NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Preds tie series with Yotes in two goal win; Flames get a 6-2 win over the Jets lead series

The Nashville Predators celebrate their victory in game 3 on Tuesday over the Arizona Coyotes to tie the series 1-1 in the NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Rogers Centre in Edmonton (Nashville Predators Google photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers with Marko Ukalovic:

#1 The Nashville Predators got a two goal win over the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 to tie the series 1-1, the Preds got scoring help from Nick Bonino, Ryan Johansen, Calle Jankrok, and Viktor Arvidsson.

#2  Will the Coyotes goaltending situation after Antti Raanta left the bench during the game impair them for a backup after Raanta was ruled “unfit to play” and was replaced by third string goalie Adin Hill.

#3 During warm ups on Tuesday before the game it was reported that Raanta was struck in the facemask by a puck. Raanta has had a concussion in the past but Coyotes removed him and didn’t disclose the reason why.

#4 The Calgary Flames have taken the series lead over the Winnipeg Jets 2-1, the Flames  scored three times on the power play and that opened a wide margin for the 6-2 win. Both teams face off again on Thursday.

#5  The Flames Sean Monahan had a goal and two assists while  Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau, and Mikael Backlund each scored a goal. Talk about the Flames offensive nucleus going into Thursday’s game against the Jets.

Join Marko for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers podcast with Joe Lami: Leafs Muzzin released from hospital after on ice injury; Panthers 2 goals in 3rd period keeps their playoffs hopes alive

(photo from nypost.com) The Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Muzzin is taken off the ice Tuesday following a collision at 1:52 in the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Muzzin is reported to be recovery in a Toronto hotel and quarantined until he is able to play again.

On the NHL Stanley Cup Qualifers podcast with Joe:

#1 Joe in Toronto for the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Qualifiers the Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Muzzin left Tuesday’s game two against the Columbus Blue Jackets after a collision at 1:52 in the third period. Previous to the injury he had three block shots mostly on penalty kills before he had to be taken off by stretcher.

#2 Muzzin after the hit was talking to the medical staff and was able to move his extremities he was secured to a gurney and wheeled off the ice to a very concerned Leafs and Jackets benches looking on.

#3 The Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said that Muzzin was responsive and the Leafs say that Muzzin was released from the hospital and will not play the remainder of the qualifier series and will quarantine in a Toronto hotel until he’s ready to come back and play again.

#4 Joe, there was very little doubt that the game between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders the Panthers were fighting for their qualifier lives getting a one goal 3-2 win. The Isles who need just one more win to move onto the next round will have to wait and try again in game four on Thursday night.

#5 Key goals came from the Panthers Mike Hoffman and Brian Boyle scoring in the third period as the as the Panthers down 2-1 were able to tie and move ahead of the Islanders to save their playoff hopes.

Join Joe Lami Wednesdays for all latest in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Piscotty walk off slam sends A’s home with 5-1 win

photo from @ESPNStatsInfo: Oakland A’s Stephen Piscotty hits for the A’s second walk off grand slam this season making the A’s the first team in MLB history to hit two grand slams for walk off wins this early in the season.

Texas Rangers 1 -5-1

Oakland Athletics 5- 6- 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–It was all about the pitching, and then it wasn’t.

The A’s were riding tall in the saddle this evening when they returned to the O(A)K Corral to face the third place Texas Rangers. Fresh from whalooping the Mariners in Seattle by the lopsided score of 11-1 to take the series against them, three games to one,. the Athletics’ line-up finally had overcome its case of premature anemia, producing a dozen hits, which included two by Khris Davis, one of which was a four bagger. Oakland’s pitching was excellent, allowing only five runs over the last three games of the set-to, all of which went to the men in green and gold.

Jesús Luzardo was making his long anticipated first major league start when he toed the rubber, and he looked good.

