June 28, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTSVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARDCHICAGO (AP) Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand each drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 13-7 on Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.The Giants' offensive outburst surpassed their season high of 12 runs, which they set at St. Louis on June 2. They also stretched their winning streak to six games.Burrell had three hits, scored two runs and homered. Rowand had two hits, scored twice and hit a three-run double.Ryan Vogelsong (6-1) got the win despite allowing a season-high six runs - three earned - and matched his high for the season with four walks in five innings.Cubs starter Doug Davis (1-7) left after just 4 1-3 innings, allowing 12 hits, 10 runs and walking three.Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer, walked and scored two runs for the Cubs. Blake DeWitt had two singles and three RBIs, and Koyie Hill added a solo homer for Chicago.San Francisco jumped on Davis early, starting with Rowand's walk to lead off the game and Miguel Tejada's single. Rowand scored on Aubrey Huff's soft single to right-center, diving into the plate to barely beat the throw by Cubs center fielder Tony Campana.Cody Ross singled to load the bases, meaning that the first four Giants had reached base. Davis recovered to get Pablo Sandoval to roll into a double play, which scored Tejada. Burrell tacked on a run with a two-out single.The first-inning tally against Davis read: three runs, four hits, 24 pitches and a potentially long day for the Cubs' bullpen.Vogelsong, who entered with a 1.86 ERA, hadn't allowed more than two runs since he gave up five against the Mets on May 3 - a span of nine starts. The Cubs topped that in the second inning.After Aramis Ramirez led off with a single, Pena homered into the right-field bleachers, pulling the Cubs within 3-2. It was Pena's eighth homer in his last 12 games and 17th since May 3, most in the National League.With two outs the second, Hill snuck an 0-1 pitch from Vogelsong just inside the right-field foul pole, tying the game. It was Hill's second homer of the season and first since April 28. It was also the Cubs' sixth homer in their last two games.Huff worked out a leadoff walk to start the third, then scored on Sandoval's double that just eluded Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome.Burrell followed that with his seventh homer, a shot to left that scored Sandoval and gave San Francisco a 6-3 lead.The Giants broke the game open and chased Davis from the game with a five-run fifth, highlighted by a bases-clearing double by Rowand off Cubs reliever Chris Carpenter. Huff and Chris Stewart also drove in runs in the inning.The five runs matched the best output in an inning for the Giants this season and was the fourth time they scored than many in a single frame. The Giants' leadoff hitter reached in each of the first five innings, including Vogelsong's bloop single up the right-field line to start the fourth.Vogelsong worked out of jam in the third, striking out Ramirez and Pena with runners on the corners, but failed to settle down despite the big lead his teammates established.Chicago battled back with three unearned runs against Vogelsong in the fifth, a rally that included three walks, an error on second baseman Bill Hall and a bad-hop single by DeWitt that eluded Hall and drove in two runs, trimming the Giants' advantage to 11-6.Vogelsong was removed for pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz in the top of the sixth. Schierholtz then drove in the Giants' 12th run with a single.Tejada capped the Giants' scoring with a solo homer in the ninth, his second of the season and first since April 8.Despite leading the NL West, San Francisco came in last in the majors in runs scored. During the Giants' five straight wins entering Tuesday, they had not scored more than five runs and hadn't surpassed that total since June 14.Notes: Cubs manager Mike Quade got a nice pregame surprise when it was announced that Giants manager Bruce Bochy had added him to the NL staff for the All-Star game, to be played July 12 in Phoenix. Quade replaced former Washington manager Jim Riggleman, who resigned last week. ... The game was the first of a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The afternoon portion of the twinbill was a makeup of a game rained out on May 15. The Cubs, who also played a makeup game against Colorado on Monday, played their third team in as many days. ... Cubs CF Marlon Byrd was hit by a pitch in his first rehab game for Triple-A Iowa. Byrd has been out since May 21 with facial fractures suffered when he was beaned by Boston's Alfredo Aceves. The Cubs are hoping that Byrd, who walked, stole a base and scored two runs in five plate appearances for Iowa, will return to the lineup next week. ... Giants INF Mike Fontenot is still in Arizona at the club's spring training facility conditioning and will start a rehab game Thursday. Fontenot has been on the disabled list since May 26 with a left groin strain.
HOUSTON – The clean game that manager Bob Melvin had been seeking from his team finally came Saturday night.
Andrew Triggs was excellent in rebounding from his rough previous start, and home runs from Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis powered the A’s 2-1 victory over the Astros. That snapped Oakland’s five-game losing streak, along with a 10-game losing streak against Houston.
A night after committing three errors, the A’s played mistake-free defense and got a couple of highlight-reel plays in support of Triggs (4-1), who blanked the Astros over a career-high seven innings and set a new career high with nine strikeouts.
Lowrie, facing the team with which he’s spent two separate stints, launched a homer off the facing of the second deck in right field in the fourth to break a scoreless tie. Davis padded the lead in the eighth with his signature opposite-field prowess, clearing the wall in right for his third homer of the series and 10th of the season, tying the Yankees’ Aaron Judge for the American League lead.
