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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Sammy Solis makes return for Nats, could be big for playoffs

Sammy Solis makes return for Nats, could be big for playoffs

There are a lot of reasons the Nationals like reliever Sammy Solis, beyond the obvious, that he's simply another good left-hander they can use in late-game spots. He's versatile with the ability to pitch multiple innings and he can also get both lefties and righties out. 

Solis holds lefties to a .193 batting average and right-handers to a .229 clip. As manager Dusty Baker has said before, he doesn't have to mix-and-match with Solis like he does with other left-handed relievers.

Tuesday night was the first time in a while that Baker got to call on Solis. The 28-year-old had just returned from the disabled list after recovering from left shoulder inflammation. His seventh inning spot against the Diamondbacks was his first since Aug. 15. After six weeks of rehab, including a setback, Solis is now back in the mix, just in time for the playoffs.

"He said he was ready. We threw him right in the fire," Baker said.

Solis came back firing his fastball at 93 and 94 miles per hour. His first pitch sailed high and out of the zone. He was nervous.

“I would say a few butterflies in there," he said. "But once I got past the first pitch it was all good. Right back to the comfort zone of being on the mound.”

Solis quickly found his command and got three outs on balls put in play. He threw 12 pitches to complete a perfect frame and a bridge to the eighth inning where Shawn Kelley took over.

That seventh inning could be a good place for Solis with Kelley thriving in the setup role and Mark Melancon firmly installed in the ninth. Baker clearly trusts Solis in high leverage spots, as evidenced by his decision to hand him one in his first game back.

“Honestly, I want to be there. I expect to be there, having my name called in later innings in a close game," Solis said.

Solis can get just about anyone out when he's pitching well. But having him in store for the NL Division Series against the Dodgers could prove paramount. Their lineup is potent and it's heavy on left-handers.

Between Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley and Joc Pederson, the Dodgers not only have balance, they have tons of power from the left side. Those four have a combined 80 homers this season and Solis has never allowed one to a left-handed batter through 97 plate appearances.

Solis saw the Dodgers twice this year - on June 20 and 21 - and struck out three through 1 2/3 innings. He feels like he can be a big help in that series.

"I really hope I’m in there especially with a left-handed dominant lineup like they have and some power as well. I just hope to be on [the playoff roster]" he said.

He doesn't have to worry about that one.

[RELATED: Dodgers set rotation for playoff series against Nationals]

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Redskins forced to shuffle interior O-line again

Redskins forced to shuffle interior O-line again

For the second straight year the Redskins are going to undergo some early–season shuffling in the interior of their offensive line.

Last year left guard Shawn Lauvao was sidelined with an ankle injury after Week 3 and was replaced by Spencer Long. Then after Week 5 center Kory Lichtensteiger went out with a shoulder and neck problem and Josh LeRibeus took his place.

Now Lauvao and Lichtensteiger are out again. Lauvao is week to week with what Jay Gruden described as a “moderate” ankle sprain and Lichtensteiger is on the shelf for at least eight weeks as he went on injured reserve yesterday with a calf strain.

They went with a makeshift lineup for the second half of the Giants game, a lineup that had Trent Williams playing guard for the first time ever. But they have signed some reinforcements and now it will be up to Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan to sort out who will play where against the Browns this week and how they will align them going forward.

The Redskins signed veteran center John Sullivan on Tuesday. Getting him ready to play on Sunday against Cleveland would be a tall task. In addition to learning the plays and blocking schemes, the line calls are very intricate and they take some time to master. Sullivan was out all of last year with back problems so there has to be some rust. However, he was in training camp for the Vikings and he did play some in the preseason before Minnesota released him.

They also moved Vinston Painter from the practice squad to the active roster. The Redskins are his fifth organization since the Broncos drafted him in the sixth round in 2013. He’s a backup for right now but that could change in the weeks ahead.

Arie Kouandjio, who has one NFL snap on his resume, could get his first start since coming to the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. It may depend on whether or not Sullivan can pass a crash course on playing center over the next 72 hours or so.

If Sullivan can’t go, they start Long at center, Kouandjio at left guard, and Williams at left tackle. If Sullivan is ready he could go a center with Long at left guard.

They do have the option of putting Williams at left guard again and having Ty Nsekhe fill in at left tackle. But Williams is not getting paid $10.6 million to be a backup guard; he’s one of the best players in the league at one of the most important positions on the offense. If they can’t coach up Kouandjio to start a game they should reconsider both their personnel and their coaching choices.