Dodgers break it open in eighth inning to beat Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Whatever plans the Giants may have had of escaping with another one-run win went awry in the eighth inning in a 7-2 loss Saturday evening to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park.

The Giants trailed just 3-2 going in to the eighth, beat the Dodgers 2-1 Friday night, and have a 14-5 record in one-run games.

Instead, reliever Dereck Rodriguez gave up a pair of bases-loaded walks and Corey Seager reached Mark Melancon for a two-run double to break the game open as an announced crowd of 43,784 — many of them Dodgers fans — made their way to the exits to beat the traffic.

The Giants fell to 26-37 on the season, with the National League West-leading Dodgers improving to 44-21.

Jeff Samardzija (3-5) took the loss for the Giants, giving up seven hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings with two walks, five strikeouts and a pair wild pitches. He threw 101 pitches, 68 of which were strikes.

Left-hander Rich Hill (3-1) was the winning pitcher and was backed by scoreless relief work by Julio Urias Joe Kelly and Yimi Garcia.

The Dodgers big inning hurt all the more because the Giants spent much of the game squandering opportunities with m en on base, going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position heading into the eighth inning and leaving 11 runners stranded.

Rodriguez, the rookie surprise a year ago who has already been sent to Triple-A once this season, opened the eighth inning and promptly gave up a single to right by Russell Martin and a double to right by pinch-hitter David Freese.

Joc Pederson loaded the bases by reaching on a fielders choice, with shortstop Donovan Solano unable to the runner down at third. Rodriguez then issued walks to Max Muncy and Justin Turner to load force in two runs, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

Rory McIlroy impressed with atmosphere at Canadian Open

The Canadian Open could not have picked a better weekend for its 2019 tournament with a perfect forecast and a strong complement of star golfers making the trip to Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

After three rounds of action, Rory McIlroy sits in a three-way tie with Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar for the lead heading into Sunday.

The 30-year-old is looking for his second PGA Tour win in 2019 after winning the Players Championship back in March. The Northern Irishman can win his sixth national open title on Sunday while also give him a solid foundation heading into the U.S. Open.

When the No. 4 golfer announced that he would compete in the Canadian Open, he said he was looking forward to seeing the crowd first-hand, and he hasn’t been disappointed.

Rory McIlroy: “This is the best atmosphere I’ve played in in a long time.” #RBCCO pic.twitter.com/Lyibm9SkrE

— SCOREGolf (@SCOREGolf) June 8, 2019

“It’s probably the best atmosphere I’ve played in in a long time,” McIlroy told reporters on Saturday. “I think what they’ve been able to do here is like right on the limit of fun but still in keeping with the traditions of the game, so I think it’s been awesome. I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”

McIlroy did get a preview of how Canadian sports fans can be on the big stage as he was in attendance for Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors. He was impressed with the passion Raptors fans throughout the game.

Excited to be in Toronto at NBA Finals. Can’t wait to tee it up this week @rbccanadianopen @golfcanada
Big thanks @rbc @marydepaoli pic.twitter.com/jODaM82p7u

— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) June 3, 2019

“It was …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

Biden is still leading in a 2020 Iowa poll, while Sanders, Warren, and Buttigieg are fighting for second place

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Former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the Democratic pack of presidential contenders in a poll of Iowa voters released on Saturday.
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are in a tight battle for second place.
Sen. Kamala Harris registered 7%, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke are both at 2%. Seven candidates registered 1%.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the Democratic pack of presidential contenders in a poll of Iowa voters released on Saturday, with Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg in a tight battle for second place.

Biden is the first choice of 24% of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential nominating race next February, in the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll.

Sanders, a senator, is the first choice for 16% of respondents, while Warren, also a senator, and Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, are at 15% and 14%, respectively. No other candidate managed double-digits.

Sen. Kamala Harris registered 7%, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke are both at 2%. Seven candidates registered 1%.

Read more: POWER RANKING: Here’s who has the best chance of becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee

O’Rourke addressed the poll results on Saturday, telling Yahoo News his low numbers wouldn’t affect his campaign strategy.

“There is a lot of time before the Iowa caucuses. We’ve never been guided by a poll before,” he said.

The Register’s Iowa poll has a long track record of relative accuracy in the state.

More than 20 Democrats are vying for the right to challenge Republican President Donald Trump, who will formally launch his re-election bid on June 18. Biden has been the consistent leader …read more

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