Justin Turner’s home run makes a winner out of Rich Hill in his Dodgers debut

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Amazon Prime offers same-day delivery. The Dodgers had to be more patient.Twenty-three days after they traded three well-regarded prospects to the Oakland A’s for outfielder Josh Reddick and someone suited to fill the void at the front of their starting rotation, Rich Hill finally made his debut for the Dodgers.There was no buyer’s remorse. Hill looked like the top-tier starter the Dodgers thought they were getting – and have sorely lacked since Clayton Kershaw went to the DL. He pitched six scoreless innings Wednesday night as the Dodgers won, 1-0.“I’m not surprised. That’s Rich,” Reddick said. “I’ve seen it all year. “It just shows what a competitor he is. He hasn’t pitched in over a month and he goes out there and shuts down a lineup like that.”Justin Turner provided the night’s only offense, ruining Giants starter Johnny Cueto’s own gem with a solo home run in the fourth inning. The home run was the Dodgers’ first hit of the game and one of only five they managed in the game.With back-to-back wins over Madison Bumgarner and Cueto, the Dodgers have continued the Giants’ second-half freefall. They are 11-25 since the All-Star break (the worst record in baseball over that time) ceding 9½ games to the Dodgers since the break. The Dodgers have gone from 6 ½ games down to a season-high three games up, assuring themselves of a victory in the first of three series between the two rivals over the final seven weeks of the season.“We’re not panicking, I don’t think,” Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford said. “Yeah, we haven’t been playing well but hopefully we’ll turn it around.“I think a clubhouse full of guys that have been through tough times before, that have pulled out and been a World Series-winning team – we’ve been through tough stretches before, we wound up winning the World Series at the end of the year.”center_img Hill came just as advertised in the catalog. He kept the Giants off balance with a variety pack of off-speed pitches – one of which floated up toward the plate at 52 mph.The Giants had five hits in Hill’s six innings. All were singles and only one baserunner reached second base. That came in the first inning when Buster Posey’s two-out single was followed by Hunter Pence just beating out an infield single on a ground ball to third.Hill didn’t walk a batter and 63 of his 81 pitches were strikes. It was only the ninth “quality start” (six innings or more, three runs or fewer) by a Dodgers pitcher in 35 games since the All-Star break.“He knew exactly what he wanted to do,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “He got a lot of pop ups, a lot of soft grounders. He got ahead of hitters and knew how to put them away.”Hill had not pitched since July 17 when a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand ripped open five pitches into a start for the Oakland A’s. Before that he had made only two starts since the end of May due to a groin injury and the blister problem.“There’s nothing I can control about that,” Hill said of his delayed debut. “The only thing I can control is to go out there and continue to pitch with conviction and passion and intensity. In conjunction with staying in the moment, anything outside of that is really irrelevant.”Roberts gladly accepted the gift of six innings from a starting pitcher – something he has gotten just 16 times in the past 49 games (since Clayton Kershaw’s last start on June 26) – and manipulated his bullpen to make the one-run lead stand up over the final three innings.Pedro Baez and Adam Liberatore tag-teamed the seventh inning. But Joe Blanton found himself with runners on the corners and two outs in the eighth with the left-handed Crawford coming up. Rookie left-hander Grant Dayton was warming up in the bullpen as Roberts went out to the mound.“I wanted to go out there and look in his eyes and check on him a little bit, see how he felt,” Roberts said. “I know he used a lot of energy with those first four hitters. But as I went out there I just knew he had to stay in there. It’s the confidence I have in Joe Blanton.”Roberts might have regretted that decision for a split second as Crawford sent Reddick back to the wall in right field to haul in his drive.“I felt much better after it went in Reddick’s glove,” Roberts said. “Regardless of the outcome, he got ahead two strikes. I still liked that matchup.”Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 37th save of the season.“This group has been in this position before. They’re battle-tested,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Every day we think, ‘Hey, it’s our day to come out of this.’ They’re going out there, going hard early. We put pressure on them. They got the big hit and we didn’t.”last_img read more

