We have to be aware of their good players

#1 by Cl11234566 , Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:06 am

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hank Conger got his first RBI of the season the hard way. It was the ultimate in taking one for the team. Conger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 11th inning after rookie Jeurys Familia intentionally walked the previous two batters, and the Los Angeles Angels got home runs from Mike Trout and J.B. Shuck in a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night. "With bases loaded, your job is to try to somehow get on base so youll drive in the run. So I was just trying to get a pitch up because I knew a sac fly would do," said Conger, who entered on defence in the ninth after catcher Chris Iannetta was replaced by a pinch runner. "I just went up there trying to battle him." Raul Ibanez led off the 11th with a single against Familia (0-2), who was working his third inning of relief. Ibanez advanced on a wild pitch and went to third on a grounder to shortstop by David Freese before Mets manager Terry Collins ordered Familia to walk Howie Kendrick and Shuck to set up a force at any base. "Thats part of the game, you know? Sometimes you have to do that -- walk the guy and try to get a double play," Familia said. "So you just try to keep going, pound the zone and try to get groundballs." The strategy backfired when Familia plunked Conger in the ribs with a 2-2 delivery on his 51st pitch. Conger recoiled to absorb the blow. The run ended a string of 18 2-3 scoreless innings by Mets relievers after they allowed 13 earned runs in the teams first four games. Kyle Farnsworth helped keep the streak going when he retired Albert Pujols on a grounder with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Pujols came up again in the 10th with two on and hit a bouncer back to Familia for the third out, leaving the three-time NL MVP with five RBIs in his first 41 at-bats. Michael Kohn (1-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win. Travis dArnaud homered for the Mets and Josh Satin hit a two-run double. This is the Mets third visit to Anaheim since interleague play began in 1997. Their previous series at the "Big A" was in June 2008, when manager Willie Randolph was fired in the middle of the night and replaced by Jerry Manuel. New Yorks 4-2 lead evaporated in the sixth when Dillon Gee gave up a walk to Kendrick and a two-run homer by Shuck that landed in the lower seats in the right field corner. It came in the first game of the season for Shuck, recalled from the minors Wednesday when right fielder Josh Hamilton went on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Hamilton, injured on a headfirst slide into first base Tuesday at Seattle, had surgery Friday morning and is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks. "It says a lot about J.B. and a lot about the team," Conger said. "Obviously, it had to be kind of a shock for him to get sent down toward the end of spring training. The team knows theres big shoes to fill, as far as Hamilton goes. So he comes up here and plays with a chip on his shoulder, and tonight he did an awesome job." Gee was charged with four runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, the first time in 20 starts that he failed to get through the sixth. He walked the bases loaded in the fifth, but escaped when Satin fielded a grounder by Ibanez that hit first base and bounced high in the air. "Its really frustrating. Today was just not a good outing all the way around," Gee said. "I didnt feel really good and I struggled with command, walking as many guys as I did. So I just tried to battle through it and grind it out. This was one of those days where I had trouble finding the release point I wanted." The Mets, who travelled cross-country following Thursday nights 6-4 victory in Atlanta, didnt get to their hotel until 3 a.m. But they scored in three of the first four innings against lefty Tyler Skaggs. "You want to put up zeros, but fortunately the team picked me up," said Skaggs, who went seven innings. Curtis Granderson caught Shucks flyball in the right field corner for the first out of the eighth, then did an immediate 360 toward the stands after a fan reached out and touched him on the back. Security guards escorted the fan out moments later. NOTES: Collins piloted the Angels for two-plus seasons and resigned with 29 games left in the 1999 campaign. Mike Scioscia took over the following season. ... The Angels reinstated RHP Dane De La Rosa (strained forearm) from the disabled list and optioned LHP Nick Maronde to Triple-A Salt Lake. Carlos Zambrano Cubs Jersey . 