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Marriott makes it two wins in three nights with BVR Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights checkers

first_imgHunter Marriott won for the second time in three Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour outings, topping Wednesday’s IMCA Modified main event at Buena Vista Raceway. (Photo by Jim Stef­fens)ALTA, Iowa (July 25) – Wednesday’s night’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour rubber match went to Hunter Marriott.Marriott led every lap from the pole in winning the IMCA Modified main event at Buena Vista Race­way. The $2,000 tour victory was his second in three days, the first coming Monday at Park Jefferson Speedway.Kyle Strickler, winner of the Tuesday tour event at Hancock County Speedway, was a distant se­cond.“It seems like we had gone on a dry streak there for a while, then we got a couple wins on the Dakota Tour so we knew we could still do it,” said Marriott, who’d put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot Monday. “We’ve won three of five career starts at Alta and a couple Dirt Knights features now, and that always feels good.”Strickler fell back as far as fifth before working his way back to the runner-up spot. Joel Rust, defend­ing BVR race winner Chris Abelson and Kyle Brown finished third through fifth, respec­tively, in the 25-lapper.Marriott may have taken the big check and top spot in the tour point standings, but the big winner of the night was previous point leader Ricky Thornton Jr.Thornton was at the track prior to hot laps Wednesday, booked it for home before the races started and became a father in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday.The seventh and final Dirt Knights Tour event of the season is Monday, Aug. 6 at Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, hometown of tour title sponsor Arnold Motor Supply.That event will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Marriott has won both tour events held at Spencer, in 2016 and last year.Other winners Wednesday at Alta were Dustin Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Shannon Anderson in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Cody Thompson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Jarad Gross in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Feature results – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Kyle Strickler, Troutman, N.C.; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 4. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 5. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 6. Craig Reetz, Dun­lap; 7. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 8. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 9. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 10. Al Hejna, Clear Lake; 11. Josh Most, Red Oak; 12. Shane DeMey, Denison; 13. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 14. Bob Moore, Sioux City; 15. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 16. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 17. Todd Boulware, Jefferson, S.D.; 18. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 19. Stacey Mills, Webb; 20. Jeremy Thornton, Casa Grande, Ariz.; 21. Harvey Vande Weerd, Alton; 22. Mike Albertsen, Audubon; 23. Ron Beckstrom, Pierson; 24. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 25. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 26. Justin Sackett, Pierson; 27. Brent Mack, Newell.last_img read more

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Clough tames IMCA Modified foes at Wild West Challenge

first_imgEarly leader Cole Hodges was the runner-up while veteran wheelman David Murray Jr. was third. Clough started on the inside of the second row and battled for position in the early going before taking took the lead on the seventh lap and setting sail for the win. Sport Compacts – 1. Terry Tritt; 2. Merle Johnson; 3. Kaden Dady; 4. Lonnie Lenser Jr.; 5. Christian Destefano; 6. Quincy Eggleston; 7. Robert Clanton; 8. Richard Crow; 9. Otto Schutte; 10. Marcus Florom. NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (June 7) – Competitors came from far and wide to Lincoln County Raceway, to challenge for big money at Friday night’s Wild West Challenge. Northern SportMods – 1. Jacob Olmstead; 2. Dillon Schultz; 3. Nick Hankins; 4. Troy Bayne; 5. Tom Nelson Jr.; 6. Jamey Kennicutt; 7. Paul Donovan; 8. Kerry Jones; 9. Matt Caudillo; 10. Zane Turner; 11. Tyler Rajdl; 12. Brent Giles; 13. Lance Yoxsimer; 14. Adam Kackmeister; 15. Brett Berry; 16. Colton Aspenleiter; 17. Johnathan Jensen; 18. Zach Buesing.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Luke Wassom; 2. Jeromy Wagner; 3. Tanner Clough; 4. Jacob Hagan; 5. Nate Refior; 6. Tanner Jones; 7. Chuck Ledbetter; 8. Brady Henderson; 9. Billy Turner; 10. Bob Potter; 11. Riley Kort; 12. Michael Wade; 13. Cody Topinka.  Collin Heim and Joel Bellm drove from the fourth row starting to second and third place finishes, respectively.  Wassom worked his way to the front of the Hobby Stock field from the third row and held off Jeromy Wagner. Tanner Clough led the first six circuits and ended in third.  Stock Cars – 1. Kyle Vanover; 2. Colin Heim; 3. Joe Bellm; 4. Chris Heim; 5. Casey Woken; 6. Travis Demilt; 7. Dan Eller; 8. Rick Maier; 9. Darin Racek; 10. Kyle Clough; 11. Russ Small; 12. David Banks; 13. Cale Osborn; 14. D.J. Banks; 15. Mike Earll; 16. Robbie Kosmacek; 17. Jason Anderson; 18. Jim Hagan; 19. Gaylord Tripp; 20. Jeff Whiting; 21. Tom Gallagher; 22. Bob Aspenleiter; 23. Andrew Dillenburg; 24. Bob Chalupa. After starting in row five, Olmstead needed just four laps to race his way to the Northern SportMod lead. Dillon Schultz stayed close late and finished second; third went to Nick Hankins.  From row three, Tritt wasted no time in getting the lead and driving away with the Sport Compact victory, ahead of Merle Johnson and Kaden Dady. When the checkers flew, Brandon Clough had raced to his first IMCA Modified victory of the season, good for $1,100 and a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  Modifieds – 1. Brandon Clough; 2. Cole Hodges; 3. David Murray Jr.; 4. Colton Osborn; 5. Dave Pedersen; 6. Tripp Gaylord; 7. Henry Henderson; 8. Bryan Herrick; 9. John Burrow Jr.; 10. Allen Owen; 11. Klancey Honeycutt; 12. A.J. Valim.  Also racing their way to the top step of the podium were Kyle Vanover in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Luke Wassom in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Jacob Olmstead in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Terry Tritt in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.  Feature Results By Kelly Ninas  Vanover continued to flourish on the North Platte oval, as he weaved through traffic with ease for much of the Stock Car feature.last_img read more