Dodgers extend winning streak to nine

first_imgThe last time he pitched in Miami before Sunday was last Sept. 10, when Hill threw seven perfect innings. He was then removed due to a pitch-count restriction with much ballyhoo. Manager Dave Roberts faced no such dilemma this time.Besides the fact that Hill’s fingers have been blister-free since May, he allowed a double to Ozuna to begin the second inning. Hill got out of that jam and mostly succeeded in avoiding stressful situations. The left-hander allowed just one run on five hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out nine, two shy of his season high.“The last five or so outings have been really good,” Hill said. “Today was no different: just attacking the hitters. Austin (Barnes) did a great job behind the dish.”“He was in complete control today,” Roberts said of Hill. “Some of the best stuff he’s had all year.”Since compacting his windup with help from pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Hill has a 1.45 ERA in five starts dating to June 21. He has 44 strikeouts in 31 innings over that span.Sunday, he pitched all five innings with a lead.Turner’s solo home run against Marlins starter Chris O’Grady (1-1), his 11th this season, gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Turner’s sacrifice fly in the third inning allowed Logan Forsythe to tag up and score the Dodgers’ second run.Chris Taylor’s triple, followed by a single by Barnes, made it 3-0 in the fourth inning.Miami got its only run against Hill in the fifth inning on a fluky infield single by a future Hall of Famer.With one out, former Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis lined a double to left field. A single by J.T. Riddle sent Ellis to third. With the ninth spot in the batting order due up, Marlins manager Don Mattingly removed O’Grady and inserted Ichiro Suzuki.Suzuki’s 3,055th career hit was a tapper back to the pitcher’s mound, and it caught Hill off balance. The pitcher fell down. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager retrieved the ball but had no play as Ellis scored easily.“They hung in there. They were fighting. You could see it,” Roberts said. “For us to still find a way to win says a lot about our guys.” MIAMI >> The Dodgers won their ninth consecutive game Sunday. Their 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins completed their 11th series sweep and lifted their record to 64-29, the best mark in baseball.After a day off Monday, the Dodgers will begin a two-game series against the Chicago White Sox in their most comfortable position this year. They hold a 101/2-game lead in the NL West over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost their fifth consecutive game Sunday. Only the Houston Astros lead their division by a greater margin.It remains to be seen if the Dodgers’ current streak — 29 wins in their past 33 games — is their new reality or a mere twist of fortune. Either way, it’s been short on drama. The Marlins at least made the series finale interesting at the end.After Dee Gordon reached on an infield single off Brandon Morrow to begin the eighth inning, then advanced on Kenley Jansen’s balk — his first in six years — he scored on Christian Yelich’s single to narrow the Dodgers’ lead to a single run. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Jansen ultimately locked down a save, his 23rd in 23 tries this year. Even that required a diving stop by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner on a ground ball to his left, robbing J.T. Riddle for the game’s final out.“I think a lot of offensive guys are going to be really happy to get out of this place,” Turner said of Marlins Park. “If we were at home at Dodger Stadium, we might have hit 20 homers this series, but this place is enormous. They have a very athletic outfield, they cover a lot of ground. They made a lot of good plays today. The whole series, really.”The most memorable play Sunday was a wall-scaling, home run-robbing catch by left fielder Marcell Ozuna, reaching high above the rail to snatch Kiké Hernandez’s blast before it could fall in the Dodgers bullpen in the sixth inning. The Dodgers made five other outs on the warning track.Ultimately the long outs didn’t matter. Dodgers starter Rich Hill (6-4) continued his resurgence by pitching five strong innings, and the bullpen survived its eighth-inning hiccup. The Dodgers hadn’t swept a three-game series against the Marlins since 2008.“Today’s win was a great team win,” Hill said. “You saw great defense. The offense came through. And the bullpen has been tremendous. You can say that it starts with the starters. It’s really all 25 guys in here that are coming to compete every single day and bringing their best out on the field. It’s a lot of fun to see.”last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Company requires book-keeper/office administrator

first_imgLeading agricultural machinery outlet McGinty Tractors Limited in Donegal Town, has the above vacancy.We are seeking an enthusiastic, positive candidate, duties to include (but not exclusively) data processing, bookkeeping and office administration.The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years experience working in an office environment. They will be computer literate, have excellent analytical and organisational skills and must have the ability to work both as part of a team as well as on their own initiative. The individual will be responsible for invoicing, debtors and creditors control, reporting financial information to management and other office duties. Experience of working in the motor industry would be an advantage but is not essential.Applications in writing by post or e-mail together with a curriculum vitae for the attention of the Practice Manager at [email protected]  or post to J.G. Carlin & Co. Ltd, Chartered Certified Accountants & Registered Auditors, The Business Centre, Lisfannon, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.Tel: 07493 64200Fax: 07493 61955Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 29th September 2017. Job Vacancy: Company requires book-keeper/office administrator was last modified: September 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal TownjobMcGinty Tractorslast_img read more