Chofis scores another goal, Earthquakes shutout LAFC 2-0

San Jose Earthquakes shutout LAFC at Pay Pal Park in San Jose on Sat Sep 25, 2021 (image from google.com)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE—In what felt like a playoff type of atmosphere, the San Jose Earthquakes took down LAFC in a 2-0 shutout victory on Saturday evening at Pay Pal Park.

San Jose has won two matches in a row. LAFC have lost two matches in a row. The Quakes are now in a three-way tied for eighth place in the Western Conference with LAFC and Vancouver with 33 points. All three are chasing Real Salt Lake, who have 36 points, for seventh and the final playoff spot in the conference.

LAFC (9-11-6-33 points) were without two of their best players. Carlos Vela was out due a to hamstring injury he suffered back on August 22nd. Diego Rossi has been on loan to Turkish club Fenerbahçe since September 1st.

San Jose (8-9-9-33 points) drew first blood early in the match. A giveaway by LAFC led to a counter attack led by Chofis. The reigning MLS player of the week slipped in a nice pass between two LAFC defenders over to Benji Kikanovic. The 21-year old native of San Jose went around LAFC goalie Tomás Romero before depositing the ball into an empty for his second goal of the season in the third minute.

“I think Benji is one of the young players that is learning day-by-day,” said Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda. “He has perfectly understood the identity we want the players to have at San Jose. He is a player with pace, he is good in the aerial game and has great technique. He really works a lot for the team. He was able to put away the chance that came from a great pass from Chofis. He also worked hard in the defensive phase. I am really pleased when the young players perform well. It makes me happy for them and for the club.”

LAFC’s best chance to score in the first half was in the 23rd minute when Jose Cifuentes had an open shot from 15 yard outs, but Quakes middle back Nathan deflected the ball out of danger with his right foot.

Quakes midfielder Cristian Espinoza was apparently tripped down inside the box in the 34th minute. Instead of receiving a penalty kick on the play, Referee Jair Marrufo issued a yellow card to Espinoza for what only Marrufo thought was a dive by Espinoza.

San Jose doubled its lead right out of the gate to start the second half. Marco Lopez won a ball on the left side along the end line. He serviced the ball into the middle where Chofis fired a one-timer from 10 yards out past Romero for his team leading 11th goal of the season in the 47th minute.

“I think there are still a lot of games left,” said captain Jackson Yuiell. “It’s still really close and these two games were important for us. We’ve narrowed down to the last third of the season. We learned from our first year to last year of when to push and when to hit our stride.”

Chofis has six goals in his last three games as the Mexican national has taken the team on his back and is carrying them closer to a playoff berth.

The Quakes had a chance to put the nail in the coffin in the 55th minute. Lopez serviced a ball from left to right where Eric Remedi’s header hit off the right corner off the post.

After making a round of substitutions early in the second half, LAFC gained some momentum with two quality scoring chances.

In the 57th minute, Cristian Arango headed a pass into the middle where Danny Musovski’s right footed shot sailed wide right.

Then in the 69th minute, Cifuentes serviced ball into the middle of the box that Raheem Edwards crashed in from the right side but his left footed shot hit off the crossbar and over for a goal kick.

San Jose’s defense held down the fort in the final 30 minutes as they did not allow LAFC to get a quality chance .

Quakes goalie JT Marcinkowski finished the night with three saves to earn his eighth victory and fourth shutout of the season. Romero didn’t register a save on the two shots on target in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with no corner kicks on the evening. LAFC had three corner kicks.

San Jose is 4-0-0 in its last four matches versus LAFC and are 4-5-0 all-time, including a 3-2-0 record at home.

Chofis became the first Earthquakes player to score in three straight matches since Vako in July 2019. His assist on Kikanovic’s goal, marking his third assist of the season and first game-winning assist.

Midfielder Shea Salinas entered the match as a substitute in the 82nd minute, marking his first appearance since Sept. 4 against the Colorado Rapids.

Lopez, Nathan and Luciano Abecasis were also issued yellow cards during the match.

UP NEXT: The Quakes host the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday 9/29 at 7:30pm at Pay Pal Park.

