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Ross Stripling, Dodgers offense struggle in 6th straight loss

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Stripling faced a heap of trouble in the fifth inning, as San Diego regained the lead for good. The right-hander gave up a pair of two-out walks to Wil Myers and Matt Kemp, his only two of the game. Louis Coleman was warming up in the bullpen, but Stripling stayed in.On the eighth pitch of the next at-bat, the Padres’ cleanup hitter Melvin Upton Jr., who had just one hit in his last 12 at-bats, knocked a double into the right-center field gap to bring in Myers and Kemp. That was it.Stripling had not given up more than three runs in his four previous starts. His ERA rose to 4.33 and is sitting at 5.63 since his celebrated debut on April 8 at San Francisco.But there was as much fixation on the offense, which continued to struggle at the plate. The Dodgers have scored just 11 runs in the past six games and not more than three in any of them.And they continued to strand runners. In early April, Ross Stripling stood five outs from becoming only the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his major-league debut.At the end of the month, the Dodgers’ rookie couldn’t get out of the fifth inning.In the Dodgers’ 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, Stripling surrendered five runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. It was the sixth consecutive defeat for the Dodgers, who saw their record drop to 12-13, and marked the first time they have been under .500 at the end of April since 2010, a year where they went on to go 80-82 and finish in fourth place in the National League West.center_img In the bottom of the second, Yasmani Grandal and Kiké Hernandez advanced to third base and second base with one out, but Joc Pederson grounded into a double play. For the homestand, with one game left, the Dodgers are 2 for 36 with runners in scoring position.The lone jolt came from Chase Utley. The 37-year-old infielder hit his first home run in 82 at-bats this season in the third when he stroked a two-run shot 413 feet into the right-field bleachers. Utley’s last homer came on Sept. 23, 2015.The Dodgers had just one hit after that — a triple in the fourth by Carl Crawford, who failed to make it home when Stripling struck out to end the inning. Only two batters reached base over the final five innings, both of them via walks.The bullpen, a source of continued frustration for the club, did keep the game within reach.After Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen gave up a combined four runs in two innings the night before, the Dodgers’ bullpen tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday and gave up just two hits.Hatcher came in for the final out of the seventh inning, walking Upton Jr. before getting Alexei Ramirez to ground out.last_img read more

Klopp banking on Chelsea to slow City charge as Napoli tie looms

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first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp will be desperately hoping Chelsea can slow down Manchester City’s title charge this weekend as he balances his Premier League ambitions with a Champions League decider against Napoli.Unbeaten Liverpool are clinging on in the title race — scoring deep into added time against Everton last week and recovering from a goal down to beat Burnley on Wednesday to move just two points behind City.Elsewhere, all eyes will again be on the next instalment in the Old Trafford soap opera, with stuttering Manchester United hosting bottom club Fulham.Tottenham — yet to register a single draw in the Premier League this season — are away to Leicester. Arsenal play lowly Huddersfield.AFP Sports picks out some of the main talking points ahead of the weekend fixtures in the Premier League.Chelsea seek to arrest slideChelsea were unbeaten in their first 12 Premier League games, determinedly hanging on to the coat-tails of Manchester City and LiverpoolBut if they lose to Pep Guardiola’s league leaders at Stamford Bridge on Saturday they will be looking at a yawning gap of 13 points — and it would be their third defeat in four league games.Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has urged his teammates to forget about the gap, which already looks ominously big.“If we lose we are going to be 13 points from the top and that’s a lot of points but we have to think, prepare for the game well and not pay attention to the table at the moment,” he said. “It’s the perfect opportunity to come back.” Does Mourinho know his best team?Jose Mourinho is desperately casting around for solutions to the malaise at Old Trafford — but is all the chopping and changing hindering, rather than helping?Manchester United have made a total of 46 changes to their starting XI in the Premier League so far this season, including seven changes on Wednesday against Arsenal — more than any other team in the competitionFormer United defender Rio Ferdinand is concerned over the tinkering.“Something needs to be done,” Ferdinand said in his role as a pundit for BT Sport. “The common thing that we’ve seen with this team under Mourinho is changes every week — changes, changes, changes.“That doesn’t bode well for me in terms of the players and for the team because you need to form relationships within a team and you can’t do that when there’s chopping and changing, week in and week out.”Will Klopp ring changes again?Jurgen Klopp made seven changes for his side’s midweek match against Burnley — starting without any of the front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for the first time since September 2017.Despite a scare at Turf Moor, Liverpool won 3-1, taking their tally to 39 points after 15 matches — more than any other Anfield side in history.On Tuesday they face Napoli at Anfield with the prospect of crashing out of the Champions League group stage just over six months after reaching the final — but first they must negotiate a trip to high-flying Bournemouth.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

A Glittering Celebration

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first_imgLeonardo Jewelers of Red Bank celebrated the expansion and renovation of its 35 E. Front St. store on Friday, March 15. The centerpiece of the work is the store’s new Rolex corner. Celebrating the completion of work are, from left: Sue Shearer, Leo Zeik, Joyce White, Marissa Conforti and Ann Leonard.last_img

It’s Primary Election Day; Two Red Bank Polling Places Changed

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first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — Borough residents who live in the Districts 3 and 7 wishing to vote in today’s primary election should be aware that their polling places have been changed.For those voters in District 3, the new polling location is at the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad St.In District 7, the polling site will be Volunteer Fire Independent Engine Company, 32 Mechanic St. according to information provided by the borough.Polling sites will remain open until 8 p.m.Andrea Brock of Fair Haven gets signed in by election official Michael Galano before casting her primary election vote on Tuesday, June 4, at the Fair Haven Community Center. According to officials, as of 10 a.m.  only 11 voters had turned out to vote at this poll. Polls will stay open until 8 p.m.. Scott Longfieldlast_img read more