The 22 year old lefty mowed down Texas batters, shutting them out on three hits over his five innings of work. His record had been 0-0, 1.35 when he finished his relief appearance last Wednesday in Seattle, but his ERA had ballooned to 4.05 before he took his first warm up toss tonight because MLB had changed a throwing error charged against him in that game to a hit. That made two earned runs out of what had been unearned tallies. When Luzardo was through with his work tonight, his record stood at a much more pleasant 0-0, 2.31.

A quartet of relievers followed Luzardo, each pitching an inning. The first was Yusmeiro Petit, who opened the sixth by retiring the first two men in the Texas batting order, Elvis Andrus and Nick Solak, the latter on a fly ball that reached the warning track in left centerfield.

That brought Joey Gallo to the plate, the only left handed batter Chris Woodward had placed in his starting line-up to face the young southpaw. It was a reasonable decision; all three of Gallo’s home runs this season had come off left handed pitchers. But tonight the Rangers’ slugger chose to bunt against the shift, laying down a neat one to the scarcely defended left side of the infield.

There was nothing Matt Chapman could do but pick up the rolling pellet and hold on to it. Clean up hitter Todd Frazier’s double brought the resourceful Gallo home with the first run of the game.

Oakland faced a formidable opponent in Luzardo’s opposite number on the mound. Right hander Lance Lynn brought with him a record of 1-0 with 17 strikeouts and an ERA of zero over 12 innings, during which his WHIP was 0.75. He held the A’s scoreless for six frames, allowing only two hits, both lead off singles, one by Stephten Piscotty in the third and the other by Tony Kemp in sixth.

But Chapman, who had stood helplessly (and wisely) at third with the ball in his when Gallo outsmarted the A’s to reach first a short while earlier, wiped out the Rangers’ advantage with a lead off blast that carried an estimated 388 feet, just over the De Walt sign in right centerfield.

Two batters later, Lynn was gone, replaced by Jonthan Hernández, who shut the Athletics out through the end of the eighth. His replacement, Edinson Volquez, began the bottom of the ninth by walking Matt Olson, surrendering a single to Chapman, and then walking Mark Canha to load the bases.

With the infield and outfield drawn in, Vólquez got Robbie Grossman to pop an infield fly to first. That was it for Vólaquez. Jesse Chávez assumed the task of ending the Oakland threat. The ex-Athletic threw one pitch to Piscotty. Piscotty swung on it. The ball landed in the straightaway center field seats. It was the A’s second walk off grand slam in the eleven games of this strange season.

Hendricks got the win, his first of the year. Vólquez got the loss, also his first.

The win left Oakland in first place, still a half a game ahead of Houston, who will play a three game series here starting Friday evening. Tomorrow evening, the A’s will face Kyle Gibson, another righty who, like Lynn until tonight, has yet to yield an earned run this season. Gibson is, however, less daunting than Lynn, having lost his only start, in which he gave up five hits in as many innings against the Diamondbacks.

Lefty Sean Manaea, who hasn’t been able to get through the fifth inning in either of his two starts this year, will hope to extend his period of effectiveness, bring down his ERA of 7.00, and enable the A’s to extend their winning streak to five.

Homecoming spoiled for Gausman; Four runs over five innings cost Giants 5-2

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Denver. Jack Dempsey/AP

By Jeremy Kahn

Coming back home is always a great thing as a major leaguer, and now Kevin Gausman knows how it feels to pitch in the area where you grew up; however, it was not a happy decision.

Gausman went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking just one and striking out seven and the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 at Coors Field.

This was the longest start of the season for Gausman and the second-longest for a Giants starter, after Jeff Samardzija went 5.2 innings in Sundays 9-5 loss to the Texas Rangers at Oracle Park.

It was the third straight loss for the Giants, who committed three more errors on the evening in the thin air of Denver.

The three errors by the Giants bring their total up to 16 and have committed multiple errors in six of the 12 games played this season, including one on Tyler Heineman, who was called for catchers interference.

German Marquez went 7.1 innings, striking out nine and the Rockies improved to 8-2 on the season, tying the 2011 team for the best start thru 10 games in team history.

