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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Using an “opener”
01-25-2019, 12:20 PM,
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Using an “opener”
for an inning ahead of a traditional starter worked so well for the Texas Rangers on Friday night that they’ll do it again on Saturday night.Yohander Mendez followed opener and fellow rookie Connor Sadzeck by scattering three hits in five relief innings and Jurickson Profar had a two-run home run among his three hits to lead the Rangers to a 4-0 victory against the San Diego Padres.Having Sadzeck pitch the first inning allowed the 23-year-old Mendez to pitch into the sixth Authentic Kerryon Johnson Jersey , when he struck out Eric Hosmer with runners on first and second to end the inning.“I thought Mendez did a great job tonight,” manager Jeff Banister said. “It was a huge moment in the sixth, the at-bat against Hosmer. Really it was one of those grow-up moments for a young pitcher that felt like it was an opportunity for him to put a foot down and make some pitches.”Mendez was facing Hosmer for the third time and got him to swing at a change-up for strike three.“I say, ‘That’s going to my last hitter. Going to be best opportunity to strike him out or get a ground ball,'” Mendez said. “For me it’s great … For me it’s better, my third time that I did like I did. I feel good.”Mendez (2-1) struck out five, walked three and was backed by two double plays. Four Rangers pitchers combined to five-hit San Diego.The 23-year-old left-hander originally had been penciled in to make his third start since being recalled on Sept. 2 for his third big league stint this year, but the team then decided to have him follow Sadzeck, a 26-year-old rookie who made his first start.Sadzeck walked leadoff batter Francisco Mejia, a rookie playing for the first time at Petco Park Authentic Deshaun Watson Jersey , before getting Wil Myers to ground into a double play and Hunter Renfroe to ground out to end the inning.“It flips the lineup,” Banister said. “That secondary guy comes in and it’s a little more of an extended look in a sense, deeper into the game.”Sadzeck said it was “definitely different” but that he stuck to his normal routine he uses when relieving, including throwing only 10 to 15 warmup pitches in the bullpen.“I approached it just as I would relieving,” he said. “My job is to get us to the next inning, whether it’s coming in in the middle of an inning or getting us to the sixth, getting us to the seventh. That’s all I thought about was getting us to the second inning.”Banister said left-hander Alex Claudio will be the opener for right-hander Arial Jurado on Saturday night.After hitting singles in his first two at-bats, Profar drove the first pitch he saw from Phil Maton into the seats in right with one out in the seventh, his 17th. He drove in two runs and scored twice in the matchup of last-place teams.Profar also hit an RBI single in the second and singled and scored in the fifth on an odd play in which Myers, the Padres’ third baseman , committed an error and had two putouts. Roughned Odor and Profar opened the fifth with singles. Isiah Kiner-Falefa grounded to Myers, who forced Odor before overthrowing first for an error that allowed Profar to score ahead of the throw home by first baseman Eric Hosmer. Mejia, the catcher, threw out Kiner-Falefa at third.Padres starter Robbie Erlin (3-7) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out six and walked none.“I thought there were some really good curveballs he threw today,” manager Andy Green said. “That just has the ability to rock a hitter back and forth. … It felt to me he used it strategically well and got hitters off of his fastball timing and was able to use the fastball and slider off of that.”BELTREAdrian Beltre doubled twice to extend his career hits total to 3,155, passing George Brett to take sole possession of 15th on the all-time list.“How about that third baseman?” Banister said. “He continues to find barrels. Two doubles tonight. It’s fun to watch and fun to watch the names that he’s taking off that board.”UPOMINGRangers: Claudio will open for RHP Ariel Jurado (2-5, 7.03).Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (5-7, 4.80) is set to make his 21st start. He’ll be one of just 20 rookies in Padres history to make 20 starts in a season. Along with fellow lefty Joey Lucchesi Deshaun Watson Jersey Elite , it’s just the fifth time the Padres have had two rookies make at least 20 starts. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boston’s bench is a big reason why the Red Sox are one win from their fourth World Series title since 2004.With the Red Sox regulars being held in check by the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was pinch-hitters Mitch Moreland and Rafael Devers who came up with huge at-bats as Boston rallied for a 9-6 victory Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the Series.Moreland hit a three-run homer off Ryan Madson in the seventh inning and Devers singled home Brock Holt with the tiebreaking run in the ninth.Boston’s pinch-hitters have come up big all Series. Through the first four games, they are 6 for 18 (.333) with two home runs and seven RBIs. The Red Sox are batting .218 overall.“The bench has been the key to our entire playoffs,” slugger J.D. Martinez said. “The guys that no one expects are the ones who are delivering. It is unreal.”Moreland’s homer to right field on a first-pitch changeup from Ryan Madson was Boston’s second pinch-hit homer in the World Series. The 1959 Dodgers and 1975 Red Sox are the only other teams with multiple pinch-hit home runs in the same Fall Classic. Not bad for a team that hit only two pinch-hit homers during the course of a 162-game regular season.Moreland joins Bernie Carbo (who had two in 1975), Bobby Kielty (2007) and Eduardo Nunez (Game 1 this year) as Boston players who have homered in a World Series game as pinch-hitters.“With the way we play, we’re constantly trying to get some guys on base, put pressure on the other side. So we got that chance right there,” Moreland said after hitting his third World Series home run. “I saw him throw a couple of changeups to Jackie (Bradley Jr.) up in the zone. I decided, why not sit on that one first pitch? And when he threw it, I saw it pretty good Youth Jalen Ramsey Jersey , and put a good swing on it.”It was Moreland’s fourth career postseason homer but first as a pinch-hitter. Prior to that swing, Moreland was batting .250 this postseason (4 for 16) but was 1 for 6 in a pinch-hitting role.Devers was batting .276 (8 for 29) for the postseason, and Saturday night was only the third time he has been brought in off the bench. After Holt doubled off Dylan Floro with one out, Devers laced a 2-0 changeup to center, scoring Holt for a 5-4 lead, and the Red Sox went on to score five runs in the ninth.The third baseman, who turned 22 on Wednesday, became the youngest player in World Series history to have a pinch-hit, go-ahead RBI in the ninth inning or later. The last player younger than 23 to deliver a pinch-hit RBI in the Fall Classic was Pittsburgh’s Milt May in 1971 against Baltimore.“I was just ready for my moment to come, whenever that may be ,” Devers said. “Being in the National League, you’ve got to be ready from the first inning with obviously the pitchers hitting. So I just wanted to be ready for whatever the situation was.”Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers said Boston’s bench success can mostly be attributed to first-year manager Alex Cora and the way he has been able to keep everyone involved by always communicating to players about when they will be used during a game.“He just has a way of giving them confidence by telling them, ‘I am going to use you here, be ready, be prepared’ and then it happens,” Hyers said. “They are prepared and have confidence when they walk out to the batter’s box because the manager has prepared them to go out and show.”
03-06-2019, 07:32 PM,
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