Belt homers twice in Giants win 7-2 over Rockies

Another one belted San Francisco Giant Brandon Belt watches the ball after tagging it for three run home run in the top of the fifth inning at Coors Field in Denver on Sat Sep 25, 2021 (AP News)

By Jeremy Kahn

On a night where the Colorado Rockies celebrated one of the best players in team history, the San Francisco Giants were trying to make history of their own.

Brandon Belt hit two home runs, helping the Giants to a 7-2 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field and with the victory, coupled with the Arizona Diamondbacks victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field, the Giants lead in the National League West increased to two games with seven remaining and the magic number for the Giants to win the division drops to five.

When Belt his second home run of the game off of Jon Gray in the top of the fifth inning, it was the 29th home run of the season for Belt and the 236th of the season for the Giants, passing the 2001 team for the most in team history.

Belt gave the Giants an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as he connected for a solo home run off of Gray.

This was the eighth multi-home run game for Belt in his career, as he followed up the solo home run with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning.

Prior to the game, the Rockies honored Larry Walker, who was recently inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as they retired his number 33. It is just the second number retired in the history of the Rockies, as he joins Todd Helton, whose number 17 was retired by the Rockies on August 17, 2014.

Anthony DeSclafani went just four innings for the Giants, as he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the fifth inning. Since the month of July, DeSclafani went over the 90-pitch just once for the NL West leaders, who are now 14-4 against the Rockies this season with one more game to go.

Tony Watson picked up his seventh win of the season, as the Giants used six relievers after DeSclafani was lifted in the top of the fifth inning.

In his four innings of work, DeSclafani allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out three in the no-decision.

The Rockies tried to make the game interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning, as they hit three consecutive singles; however, Dominic Leone was able to get out of the jam, when he got C.J. Cron grounded out to end the game.

Gray went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five, as his record dropped to 8-12 on the season.

NOTES: Mike Yastrzemski, who left the game on Friday night with a knee injury came off the as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning and hit a two-run single that extended the Giants lead up to 7-2. Yastrzemski eventually remained in the game following his pinch-hit appearance.

With the 101 wins on the season, the Giants have won 100 or more games eight time in their history, and are tied with the Atlanta Braves and the Dodgers for the fourth-most in Major League history, only the New York Yankees (21), the Oakland Athletics (10) and the St. Louis Cardinals (9) have more 100 plus win seasons.

The Giants were the first team to 50 wins this season, the first to 60 wins, the first to 70, 80, 90 and now the first to 100 wins…the Giants haven’t been the first team to 100 wins since 1913.

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman goes for his 15th win of the season, as the Giants close out their regular season road schedule. Antonio Senzatela takes the mound for the Rockies in the finale, as he looks for his fifth win of the season.

UCLA gets past Stanford 35-24; Bruins QB Robinson-Thompson throws for 2 TD passes

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns to defeat the Stanford Cardinal on Sat Sep 25, 2021 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto (AP News photo)

UCLA Gets Past Stanford 35-24

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the Stanford Cardinal hosted the UCLA Bruins in a highly anticipated Pac-12 match up. The Bruins came in to the game favored. Both teams have identical records at 2-1. Stanford has a lengthy list of players out for this game.

Although Stanford won the toss and elected to receive, it was UCLA that scored first when they returned a punt for 58 yards to set up the touchdown. UCLA had three first and goal attempts on the Stanford two yard line. The Bruins quarterback Thompson-Robinson scored the first touchdown of the game for an early 7-0 lead.

Stanford would go back to work. Tanner McKee had trouble in their first set of downs throwing three incomplete passes two of which were almost intercepted. After three possessions Stanford was having a lot of trouble moving the ball.

The Bruins were controlling the running game and the Cards were having a lot of trouble containing them. Already up by seven points the Bruins were threatening as the first quarter began to wind down. With 15 seconds left in the quarter UCLA scored for a second time now leading 14-0. Stanford did not have a single first down in the first quarter.

