Dodgers finally figure out a way to win

first_img“I think that it started from this winter, Kenley being open to going one (inning)-plus,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I talked to him again today this afternoon about it in the weight room. He reiterated, whatever it takes to help us win a baseball game.” Jansen hadn’t pitched in three days, so he was fresh. The rest of the Dodger bullpen had allowed 16 runs in 22 innings to begin the season.Jansen, who has saved 80 games over the ast two seasons, has three saves in his first three appearances of 2016.The Diamondbacks scored first against Dodgers starter Alex Wood, who labored early. Nick Ahmed’s second home run in as many games gave Arizona a 1-0 lead and left Wood at 54 pitches after three innings.“My command was a lot better in my first outing,” Wood said of a game in which he allowed five runs in five innings. “That’s baseball.” The Dodgers found a way to beat the Middle Reliever Blues on Wednesday.First they tried the easy way, by sending starter Alex Wood to the mound for the eighth inning sitting on 101 pitches. When Wood allowed an infield single, and Pedro Baez allowed a hard line-drive out and a walk, they tried the hard way.Closer Kenley Jansen was called upon to record the final five outs of the game. He did so rather easily, and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1. It was the first five-out save of Jansen’s career. But Wood rebounded nicely. Roberts even allowed the pitcher to bat for himself with two runners on base and two outs in the sixth inning. At that point, Wood had thrown 87 pitches and no Dodgers starter had been allowed to throw more than 100.“I think that tonight, he and Yas (catcher Yasmani Grandal) were really in synch,” Roberts said. “He made one mistake to Ahmed, tried to go in with a fastball, it leaked back over for a home run. There was a point toward the end where he got 11 straight guys out. Aside from being late to cover first base, he did everything right. Mixing his breaking ball in there, changing speeds, then throwing the fastball in — he pitched a heck of a game.”Wood’s pitching line suggested a brisk game: Seven innings, five hits, one run, three walks and three strikeouts.But the pace was dragged down by four challenges, two by each manager. When Roberts unsuccessfully challenged that the Arizona shortstop, Ahmed, didn’t touch second base on an attempted double-play turn in the sixth inning, it was the first challenge he lost as the Dodgers’ manager.The 3-hour, 12-minute game was the longest nine-inning game the Dodgers have played this season.The Dodgers scored two runs in the fifth inning, abetted by two Diamondbacks miscues. When Roberts’ challenge on the neighborhood play was denied, Joc Pederson scored the Dodgers’ third run — only because first baseman Paul Goldschmidt inexplicably lost Ahmed’s throw out the end of his mitt.Howie Kendrick singled and scored on a throwing error by Ahmed.Adrian Gonzalez’s solo home run in the fourth inning against Arizona pitcher Rubby De La Rosa tied the game 1-1. Gonzalez’s first home run of the season coincidentally came against one of the five players the Dodgers sent to the Boston Red Sox to acquire him in 2012.Justin Turner was hit by two pitches in the game. The second got him on the hand, but Roberts said an X-ray after the game was negative.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Missouri’s Jontay Porter has re-torn ACL, report says

first_imgPorter is the younger brother of Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., who is expected to miss his entire rookie season this year due to a lower-back injury.The youngest Porter’s health could affect his draft stock, so it’s unclear how this development will change his future in basketball. Jontay Porter had an unfortunate accident in Denver on Saturday.The Missouri big man missed the entire 2018-19 season with an ACL injury and has now re-torn it, according to a report from The Kansas City Star. The report states Porter was in Denver for rehab, but his injury occured when he was working out on the court. He has been projected to be a first-round pick should he enter the 2019 draft.The 6-10 big man averaged 9.9 points per game in 2017-18 as a freshman. He helped lead the Tigers to their first NCAA tournament appearance in five years that season, but tore ligaments in his right leg during a scrimmage before his sophomore season.Missouri finished 15-17 without its star in 2018-19.last_img read more