Instant Replay: Giants 4, Dodgers 0


Instant Replay: Giants 4, Dodgers 0


SAN FRANCISCO Things started going the Giants way even before the first pitch of their rubber match against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday evening at AT&T Park.
Hours before he was scheduled to take the mound, Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw was scratched due to a sore hip in favor of the much less intimidating Joe Blanton. The Giants got to Blanton early, while Barry Zito didnt allow a run more than six innings of work, as San Francisco captured a 4-0 victory.
The Giants got all the offense they needed after Hunter Pences two-out, two-run double in the first inning staked them to an early lead. Buster Poseys first home run in almost a month gave them some insurance in the sixth inning, while the bullpen was nearly perfect in relief of Zito.
The Giants (79-61) increased their lead over the Dodgers (74-67) to 5.5 games in the NL West, taking two of three against their rival to the south.
Starting pitching report
Zito gave the Giants a second straight quality outing by scattering four hits over 6.1 shutout innings, striking out four and walking three. The Giants have won Zitos last seven starts, the first time they have done so since he signed with the club.
Blanton surrendered four runs (all earned) in 5.1 innings, walking two and striking out four. He left after Poseys solo homer to lead off the bottom of the fifth and Pences hard liner that was snagged by a diving Victorino in centerfield.
Bullpen report
Santiago Casilla got two key outs in the top of the seventh in relief of Zito. With runners on first and second Casilla struck out pinch hitter Bobby Abreu, walked Mark Ellis, but got Victorino to fly out to left with the bases loaded to keep the 4-0 lead intact.
Jose Mijares and Guillermo Mota combined to pitch a scoreless eighth, while Sergio Romo secured the final two outs of the game after Javier Lopez struck out Andre Ethier to start the ninth.
At the plate
Pence gave the home crowd a quick jolt in the bottom of the first, against his former teammate in Philadelphia. With two on and two out, Pence smoked Blantons 1-0 fastball into left-center field, plating Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval.
It remained a 2-0 Giants lead until the bottom of the fifth. Pagan laced a triple to right field with one out, and scampered home on a sacrifice fly to right by Marco Scutaro. Pagan had two hits in three at bats against Blanton, and now has a .583 career average against the rotund righty (14-for-24).
Posey smashed a solo homer just over the centerfield wall in the bottom of the sixth his 20th of the year and first since August 11 against Colorado (83 at-bats).
The Dodgers left nine men on base and were a combined 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. A.J. Ellis was 2-for-3 with a walk and was the only Dodgers player with more than one hit.
In the field
Victorinos diving grab of Pences liner in the sixth was the defensive highlight of the game.
Pagan stole second after his single to lead off the game, eventually scoring on Pences double. Sandoval was easily thrown out at second base while attempting to steal in what was likely a miscommunication in the bottom of the third.
The Giants announced an attendance of 41,517 to keep the sellout streak intact.
Up next
The Giants travel to Colorado to open a three-game set with the Rockies beginning Monday, with Ryan Vogelsong (12-7, 3.29 ERA) scheduled to start against Alex White (2-8, 5.31 ERA). Vogelsong has struggled lately, going 2-2 with a 10.31 ERA in his last five starts, allowing 24 runs in just 21.1 innings.
San Francisco, which continues on to Arizona for three games next weekend, is 5-1 at Coors Field this season.

Instant Replay: Sharks blanked by Wings, end road trip with thud

Instant Replay: Sharks blanked by Wings, end road trip with thud


DETROIT – The Sharks organization made some good memories over the years at Joe Louis Arena. Saturday’s game, their final regular season game ever in the storied Detroit arena, wasn’t one of them.

Gustav Nyquist scored twice and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves in leading the Red Wings to a 3-0 blanking of the Sharks. San Jose’s record stands at an even 3-3-0 after it lost three of five games on its road trip, including the final two.

The Sharks open a three-game homestand with the Ducks on Tuesday.