At 7:30 in the second quarter Stanford had their first first down of the game. Stanford was fighting through the UCLA defense which had so far controlled the game. With a second and 19 Stanford quarterback McKee found Brycen Tremayne in the end zone for their first touchdown of the game trailing the Bruins 14-7. The running game as well as the passing game had come to life for Stanford.

As the second quarter came to an end UCLA quarterback Thompson-Robinson found the end zone for the second time in the game and at the half the Bruins led 21-7. They would open the second half with the ball.

Stanford scored at 5:30 in the third quarter off a McKee to Elijah Higgins pass for 56 yards. The Cardinal defense and offense had really picked up the pace in the second half. Still trailing 21-14 the Stanford defense was putting the ball back into the hands of the offense as the fourth quarter got underway.

In the fourth quarter quarterback McKee found Bryce Farrell for 52 yards and a touchdown in an explosive drive from the Stanford offense. The game was now tied at 21-21 and it was a new ball game.

UCLA answered right back with a Thompson-Robinson pass to Kyle Phillips for 75 yards and a touchdown taking back the lead 28-21.

Stanford stalled on the ensuing possession and was forced to attempt a 48 yard field goal which was good. They now trailed 28-24 with 9:10 left in the fourth quarter.

With 2:30 left in the game quarterback Thompson-Robinson found Kyle Phillips despite a very sore shoulder for the touchdown that finished the game for the Bruins 35-24.

McKee would finish with 19 of 29 passing and 185 yards. Nathaniel Peat had 41 yards and Elijah Higgins had 78 yards receiving for Stanford. The Bruin stats were impressive with 212 yards for Thompson- Robinson and 19 of 30 passing. With 209 yards rushing by Zach Charbonnet and 111 receiving yards from Kyle Phillips the Bruins were just too hot to handle for the Stanford Cardinals.

Next up for Stanford will be the #4 ranked Oregon Ducks on Saturday October 2nd. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 ET.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Garoppolo vs. Rogers in memorable match up with 49ers hosting Packers Sunday

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) (left) and Green Bay Packers Aaron Rogers (12) could be facing off for the last time in their respective teams uniforms this Sun Sep 26, 2021 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (file photo from Fan Sided)

On the 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, The anticipated show coming to Levi Stadium on Sunday with the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers with Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers and the 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be a test and a show stopper on Sunday.

#2 Rogers whose the superior of the two quarterbacks going on Sunday was one that the Packers had lure back into the fold as Rogers was prepared to go shopping for a new team but Rogers out of dedication to the Packers organization signed on for another season.

#3 Rogers certainly too a lot of criticism after the Packers got crushed by the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome 38-3 during week 1. Rogers just was off missing receivers and the Saints line was in his face all day long.

#4 Last week the Packers won in week 2 against the Detroit Lions 35-17 and got to .500 at 1-1 Rogers under certain show much better improvement including getting more time to throw with a line going 22 for 27 with 255 yards and four touchdowns.

#5 For Jimmy G he’s led San Francisco with two wins in the first two wins of the season with a week 1 win over the Lions 41-33 and a six point win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the city of brotherly love Philadelphia 17-11 to go up 2-0. Garoppolo’s line against the Eagles 22-30 for 189 yards and a touchdown.

Join Jeremiah Saturday nights for the 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Dolphins starter Tagovailoa out broken ribs; Raiders plans to take advantage of struggling Miami

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) is laid out by the Buffalo Bills defensive end AJ Espenesa (57) in a first half play that resulted in Tagovailoa breaking his ribs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sun Sep 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

#1 Las Vegas Raiders (2-0) go for their third straight win this time they host the struggling Miami Dolphins (1-1) the Dolphins are coming off a crushing defeat to the Buffalo Bills on their own home field in Miami 35-0 and they’ve got quarterback problems their starter Tua Tagovailoa is benched for Sunday’s game because of rib injuries.

#2 The Dolphins threw quarterback Jacoby Brissett last Sunday against the Bills but Brissett and the Dolphins offense were shutout with Brissett getting plenty of opportunities to throw but just not executing in the end zone going 24-40 for 169 yards and an interception. How do you see Brissett against the Raiders defensive line on Sunday.

