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Brewers swept by red-hot Rockies

first_imgMilwaukee Brewers\’ Mat Gamel showed the frustration felt by his team after striking out in the ninth to end the game and the series against the Colorado Rockies.[/media-credit]MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Colorado Rockies are learning to love life on the road under new manager Jim Tracy.Aaron Cook pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and closer Huston Street shook off a ninth-inning home run by Ryan Braun to earn his fourth save in as many games, lifting the Rockies to a 5-4 victory and three-game sweep over Milwaukee on Thursday.That’s eight straight wins, all on the road, for the Rockies, who completed a four-game sweep of St. Louis earlier this week — shredding two of the NL Central’s best over seven days.“I think we should just go straight to Seattle,” Cook said.Instead, the Rockies will face the Mariners at home, where they’re 9-14 this season.“Now we have to take this home with us to our fans and get our house in order,” Tracy said. “Because we’re a much better team at home than 9-14.”Colorado is 10-4 under Tracy, who took over for the fired Clint Hurdle on May 29.But it’s not like the Rockies were completely adversity-free Thursday: Catcher Paul Phillips nearly got run over by the Miller Park “Racing Sausage” mascots as he walked out of the dugout.And Phillips got booed for it!“I said, ‘Jeez, tough crowd,’” said Phillips, whose two-run single in the eighth proved to be the difference for the Rockies. “They were more into the sausage race, obviously, than they were the game.”Oh, and Braun’s three-run homer off Street in the ninth did add some drama.With the Rockies leading 5-1, Randy Flores allowed a pair of runners to reach base with one out. Tracy brought in Street, who struck out Mike Rivera before giving up Braun’s homer.Street, who saved the Rockies’ previous three games, then walked Prince Fielder before striking out Mat Gamel to earn his 12th save of the season and fourth in four games. Street was the Rockies’ sixth reliever of the day.“We taxed ourselves a little bit today, obviously,” Tracy said. “We took it to the limit a couple of times. But once again, we made some huge pitches when we had to.”Milwaukee’s typically potent offense scored only four runs in the first two games of the series and couldn’t manage anything against starter Cook (5-3) until the seventh.“That team’s playing really well,” Braun said. “And it’s a weird game: It seems like when you’re playing really well you get all the breaks, and when you’re not going well like we are now, you just find a way to come up on the short end of games like this.”The Brewers took some solace in the fact that they at least had several scoring chances. That wasn’t the case in the first two games of the series, when the Brewers managed a total of only four runs and struggled to get runners on base.“You’ve got to try to take all the positives you can from a game like this, a series like this,” Braun said.With the Rockies ahead 3-0 in the seventh, Cook gave up a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs. Tracy then used three relievers to limit the damage: Matt Daley gave up a sacrifice fly to Corey Hart, Alan Embree got Craig Counsell to line out to right, and Joel Peralta walked Mike Cameron to bring up Braun with the bases loaded and two outs.After falling behind 1-2, Peralta got Braun to chase a 79 mph slider — then struck him out on a 93 mph fastball.Cook ended Brewers scoring threats with strikeouts in the previous two innings, getting Bill Hall in fifth and Gamel in the sixth.Brewers manager Ken Macha saw the Brewers’ scoring chances as a sign of progress, even if they didn’t cash in.“It’s the job of myself and the coaching staff to continue to stay positive,” Macha said. “I think the comeback in the ninth inning is going to help.”Yovani Gallardo (6-3) gave up only two runs but struggled with his control, throwing 105 pitches over five innings and walking four.NOTES: First-base umpire Jerry Crawford left the game after the second inning after becoming ill. … Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the hearing for Cameron’s appeal of his two-game suspension for making contact with an umpire has yet to be scheduled. … The Rockies selected Tracy’s son, Mark, a catcher at Duquesne University, in the 49th round of the first-year player draft. “We didn’t ask for any favors, but I’m proud of him,” Jim Tracy said.last_img read more