Nolan Arenado hit his second home run as many nights for the Rockies, while Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-3 on the night.

Instant replay played a big deal in this game, as what was originally ruled a three-run home run for Steven Duggar was later overturned to a two-run double that was the third consecutive hit by the Giants.

By not hitting a home run in the game, it broke a string of 13 straight that the Giants hit a home run at Coors Field that dated back to September 3, 2018.

NOTES: Pablo Sandoval broke out of a 0-for-14 slump, as he hit a single in the top of the second inning.

Drew Smyly, who is currently on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left finger will remain in the Bay Area for his physical therapy.

UP NEXT: Logan Webb will take the mound for the Giants on Wednesday, while Jon Gray will take the mound for the Rockies.

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings fall to Dallas for their third straight defeat 114-110

The Sacramento Kings just couldn’t execute down the stretch losing to the Dallas Mavericks and Dorian Finney-Smith (10), Luka Doncic (77) and Tim Hardaway Jr (11) in overtime on Tuesday at Lake Buena Vista Florida (photo from the Dallas Morning News)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings experience in the NBA bubble has been a lot like the performance from Bogdan Bogdanovic on Tuesday. Bogdan finished the game 1-15 from the field and couldn’t buy a bucket. Similarly, the Kings have come up short in every game in the bubble not able to squeeze out a win in overtime against the Dallas Mavericks 114-110.

It was really a tale of two games on Tuesday afternoon against the Dallas Mavericks. The Kings, having dropped the first two games in the bubble came out with the energy we hadn’t seen in the prior games.

The Kings came out in the first quarter immediately taking the lead and not really looking back. The Kings held the lead from much of the game. The Kings had a ten point lead as late as two minutes into the final quarter. From there, the past came back to haunt the Kings. The Kings would lose the lead and the game would be tied at 95 with seven nine seconds remaining. De’Aaron Fox had a shot at the end of the game to win it for the Kings, but it wasn’t able to fall and we were headed to overtime.

In overtime, the Kings were never really able to muster anything and were playing the foul game. Buddy Hield was able to hit a couple of clutch three-balls but in the end, it wasn’t enough to overtake the Mavericks. Sloppy foul trouble and not getting to the line enough themselves was one of the major factors in the loss. The Kings were only able to make it to the line 12 times compared to the Mavs 50 trips.

The Kings received solid performances from Fox (28 points), Hield (21 points), and Bazemore (16 points). For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic had a very nice game. Doncic scored 34 points, 20 rebounds, and 12 assists to lead the Magic.

Up Next: The Kings have their backs against the wall. Having lost the first three games in the bubble they need to right the ship in a hurry to have any shot at making the playoffs. That won’t be an easy task as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday morning.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Pac 12 players led by Cal and Stanford want to negotiate terms; Kings are on the mat can they get up for Dallas

(file photo from USA Today) Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) seen in this 2019 photo will Garbers and the Cal Bears be back for the 2020 season as negotiations between the Pac 12 players and the league continue over safety issues, pay issues and social issues rights.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 Barbara how important is that Pac 12 players are under the banner #WeAreUnited with demands that their are better safety measures, social rights issues and Fair Pay to Play in place for players.

#2 The Pac 12 players most who are coming out of Cal and Stanford have 13 player representatives who are asking for better health coverage in the event a player is injured for the season instead of being out on their own for their coverage the university or the Pac 12 for instance will have insurance coverage to help with medical coverage.

#3 Barbara the Sacramento Kings have now lost three straight games in the re-start of the NBA’s regular season in Orlando. It’s getting late early when you lose the first three of a short eight game schedule. The Kings lost to the Dallas Mavericks and lost in overtime 114-110.

#4 As you know numerous reports have come out about Covid-19 infections forcing games to be canceled in MLB. The Marlins had half their club infected and they brought up replacements to take their spots, the Cardinals have players out with Covid, in the bigger picture can someone look at this and say baseball is irresponsible for letting the games continue?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes fought the good fight going 3-1-1 in the MLS is Back Tournament. The Quakes started the tournament with a scoreless tie against Seattle, then won three straight against Vancouver, Chicago and Real Salt Lake only to lose in the quarterfinals to FC Minnesota.