#3 The Raiders put the hurt to the Steel Curtain last Sunday in Pittsburgh as the Steelers were mounting injuries including to quarterback Joe Roethlisberger who the Raider defense were able to handle and allow him to throw just one touchdown.

#4 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr went 28-37 for 382 yards and two touchdowns Rich talk about how he was able to move out of the pocket and got a win at Heinz Field last week 26-17.

#5 The Raiders defense has made the difference in their first two games how do you see them sizing up against a struggling Dolphins offense who were shutout last week in Buffalo but just got by the New England Patriots in week 1, 17-16.

Join Rich for the Raider podcasts each Saturday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Kane story will over shadow everything at Sharks training camp

Things are mounting against San Jose Sharks Evander Kane who was cleared for gambling on hockey and now is not participating in training camp until he’s cleared for sexual assault allegations made by his wife Anna. Here is Kane holding bricks of cash. (file photo Sports Illustrated)

Len Shapiro on the San Jose Sharks:

#1 Len going into Sunday’s split squad games how much of a distraction will the Evander Kane assault allegations by his wife Anna create with the media and fans asking more questions about the accusation than about hockey.

#2 The players will not be available for in person interviews which might be a saving grace for the organization and the dressing room as the Sharks now will be scouting and looking at rookies and diamonds in the rough without in person interviews Kane.

#3 Head coach Bob Boughner and general manager Doug Wilson don’t know if Kane will ever be welcomed back to the club, Kane was expected back after he was cleared of the gambling on hockey accusations but with the domestic sexual assault allegations by Anna even if there is a lack of evidence again it’s a stain between Kane and his teammates if he was to come back.

#4 Len in other hockey news the Sharks have announced that they will be having another Spanish broadcast for TV and live streaming on Sat Oct 30th vs. Winnipeg at SAP Center. The Spanish broadcast will only be for just one game but it’s something that fans in the South Bay would like to see the Sharks do more often.

#5 Len, At the mic for all the Sharks Spanish play by play Jesus Zerate and color analyst Amaury Pi Gonzalez. Zerate is the San Francisco 49ers play by play Spanish announcer and Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s lead Spanish radio play by play announcer.

Join Len Shapiro for the San Jose Sharks podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Andrus carried off field after scoring game winning run A’s win 2-1

It was supposed to be a happy moment for the Oakland A’s but Elvis Andrus (center) came up with a leg injury after scoring at the plate on a game winning hit by Starling Marte. Manager Bob Melvin is bent over Andrus to check on him as A’s defeat the Houston Astros in the ninth inning at Oakland Coliseum on Sat Sep 25, 2021. (AP News photo)

Houston 1 – 3 – 0

Oakland 2 – 7 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Saturday, September 25, 2021

OAKLAND–Before last night’s thrashing of the Houston Astros , the Athletics were a moribund patient, comatose for six weeks. By game’s end, they had blinked their eyes a couple of times, alieviating just a little the sadness but shaking the resignation of their well wishers. Hope doesn’t spring eternal, but it dies hard.

It looked as though yesterday’s stirrings of hope would quickly fade when José Altuve lined Sean Manaea’s first offering into left field for a two bagger, but Houston fell victim to the Curse of the Lead Off Double as Manaea set down Alex Bregman, Yordán Alvarez, and Carlos Correa in rapid fire order.

For an encore, the A’s starter struck out Kyle Tucker, Marwlin González and Jake Meyers, making it six straight ‘stros he had retired after Altuve’s initial hit. He set Houston down to a conga beat again in the third.

Framber Valdez was handling the A’s efficiently for the visitors. He didn’t allow a baserunner until Khris Davis walked on a 3-2 pitch to open the home third. Valdez recovered to strike out Sean Murphy, but Elvis Andrus chopped a safety into left, and the top of the order had men on first and second with one out as it mounted the green and gold’s first offensive threat of the afternoon. It fizzled. Harrison struck out, and Marte bounced into a force out to Bregman at the hot corner.

Carlos Correa broke Manaea’s string of 11 consecutive outs by drawing a full count walk with two down in the fourth. Undaundted, Manaea, who began the day at 10-10, 4 .05 with 180 strike outs, added his fifth of the afternoon, fanning Tucker, to make it 185 and counting.