Cardinal Gardens residents create community garden

first_imgResidents of Cardinal Gardens Apartments are using their green thumbs to contribute to sustainability efforts with a new community garden. The 250-square-foot garden opened Saturday and is located on a lawn at Cardinal Gardens. The initiative is a joint effort between the USC Environmental Student Assembly, USC Environmental Core and the residents, and aims to help students grow their own vegetables in their backyard. Residential student and staff volunteers, working closely with Cardinal Gardens Resident Assistant Olivia Pearson, built a vegetation patch surrounded by a sturdy  wooden fence, which was constructed by students. They manually dumped and raked soil, marking the first day of work on the garden. The project was funded by the USC Residential Student Government and the Cardinal Gardens Building Government.Pearson, a sophomore majoring in environmental engineering, has had a passion for gardening since a young age, which she attributes to her mother. Pearson said that the idea of a community garden sprouted from the one at Parkside, which she hoped to replicate at Cardinal Gardens. Pearson communicated her proposal to the supervisors at housing management to gauge their interest, and after it was approved she reached out to residents and promoted the event through hand-distributed flyers.“There [are] going to be fresh vegetables and herbs in the garden and all the residents will be able to come and take these things as long as they help contribute to the upkeep of the garden,” Pearson said.The garden style is largely based on sub-irrigated planters, which are very effective for watering the plants because they can prevent over-watering of the vegetation patch. The watering method is also instrumental in saving water in the wake of the ongoing drought conditions in California.             The drainage pipe runs beneath the patch to get rid of the excess water.Pearson worked with student volunteers to lay down the foundation for the garden. Soon after, they also laid the soil, tilling it for planting seeds. She feels that as a resident assistant, this was the best thing that she could have contributed to the community — inviting all the Cardinal Gardens residents to plant vegetables and herbs in the garden and pick them up for their kitchens when they have ripened enough.Stephanie Allen, a senior majoring in biochemistry and a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, came to help out at the event on Saturday. Allen said that such initiatives result from the collaboration of many different on-campus student organizations who come together with their resources whenever one of them needs help with a project. “We do service around the community and contribute by offering a helping hand where we can,” Allen said. “Personally, I think this is fun because I like gardening too, [and] I hope I will have a garden at my home. It is a great way for people in the Cardinal Gardens community to have a nice garden.”Angela Villamizar, a sophomore majoring in international relations and NGOs and social change, is also a resident assistant at Cardinal Gardens. She said she believes that the initiative will help residents become more environmentally conscious. “It’s a big deal for the community,” Villamizar said. “It was important to have this community garden to help provide more resources to the residents and help to inspire them to have a healthy lifestyle and the feeling of a    community.”The garden will be open to anyone who helps maintain it, along with several hundred residents of Cardinal Gardens.last_img read more

County Under 21 football final line-up complete

first_imgJK Brackens will meet Moyle Rovers on St Patricks Day in the A final at 12 o’clock in Golden.Killenaule earned their place in the B decider with a 2-10 to 1-3 win over Knockavilla Donaskeigh last evening.They will now face Upperchurch Drombane on the 17th at midday in Templetuohy.last_img

Slow La Liga starters find form in top match on bettingexpert

first_img Share It has been a tough start to the season for Real Madrid, but the highlight of their 2017/18 campaign so far also doubles up as September’s top match on bettingexpert.Despite sitting outside of the top four in La Liga after seven games played, the Champions League winners from the last two seasons have been faultless in the competition again this time around, which includes a 3-1 win in the month’s top match at Borussia Dortmund.20% of the tips posted on the match at the Westfalenstadion came on Unibet, with 8% on Matchbook and 6% on bet365. The same three bookmakers also topped the tree for the second and third biggest matches across the bettingexpert network, which both featured £200 million-man Neymar.The biggest surprise in the top ten was the inclusion of TonyBet, which accounted for 10% of the tips on Montenegro’s 1-0 win over Romania in qualifying for next summer’s World Cup. Victory at the Podgorica City Stadium left Montenegro seven points ahead of their Eastern European counterparts in Group E.It was perhaps no surprise to see that tennis lost an 8% share of its tips from last month, given that the Grand Slam season ended just a week into September. Meanwhile, ice hockey was the biggest climber, as the Unibet dominated sport achieved parity with basketball and baseball with 4% of the action. Share Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonBrandy is a beautiful black lab mix. She is about 2 years old, has been spayed and is up-to-date on her vaccinations. Brandy is a very shy young girl who is slowly adjusting to life at the kennel environment and will do so much better in a home. She is getting comfortable with the volunteers who spend time taking her for walks and hanging out with her so she can learn to relax and trust again.Her perfect life would be with someone who is calm, confident, consistent and patient. She would do best in a quiet home with another confident dog. Playing with other dogs is when she really blossoms so we are hoping for a home with an another dog.We always need volunteers to help with the dogs, in the office or with outreach.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Our contact information is www.adoptapet-wa.org or reach us at thedoghouse3091@hotmail.comlast_img read more