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ORVC Weekly Report (April 22 – 27)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (April 22 – 27)Players of the Week.Baseball: Jacob Bovard – Rising Sun and David Carpenter – Milan.Softball: Alexa Heidt – South Ripley.Boys Golf: Chandler Cole – Shawe Memorial.Girls Track: Alijah Craig – Milan and Megan Cole – South Ripley.Boys Track: Peyton Cavins – Milan.ORVC Report(April 22-27)2019Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

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Dempsey earns derby point for Fulham

first_imgChelsea 1 Fulham 1 Clint Dempsey’s goal earned a derby point for Fulham and added to their neighbours’ woes.Chelsea, who began the day 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, went ahead early in the second half when Juan Mata fired home following Ashley Cole’s cross.AdChoices广告But Bryan Ruiz produced a lovely piece of skill and crossed for Dempsey to equalise, before David Stockdale kept the home side at bay with several impressive saves.Following their 5-0 hammering at home to Manchester United, this was much better from Fulham, who might have snatched a victory had substitute Pajtim Kasami done better than shoot straight at keeper Petr Cech when presented with a late chance.Fulham made a determined start and missed an early opportunity when Orlando Sa headed Stephen Kelly’s cross wide of the target, before Fernando Torres was denied by Stockdale at the other end. Mata put Chelsea ahead.Torres showed a glimpse of his class by cushioning Mata’s pass on his chest, but keeper Stockdale did superbly to keep out the Spaniard’s volley.Torres and Frank Lampard were restored to the Blues starting line-up, while Sa played as a lone striker for Fulham, whose matchday did squad did not include Bobby Zamora or Andrew Johnson.In their absence, Whites boss Martin Jol included Dempsey and Moussa Dembele in a five-man midfield in a bid to frustrate Andre Villas-Boas’ team.They managed to do just that in the first half, but went behind only two minutes into the second.Torres was unable to control Cole’s cross and the ball instead fell to Mata, who netted from the edge of the penalty area.But Fulham hit back nine minutes later – and were helped by yet more of the poor defending which has plagued Chelsea this season.Cole allowed to Ruiz to turn away from him, and Dempsey nipped between John Terry and David Luiz to meet the Costa Rican’s delivery and score his sixth league goal of the campaign.Stockdale, in for the injured Mark Schwarzer, then enhanced his growing reputation by ensuring the game ended in a draw – Chelsea’s third in a row.He pushed over Daniel Sturridge’s 20-yarder and from the resulting corner pulled off another impressive stop to deny Florent Malouda.Stockdale also tipped over Raul Meireles’ header and twice denied Didier Drogba in the dying minutes.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