There was nothing shabby about Valdez’s work, either. He didn’t yield his second hit until Chad Pinder, he of last night’s grand slam, singled to right with Olson, who had walked, on first with two down in the bottom of the sixth.

Houston’s lefty had started the game with a record of 11-5, 3.07, was matching Manaea, almost pitch by pitch. After six frames, Manaea had thrown 75 and Valdez, 82.

Houston finally broke the tie in the top of the seventh with Kyle Tucker’s 28th home run of the dying season, a 387 foot blast to right center on a 2-2 count off a 93 mph sinker. To add injury to insult, Marwin González slammed Manaea’s next offering off the pitcher’s legl and all the way into left field, where it landed for a single, the Astro’s third hit of the game.

With one gone in the bottom of that inning, Khris Davis slammed a drive off the right field scoredboard. He judiciously stopped at first, where Skye Bolt pinch ran for him, Davis’s safety evened the hit counts but not the score.

Valdez retired Murphy on a fly to deep right and then hit Andrus on one of his feet to put runners of first and second. That’s when Dusty Baker and Josh Miller called on the ex-Athletic Kendall Graveman to face Harrison, whose bloop single to left did ltie the score.

The run was charged to Valdez, so his brilliant effort went unrewarded in the win column. Graveman saved Valdez from being charged with a loss by striking out Marte.

The final line for Houston’s starter was 6-2/3 innings pitched, one run, earned, on three hits, four walks, and hit batter. He struck out three and brought his ERA down to 2.98. He threw 95 pitches, 52 for strikes

Lou Trivino relieved Manaea to start the eighth. The southpaw started had gone seven frames, in which he threw, like Valdez, 95 pitches. 63 of the ones Manaea threw were strikes. Again,like his rival Manaea allowed one run, earned, on three hits, and hit a batter. But he gave up only one free pass and struck out eight Astros, making a total of 188 for the season.

Trivino retired Houston in order in the eighth.

After Graveman walked Olson to start Oakland’s half of the inning, Tony Kemp pinch hit for yesterday’s hero. Kemp took a called third strike, a called with which he disagreed as he strolled away from hoe late umpire Ed Hickox.

There was no disputing Canha’s clean line drive single to left that moved Olson up to second, giving Chapman, who had struck out five times last night and was hitless in his three at bats so far today, a chance to drive in the leading run.

He walked on five pitches to load the bases for Seth Brown, who pinch hit for Bolt. Graveman got two quick strikes on him, delivered a ball in the dirt, and then struck him out swinging. Murphy, with the bases loaded a two outs, grounded out to Correa at short.

Andrew Chafin pitched the top of the ninth wilth the score still knotted at one a piece. He began by striking Alvarez out on a 3-2 fast ball. He followed that by retiring Correa on a weak grounder to second. Kemp, now in left field, made a grand slliding catch of Tucker’s fly, nabbing it just as it crossed the line into foul territory.

When Andrus entered the batter’s box to lead off the bottom of the ninth, he was facing Ryan Pressly, Houston’s closer, who had a 5-2 won-lost record, a 2.19 ERA, and converted 25 of his 27 save opportunities.

This, of course, was not one of those opportunities. He could get a win, a loss, or a non-decision. Andrus slammed a hard line drive single just past Bregman. Harrison struck out swinging. Marte, 0-4 at the plate, sent a liner between González in right and Siri in center to bring Andrus, with an entirely gratuitous belly flop slide, home with the winning run.

Chafin, now 2-3, 1.76 was the winning pitcher. Pressly was the loser, and his record now is 5-3, 2.32.

Wow! Two straight, a blow out and a walk off! Maybe we’ll see the moribund patient get up and walk before the season’s over.

