Dodgers come up short against Padres in series opener

first_imgAfter four consecutive 90-loss seasons, nine in a row under .500 and 13 without a trip to the playoffs, the San Diego Padres have been the grass and the Dodgers the lawn mower in any rivalry between the two Southern California teams.The opener of a three-game series at Petco Park on Monday night was another chance for the Padres to get the Dodgers’ attention. They might have done it by hitting three home runs off Walker Buehler and scoring twice against the Dodgers’ bullpen in a 5-4 victory.The two teams have matching 7-4 records and their fellow National League West tenant, the Colorado Rockies, are off to a 7-2 start.PreviousSan Diego Padres second baseman Jurickson Profar, right, jokes with Trent Grisham after Grisham hit a home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger gestures after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres closing pitcher Kirby Yates, right, and catcher Austin Hedges celebrate after the Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsTrent Grisham #2 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated by third-base coach Glenn Hoffman #26 after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, reacts with third base coach Dino Ebel after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Abraham Almonte #16 of the San Diego Padres is tagged out by Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he tries to steal second base during the second inning at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Chris Paddack #59 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Wil Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres watches the flight of his solo home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., left, dances as teammates reacts after San Diego Padres’ Trent Grisham hit a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. watches his home run hit during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, reacts with teammate Max Muncy (13) after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. reacts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Joc Pederson gestures above the dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. watches his home run hit during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., left, celebrates with center fielder Trent Grisham, center, and right fielder Wil Myers after the Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., right, collides with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith, center, as he is tagged out attempting to score from third base on a line out by Manny Machado during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty (45) looks on at left. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talks with shortstop Corey Seager before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., right, is tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith, behind center, attempting to score from third off a line out by Manny Machado as Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty (45) looks on, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith looks towards San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., right, after tagging him out as he tried to score from third off a line out by Manny Machado during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. reacts after being tagged out while trying to score from third base off a line out by Manny Machado during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Clayton Kershaw #22 after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated by Manny Machado #13 after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., center, runs towards home chased by Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, right, before being tagged out trying to score from third off a line out by the Padres’ Manny Machado during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres points skyward after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, center, looks on before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres second baseman Jurickson Profar, right, jokes with Trent Grisham after Grisham hit a home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger gestures after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)NextShow Caption1 of 27Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger gestures after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Expand“Those guys tonight, you could see it. The Padres, they came out with energy,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I was not surprised. We expected three good ones this series. (Dinelson) Lamet going tomorrow, (Garrett) Richards on Wednesday. And this is a very talented offensive club. They’re playing well, they got a lot of confidence so this was no surprise.”The series opener in San Diego was a matchup of young guns, right-handers Buehler and Chris Paddack. Neither was at his best.In his second start of the season, Buehler gave up three hits in five innings — all solo home runs. Trent Grisham got him in the first inning, Wil Myers in the fourth and Fernando Tatis Jr. in the fifth.Buehler struggled with his command, also walking three. A year ago, Buehler gave up 20 home runs in 182 1/3 innings — roughly one every nine innings. But he has already given up four in 8 2/3 innings this season.“Just not enough strikes, not enough good counts,” Buehler said. “Then when I made mistakes they hit them out. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Got to get in the zone more and start getting in better counts. … I expect a lot of myself and I think me being good is important. I just want to be better.”Joc Pederson led off the game with a home run on Paddack’s first pitch and Will Smith drove in two with a double off the Padres right-hander in the fifth.But Smith was picked off third to end the inning, getting fooled when third baseman Manny Machado shifted toward the middle of the field then sprinted back to take a throw from catcher Austin Hedges.“He (Paddack) was going out of the windup. Manny kind of scooted over and I just kind of ventured off,” Smith said. “That can’t happen. … Right away, I was like ‘Uh oh.’”That left a tie game for Buehler to hand over to the Dodgers’ bullpen. Brusdar Graterol and Caleb Ferguson let it get away in the bottom of the sixth.Machado led off the inning with a single, moved into scoring position on a ground out and trotted home on a single by Jake Cronenworth.Ferguson came on with two outs but gave up singles to Abraham Almonte and Hedges for another run. Hedges’ hit was his first of the season after starting 0 for 17.“The base hit off Graterol was a cross up. We had him set up, just a little miscommunication with signs there,” Smith said. “Ferg pitched well. They jumped on a couple fastballs, one (Almonte’s hit) with a shift, and Hedges put a good swing on that 0-0 fastball and they were able to push a couple more cross. All in all, they came out ready to go. They’re throwing their A stuff.”The Dodgers were hitless after Smith’s double until Cody Bellinger led off the ninth with a 409-foot home run off the Padres’ struggling closer Kirby Yates (four runs on five hits and four walks in his first 2 1/3 innings this season). But that was the only ball the Dodgers put in play against Yates. He struck out A.J. Pollock, Corey Seager and Chris Taylor to end the game.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Disaster proclamations issued for Fayette and Van Buren counties