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Lamolinara, Wardwell shine while splitting time in victory

first_imgAfter Syracuse secured its biggest win of the year, goalkeepers Dominic Lamolinara and Bobby Wardwell were the first two in line to shake hands with the Notre Dame players.And after moving through the line of dejected Fighting Irish players, the two walked toward the locker room arm in arm.On Saturday, the No. 9 Orange (5-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) edged No. 7 Notre Dame (4-3, 2-1) 11-10, and the two goalkeepers turned in phenomenal performances. They split time and played nearly identically successful halves, giving up just five goals each and combining for 13 saves. Additionally, Notre Dame’s leading scorer Matt Kavanagh was held scoreless in the contest.Syracuse head coach John Desko — who has stuck with the formula of starting Lamolinara before subbing in Wardwell for most of the season — said he was pleased with the way his goalkeepers handled Notre Dame’s pressure rides.“We haven’t seen a ton of that this year, so we kind of had to adjust as the game went on,” Desko said. “Actually, this was a great game experience for us to get those kinds of rides and be able to deal with them.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We gave up a couple too, but I thought we got better as the game went on.”Lamolinara started for the Orange and yielded five goals on 21 shots.Leading 7-5 at the half, Desko switched to Wardwell, who last Sunday against Duke allowed just eight goals on 22 shots after replacing Lamolinara in the second half.And he turned in another solid relief performance against the Irish.“Bob played great in the second half,” Desko said. “He made a bunch of saves one-on-one, a couple that he should and a couple that he shouldn’t have. He competed and we felt good about putting him in.”Syracuse attack Kevin Rice mentioned a pivotal save by Wardwell after the game. Rice will be credited with the game-winning goal, but he recognized that the junior goalie set it up.“Bob made a great save down at the other end,” Rice said.When the final horn sounded and Syracuse’s players stormed the field, Lamolinara was the first player jumping in front of the Syracuse goal. He first hugged Sean Young and then found Wardwell, and the goalkeepers embraced before heading off the field together.Since last season, Syracuse has split its time at the goalie position. On Saturday, both Lamolinara and Wardwell proved that Syracuse is doing the right thing by playing them both. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 29, 2014 at 6:28 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 6 seed TCU

first_img Published on March 15, 2018 at 8:20 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer No. 11 seed Syracuse (21-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) escaped Dayton with a narrow victory on Wednesday night. Now, in the Round of 64, it gets a matchup with No. 6 seed TCU (21-11, 9-9 Big 12) on Friday night in Detroit.Here’s what to know about the Horned Frogs.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 4-0Last time they played: The Orange beat the Horned Frogs in the Carrier Dome on Dec. 3, 2005. Demetris Nichols scored 24 points, Eric Devendorf had 19 and Gerry McNamara added 11 points and 10 assists as SU cruised to an 80-64 victory.The Texas Christian Report: Much like ASU, the Horned Frogs are an offensive machine. Their 120.7 adjusted offensive efficiency is the eighth-best mark in the country per Kenpom.com, and their effective field goal percentage of 56.9 is the 13th-best.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTCU has a balanced attack, with four active players averaging double-digits in scoring. It works because the Horned Frogs average 18.8 assists per game, the second-best mark in the country. The team also shoots 40 percent from deep, the 13th-best mark in the country.Where TCU and Arizona State differ is that the Horned Frogs have height and are solid on the boards. TCU’s own offensive rebounding percentage is 21st-best and it’s 58th-best in limiting opposing teams offensive rebounds.The Horned Frogs do have some weak spots, though. Firstly, it’s their depth, after starting point guard Jaylen Fisher went down with a season-ending injury in mid-January. Secondly, TCU isn’t very solid on defense. Opponents have an effective field goal percentage of 52.7, a bottom-third mark in the country, and shoot nearly 38 percent from deep. Syracuse vs. TCUInfogramHow Syracuse beats TCU: Same way it beat Arizona State: Limit a hot offense and confuse it by showing it a zone it probably hasn’t seen too much of before. Then, try and do just enough on offense to scrape by with a win.Syracuse barely clawed to 60 points on Wednesday night, getting there after a foul with 0.4 seconds left. If Syracuse can somehow hold TCU to less than 60, like it did ASU, that should be enough, but that might be asking a lot.Instead, Syracuse will need to score a little bit better, but still control the tempo of the game to try and slow down TCU’s offense and turn the game into a slugfest that favors the Orange.Stat to know: 15-6Jamie Dixon, now the head coach at TCU, had a 15-6 record against Syracuse while he was the head coach of Pittsburgh from the 2003-2004 season until the 2015-2016 season.Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse a 38 percent chance of winning and predicts a 69-66 win for TCU.Player to watch: Kenrich Williams, guard, No. 34The 6-foot-7 senior guard is a do-it-all type for the Horned Frogs. He’s second on the team in scoring (13.1 points per game) and assists (4.0) while also leading the team in rebounds (9.3). Williams shoots 47.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep. His performance this year earned him a spot on the All-Big 12 second team. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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SIS secures Saudi Cup distribution with leading bookmakers

