Los Angeles Dodgers’ bats fall silent against Pittsburgh Pirates’ Francisco Liriano

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PITTSBURGH — Before Wednesday, Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano had not pitched seven innings in a start since April 21. His record was 1-7 and, whether you believe in the validity of wins and losses or not, Liriano’s recent history didn’t suggest he was capable of no-hitting the Dodgers for four innings.So of course, Liriano didn’t allow a hit for four innings in the Dodgers’ 6-1 loss.For whatever reason, the Dodgers have struggled against left-handers this season. They scored 12 runs in the first two games of the series, but that was against right-handers Edinson Volquez and Vance Worley.A win Wednesday would have allowed the Dodgers to keep pace with the victorious San Francisco Giants, who they visit for a three-game series beginning Friday. Instead, they enter the series two games behind the Giants after entering the All-Star break in first place. So much for momentum.“At the end of the day, here’s what really happens,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “The guy who’s throwing that day controls the momentum of the game. You get somebody out there today that’s really good, making pitches, he’s going to make you look like you’ve lost your momentum again.”The Dodgers didn’t collect a hit until Miguel Rojas’ double in the fifth inning. They scored their only run as a result of a single by Justin Turner, a double by Dee Gordon, and an RBI groundout by Matt Kemp in the sixth inning.By then, the Pirates had already scored the game’s first five runs. That was more than enough for Liriano, who lowered his ERA from 4.43 to 4.18.“If it’s his night,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said, “he’s going to have a good night.”center_img At least the Dodgers can look forward to returning to the West Coast, where they’re expected to face three right-handers in San Francisco. Their top three starters — Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu — are lined up for the marquee matchup.After that, the future of the Dodgers’ rotation is murky.Mattingly wouldn’t indulge the question of whether Dan Haren (8-8) would take his next turn in the rotation after suffering his fourth straight loss. The Dodgers have an off-day today and another Monday, so they wouldn’t need a fifth starter until Aug. 3, a week from Sunday.Haren was more candid on the topic.“I would do anything for the team,” he said. “If it means for me to get skipped or something, I totally understand that. … I understand with the off-days and the way I’ve been throwing, the likely scenario is that I won’t pitch.”Haren allowed four runs in a disastrous first inning that forced the Dodgers to battle from behind all game. The right-hander settled down enough to pitch five innings, allowing only one more run.The Pirates began the game with a single, single, line-drive out, and a walk to load the bases. Typically known for his control, Haren then issued a bases-loaded walk to Russell Martin that drove in the Pirates’ first run. A sacrifice fly and a two-run double by Josh Harrison gave Pittsburgh a 4-0 lead.“Even when I was really successful early in the year, I would still have troubles the first time through the lineup,” Haren said. “Then the second, third times the batting averages would go down. That problem has been there for me all year.”A solo home run in the second inning by Travis Snider landed in the deepest row of right-field bleachers and gave the Pirates a 5-0 lead.Relievers Jamey Wright, Chris Perez and Paul Maholm had all pitched Tuesday, and each did something to help the Dodgers lose a winnable game. In a lifeless loss Wednesday with little on the line, each pitcher needed only to record three outs. Only one run scored, against Maholm.The result wasn’t in doubt when Yasiel Puig, who missed the last three games with a sore left hand, walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. Puig then played his first inning in center field all season in the bottom of the inning. No balls were hit in his direction.“It was a good game to get him out there,” Mattingly said.last_img read more