first_imgThe governor has issued a disaster proclamation for two counties.The state disaster proclamations for Fayette and Van Buren counties come in response to a severe storm that went through on June 20th. The proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the storm damage and also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. The program provides grants of up to five-thousand dollars for households that meet the income guidelines for things like home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website.last_img read more

Losing count: Pirates’ awful run sets record

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—They said the losing had to stop, and it didn’t. They said the familiar pattern of a player getting good and then getting gone would stop, and it didn’t.Instead, the losing didn’t slow down for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it increased. The players kept leaving en masse. Attendance dipped yet again. WHEN WILL IT END—Pittsburgh Pirates fans Ben Samson, left, and Iliya Udler, of Pittsburgh, hold signs at the end of another Pirates loss, 4-2 to the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park Sept. 7. Flip the calendar, shuffle the roster—they’re still the same old Pirates.Just two of the eight starting position players projected at the start of spring training was in place when the season ended, but it made no difference.The Pirates are the franchise that sets the standard for losing in American pro sports, and they certainly kept up the pace during a dismal 99-loss season in which the roster kept changing but not much else did.Just days after team president Frank Coonelly said of his own club, “We expect this team, this year, to win,” the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Barely a week after the Pirates angered their shrinking fan base by trading their most popular player, Nate McLouth, mere months after giving him a contract extension, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.Yes, welcome to what’s jokingly being referred to as the City of Champions—and the Pirates. They didn’t win many games, but the Pirates certainly provided a lot of laughs.Jay Leno made fun of them—in two different time slots. “Saturday Night Live” parodied them in a skit in which the Pirates mythically won the World Series (30 years after they last accomplished it). During the G-20 summit, a fan waded through an anarchists’ rally with a sign protesting the Pirates’ record-breaking 17th consecutive losing season. Former Pirates pitcher Sean Burnett called them the “laughingstock” of baseball.Yuk, yuk, yuk. The Pirates’ only problem was their latest bumbling act of a season was real, and their 62-99 record during the second worst of the 17 straight losing seasons illustrates how far they still must go to stop being an all-too-convenient punch line.Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, Nyjer Morgan? Gone. John Grabow, Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny? Gone. McLouth, Burnett and Adam LaRoche? Gone, too, all in deals that brought only prospects—some promising, some marginal—in return.Neal Huntington, the ever-optimistic general manager who has few financial resources to work with other than a competitive draft day budget, acknowledges 2010 and 2011 could be tough, too.This season was bad enough, with a late-season stretch of 23 losses in 26 games, no player with more than 64 RBIs (Andy LaRoche), no pitcher with more than 11 wins (Ross Ohlendorf and Zach Duke) and a closer (Matt Capps) with a 5.80 ERA and 8 losses.For the second year in a row, the Pirates collapsed after their roster was gutted by trade deadline deals; a year ago, they dropped 41 of their final 60, this time it 46 of the final 65 (including 27 of the final 36). Their 22-58 road record was their worst since the NL adopted a 162-game season in 1962.Manager John Russell (129-194 in two seasons) is repeatedly praised by management for his calm, never-get-rattled approach, but some players said he is virtually noncommunicative for long stretches. Others are unhappy that Russell constantly refuses to argue close calls, creating the impression the players are on their own—and that the Pirates are a team that can be pushed around.Russell and Huntington are unsigned past next season, but Huntington said 2009 can be blamed on him, even though owner Bob Nutting has shown no signs of being willing to spend the money necessary to field a competitive team.“People are shocked we didn’t make staff changes because we lost 90-plus games again this year; it’s the era of human sacrifice, someone has to go if the team doesn’t win,” Huntington said. “Well, the reality is the losses this year are on me. We took the veteran players on this group and we put a group of young players out there and it is not fair to evaluate this staff based on wins and losses.”Russell had a similar view.“Take away the wins and losses—which you can’t, because that’s what we’re about—I think some guys made some good strides,” he said.There were glimmers of hope. Andrew McCutchen (.286, 12 homers, 54 RBIs) played every day but one after McLouth left and looks like a fixture in center field. Garrett Jones, a 28-year-old minor league free agent, hit .293 with 21 homers and 44 RBIs in half a season. Ohlendorf (11-10, 3.92) was a good pitcher on a bad team. Rookie right-hander Jesse Chavez pitched in 73 games, most of them effectively. Charlie Morton (5-9, 4.55) showed flashes after being dealt by Atlanta.Starting next season, the Pirates are counting on their waiting-in-the-wings minor leaguers—third baseman Pedro Alvarez, outfielder Jose Tabata, right-hander Brad Lincoln—to start arriving. However, no franchise bats 1.000 with its prospects, and the Pirates have little room for failure by their few top prospects.They would appear to have millions to spend on talent beyond the estimated $28 million already committed to their current players, yet Huntington said that while it’s possible the Pirates might sign multiple free agents, there’s a chance they won’t sign any.“As tough as it is to acknowledge during a 90-plus loss season, we are going in the right direction,” Huntington said. “On paper, it certainly feels like we took a step back…But 2009 was great growth year, though we realize fans don’t know that. It is going to show itself at the major league level in terms of wins and losses as we move forward.”last_img read more