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Finlands Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves to lead Dallas over the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 Saturday night. He received plenty of help from the Stars defence and got goals from Ray Whitney and Russias Valeri Nichushkin. Justin Steele Jersey . -- Cole De Vries had a couple of key strikeouts during what could have been the inning that doomed him to defeat against the Kansas City Royals, allowing him to escape further damage and keep the game tied up.VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps arent mathematically in must-win territory a€” its just starting to feel that way. With five games to go in Major League Soccers regular season, the club sits two points behind the Portland Timbers for the final Western Conference playoff spot after a demoralizing 3-0 road loss to their Pacific Northwest rivals last weekend. The Whitecaps have slid down the standings in dramatic fashion thanks to a stretch of just three wins in their last 17 games. Heading into Saturdays matchup with Real Salt Lake, they know time is starting to run out on a season that began with such promise. You can watch the game live at 7pm et/4pm pt.on TSN2 and TSN GO. You can listen to the match on TSN 1410 and tsnradiovancouver.ca, with pregame coverage beginning at 5pm et/2pm pt. You can also catch the post-match show immediately following the game live from Doolins Irish pub live on TSN 1410. The last month, month and a half have been must wins and weve let ourselves down, said defender Jordan Harvey. We have to go back to fundamentals, go back to what were good at a€” at home in particular a€” and get three points. Apart from Vancouvers eye-popping run of form since June, the Whitecaps have scored just two goals from open play in their last nine games, a well-documented trend that must be reversed. What weve been talking about this whole week is getting the intensity back a€” that hunger, that desire a€” to go and play and to give (your) best effort, said Canadian midfielder Russell Teibert. We cant say that were going to win, but we can say that were going to be the hardest working team on that day. The Timbers play an early start at Toronto FC on Saturday so the Whitecaps should know where they stand by the time their game kicks off at 4 p.m. local time. Maybe (Toronto striker Jermain) Defoes back and he can bang in four goals, quipped Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson, who played three seasons at TFC. But the Welshman added the result at BMO Field wont matter much if the Whitecaps (8-8-13) dont keep up their end of the bargain against Real Salt Lake (13-6-10), which is 10 points ahead of Vancouver in the West. Listen, weve got to take care of our own business. We didnt take care of our own business (last week) because we werent at the levels we need to be, said Robinson. They get bigger and bigger as you get into the final few games of the season. Theres no room for error at all now. Against Portland we were disappointed with the performance, as well as the result. We cant be disappointed Saturday because its a game we need to win. The lack of goals from Vancouvers young sstrikers a€” namely Darren Mattocks, Erik Hurtado, Kekuta Manneh and Sebastian Fernandez a€” has been compounded by the fact that the Whitecaps seem to sag when theyre scored against, as was the case last weekend.dddddddddddd You cant always score the first goal. I think when we do were a different team, but if we concede weve got to have strong mental characters, said Robinson, in first season at the helm. Even though were a young group, it doesnt matter. Weve got to deal with disappointment better. We havent done that enough this year. Its been mentioned a couple of times in the meetings weve had that we need to deal with it. Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted said given the situation, his team must play its remaining games as if the playoffs have already started. We need to get into that mentality. At home against a good team, we need to see if we can grind out a win, said Ousted. We all got together and we know what has to happen these next five games. Its upping the intensity, upping the discipline, (and) doing all the little things right. The Whitecaps and Real Salt Lake have played to a pair of hard-fought draws in Utah this season and Teibert said Saturdays encounter shouldnt be any different. We have a great rivalry with this team and its been growing each time that weve played against them, said the Niagara Falls, Ont., native. I know they try to get in our heads and were trying to get in theirs. Its going to be not only a physical battle, but a mental battle as well. Real Salt Lake comes in needing a point to clinch a playoff spot and boasts a lineup that includes striker Joao Platas 13 goals and a midfield anchored by veteran U.S. international Kyle Beckerman. Theyre obviously a quality team. Theyve shown that here in B.C. Place, said Harvey. We have to be aware of their good players and their attacking threat. (But) at home, its usually all about us. If we come with the right mentality, score early and play fluid ... I think well get three points. Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar, who hinted this week he might not play all of his starters because of the artificial surface, expects the Whitecaps to come out flying in a game they need. Theyre not going to sit back, Cassar told his clubs official website. They need points. Theyre at home. They have to get three points. Vancouver doesnt sit back too much. Well, they tend to sit back a little bit, but their front three tend to stay a little bit higher. If were organized as were building up, I think we can shut that down. If the visitors can manage that, the Whitecaps playoff hopes will become even more tenuous. ' ' '

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