Join Barbara each Tuesday night for Headlines Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s Luzardo gets the start tonight against Rangers at the Coliseum

Jesus Luzardo shown here during the A’s spring training camp Mesa Arizona on Feb 13th during pitchers and catchers workouts. Was out on quarantined just before the start of the season and will be getting the start tonight against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland Coliseum (AP photo)

On That’s Amaury’s podcast:

#1 Amaury the A’s open a three game series tonight in Oakland against the Texas Rangers with Jesus Luzardo (0-0) getting the start. Luzardo is coming back from being quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19 during baseball summer camp.

#2 A’s manager Bob Melvin is looking forward to seeing Luzardo on the mound tonight. Luzardo has got some bullpen work in going 6.2 innings in relief and has 1.35 ERA, he had walked three and struck out seven.

#3 How huge is it for A’s hitter Khris Davis to have snapped his 0-16 slump which started from opening day. Davis got a sixth inning single. Melvin said that Davis made a hand adjustment during the trip to Seattle over the weekend.

#4 Melvin said that Davis has established himself and that speaks volumes for somebody whose willing to make an adjustment and that Davis is coachable and “looking forward to getting better.”

#5 In the middle of the four game series in Seattle the A’s won the second and third games by just a run does that speak for the bullpen able to hold off the Mariners in the later innings and prevent them from adding runs on the board.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish radio play by play announcer and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Giants’ rally in the ninth comes up just short in 7-6 loss to the Rockies

By Morris Phillips

The Giants offense has gone from feeble to fantastic in less than a week, led by early MVP candidates Donovan Solano and Mike Yastrzemski. 

Now if only the Giants’ pitching and defense could make the same dramatic leap.

Currently, the Colorado Rockies are serving up the NL West’s best combination of the critical, baseball elements, the latest example their come-from-behind, 7-6 win over the Giants at Coors Field on Monday.

The Giants jumped out to 4-1 lead in the fifth inning behind Johnny Cueto only to see the Rockies explode for five runs in the sixth to seize control. Colorado added a run in the eighth, then held on when the Giants rallied for a pair of runs in the ninth, leaving the tying run stranded at third base.

In the end, the Giants could only blame themselves and their inability to record big outs, along with less than stellar defense.

“It’s really important we tighten up our play, we play catch and make the plays, particularly in one-run games at a Coors Field,” manager Gabe Kapler said.

Nolan Arenado homered with Charlie Blackmon aboard to cut the Giants lead to 4-3 which ended Cueto’s evening two batters into the sixth. Despite the hiccup, Cueto proved again to be the master of the huge park and its mile high elevation. At that point, Cueto had done his part in a potential sixth team win in his seven starts as a Giant at Coors.

Reliever Wandy Peralta allowed Ryan McMahon’s drive to right that Alex Dickerson bobbled and dropped on the warning track for a triple. Matt Kemp’s single tied it, and subsequent base hits by Chris Owings and David Dahl gave the Rockies a two-run cushion.

Dickerson again contributed to the Rockies’ rally with an errant throw that forced catcher Chadwick Tromp to vacate his position as Kemp and Owings crossed the plate on Dahl’s hit. Kapler penciled in Dickerson for only his second start as a right fielder only to see the decision backfire with the miscues.

“Honestly I bet Dick makes that (catch) 19 out of 20 times,” Kapler said. “The throw, I bet he makes almost every time. There’s no question.”

Home runs by Tromp, Yastrzemski and Dickerson were squandered in the loss. The Giants have hit 10 home runs in their last six ballgames, a stretch in which the team has gone 3-3.

Pitcher Andrew Suarez was recalled before the game, and Andrew Triggs, who had a rough outing on Sunday, was optioned. The Giants have not announced a starter for any of the three, remaining games in Denver, the start of a 10-game, three-city, road trip that continues to Los Angeles and Houston.

