LA Dodgers’ loss to Mets pushes season to the brink

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The final score, and the sight of the Mets turning Citi Field into a hitter’s paradise, were much harder to foresee. The 13 runs set two records: the most the Mets have ever scored in a playoff game and the most the Dodgers have allowed.Anderson picked a bad time to pitch his shortest start of the season unrelated to injury. After retiring the side in order in the first inning, the left-hander allowed four straight singles to begin the second. The Mets scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead, the last of which scored on a bases-clearing double by Curtis Granderson.Granderson, who went 2 for 5 with five RBIs, is 6 for 11 in the series. Anderson allowed two more runs in the third inning before Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided he’d seen enough. A career year in which Anderson a career-high 180 1/3 innings to a 3.69 earned-run average bore little resemblance to his performance Monday.Travis d’Arnaud inflicted the final wound, a no-doubt home run to provide a 6-3 lead.“Just embarrassing on my part,” Anderson said.Alex Wood, who finished the season as the Dodgers’ fourth starter, made his first appearance of the postseason to begin the fourth inning. He fared no better than Anderson, allowing four runs in two innings before giving way to a parade of relief pitchers: Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez, J.P. Howell and Luis Avilan.Granderson’s three-run double off Howell gave the Mets their 11th, 12th and 13th runs.The Dodgers touched Harvey for three runs in the second inning on four consecutive singles. Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, his first of the playoffs. Howie Kendrick clubbed a disputed three-run home run in the ninth inning — a fan reached over a railing in left-center field, only for the ball to pop out of his glove — to make the final score closer than the game seemed.Harvey scattered seven hits, three runs — two earned — two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.“All their pitchers are pretty good,” said Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford. “You’ve got to battle. They’ve gotten the best of us so far.”Mattingly used his third different lineup in as many games. Rollins made his first start of the series at shortstop, relegating Corey Seager to the bench. Seager singled in his only at-bat in the ninth inning.Chase Utley was available, Mattingly said, but did not appear in a game in which Citi Field repeatedly chanted his name in derision. Utley is appealing his two-game suspension for a slide in Game 2 that broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.In a sense, the lineup changes worked. The Dodgers scored seven runs, more than they scored in the first two games of the series combined, and matched the Mets’ 13 hits.All that mattered, though, was the final score.“We know we’re in a situation where we can’t lose,” Crawford said. And for all the confidence Kershaw and Greinke inspire, the Dodgers’ season really depends on their ability to hit Mets pitcher Steven Matz — who threw six shutout innings at Dodger Stadium in July — followed in Game 5 by Jacob deGrom, who was virtually unhittable in Game 1.“We’re only worried about (Game 4) right now,” Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.For a day, the Dodgers’ basic problem was a predictable one: Their starter, Brett Anderson, could not pitch to the caliber of a superior playoff opponent, Matt Harvey. “My stuff was pretty good,” said Anderson, who allowed seven hits and six runs in three innings. “I just wasn’t able to execute.”• Photos: NLDS Game 3 – Dodgers vs. Metscenter_img NEW YORK >> The Dodgers’ season depends on the excellence of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, just as the baseball world presumed when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on a sunny day in February.This, though, is different.Kershaw is starting Tuesday on three days’ rest, needing a win to stave off elimination after the New York Mets won Game 3 of their National League Division Series, 13-7. If the Dodgers win, the series would be tied 2-2 and Greinke would start Game 5 on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.last_img read more