But it all started with Triggs, who won his first three starts but gave up six runs against Seattle last weekend. He ate up seven innings and turned it over to his bullpen.
Jose Altuve homered off Sean Doolittle in the eighth to cut the A’s lead to 2-1, but Santiago Casilla closed it out in the ninth for his fourth save.
Starting pitching report
Triggs retired 10 in a row to finish his outing, but the key to the early part of his night was stranding runners. He wiggled out of a one-out jam with men on second and third in the first inning, striking out Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran. He stranded runners on first and second in the third, then got another big strikeout to end the fourth with a man on third. Before Saturday, Triggs hadn’t recorded an out in the seventh inning of a game he’d started in the majors.
Casilla gave up Beltran’s infield single to lead off the ninth. But after a replay reversal negated an A’s double play, Casilla ended it by getting Brian McCann to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
At the plate
Two big swings of the bat were all it took for the A’s to notch their first win in five games of this three-city road trip. Lowrie, who came in hitting .375 over his previous eight games, hit a towering shot to right off Joe Musgrove (1-2) for his second homer of the season. Then Davis did his thing, blasting a shot to the opposite field for his 10th homer of April. He had just nine homers in 83 career April games entering this season.
In the field
There was no shortage of highlight plays turned in defensively. Jaff Decker, starting in right field, made a perfect throw from near the warning track to nail Carlos Beltran trying to tag up on a fly ball in the fourth. The next inning, former Athletic Josh Reddick fired a strike to home to nail Chad Pinder trying to score from second on Lowrie’s single. But the A’s got Reddick right back when first baseman Yonder Alonso made a leaping grab on Reddick’s liner headed for right field.
The announced crowd was 32,147.
The A’s face a tough task in Sunday’s series finale, going against lefty Dallas Keuchel (4-0, 1.22). He’s the first pitcher in Astros history to go seven-plus innings and allow two or fewer runs in each of his first five starts. Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.08) takes the ball for Oakland. First pitch is 11:10 a.m.
ALAMEDA – Raiders general manger Reggie McKenzie made nine selections in this weekend’s NFL draft. That was a requirement given the state of his roster, featuring a stacked offense and a Swiss-cheese defense. It has holes.
He spent significant draft capital trying to upgrade the middle of his defense especially, adding three defensive backs, two defensive tackles and a fifth-round pick in Marquel Lee who will compete to start at middle linebacker.
He needs a few immediate impact players on the defensive group headlined by first-round cornerback Gareon Conley and second-round safety Obi Melifonwu.
“How much do I think I can get out of this group? I hope a lot,” McKenzie said Saturday after the NFL draft was complete. “They’re all going to come in and compete. We’re signing guys post-draft also. We’re going to give them all the opportunity to compete with the veterans that we already have on board. We hope that out of it all, the competition part of it, the cream rises and we have a very good 53-man roster.”
McKenzie follows a draft board thoroughly constructed through hundreds of scouting reports and cross checks, and extensive evaluation at combines and pro days. He trusts it. It has certainly treated him well before, which productive hauls in 2014 and 2015 especially.
While he lost out on some likable players taken before his slot, McKenzie believes the Raiders added quality and depth in previously lacking position groups. He stuck with size and athleticism at times over college production and, as always, beefed up both the offensive and defensive lines.
“I think the way it fell, we got a lot of players, at the end of the day, it looks like we needed,” he said. “We felt like we got a lot of good players with high talent levels from top to bottom. Some are going to be more raw than others. We’re going to have to see down the line, more so. I think talking to the board, you said, ‘Job well done.’”
McKenzie also focused on fixing a lackluster pass defense with speed. Conley can be a shutdown cornerback outside or in the slot. Melifonwu is a heavy hitter who can play both safety spots and is expected to contribute as a rookie. The secondary must improve to prevent big plays and help Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin get after the quarterback.
“You have to have speed to play the game the way it’s going now,” McKenzie said. “You have to be able to play in space. You have to be able to match up. We took all of that into consideration when we brought these players in. To the players that you mentioned, Obi and Conley, both of those guys have great range, speed, very athletic. So, they make tackles in space. That’s one of the things that we looked at. Make sure short to medium plays don’t turn into big plays. I think they will help in that scenario.”
Here’s a full list of Raiders draft picks:
Round 1 (No. 24 overall): CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State
Round 2 (No. 56 overall): S Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
Round 3 (No. 88 overall): DT Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA
Round 4 (No. 129 overall): OT David Sharpe, Florida
Round 5 (No. 168 overall): LB Marquel Lee, Wake Forest
Round 7 (No. 221 overall): S Shalom Luani, Washington State
Round 7 (No. 231 overall): OT Jylan Ware, Alabama State
Round 7 (No. 242 overall): RB Elijah Hood, North Carolina
Round 7 (No. 244 overall): DT Treyvon Hester, Toledo