We’ll have a chance at 1:07 when Paul Blackburn ((1-3, 5.17) faces Jake Odorizzi (6-7, 4.22)

A’s Marte leads hit parade with four in 14-2 laugher against Houston

Oakland Starling Marte gestures after hitting a two RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum on Fri Sep 24, 2021 (AP News photo)

Houston 2 – 2 – 0

Oakland 14 – 14 – 1

By Lewis Rubman

Friday September 24, 2021

OAKLAND–Going into their penultimate series with Houston, with only the wan hope of retaining their sliver of a chance of winning the second wild card slot and everything to lose, it seemed as though the A’s might have caught a break when Houston’s Zack Greinke, tonight’s scheduled starter for the Astros, was placed on the club’s injured list with a sore neck and replaced on the mound by Brandon Bielak, a 24 year old with the grand total of 79 major league innings pitched under his belt and a record of 3-3, 4.21 in this, his second season in the show.

But the 37 year old Greinke is an old man by baseball standards and, at 11-6, 4.11, was sporting numbers only marginally better than those of Bielak, who had defeated the Athletics in relief at the Coliseum on April 4 with 4-2/3 innings of no hit, no run moundcraft.

He was up against Frankie Montás, who was exceptionally sharp in his last outing, five days ago in Anaheim, when he held the Angels to one hit in seven scoreless innings to bring his year’s record to 12-9, 3.57.

When the dust had settled and the crowd of 21,107 got ready to watch the fireworks that had enticed them into attendance,

The game started inauspiciously for the home. team. José Altuve smacked a sharp grounder to Matt Chapman at third, who airmailedthe throw way over Matt Olson’s head at first. Altuve kept motoring all the way to third, where Olson’s throw beat to the bag.

But Chapman couldn’t handle the throw, and Altuve was 90 feet from home on a three base error by Oakland’s Gold and Platinum Glove winning third sacker.

Alex Bregman, another slick fielding third baseman, put runners on the corners by getting hit by a 96 mph sinker. Yuri Gurriel’s sac fly to Seth Brown in right drove in Altuve with the first tally of evening. Montás, showing a great deal of poise, put a stop to the Astro’s attack by striking Yordán Alvarez and Carlos Correa out.

Oakland went on the offensive in their half of the first. Josh Harrison drive bounced past Bregman into left for a lead off single. Starling Marte followed with another single to left, and the A’s had runners on first and second and the powerful Matt Olson at bat with no outs.

The powerful Matt Olson took an 89 mph change up for a called third strike. With Mark Canha at the plate, Harrison broke for second. Houston catcher Martín Maldonado threw behind him to Altuve at second, whose throw to Bregman easily retired Harrison at third for the second out. Marte’s advancing to second on the play didn’t matter; Canha went down swinging.

Leading off in the third frame, Altuve continued to bedevil the A’s and their fans, who took special delight in booing him, by driving a 3-2 pitch over the State Farm advertisement in left center for his 30th round tripper of the year. It was Houston’s first hit of the game.

Oakland got two runners on base with one out in the third on walks to Andrus and Harrison. Marte came through with a single to center that scored Andrus and sent Harrison to third. Olson also came through in the same way, scoring Harrison and sending Marte to third.

Canha’s sac fly to McCormick in left center gave the A’s a 3-1 lead before Brown flew out, also to Mc Cormick, in straightaway left field to end the inning, leaving the Athletics up by a run.

Bielak didn’t come out for the fourth. He’d thrown 54 pitches, 31 for strikes, and the three rns he surrendered were earned. He allowed four hits and two walks, against three strike outs. Rookie Peter Solomon replaced him and put down the last four men in the Oakland batting order, allowing only a single to Gomes.

Bielak still was on the mound when Seth Brown became the second A to be thrown out attempting to steal. He had singled, sandwiched between strike outs of Canha and Chapman, and Maldonado’s throw to Correa was right on the button.

Montás began to waiver in the top of the seventh, After granting a lead off walk to Kyle Tucker, he allowed an opposite field single to McCormick. Jake Meyers sacrificed the runners up a base each.

With the infield drawn in, Montás snared Meyers´shot to the mound and threw him out at first, leaving runners still on second and third when Altuve came to bat, accompanied by his usual round of boos and catcalls. The diminutive second sacker sent a hard line drive … directly into the glove of Kemp in left for the third out.