Logan Paul vs. KSI 2 odds, pick, prediction, betting trends & prop bets

first_imgInternet sensations Logan Paul and KSI meet in a rematch on Saturday, Nov. 9 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The spectacle is a one-of-a-kind event, one that’s polarized traditional boxing circles, making it a difficult proposition for bettors hoping to make money on the boxing outcome.Here’s a complete betting guide for Logan Paul vs. KSI 2, including updated odds, trends and our prediction to win. Join DAZN to watch Logan Paul vs. KSI live on Nov. 9Logan Paul vs. KSI 2 oddsFighterOddsLogan Paul-200KSI+170Sportsbooks have installed Paul as a m favorite, according to Sportsbook Review’s composite odds. The logical theory is that oddsmakers are looking at Paul as the better fighter based on their first matchup back in August 2018.Paul is currently listed at -200, which means you’d need to wager $200 to win $100. KSI is a +170 underdog, meaning you’d net $170 if you bet $100. The odds have for Paul and KSI haven’t moved much since the lines were initially set. Paul went as low as -185 before rebounding to -200. KSI got as low as +160 before the numbers rose back up to +170.Three trends to know1. Paul and KSI fought to a majority draw on August 25, 2018 in front of a soldout crowd at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The fight sold over one million pay-per-view buys on You Tube. 2. For the sequel, Paul and KSI turned professional and will compete in six, three minute rounds as cruiserweights. 3. Paul trained for the fight under the guidance of former WBO heavyweight titleholder Shannon Briggs while KSI is with the head trainer for the first bout Viddal Riley and Jeff Mayweather.Three things to watch1. Both guys really to keep their emotions in check. The animosity between them is real and they have a grand disdain for one another. The last thing either Paul or KSI wants to do is to commit a foul because of how much hatred is there and get disqualified.2. Putting on a show. The boxing world is looking for them to fail and neither guy belongs inside the ring in such a high profile position. You can tell Paul and KSI are taking this seriously in the fact of who they brought in to help them train and the fact they turned professional. They could have stayed as amateur but they wanted to be taken as legitimate fighters and going through the process of getting properly licensed, getting drug tested and going through the process of weight cutting.3. How do Paul and KSI react to getting hit by 10 oz gloves instead of 12 oz.? It may not seem like a lot but two ounces makes more of a difference than people think. Who can handle the first big punch?Join DAZN to watch Logan Paul vs. KSI live on Nov. 9Logan Paul vs. KSI prop betsOne intriguing prop bet stands out above the rest and that is the fight ending in a draw at +1000. The first one ended that way so why can’t the rematch have the same result. Winning methodPropOddsLogan Paul by KO, TKO, DQ+105KSI by KO,TKO, DQ+333KSI by points+450Logan Paul by points+450Draw+1100To win by roundFighter/roundOddsPaul Round 2+800Paul Round 3+800Paul Round 4+800Paul Round 1+900Paul Round 5+900Paul Round 6+1000KSI Round 2+1800KSI Round 3+1800KSI Round 4+1800KSI Round 1+2000KSI Round 5+2000KSI Round 6+2200Prop odds via DraftKings Sportsbook Logan Paul vs. KSI pick, predictionYou really don’t know what to expect because of the skill sets of the two. Boxing is a completely different breed than anything else Paul and KSI have done. Watching the fight, Paul looked to have won and hence why he’s the betting favorite. Expect much more of the same the second time around in a professional setting. SN pick: Logan PaulBest wager: Draw (DraftKings Sportsbook, +1000)last_img read more

1 nabbed as Police seize fire crackers in Essequibo Coast

first_imgIn an exercise aimed at clamping down on fire crackers that flood the markets around this time of year, Police in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) have arrested a young man after he was found in possession of a quantity of explosives.The suspect, a 21-year-old from Kitty, Georgetown, was taken into custody at about 16:00h on Saturday on the Essequibo Coast.Based on information reaching Guyana Times, a party of Policemen conducted a raid for explosives at the Anna Regina and Charity Markets, where a total of 10 stalls were searched.During the exercise, a total of 47 boxes of mini ‘Cicciolo’, 97 ‘Golden Blaze’, 36 ‘Shark’ and 40 boxes of ‘Mini Beng’ were found in the suspect’s possession at the Charity Market.The man was subsequently arrested and taken to the Charity Police Station. Meanwhile, the fire crackers found were lodged with the subordinate officer in charge of the station.last_img read more

No chance! Chelsea won’t sell Petr Cech to Arsenal

first_imgRay Wilkins insists Chelsea will NOT allow Petr Cech to join Premier League rivals Arsenal in the summer.The Czech goalkeeper is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the close season, after losing his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois.The Gunners have targeted the 32-year-old and are expected to make a bid at the end of the season.But Wilkins claims there’s no chance Jose Mourinho will allow the former Rennes man to move across London.“If you look at Chelsea’s actions over the last few years, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou, they were all sold outside the country so they couldn’t do any damage to the club in the Premier League.“Jose Mourinho will do the same with Petr Cech,” the former assistant manager told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.And Wilkins added French super club Paris Saint-Germain should make a move for Cech.“I don’t know why Paris Saint-Germain have not tabled a bid already because Salvatore Sirigu, the Italian goalkeeper, isn’t good enough.”last_img read more