Marte, Pirates finalize $31 million, 6-year deal

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is seen during during a news conference where his contract extension was discussed before a spring exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Starling Marte wants to be part of what he hopes will be a long run of success for the Pittsburgh Pirates.Less than two years after his major league debut, the 25-year-old outfielder finalized a $31 million, six-year contract with the Pirates on Thursday.“There are a lot of reasons,” Marte said through interpreter Peter Greenberg, his agent. “I didn’t feel I needed to wait because I like where I am. I have confidence in the organization and I feel comfortable.”Marte receives a $2 million signing bonus from the Pirates, who are coming off their first postseason appearance since 1991. He gets salaries of $500,000 this season, $1 million next year, $3 million in 2016, $5 million in 2017, $7.5 million in 2018 and $10 million in 2019.Pittsburgh has an $11.5 million option for 2020 with a $2 million buyout. If that option is exercised, the Pirates have a $12.5 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.If Marte finishes among the top five in MVP in any of the next six seasons, the option prices would increase by $500,000 each. If he finishes among the top five in 2020, the option for the next year would go up by $500,000. The option prices can increase by a maximum of $1 million each.The deal replaces a one-year contract agreed to earlier this month that would have paid him $516,000 while in the major leagues and $300,000 while in the minors. He would have been eligible for arbitration after the 2015 season and for free agency after the 2018 World Series.Marte hit .280 with 12 homers, 35 RBIs and a team-high 41 steals last year, his first full season in the majors. When he made his big league debut at Houston on July 26, 2012, he led off the game with a first-pitch home run against Dallas Keuchel.Marte has a .275 career batting average with 53 stolen bases and a .773 on-base plus slugging percentage.“This is something that’s part of our plan to sign young men who are going to be great players,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “We feel very fortunate Starling was willing to commit to us as we were willing to commit to him.”Marte becomes Pittsburgh’s fourth player with a deal beyond 2014: right-hander Charlie Morton and outfielder Jose Tabata have contracts through 2016 and outfielder Andrew McCutchen through 2017.“It’s an exciting time,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re not trying to build a house. We’re trying to create a home. This is tangible evidence that we’re creating a place where players want to be, a place where they want to thrive, a place where players want to settle.”Notes: Pittsburgh acquired OF Keon Broxton from Arizona for a player to be named and assigned him to Altoona of the Double-A Eastern League. … The Pirates optioned RHP Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis of the Triple-A International League.last_img read more