When the ´stros took the field in the home half of the seventh, Yimi García was on the mound for them, facing the bottom of the order. Kemp and Gomes singled to center, putting men on the corners for Andrus. He flew out to right, bringing Harrison to the plate.

After a 13 pitch battle, he walked to clog the basepaths. On the very next pitch, Marte rifled a double down the left field line, sending Kemp and Gomes home, Harrison to third, García to the showers, and southpaw hurler Brooks Raley to the hill.

Olson drew a full count before striking out swinging, which left clean up hitter Mark Canha the job of further padding the Oakland lead. The count on him also went to 3-2. Then Canha went to first on a base on balls that reloaded the bases.

Chad Pender pinch hit for Brown and unloaded them. His grand slam cleared the left filed wall with plenty to spare, landing 425 feet from home and giving the A’s a 9-2 lead. It was his fourth home run of the year and second gland slam of his career. Chapman’s strike out was anticlimatic.

Yusmeiro Petit came in for the Houston eighth and set the Astros down in order. Montás had gone seven innngs and allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits, three walks, and three hit batters. His pitch count reached 106, 65 of them strikes.

Seth Martínez opened the eighth for the visitors. Oakland promptly loaded the bases on him with singles by Kemp and Andrus, interspersed by a walk to Gomes. Skye Bolt, who replaced Harrison, who had battered himself with foul balls in his last at bat, walked to make the score 10-2.

Meyers made a diving attempt to capture Marte’s fly to left center but failed, and everyone moved up a base. The bases once again were loaded, and Olson was at bat. He slammed the second pitch he saw off the center field fence for his 34th double of the season, driving in the three men in front of him and upping the A’s margin, which by now was a chasm, to 14-2. Chapman struck out for the fifth time, ending the inning, the second in a row in which Oakland had sent nine men to the plate.

The Athletics entrusted the fairly easy task of holding a 12 run lead for one inning and the more difficult one of maintaining his concentration to Domingo Acevedo. He walked three of the six batters he faced, He struck out the other three.

Montás, with the win, is 13-9, 3.48. The loss went to. Bielak, now 3-4, 4.50.

Marte led the Oakland hit parade with four, followed by Olson, Kemp, and Gomes with two. Harrison, Brown, Pinder, and Andrus also added to their hit totals.

After the three hour 41 minute game had ended, the distance between the division leading Astros and the third place Athletics had been reduced to seven games. They are four games behind the Yankees in the second wild card sweepstakes

It will be Sean Manaea (10-10, 4.o5) against. Framber Valdez (11-5, 3.07) in a battle of left handers starting Saturday afternoon at 1:07.

Giants reach 100 wins on the season, beat Rockies 7-2 to hit three digit mark

San Francisco Giants Kris Bryant flies out in the top of the fourth against the Colorado Rockies on Fri Sep 24, 2021 at Coors Field in Denver (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Who would have ever thought that the 2021 San Francisco Giants would do something that the organization as a whole accomplished only seven times prior its 139-year history?

Backed by four home runs, the Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-2 at Coors Field and with the victory, the Giants have won their 100th game of the season. Also, with the Giants maintained their first-place position in the National League West and their magic number lowers to eight.

Tommy La Stella led off the top of the first inning with a home run off of Peter Lambert, who was making his season debut for the Rockies after missing the entire shortened 2020 season due to undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The La Stella home run gave the Giants a quick 1-0 lead; however, the lead would not last long, as the Rockies tied the game in the bottom of the first when Charlie Blackmon hit an opposite field single to score Raimel Tapia with the tying run. Elias Diaz gave the Rockies the lead, when Elias Diaz to right field to score Brendan Rodgers.

Unfortunately, for the Rockies, that lead would only last into the top of the second inning, when Brandon Crawford hit his 22nd home run of the season into the second deck of the right field seats.

Brandon Belt gave the Giants the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning, when he hit his team-leading 27th home run.

Mike Yastrzemski hit the fourth and final home run of the game, as he hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, as the Giants broke the game wide open. Buster Posey drove in the seventh and final run of the game for the Giants in the top of that same seventh inning, when Wilmer Flores scored.