England quartet target South African titles

first_img Max Orrin, who topped the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit in 2012, has been named with three other members of the England squad to compete in two major tournaments at George in South Africa next month. Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) will be joined by Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Josh White (The Wisley, Surrey) for the Ten Nations Cup at Kingswood Golf Club on 6th – 9th February and for the South African Stroke Play Championship at Oubaai Golf Club on 12th – 15th February. The Ten Nations Cup involves four-man teams representing Argentina, Australia, Colombia, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland as well as England and South Africa. Wales were scheduled to play in the event but have withdrawn. The competition will be decided on the aggregate score over 72 holes of stroke play with the best three scores in each round to count. The South African Stroke Play Championship will involve 144 players with a cut after 36 holes, the leading 65 players and ties completing the final two rounds. Orrin (image Copyright Tom Ward) 18, the reigning Kent champion, hit top form last year, winning the Thunderbird International Junior Tournament in Arizona, while at home he finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver, McEvoy Trophy, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Duke of York Young Champions Tournament, third in the Carris Trophy and reached the last 16 of the British Boys. He also won five and halved the other of his six matches for England in the Boys Home Internationals and represented GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Rutherford, 20, the English County Champion of Champions in 2011, finished seventh on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit in 2012 after a highly successful year, capped by his full England debut in the Home Internationals. He also finished third in the Brabazon Trophy in which he won the Henriques Salver for the best performance by a British player aged under 20, and joint fourth in the South of England Amateur Championship, a repeat of his finish in 2011. Tree, 18, has been capped at every level since winning the English Boys Under 14 Championship in 2008. He made his full England debut against France at Rochester & Cobham last May and also represented his country in the European Boys Team Championships and the Boys Home Internationals in 2012. The Sussex teenager won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa last winter, finished fifth in the Carris Trophy and reached the Amateur Championship quarter finals. Also last year, he represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and was England’s representative in the Junior Ryder Cup. White, 21, finished fourth in last year’s Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit after sharing top spot in the West of England Stroke Play Championship and winning the Berkshire Trophy for the second successive year. The former Surrey champion also won the Philip Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. Like Tree, he made his full England debut against the French and also played in the Home Internationals. He made a fast start to 2013 by finishing runner-up in the New Year Invitational in St Petersburg, Florida. 25 Jan 2013 England quartet target South African titles last_img read more

Michael Vaughan trashes ICC test team rankings; says India and Australia miles better than…

first_imgImage Courtesy: CricWizz/Fox SportsAdvertisement 2m2r4NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbxwpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E51971( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 63lgbh0Would you ever consider trying this?😱if3Can your students do this? 🌚cn1fRoller skating! Powered by Firework The International Cricket Council has started off their much awaited World Test Championship this year, and Team India has been the absolute top performer in the tournament yet. The championship, which plans to run till 2021, is yet to see the Men in Blues lose any series, and Virat Kohli and co have ascended to the peak position in the ICC Test rankings. However, according to English cricketing legend Michael Vaughan, the team that deserves the top spot along with India is Australia.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CricWizz/Fox SportsThe Aussies are currently ranked 5th, behind New Zealand, South Africa and England, and Vaughan feels the ranking is not justified. Currently working as a commentator, Vaughan spoke to Australian daily The Sydney Morning Herald.“I will be dead honest about the ICC rankings. I think they are absolute garbage,” the 45 year old told reporters.Advertisement Although the tie in the Ashes in September, the Aussies won the Pakistan test series earlier this month, and are leading 1-0 at the stumps of the second day of the test series versus New Zealand at home. The Black Caps, although ranked second, were defeated by the hosts on the first day of the series by a staggering 296 runs at the Optus Stadium on 15th December.“I have no idea how – New Zealand have won plenty of series over the course of the last two years – but for them to be second, and where it stands out for me that the rankings can’t be right is that England in Test match cricket are third (now fourth), and England for three or four years have struggled in Test match cricket, particularly overseas.” Vaughan added.Advertisement However, the Yorkshire star justified India’s ranking.Vaughan continued- “I think there are two teams- India and Australia, they are the best test match teams in the world, without question. I think there is only one team that can come here and put Australia under pressure, that was 12 months ago, that they won here India.”During the Pakistan test series earlier this month, Vaughan tweeted on Australia’s marvellous performance, while also concluding its only the Men in Blue are comparable to them on home soil.A monumental 600 test cap holder, Vaughan praised India’s progress in the Batting and Bowling department in the format, especially with Kohli leading the Test Batsmen ranking with a rating of 928.That Indian attack has got the pace, it has also got the spin, the batting unit has got all the experience. I only see only one team at this stage that can compete with Australia here and that is India,” Vaughan added.Also read-Michael Vaughan with high praise for Virat Kohli: He’s the best batsmen across formats in this era!Michael Vaughan: Only India have the tools to beat Australia at home in tests Advertisementlast_img read more