A day in the life of a Warriors sideline reporter

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A day in the life of a Warriors sideline reporter

Hey All! Im working the WarriorsMavericks game tonightsort of. Usually, a Warriors home game is long (and pretty fun!) day for me. Today, not so much. My day usually starts first thing in the morning with a read of all the game previews available on the internet. I also peruse the team reports that the Warriors email to the media. From that, I create a dossier for that nights game that I email to my phone. It helps me come up with relevant and timely questions for my 10:45 visit to morning shoot-around at the Warriors Oakland Practice facility. It also gives me nuggets of information that I can use in my pre and postgame live shots. (ex. The Warriors tonight faced the NBAs highest scoring teamand shut them down!) Shootaround is a chance for me and the other media members assembled to interview Mark Jackson and a player or two. This is the sound that I usually build my pregame live shots around for early Sports Net Central and for Warriors Pregame live. In between shootaround and live shot time in the 6 pm show, Ive got to prepare for my three in-game live shots. I get the topics emailed to me between 11 and noon from the outstanding Warriors game producer, Phil Pollicino. Sometimes the hits are pretty straight forward and easy to write (ex. David Lee has been great..). Sometimes, theyre fairly complicated. This is particularly true when Im dealing with an NBA special program like NBA Green Week. In such situations, theres a lot of information to disseminateand only :30 to :40 seconds in which to disseminate it! I can feel this getting bogged down into the extreme minutia of my day. Ill just say from here that a usual Warriors home game day for me starts at least at 8 am and usually is pretty non-stop until I do my postgame live shot at around 10:45 pm. But dont cry for me; I really enjoy these days! Im a basketball junkie! I follow the game; I play a couple hours of full court every Tuesday and Thursday morning (starting at 6:30 am!). And, I love the people that I meet and interact with at these games from the Warriors players and coaches to the rival broadcasters and coaches to all of the great, hardworking ushers and security staffers to the regular fans Ive had a chance to get to know over this season. Being the Warriors sideline reporter is great funa true feel good experience! So, nowall of that is to illustrate the point that today will be different: --No morning shoot-around (so I cant get my sound for my live shot until Coach Jacksons pregame press conference at 6) --No Pregame Live or in-game live shots (TNT has tonights game, so we are not broadcasting it) The only time youll see me today is in the early and late Sports Net Central shows. With less to do today, Ill try to get ahead in some other things Im working onand during the game, if theres a injury situation or some other surprise happening, Ill work to find out whats happening and tweet it to you. In fact, expect lots of tweets from me during tonights game!Dont forgetif you see me at Oracle, say hi!

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers hit a three-run homer to cap San Diego's eight-run sixth inning and the Padres rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 12-4 on Saturday night.

Myers also singled off Chris Stratton (1-0) to start the big inning and had three hits for the game. San Diego scored 11 runs against the Giants' bullpen following five effective innings from starter Matt Cain.

Allen Cordoba added a three-run homer off Neil Ramirez in the seventh.

The Padres combined for six hits and two walks off Stratton and Ramirez in the sixth. It took the duo 46 pitches to end the inning.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) struck out six and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in five innings.

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

HOUSTON — Andrew Triggs keeps checking off all the right boxes in his first season as a major league starting pitcher.

Coming into the year, manager Bob Melvin said the right-hander’s biggest challenge would be retiring lefty hitters. He’s done that splendidly.

On Saturday, the A’s needed to see if Triggs could bounce back after his first rough outing of 2017. He responded with the best of his 11 career starts, holding a potent Astros lineup off the scoreboard for seven innings as the A’s registered a 2-1 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak.

The effective cutter that eluded Triggs when he lost to the Mariners last Sunday was back. Houston’s hitters waved helplessly at the pitch and began their walk back to the dugout all in the same motion, as Triggs rang up a career-high nine strikeouts. His seven innings also were a career high for the 28-year-old.

“We’re not really swinging the bats right now,” Melvin said. “We score two runs and we’re facing a lineup that you expect to score a bunch of runs. So to pitch as well as he did and go through the lineup three times, give us seven innings of work, is pretty good.

“He had the one off-outing, and every outing (besides that) has been pretty spotless.”

Triggs, whose 1.84 ERA ranks seventh in the American League, doesn’t blow people away with his fastball. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot that suggests it might be easy for left-handed hitters to pick up the ball out of his hand. Last season, the batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were all roughly 40 to 50 points higher for lefties than for righties off Triggs.

All he’s done coming out of the gate this season is hold lefties to an .087 batting average (4-for-46). Another revealing stat: Opposing cleanup hitters are 0-for-14 off him.

Triggs credited catchers Stephen Vogt, Josh Phegley and, when he’s been up with the big club, Bruce Maxwell for their expertise in calling pitches against lefties.

“They’ve done such a good job keeping the sequences unpredictable,” he said. “You command pitches, you’re gonna get guys out. I know the stereotype is when you throw from the angle that I do, you’re gonna struggle with lefties. I’ve been aware, at least of that profile, for a while. I’ve worked on it quite a bit.”

Triggs had his entire repertoire working Saturday, according to Vogt.

“He was keeping them off-balance. Even when it seemed they were starting to sit on his slider, he starts sneaking some heaters by them. He was outstanding.”

But he had help. First baseman Yonder Alonso made a terrific leaping grab of Josh Reddick’s liner in the fifth that might have gone for extra bases. An inning before that, Jaff Decker made an on-the-money throw to third from deep right field to nail Carlos Beltran tagging up on a fly ball.

“He’s got a good arm so don’t sleep on him at all,” Triggs said.

Given how their month has gone, it’s no surprise the A’s got both their runs on homers. They’ve gone deep 31 times in April, their most homers in the month since they clubbed 34 in 2006. Lowrie, who’s spent two stints with the Astros and owns an offseason home in Houston, went deep to right to give the A’s a 1-0 lead. Khris Davis mashed his 10th homer in the eighth for what wound up being an important insurance run when Jose Altuve followed with a homer off Sean Doolittle.

Davis’ teammates by now are accustomed to seeing the left fielder flaunt his opposite-field power. He’s hit three homers this series, all to straightaway right or right-center.

Said Lowrie: “I think at this point it’s fair to call it special.”