Alex Wood went just four innings, allowing two runs on six hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out seven; however, he did not fare in the decision, as the game turned into a bullpen game.

La Stella, who hit a home run to lead off the game went 3-for-5 on the evening.

Kervin Castro went two innings, and continues to impress, as he allowed a hit and struck out two and picked up his first Major League victory.

Castro turned the ball over to Tony Watson, who threw a perfect seventh inning and then Tyler Rogers came on in the bottom of the eighth inning, and despite giving up three hits, Rogers struck out two and the Rockies left the bases loaded, when Rogers got Ryan McMahon on a called third strike to end the inning and get out of the jam.

Camilo Doval came on to finish it out for the Giants, and despite giving up a hit to Tapia, Doval got Brendan Rodgers to strikeout for the second out after Rodgers started the night by going 3-for-4 against Giants pitching.

Lambert went the first 3.2 innings for the Rockies in his first start of the Rockies, as he allowed two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out two.

Ashton Goudeau came on to replace Lambert and went 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, striking out two and gave up two home runs to Belt and Yastrzemski and lost for the first time in his MLB career.

NOTES: This team, who was projected to win 75 games this season became the eighth team to reach the 100-win plateau.

The Giants join the 1904 NY Giants (106), 1905 NY Giants (105), 1912 NY Giants (103), 1962 SF Giants (103), 1993 SF Giants (103), 1913 NY Giants (101) and 2003 SF Giants (100) as previous teams to reach triple digits in wins.

With four more home runs tonight, the Giants have now hit 234 home runs on the season, moving within one of tying the 2001 team for the most home runs by the team in history of the franchise.

Also with the four home runs on the evening, this was the 17th time that the Giants have hit at four home runs or more in a game, stretching their MLB lead up over the Toronto Blue Jays.

UP NEXT: Anthony DeSclafani goes for his 13th win of the season on Saturday night, while Jon Gray will take the mound for the Rockies in search for his ninth win of the season.

Giants drop crucial game 3 to Padres 7-6 in 10th inning stay one game above Dodgers

San Diego Padres Victor Caratini (17) gets congratulations with Fernando Tatis Jr after Tatis scores on an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning at Petco Park in San Diego on Wed Sep 22, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants lost 7-6 to the San Diego Padres in extra innings at Petco Park on Thursday afternoon.

They blew their chance to sweep San Diego and saw their lead atop the NL West narrow to one game as the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers beat their opponent on the same day.

The Giants rallied from a couple of deficits but lost on a walk-off infield single from Victor Caratini against Padres right-handed pitcher Dominic Leone.

The Padres scored four times in the first inning off Giants starter Logan Webb. With the bases loaded, Jurickson Profar was hit by a pitch. Trent Grisham hit a sacrifice fly to bring San Diego’s lead up to 2-0. Ha-Seong Kim and Caratini had RBI singles to put the Padres up 4-0.

In the second inning, Mike Yastrzemski hit a home run on a fly ball to right field and LaMonte Wade scored to cut the Padres’ lead to 4-2.

Austin Slater hit a home run on a line drive to left field in the sixth inning and Tommy La Stella and Brandon Belt scored, putting the Giants up 5-4.

But Trent Grisham homered on a fly ball to right field to tie the game and Ha-Seong Kim hit a home run to center field to help San Diego regain a 6-5 lead.

In the seventh inning, La Stella doubled on a line drive to center field and Wilmer Flores scored, tying the game again at 6-6.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers won 7-5 in 10 innings against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

When Slater hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, the Giants could see on the out-of-town scoreboard that the Rockies were one out away from beating the Dodgers.

“Our focus was solely on this game, this is a good team across the other side of the field,” Slater said. “But they flash the scores and it’s hard to miss sometimes. You’re aware of it.”

Only nine games are left on the Giants’ schedule and they will finish the regular season facing the Padres again for a three-game series at home.

The Giants (99-54) are just one game ahead of the Dodgers (98-55), meaning the Padres will have a defining role in deciding that fierce division race.

San Francisco starts a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Friday. First pitch is at 5:10 p.m.