first_img StumbleUpon Share SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Submit Bet365, Betfred and Ladbrokes Coral are among a whole host of bookmakers who have secured rights with Sports Information Services (SIS) to distribute live pictures and data from this month’s Saudi Cup, nicknamed ‘The world’s most valuable horse race’.Customers of these bookmakers will gain access to live streams of the full two days of horse racing at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Paul Witten, SIS’s product director, stated: “We are delighted to have partnered with a number of leading bookmakers to provide their customers with live pictures and data, online and in-shop, from the world’s richest horse race.“The Saudi Cup is set to be a fantastic event and will help to drive both increased engagement and revenues for our operator partners worldwide.”Paddy Power Betfair, Phumelela Gaming and Unibet are among the other operators to have secured the rights to stream the Saudi Cup via SIS’s retail and online services.SIS has quickly found bookmakers willing to distribute the prestigious meeting after only announcing the partnership with the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the month. In a previous interview regarding SIS’s rights deal with the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, Witten commented: “The partnership strengthens our industry-leading international racing offering, while also benefiting partners worldwide through additional content that is sure to grab the attention of bettors.”The Saudi Cup further enhances SIS’s portfolio of international horse racing, which also includes action from the UK and Ireland, Australia, Dubai, Latin America, Mauritius and South Korea among others.The news follows SIS’s partnership with Pin Projekt’s sports betting brand, WWin this January in order to supply its 24/7 live horse racing and greyhound racing betting channels.last_img read more

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Jose Suarez impresses, but Angels allow six home runs in loss Mariners