Sony Pictures Sports Network returns with the second leg of UEFA Champions League –…

first_imgAdvertisement 29eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsimatrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E50bz6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2f00pcWould you ever consider trying this?😱ytaaCan your students do this? 🌚39Roller skating! Powered by Firework ~ The matches will be telecast live and exclusive on SONY TEN 1 & SONY TEN 2 channels in India from March 11, 2020~Advertisement The first leg of UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 witnessed thrilling clashes between the 16 teams, vying to mark their places in the quarter finals of this prestigious tournament. The clubs will yet again battle on the field as a part of home and away format, trying their best to keep the aggregate score in their favor. Let’s take a look at the first round of high-octane clashes scheduled for the second leg of Round of 16.Advertisement Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund – PSG are under pressure to perform after losing 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund in Germany but they do possess the talent to turn this Champions League tie around. The French aristocrats looked dangerous for long periods of the second half at Westfalenstadion and were rewarded with a goal from Neymar but Erling Braut Haaland, who is on a sensational goal scoring spree, took his UEFA Champions League tally for the season to ten with two strikes to stun the traveling Paris fans. The 19-year-old became the first teenager to score 10 goals in a Champions League season, having previously netted eight times for RB Salzburg in six Group E games. With England winger Jadon Sancho and 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna also impressing up front in the opening encounter, Dortmund have a youthful and vibrant forward line playing without fear but the French side are usually much stronger on home turf and the likes of Neymar and Mbappe will look to tear down the Dortmund defence with their immense pace and skills.Watch Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 12th February 2020 at 1.30 am (IST) Advertisement Liverpool F.C. vs Atletico Madrid– Liverpool welcome Atlético Madrid in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 decider and will look to pull off another famous comeback after losing 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid at a raucous Wanda Metropolitano. Diego Simeone’s men put in a display of trademark resilience once Saúl Ñíguez had given them a fourth-minute lead in the first leg, but still fresh in the memory is the manner in which the Reds incredibly overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona in last season’s semi-finals at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp will hope to rekindle the spirit of that amazing night and will look to start on the front foot from the outset in this return fixture. Atlético holds an advantage, but it’s a tenuous advantage with only a draw needed to qualify. Liverpool on the other hand, must break Diego Simeone’s stalwart defense to keep hope alive of winning the European trophy in successive seasons. Watch Liverpool F.C. vs Atletico Madrid Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 12th March 2020 at 1.30 am (IST) RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. – If there’s a blueprint for how an underdog team can successfully open a two-legged advantage against a quality club, RB Leipzig showcased it to perfection in the first leg against Spurs in North London. Going into the second leg, RB Leipzig looks to be holding all the aces against an injury-hit Tottenham as they welcome the English team to Germany. Even though the German side looked a lot sharper than Spurs in the first leg, Leipzig are far from convincing on their home ground, losing 2-0 to Lyon at this venue and only drawing 2-2 with Benfica in the group stages. Tottenham have a mountain to climb without injured front men Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, but the form of the home team on their home ground will give them a few moments in the game to get a grip on the tie and qualify for the quarter-finals.Watch RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 11th March 2020 at 1.30 am (IST)UEFA Champions League is among India’s most loved football tournaments and has gained increasing popularity in the last few years. Indian fans can catch the best footballing action in the world only on Sony Pictures Sports Network this season with premier international properties like Serie A, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, UEFA EURO 2020 and many more. Watch the Round of 16- Leg 2 of UEFA Champions League live and exclusive from 11th March 2020 only on Sony Pictures Sports Network DateTimeMatchBroadcast Destination11/03/2001:30RB Leipzig vs TottenhamSony Ten 2 SD & HD11/03/2001:30Valencia vs AtalantaSony Ten 1 SD & HD12/03/2001:30PSG vs DortmundSony Ten 1 SD & HD12/03/2001:30Liverpool vs Atletico MadridSony Ten 2 SD & HD Advertisementlast_img read more