Official: Net, sprained left ankle

first_imgBarça confirmed Thursday that Neto has a sprained left ankle although he did not report on the low time that the Brazilian will be. However, the substitute for Ter Stegan could stand up to three weeks, which would prevent him from playing round of 16 and quarterfinals in case Barça advanced. Net was injured by falling badly in a jump, but decided to continue with courage (he was cheered by the stands of Can Misses). At the end of the game he noticed that he was injured and the tests confirmed that sprain that will leave him without the option of playing in the only competition that was reserved for him. Eye to the goal in Barça because Ter Stegen comes from dragging a tendinopathy in the right knee that had him out of combat for a month and now he will have to face weeks with intersemanac matches. Doctors should pamper the German to prevent Setien from having a problem under sticks.last_img read more

Eight-member team heads to T&T swim meet

first_imgEight young swimmers will depart Jamaica for this year’s Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational Swimming Championships, a development meet set to run tomorrow through to Sunday in the twin-island Republic. The team will leave Jamaica today to compete at the four-day meet. They will be in search of qualifying times for next year’s Carifta Swimming Championships, which will be held in Bahamas, over the Easter weekend. They are Karci Gibson of Marlins Swim Club, as well as Sage Sinclair, Kyle Sinclair, Jordane Payne, Zaneta Alvaranga and Saamanta Selvon of YSpeedos. Western Jamaica-based swimmers Raina Hutchinson and Kara Hutchinson of Sailfish Swim Academy, located in Montego Bay, will also be competing in the meet. The team will be under the guidance of manager Georgia Sinclair and Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT) certified Rory Alvaranga, who coaches four of the swimmers. “This development meet will expose them to high-level competition, and the experience will be a good one. It will allow them to come and perform personal bests, and just swim fast times,” Alvaranga pointed out. “I tell them to do what they are trained to do, and just have fun.” The coach says the environment will be one of the best to produce some fast swims to make those Carifta qualifying times, using an Olympic style platform starting block. Meanwhile, the Jamaicans will be competing at the six-month-old National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad. It was completed ahead of the Rio Olympics, meeting all International Federation for Aquatic Sports requirements for international events. The facility has an indoor competition pool, 50m outdoor warm-up pool, as well as a cold-water pool.last_img read more

Oilmen’s 54th Annual Golf Tournament Tees Off On Thursday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Petroleum Association’s 54th Annual Oilmen’s Golf Tournament is happening from Thursday, June 2nd to Saturday June 4th.The tournament, which is taking place at the Lakepoint Golf & Country Club, will see over 200 participants in 12 flights tee off for 54 holes of action. Those eligible members of the Association who have not registered can still get their names onto the Waiting List. Registration is happening on Wednesday, June 1st at the Curling Rink until 9:00 P.M.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Local RCMP file sharing system fee doubles

first_imgA computer system utilized by the RCMP is going to cost the city twice the amount it was previously paying.The information-sharing program allows officers to work together and share data relating to investigations. Councilor Lori Ackerman says City Council was just informed of this change in a letter from Solicitor General Kash Heed. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=1999|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9d18a6a989c26682c46aedd25c53b00-Ackerman – Police 2_1_Pub.mp3]The mandatory system is called Prime B.C. and is used by more than 9,000 officers across the province.  The fee is based on population. Fort St. John pays 90% of the fee, because there are more than 15,000 residents in the city.It may sound like a small number, but Fort St. John has a crew of around 32 officers. So it’s going to cost the City $32,000 compared to the $16,000 it cost last year. This money is generated out of the operating budget. Advertisement Councilor Ackerman and Mayor Bruce Lantz spoke to Heed at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Conference two weeks ago. [asset|aid=2000|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9d18a6a989c26682c46aedd25c53b00-Ackerman – Police 1_1_Pub.mp3] The city spends a large chunk of its operating budget on the RCMP.Now, the City will be consulting the RCMP, and sending a letter to Kash Heed in the upcoming days.Advertisementlast_img read more

Negotiations between City, BCGEU to resume

first_imgNegotiations between the City of Fort St. John and the BCGEU will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m.  BCGEU members have been on strike since Monday July 20.Job action by the BCGEU will continue throughout the negotiations.- Advertisement –last_img