Marte 4 hits as Diamondbacks end 5-game skid, top Giants 6-5

first_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Written By Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 11:12 IST Marte 4 Hits As Diamondbacks End 5-game Skid, Top Giants 6-5 Ketel Marte homered, doubled twice and singled as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak Ketel Marte homered, doubled twice and singled as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.Marte went deep in the first inning off Giants lefty Tyler Anderson. The Diamondbacks escaped a late jam and ended an eight-game losing streak on the road.Nick Ahmed had three hits for the Diamondbacks and rookie catcher Daulton Varsho drove in two runs.Arizona took a 6-3 lead in the fifth. Down by a run in the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases with no outs.Alex Dickerson flied out to shallow right and Mauricio Dubon wandered too far off second base and was doubled off to squelch the rally.Kevin Ginkel closed in the ninth for his first save.San Francisco, playing the opener of a six-game homestand and competing for a playoff spot, went just 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.Travis Bergen (1-0), who pitched out of trouble in the fourth after relieving Arizona starter Taylor Clarke, was credited with the victory.Anderson (1-3) was charged with four runs over four innings.Giants first baseman Brandon Belt continued his torrid streak at the plate. He homered and doubled and is now hitting .500 (26 for 52) over his past 16 games.MADBUM RETURNSMadison Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP with the Giants, can’t help but reflect a bit as he returns to Oracle Park to face his former team for the first time Saturday night.“Just like anything else, I spent the last 10 years here so you don’t just forget about it. You think about it,” Bumgarner said. “If I see the guys playing, watching different ballgames, or when we’re playing the Giants, you can’t help but reminisce a little bit.”When Arizona visited the Bay Area last month, Bumgarner remained in Phoenix rehabbing a mid-back strain. He will come off the injured list to make his first appearance since Aug. 9.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: Left-hander Caleb Smith (COVID-19), acquired from the Miami Marlins at the trade deadline, is scheduled to throw Saturday in an alternate training site game at Chase Field.Giants: LHP Drew Smyly (sprained left index finger) and RHP Jeff Samardzija (inflammation in pitching shoulder) are set to throw three innings each in simulated games Saturday … OF Austin Slater is close to returning as he continues to at the club’s Sacramento alternate site while recovering from a strained left groin and a flexor strain in his right elbow.UP NEXTBumgarner (0-3, 9.35 ERA) will come off the injured list to make his first appearance against his former club. Trevor Cahill (0-0, 2.51 ERA) will face the D-backs for his third straight start. He has pitched five or more innings just once in his initial four starts.Image credits: AP center_img First Published: 5th September, 2020 11:12 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Pro cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht dies at 22 after Tour of Poland crash

first_imgLotto-Soudal rider Bjorg Lambrecht has died at the age of 22 as a result of a crash at the Tour of Poland.The Belgian crashed in the final 100 kilometers of Monday’s third stage. An initial statement from the Tour said he was transported by helicopter to hospital following “emergency reanimation”. The Tour of Poland added: “There are no words to describe this tragedy. Bjorg Lambrecht passed away during following an accident on today’s stage. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, team and the whole cycling community.”Lambrecht moved up to Lotto Soudal’s WorldTour team last year after starring in the Under 23 ranks. He finished 12th overall at this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné, winning best young rider honors. However, Lotto-Soudal later announced he had passed away.The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened… Rest in peace Bjorg… ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9u9LZkp2Rt— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) August 5, 2019″The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and team-mates of Bjorg has happened. Rest in peace,” the tweet read.last_img read more

