typical ESPN reporter on the sideline. It was NFL breaking news man Adam Schefter.

The Oklahoma City coach didn’t let the opportunity go to waste.

The Reds sent 10 batters to the plate for five runs during the sixth inning of a 10-4 win on Monday. They sent nine to the plate for three runs in the second inning on Tuesday. The last time they had nine-batter innings in consecutive games was Aug. 12-13, 2016, against Milwaukee.

Fried was called up before the game from Triple-A Gwinnett to restock a depleted bullpen. Right-hander Miguel Socolovich was designated for assignment.

Fried came on in the 12th. He walked Votto and gave up Gennett’s homer on a hanging curve.

“It was a two-strike curve that was up,” Fried said. “The intent was to get it in the dirt, and I left it up.”

“All of these good things that have happened in the last few weeks, man, he would have enjoyed all of that so much,” Loomis said. “And I think he gets his greatest enjoyment from seeing how the city reacts to those kinds of things. So he’ll be missed.”

The Saints had an incredible Draft class last year, with first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Ryan Ramczyk joining Marcus Williams and Alvin Kamara as starters. Lattimore and Kamara made the Pro Bowl.

Coach Sean Payton has said there are still a few needs on the roster, but the team usually implements a best-player-available strategy and that should remain the same this year.

Seattle’s James Paxton matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings, throwing 100 pitches.

“I felt good and I thought I did some good things, but I was upset with the (three) walks,” he said.

Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and the Indians tied the score in the seventh on Kipnis’ RBI double against Marc Rzepczynski and Edwin Encarnacion’s run-scoring single off Altavilla.steelers_062