Both of Nyquist’s goals came in the second period as Detroit opened up a 2-0 edge.

His first came on a two-on-one rush. Nyquist skated the puck into the Sharks’ zone, slammed on the breaks in the faceoff circle, and buzzed a wrist shot past Martin Jones at 4:14 of the middle frame.

On his second score, Nyquist squeezed a wrist shot through Jones from the slot at 15:10 shortly after Matt Nieto lost his footing – and the puck – in the Sharks’ defensive zone.

The Red Wings put the game out of reach when Andreas Athanasiou teed off on a slap shot from the circle at 6:05 of the third period, beating the Sharks’ starting goalie high to the far side.

San Jose was unable to score despite pulling Jones for an extra attacker with more than three minutes to go.

The Sharks again struggled on the power play taking an 0-for-4, and are 0-for-8 over the last three games.

Detroit will open Little Ceasar’s Arena at the start of next season. The Sharks finished with a 12-28-4 record all-time at The Joe.

Special teams

If there was one bright spot for the Sharks it was their penalty kill, which fought off all seven Red Wings power plays.

The power play, though, remains ice cold, as San Jose has scored just one power play goal this season during a standard five-on-four advantage. Overall, the Sharks are 3-for-20 on the season, including an empty net goal and another on a two-man advantage.

A bit of nastiness ensued shortly after the Red Wings’ third goal, as Joe Pavelski was given a double-minor for “attempting to spear” Steve Ott, who got an unsportsmanlike conduct minor.

In goal

Jones dropped to 2-3 on the season, losing his third straight start after beginning the season with a pair of wins. He allowed three goals on 32 shots.

Howard won for the second time in as many starts. He improved to 5-7-4 all-time against San Jose.


Brent Burns, who entered the game tied for the league lead in scoring with nine points, saw his five-game point streak to start the season come to an end.

Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader was scratched, so Athanasiou was inserted back into the lineup.

San Jose reassigned forward Ryan Carpenter to the Barracuda on Friday. He did not play at all on the trip.

Up next

The Sharks will play just their second home game on Tuesday against Anaheim. The Blue Jackets visit SAP Center on Thursday, and the Predators next Saturday.

Overall, five of the Sharks’ next six games are in San Jose.

After losing Quick, LA Kings place backup goalie on IR

After losing Quick, LA Kings place backup goalie on IR

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings placed goalie Jeff Zatkoff on injured reserve Saturday after he hurt his groin during a morning skate, setting in motion a chain of events that will force the Kings' top minor league affiliate to use a father-son goaltending tandem.

The Kings recalled goalie Jack Campbell from the AHL's Ontario Reign after their latest goaltending injury. Jonathan Quick is already sidelined for several months with a groin injury.

With Campbell gone, the Ontario Reign were forced to get creative to fill their net for their game against San Jose on Saturday night.

The Reign's starter will be 22-year-old prospect Jonah Imoo, and his backup will be his 46-year-old father, Dusty, the Kings' development goaltending coach.

Dusty Imoo played 15 seasons of pro hockey in the North American minor leagues and Japan. The British Columbia native also played for Japan at the Nagano Olympics in 1998.

Dusty Imoo's pro career ended in 2006, and he hasn't played professionally in North America since 1992. He was a goaltending coach in the Winnipeg Jets' system before joining the Kings last season.

Jonah Imoo will make his first AHL start for the Reign, who had the prospect in training camp. He was recalled from the low minors when the Reign lost NHL veteran Peter Budaj, who was recalled when Quick got hurt.

Budaj is likely to start for the Kings against the Canucks.

Zatkoff had to be helped off the ice after getting hurt several hours before the Kings' home game against Vancouver. The veteran backup was the Kings' top goalie in the absence of Quick, who injured his groin in the first period of the season opener.

Campbell is the Dallas Stars' former first-round pick. He is 2-0 with a shutout in his first two starts for Ontario.