Both bumpy and bright spots in Iowa’s economy this decade

first_imgDES MOINES — Economists taking stock as Iowa enters the 2020s indicate this decade has been a “bumpy ride” for key sectors, like agriculture and technology. Iowa State University ag economist Chad Hart says there were about 93,000 farms in Iowa in 2007.“In 2017, they updated the Census of Agriculture. We only had 86,000, so we have seen the number of farms shrink,” Hart says. “That means the average size of the farm has grown…It takes more money to farm these days. We’ve seen incomes rise, but we’ve also seen expenses rise.”The other thing that’s rising is the number of farmers who have off-the-farm jobs, according to Hart.“We have some farm families that are surviving by not necessarily growing the farm, but relying upon the farm as part of the portfolio of their economic activity,” Hart says.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says there’s more volatility in Iowa’s agriculture and manufacturing sectors now than in previous decades because of global competition.“This presents challenges but opportunities,” Goss says. “One other factor that Iowa has been pretty successful historically in attracting workers from other nations. That’s legal migration and, of course, that’s slowed down pretty dramatically over the last couple of years.”Dave Swenson, another economist from Iowa State University, says manufacturing and construction are “reasonably bright spots” in Iowa’s economy.“In contrast to the nation, we have more people working in construction than we did before the ‘Great Recession,’” Swenson says, “and our manufacturing sector has recovered to close to what it was prior to the recession.”But Swenson says while the state’s unemployment rate is historically low, overall job growth in Iowa lags behind most other states.“We have fewer fast-growing sectors in our economy compared to the nation,” Swenson says. “Our information sector contracted sharply, but the subset of that information sector — for example, IT — it also contracted. Whereas nationally IT and IT-related business opportunities are growing and especially in hot spots like Seattle and the San Francisco area and Denver and places like that.”Goss, the Creighton University economist, regularly surveys purchasing managers and bankers in Iowa and other Midwest states. He’s concerned by the declining number of independent banks.“That becomes a real challenge for lending in the area as farmers, manufacturers, individuals don’t have a source for borrowing or savings in a bank that’s locally tied,” Goss says. “Those banks that are independent, community banks — they understand their customers.”According to the State Banking Division, about 30 state-chartered banks closed between 2011 and 2018 and more than 50 federally-regulated community banks closed during that period. Those trends are happening in other states as well.Iowa ranks 30th overall in terms of economic output. According to the latest federal data, the state’s gross domestic product rose just over one percent in the second quarter of this year.last_img read more

Palos Verdes makes its move for triumph

first_imgPalos Verdes coach Danny Moscovici had Alex Scotten and Charlotte Newell playing together for the first time. It probably won’t be the last. Scotten and Newell, positioned at No. 2 doubles, swept their sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, leading Palos Verdes to a 9-9 (76-71) Bay League victory Tuesday at Mira Costa. Palos Verdes was ahead, 8-7, in the last round when Scotten and Newell handed Mira Costa’s No. 1 doubles team of Natasha Bothwell and Krystal Langley its only loss of the afternoon, 6-4. Scotten and Langley’s triumph clinched the win for Palos Verdes (5-2, 1-0), because it was too far ahead in games for Mira Costa (9-2, 1-1) to catch up. “It was really exciting because we had never played in a match together,” Scotten said. Moscovici, tying different doubles combinations in practice, said Scotten and Newell stood out. GIRLS TENNIS: Sea Kings win crucial Bay match at Mira Costa. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER In a match that featured star-studded singles sets and Bay League title implications, it was a shake-up in doubles pairings that was the biggest factor in the outcome. “They were the one team that had been playing well together in practice,” Moscovici said. It didn’t take long for the duo to click on the court. “We had good communication and meshed well together,” Newell said. Palos Verdes took five of nine doubles sets, and had the edge in doubles games, 44-39, which proved to be the difference. “We took the majority of doubles sets, and that was the goal going in,” Moscovici said. Mira Costa’s freshman phenom, Nicole Gibbs, swept her singles sets, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5. Palos Verdes’ Kathryn Webb gave her the best set, a 7-5 loss in the third round. Gibbs countered strong Webb backhands with drop shots and big returns of serve. Webb and Brooke Schweyer each won two of three singles sets for Palos Verdes. Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli said getting Palos Verdes at home with Gibbs on hand would be Mira Costa’s best opportunity to beat the Sea Kings and stay in contention for a league title. “They took our best shot and beat us,” Ciasulli said. “That may have been the Bay League title right there.” Ciasulli put singles player Langley into doubles to strengthen that area. Langley and Bothwell won two sets before dropping the third against Scotten and Newell. “It was the right move,” Ciasulli said. “I was surprised they lost that last doubles set.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more