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It wasn’t a dominant pitcher or a burly slugger who put an end to San Francisco’s eight-game winning streak, but a 5-foot-10 backup shortstop with what Colorado manager Walt Weiss describes as ”sneaky power.” Daniel Descalso homered and drove in three runs and the Rockies took the second game of a rain-soaked doubleheader from the streaking Giants 5-3 Saturday night. ”He’s not a guy that you count on to hit the ball in the seats,” Weiss said, ”but if you make a mistake, he’ll hit it out.” Descalso, who had a run-scoring groundout in the fourth, hit a two-run shot in the sixth off spot starter Yusmeiro Petit (1-1). San Francisco, which won the opener 10-8 behind Brandon Crawford’s three RBIs, was seeking its first nine-game streak since winning 10 in a row in May 2004.
Posted on 24 May 2015 @ 6:53 am
Anthony Rizzo hadn’t done much in the Chicago Cubs’ swing through the Southwest. Rizzo, 2-for-26 in the first four games of the trip, matched his career high with six RBIs and the Cubs snapped the Arizona Diamondbacks’ five-game winning streak with a 9-6 victory. Rizzo doubled in three runs in the Cubs’ four-run fifth inning, then broke a 6-6 tie with a three-run homer into the Chase Field swimming pool area off Enrique Burgos (0-2) in the ninth.
Posted on 24 May 2015 @ 6:31 am
Josh Hamilton is done with his personal spring training and ready to rejoin the Texas Rangers. The opener Monday is four weeks to the day after Texas finalized a trade to reacquire the 2010 AL MVP from the Los Angeles Angels. ”I am excited about it,” Hamilton said Saturday night, after his final scheduled game at Triple-A Round Rock was rained out.
Posted on 24 May 2015 @ 6:12 am
Mike Bolsinger is in an unbeatable groove, and the punchless San Diego Padres had no answer for him. Bolsinger retired his final 23 batters after giving up a leadoff single in the first inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Padres 2-0 Saturday night, sending the Padres to their sixth shutout loss in a span of 18 games. ”He kept them in between speeds all night long and executed pitches,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said.
Posted on 24 May 2015 @ 5:51 am
New Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings splashed around in the nightclub swimming pool adjacent to the team’s clubhouse, surrounded by a dozen of his players whooping it up shortly before midnight. The Marlins played six games and went 13 innings Saturday before managing a 1-0 victory over Baltimore for Jennings. ”It’s the best, dirtiest bath I’ve ever had.” Martin Prado started the fun with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 13th and the Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak, improving to 1-8 on a homestand that included a managerial change.
Posted on 24 May 2015 @ 4:27 am
The rains soaking Colorado let up just long enough for the San Francisco Giants to extend their winning streak to eight games Saturday. After showers pushed the start back by 2 hours, 15 minutes, Brandon Crawford drove in three runs and San Francisco held on for a 10-8 win over the skidding Rockies in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at drenched Coors Field. In the second game – the eighth that’s been delayed or postponed by rain in Colorado this season – the Giants were seeking their first nine-game winning streak since winning 10 in a row in May 2004.
Posted on 24 May 2015 @ 2:57 am
Cole Hamels said he wasn’t thinking about a shutout as he kept throwing zeroes against the streaking Washington Nationals on Saturday. Hamels pitched eight sharp innings, Ryan Howard homered and the Philadelphia Phillies roughed up Stephen Strasburg, beating Washington 8-1 and ending the Nationals’ six-game winning streak. ”It’s a dangerous team, so that’s the least of my worries,” said Hamels, who had a shutout going until giving up Ian Desmond’s RBI double in the eighth.
Posted on 24 May 2015 @ 12:36 am