SaberCats lose close one to Soul in Philly


SaberCats lose close one to Soul in Philly

PHILADELPHIA The San Jose SaberCats (3-2) fell to the Philadelphia Soul (4-1) 61-55, in front of 9,303 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night, as San Joses late comeback fell just short. Quarterback Mark Grieb finished his night completing 25-47 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Samora Goodson led the way, catching six for 118 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns. Soul wide receiver Tiger Jones led the way with four touchdown receptions and fullback Derrick Ross added three scores in the victory.

The first three possessions of the game came without points, as the SaberCats held Philadelphia scoreless on their first two drives. San Jose opened the scoring as Grieb hit wide receiver James Roe for one of his two touchdowns on the night, this a seven-yard scoring strike to put the SaberCats on top 7-0 midway through the first quarter.

On a fourth down from the SaberCats eight yard-line, Jones made a catch over the wall, which knotted things at seven. On the ensuing kickoff, Ruschard Dodd-Masters brought it back to the house on a 57-yard return to give San Jose the lead right back. After forcing a Grieb fumble, the Soul capitalized with a four-yard touchdown run by Ross, and after a missed extra point, San Joses lead was 14-13.

San Jose scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, as fullback Tommy Taggart and offensive lineman Mark Lewis each found the end zone from a yard away. Those two scores were sandwiched around a two-yard scoring reception by Philadelphias Emery Sammons. On the last play from scrimmage in the half, Ross scored on a 39-yard screen pass from Raudabaugh, which cut the San Jose lead to 28-26 at the half.

To open the third quarter, Grieb found wide receiver Huey Whittaker for a 16-yard strike, and San Jose extended their lead to 34-26. Ross found paydirt for the third time on the night with 4:42 remaining in the third, as he scored on a three-yard run, cutting the SaberCats lead to 34-33.

Philadelphia continued their 28-0 scoring run, as Raudabaugh found Tiger Jones (twice) and Emery Sammons on successive drives, following a trio of interceptions by defensive back Kent Richardson, and the lead grew to 54-34. Grieb hit Roe from 12-yards out to pull San Jose back within 13 points with 2:31 remaining. Raudabaugh hit Jones once more, and Grieb found Goodson from 34-yards out to cut Phialdelphias lead to 61-48. After a successful onside recovery by defensive back Vince Hill, Grieb found Goodson again, this time from 37-yards out, and the Soul lead was trimmed to 61-55 with 14 seconds left. San Jose recovered another onside kick, but Grieb was ruled to have fumbled the ball with one second remaining and the comeback fell just short.

Courtesy San Jose SaberCats Media Services

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.

A very bad helmet toss.

As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.

Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the #McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.

Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.

Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.

"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.