MLB team uses 11 pitchers, still doesn't win

MLB team uses 11 pitchers, still doesn't win

From Comcast SportsNetSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jason Kubel squandered three chances for a big hit that could have helped the Diamondbacks avoid extra innings. Given a fourth opportunity, he finally came through.Aaron Hill had a career-high five hits and Kubel tripled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning to lead Arizona over the San Francisco Giants 8-6 on Tuesday night.Kubel, who leads the team with 82 RBIs, struck out with two runners on in the first and third. Then he fouled out with the bases loaded to end the eighth. But in the 11th, he delivered at last."I had a chance to do that earlier and missed it," Kubel said. "I'm glad I was able to do that when I did. It was a fun game. Well, not so much fun -- but we won the game and that's all that matters."The first-place Giants used 11 pitchers, matching a major league record for extra-inning games. They remained 4 games ahead of Los Angeles in the NL West because the Dodgers also lost at home in 11 innings, to San Diego.Hill drove in two runs and was a triple shy of his third cycle this season. John McDonald also had two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who ended a three-game skid.Brandon Belt had three hits, including a two-run homer, to help San Francisco rally from a 6-2 deficit. Pablo Sandoval knocked in two runs, but the Giants had their three-game winning streak stopped."There's something special about this team that we kept fighting no matter what the situation," Belt said. "I can't say enough about what everybody in here is doing."Josh Collmenter (4-3) pitched two innings for the win.Hill opened the 11th with a single off George Kontos (1-1) and scored on Kubel's one-out triple to right-center off Javier Lopez. After an intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero added an RBI single."It was a great game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had the lead and we were in command and the Giants did, really, what they've been doing all year and kept coming back. We kept our composure and it was a good win for us."Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy, who also drove in a run, took a three-hitter into the sixth. He was pulled after Brandon Crawford doubled as the potential tying run.Kennedy was charged with five runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out five."We got down and came back against a guy who's been tough on us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We couldn't quite finish it. The guys did a great job of swinging the bats and the bullpen did a great job of keeping us in it."Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong lasted 3 1-3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out seven.After pitching at least six innings in his first 21 starts, Vogelsong has failed to get out of the fourth in three of the past five. He has a 10.13 ERA during that span, giving up 24 runs and 37 hits in 21 1-3 innings.Sandoval followed Marco Scutaro's first-inning triple with a groundout to put the Giants ahead 1-0.The Diamondbacks tied it on Kennedy's RBI single in the second and took the lead in the third when Goldschmidt doubled home a run and McDonald singled home two more.The Giants got one back when Scutaro doubled in the third.Hill's two-run homer in the fourth put Arizona ahead 6-2 and ended Vogelsong's night.Hunter Pence doubled home a run and scored on Belt's two-run homer in the sixth to cut it to 6-5. Sandoval singled home a run in the seventh to tie it.NOTES:CF Adam Eaton had two hits in his major league debut with the Diamondbacks after having his contract purchased by the club earlier in the day. C Henry Blanco was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Eaton on the 40-man roster. ... Giants broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper called the game from center field. The game-time temperature was 57 degrees, with the wind blowing out to center. ... Kennedy recorded his first no-decision in 11 starts. ... Pence had two assists from right field. ... The Giants added INF Emmanuel Burriss, RHP Dan Otero and LHP Dan Runzler to the roster. RHP Eric Hacker was designated for assignment to make room for Burriss on the 40-man roster. ... RHP Trevor Cahill (9-11, 3.99 ERA) starts for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He is 0-2 against the Giants this year but 3-2 overall. LHP Madison Bumgarner (14-9, 3.07) goes for the Giants. He is 0-2 against Arizona this year and 3-2 overall.

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Prediction recap: Finding points from unexpected sources

Prediction recap: Finding points from unexpected sources

Despite taking a 3-0 lead, the Capitals needed overtime to beat the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

Here's a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovskyand Jakub Vrana will all be held without a point - Wrong

Burakovsky and Vrana were both held off the scoresheet, but Kuznetsov tallied two assists. Kuznetsov's line with Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams was phenomenal in the first period as Williams scored twice to put the Caps up early. Unfortunately for Kuznetsov, his two points were overshadowed by an egregious turnover in the second period that led to Boston's second goal of the game.

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2. Dmitry Orlov and John Carlson will each record a point - Wrong

The Caps' new defensive pairs of Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner - John Carlson didn't last long. Niskanen left the game in the first period forcing the Caps to shuffle between five defensemen. So while the new pairs looked good on paper, we didn't get to see them for very long and the result was that neither Orlov nor Carlson tallied a point.

3. Washington’s top line will account for two goals - Wrong

Sure, Ovechkin's line scored twice, but based on line rushes in the morning skate and in warmups, the top line for this game was Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. That line was held without a point. Backstrom did score the game-winner, but it came in 3-on-3 overtime.

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Cousins dismisses notion of having the Eagles' number

Cousins dismisses notion of having the Eagles' number

Kirk Cousins has performed well against the Philadelphia Eagles. One quip I read from a Philly writer recently is that the notion that Jeffrey Lurie owns the Eagles is a myth; Cousins really owns the Eagles.

Perhaps it’s premature to say that. After all, Cousins has just four career starts against Philadelphia. But he has played well against the Redskins’ NFC East rivals, no question about it. In those four games he has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,345 yards (336 yards/game) with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Cousins has thrown for 7.7 yards per attempt with a passer rating of 101.3. The Redskins are 3-1 in those games.

Two games against the Eagles in 2015 helped define the season. In their first meeting in Week 4 at FedEx Field the Redskins trailed 20-16 when they got the ball at their own 10 with 6:05 left. Cousins engineered a 90-yard drive, topping it off with a four-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon with 31 seconds left to win the game.

That win kept the Redskins from sliding to 1-3, a situation that would have put Cousins’ viability as the starting quarterback in doubt. But they survived and went into Philadelphia in Week 17 in position to clinch in the NFC East title. Cousins passed for 365 yards and four touchdowns as the Redskins rolled 38-24.

Earlier this year Cousins passed for 263 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The pick was returned for a touchdown, a score that tied the game at 14-14. But Cousins led the team to a touchdown and a field goal on the two subsequent drives and the Redskins held on for a 27-20 win.

As you would expect, Cousins is having nothing of any talk of his success against the Redskins’ upcoming opponent. He tried to make the case that it’s just a coincidence.

“I think every game is its own entity and I don’t know that the sample size is large enough really to say there’s a correlation,” he said of his success against the Eagles. “I just think that each game you see what can happen and you never know. So I think there’s starting to become a familiarity from both sides. I think they’re starting to figure me out and I’m starting to learn more about them as individual players. So that always counts for something as you get more familiar and that will be a challenge as they start to learn my play better and better.”

Whether it’s ownership or just happenstance, the Redskins hope that Cousins can extend his hot streak against the Eagles at least one more game on Sunday.