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Yet the Angels’ offense did little damage against Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc (3-2). Opener Austin Adams handed the ball off to LeBlanc after a scoreless first. The one-time Angel dominated the next six innings, allowing two runs, walking one batter, and striking out eight.The Angels got on the board with a solo home run from Tommy La Stella in the third inning, his second in as many days and his 15th of the season. A seventh-inning single by Brian Goodwin, followed by a double by Wilfredo Tovar and a sacrifice fly by Luis Rengifo, gave the Angels their only other run against LeBlanc.By then it was too late. Edwin Encarnacion and Daniel Vogelbach hit back-to-back home runs against Allen in the sixth inning. Encarnacion hit another homer in the seventh inning against Tropeano, the 400th of his career. Among active players, only Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera have more.“It was their day I guess, offensively,” Manager Brad Ausmus said of the Mariners. “They have the ability to hit home runs. Certainly at the beginning of the season, in April, they came out of the chute hitting home runs left and right. (They) cooled a little bit, but they still have a lot of power in the lineup.”Tropeano allowed a solo home run to Tom Murphy – his second of the game – in the eighth inning. Kyle Seager belted another homer in the ninth, the Mariners’ sixth of the game, allowing them time to look ahead to their postgame meal. Left-hander Dillon Peters scattered three runs over 5 ⅔ innings on Saturday. Thursday, right-hander Jaime Barría allowed one run over five innings in relief of Tyler Skaggs. Suarez, a 21-year-old from Venezuela, is in line to join Peters and Barría back in Triple-A soon. The Salt Lake express is chugging out possibilities.If the youngsters prove more capable than the veterans in the short term, the competition for innings in 2019 could grow. Including his debut start last Sunday in Seattle, Suarez has a 4.35 earned-run average after 10 ⅓ major league innings. He also picked off a runner attempting to steal second base.“I’ve picked off a lot of runners and surprised a lot of them, too,” Suarez said.The rookie outshone Tropeano, who served as the Angels’ long reliever in his second big league appearance of 2019. Tropeano allowed five runs on seven hits, including three homers, over 3 ⅔ innings.Starter Griffin Canning will be the Angels’ third pitcher younger than 24 to take the ball on this homestand when the Dodgers visit on Monday. The youth will have a chance to turn their moment into a movement. PreviousSeattle Mariners starting pitcher Austin Adams throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners’ Tom Murphy, right, is congratulated by Kyle Seager after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar loses control as he dives for a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Encarnacion during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Encarnacion was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar attempts to throw out Seattle Mariners’ Mac Williamson at first during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Williamson was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, avoids a close pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ Tom Murphy hits a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Encarnacion, left, gestures as he scores after hitting a two-run home run as Domingo Santana waits for him during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar dives for a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Encarnacion during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Encarnacion was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach, top, is congratulated by Tim Beckham after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners right fielder Domingo Santana slips on the warning track as he tries and fails to catch a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Encarnacion, top, is congratulated by Daniel Vogelbach after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners center fielder Mallex Smith makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Encarnacion, top, heads to third after hitting a solo home run as Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Cody Allen watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach gestures as he scores after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Austin Adams throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 15Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Austin Adams throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — As the Angels’ starting rotation sorts out its future, days like Sunday will be pivotal.Veteran Trevor Cahill was placed on the 10-day injured list in the morning, paving the way for rookie left-hander Jose Suarez to make his second career start against the Seattle Mariners in the afternoon. Suarez acquitted himself well, but the Angels’ bullpen could not support him in a 9-3 loss.The missteps relievers Cody Allen and Nick Tropeano stood out. Seattle hit five home runs in the span of 5 ⅓ innings after Suarez exited a 2-1 game.The Angels’ record fell to 31-35, a season-worst 13 ½ games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West. They are nearer to last place in the division after the Mariners (28-41) won two of the three games in the series. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ausmus beat them to it. The manager was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak between the third and fourth innings. The argument was more of a conversation, subtle enough that anyone in the announced crowd of 41,614 at Angel Stadium could have missed the ejection. Even Mike Trout said he missed it.“I was just trying to have a discussion about the balls and strikes with Jeremie,” Ausmus explained. “Apparently he didn’t like it. Quite frankly it was a discussion in nature. I wasn’t angry. I was trying to make him aware of something. In my mind (Rehak) pulled the trigger a little quick. In between innings, nobody knew what we were talking about. Far as everyone was concerned, I could have been talking about a roster move, a lineup change, so I think his trigger was a little quick.”Suarez was effective for 4 ⅔ innings, holding the Mariners to four hits and two runs – both of which scored on the two-run homer by Murphy in the second inning. He walked only two batters and struck out six.“I knew from my outing in Seattle that he is a good hitter, so I focused on him,” Suarez said of Murphy in Spanish. “But that’s what happens in pitching – if you make a mistake, that’s what happens. You make a mistake and that leads to hard contact.”Murphy’s home run came against a changeup. Yet Suarez also induced seven swings and misses with the pitch. He used it to strike out Mallex Smith and Domingo Santana to begin the game. Suarez himself said the changeup was his best pitch; it allowed his fastball to look faster than the 91-93 mph indicated on the Angel Stadium scoreboard.“His changeup is an equalizer pitch,” catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. “Whenever you can’t go up there as a hitter and you’re not sure, you’re in between on whether it’s a fastball or a changeup, it’s deceiving to the eyes. It looks like a fastball out of the hand, and it just stops and drops. That’s what makes it effective.”Therein lies the reason Sunday was at least partially encouraging.If the Angels’ season continues down its current path, the pitching staff will come under greater scrutiny. With Cahill (7.18 ERA in 11 starts) joining Matt Harvey (7.50 ERA in 10 starts) on the IL, Suarez became the third Triple-A call-up to leave a positive impression in the last four days.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Ron Darling’s surgery to remove mass ‘went well,’ Mets broadcast partner says

first_imgFormer Mets pitcher and current SNY analyst Ron Darling’s surgery to remove a mass in his chest “went well,” his TV play-by-play partner, Gary Cohen, said Tuesday night during the broadcast of the Mets’ 14-3 loss to the Phillies, according to multiple media reports.Cohen and former teammate Keith Hernandez, also an analyst, wished Darling “a speedy and easy recovery” from the booth. Darling also is an analyst for TBS, but its regular-season MLB coverage doesn’t start until after the All-Star break, well after Darling said he expects to return. He frequently appears on MLB Network, too.In Darling’s absence, former Mets player and SNY studio analyst Todd Zeile will fill in, the Mets said.Darling spent the first eight-plus seasons of a 13-year MLB career with the Mets. The right-hander was 136-116 in a career that included stints with the Expos and Athletics. Gary and Keith send their best wishes to Ron Darling, who underwent a successful procedure. pic.twitter.com/W102MDS61V— SNY (@SNYtv) April 17, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNDarling, 58, announced Saturday that a series of tests had revealed a large mass in his chest that would require the surgery.He said doctors have told him that “if there are no complications I should be back on air talking baseball sometime next month.”last_img read more

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