Longtime KNBR talk host Ralph Barbieri passed away Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s. The 74-year old Barbieri spent 28 years at KNBR, the last 15 with co-host Tom Tolbert, and was well known for his razor-sharp wit.

A’s romp all over Mariners in 11-1 laugher

Oakland catcher Sean Murphy scores on a past ball while Mariners relief pitcher Bryan Shaw stands on home plate late during a disastrous fifth inning for the Mariners. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The A’s won their third game in a row downing the Seattle Mariners 11-1. The A’s came to Seattle, hoping to sweep the rebuilding Mariners. They lost the first game but won the next three. It wasn’t easy as the A’s hitters were not moving the line until Monday night. The A’s squeezed out two wins by a 3-2 score on Saturday and Sunday. A’s manager Bob Melvin had to wonder when and if his guys would get the offense going.

The answer would come in the fifth inning of Monday night’s contest. The Mariners put the first run of the night on the board in the bottom of the third. Mariners’ shortstop J.P.Crawford walked. A’s starter, Frankie Montas retired the next two hitters. M’s third baseman, Kyle Seager, doubled to drive in Crawford. The Mariners did not score again. Nor did they get a hit after the fourth inning.

The A’s blew open the game in the top of the fifth. They sent fourteen men to the plate. The Mariners’ Justin Sheffield and Bryan Shaw gave up eight runs, nine hits, and three walks. All the runs came after there were two out in the inning. A’s centerfield Ramon Laureano drove in the first two runs with a single. Chad Pinder drove in two, also. Mark Canha, Khris Davis, Stephen Piscotty all drove in a run. One run scored on a wild pitch.

Khris Davis led off the seventh with his first dinger of the year. Davis finished the night with two hits. He came into the game hitting .045. They added another run and one more in the ninth to win 11-1.

Game Notes- Frankie Montas won his first of the year. He went seven innings and allowed one run and four hits. Frankie struck out nine and walked four. Mariners’ starter, lefty Justin Sheffield lost his second of the season. Mariners’ pitched walked eleven A’s and struck out nine. Ramon Laureano has driven in nine runs so far. Seven of the nine have either tied the game or put the A’s in the lead. The A’s improved to 6-4, and the A’s dropped to 4-7.

The A’s return home to face the Texas Rangers. Lefty Jesus Luzardo will start for Oakland. Lance Lynn will pitch for Texas. The game will start at 6:10 pm.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Pac 12 players led by Cal and Stanford want to negotiate terms; Kings are on the mat can they get up for Dallas

(file photo from USA Today) Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) seen in this 2019 photo will Garbers and the Cal Bears be back for the 2020 season as negotiations between the Pac 12 players and the league continue over safety issues, pay issues and social issues rights.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 Barbara how important is that Pac 12 players are under the banner #WeAreUnited with demands that their are better safety measures, social rights issues and Fair Pay to Play in place for players.

#2 The Pac 12 players most who are coming out of Cal and Stanford have 13 player representatives who are asking for better health coverage in the event a player is injured for the season instead of being out on their own for their coverage the university or the Pac 12 for instance will have insurance coverage to help with medical coverage.

#3 Barbara the Sacramento Kings have now lost two straight games in the re-start of the NBA’s regular season in Orlando. It’s getting late early when you lose the first two of a short eight game schedule. The Kings face the Dallas Mavericks and needs something short of miracle.

#4 As you know numerous reports have come out about Covid-19 infections forcing games to be canceled in MLB. The Marlins had half their club infected and they brought up replacements to take their spots, the Cardinals have players out with Covid, in the bigger picture can someone look at this and say baseball is irresponsible for letting the games continue?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes fought the good fight going 3-1-1 in the MLS is Back Tournament. The Quakes started the tournament with a scoreless tie against Seattle, then won three straight against Vancouver, Chicago and Real Salt Lake only to lose in the quarterfinals to FC Minnesota.

Join Barbara each Tuesday night for Headlines Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com