Hope says didn’t do enough in ODI series, looks forward to T20s

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Despite being the West Indies’ lead scorer in two of the three matches in the just concluded ODI series, Shai Hope has lamented that he did not do enough to give his side a desired victory over Sri Lanka.Hope made 238 runs at average of 79.3 runs per innings in the three-match series, top-scoring in the first match with 115 and again in the third with 72. He put 51 on the board in the second match against the hosts.But speaking to the media after West Indies lost their last contest to suffer a whitewash at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday night, the 26-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman said he wanted to do more as his team tried to record their first series win on Sri Lankan soil.“I feel as if I’m not scoring enough runs. I’m just trying to do my job for the team,” said Hope, who was on the field more than any other player in the series.“My job is to bat long and score runs and it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get the wins in this series. They say there’s a learning curve for everything, so hopefully we can learn from this as quickly as possible and move on from there.”Hope also acknowledged that, overall, the West Indies “didn’t play the crucial moments well”, especially in the first and last contests.“Cricket is one of those games where you have to grasp those game-changing moments and we didn’t do that. I think Sri Lanka did that pretty well. So that’s one thing that I can highlight for this series and going forward, that is one thing we should really point out as a team,” he added.As the Caribbean men prepare for their T20 International series which will also be played here – the first match today and the second on Friday – they will be hoping to put the series loss behind them and learn from their mistakes.“We just have to continue believing in what we know we can do and what the team can achieve. We’ve done enough to get here and we just need to tick a few more boxes to get us across that line,” Hope said.“We’ve had a decent run of form in the past few ODI tours that we’ve had. So yes, it’s a 3-0 loss and a setback for us, but there’s a lot to look forward to. We can say we ticked some boxes in this series, but having said that, there’s a lot that we can work on. So, we’re looking forward to see what we have in store for the next series.”The squad will be looking to build momentum towards the ICC T20 World Cup which will be played in Australia later this year.Included are dynamic all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell who played vital roles when the West Indies won the World Cup under captain Darren Sammy in 2012 and again in 2016.Hope said he was pleased to be back in the T20 squad and hoped to learn from the duo.“I played one game against the Afghanistan team in India and I always want to play every format if I can. I’m just glad to be here again. They’ve (Russell and Bravo) been playing T20 cricket for however long now, and they have a heap of experience.I’m sure that the guys coming up, the new ones in the team, like myself, we can get some knowledge from them and hopefully they can continue doing what they do best and we can win this series coming up,” he said.last_img read more

Joe Panik homer stands alone as Giants edge Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw in opener

first_imgBut the Dodgers couldn’t summon the echoes of another era – last summer – and put together a winning rally. Instead, Joe Panik’s solo home run stood alone as the San Francisco Giants handed the Dodgers a 1-0 defeat.It was the Dodgers’ first Opening Day defeat since 2010 and Kershaw’s first in those eight season-opening assignments.“We didn’t get the offensive performance we wanted,” said first baseman Cody Bellinger, whose 0 for 4 was part of a collective 0 for 17 from the first five spots in the Dodgers’ batting order. “Kershaw was great again. He gave up one run. We should win when he only gives up one.”Kershaw certainly did what he could. Although he allowed eight hits – the most of any of his Opening Day starts – he stranded five baserunners in the first four innings, including leaving a runner at third in three of them. He even had two of the Dodgers’ three hits off Giants starter Ty Blach.“I was fortunate to get out of some jams there,” Kershaw said. “Panik put one good swing on me and unfortunately it cost us the game.” “That would have been epic,” he said.But the Dodgers went down in order after that, striking out five times in the final three innings.“It just didn’t happen,” Kemp said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousDodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor rects after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) steals second base ahead of the tag by San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager forces out San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik (12) at second base before completing the double play on a ground ball by San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal singles against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, second from left, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, watches along with catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, and home plate umpire Mark Wegner, top right, during the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) watches San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik (12) home run in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, top, watches his solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) also watches during the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) watches San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik (not pictured) home run in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik shakes hands with teammate Andrew McCutchen (22) after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik high fives teammates after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw after giving up a base hit against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Cory Gearrin high fives teammates after getting out of the seventh inning during a Major League Baseball game against he Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik watches his solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez wearing Dodger socks against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Baseball fans in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) looks at home plate umpire Mark Wegner (14) after striking out agains the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the San Francisco Giants as manager Dave Roberts looks on in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)in the eighth Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, along with Cody Bellinger, center, and Yasiel Puig react in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ESPN announcers Alex Rodriguez, left, with Jessica Mendoza, center, and Matt Vasgersian during a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw walks off the mound during their 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig smiles after fouling off a pitch in front of Giants’ catcher Buster Posey the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw contemplates his last pitch as the Giants’ Joe Panik rounds the bases during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw looks at the scoreboard as he walks to the dugout during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger strikes out swinging to end the sixth inning in front of Giants catcher Buster Posey during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw reacts after throwing a ball during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp blows a bubble as he walks to the dugout after lining out in the seventh inning during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Corey Seager snags a blooper during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig hauls in a fly ball during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger removes his gear after striking out swinging to end the sixth inning in front of Giants catcher Buster Posey during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig stands in the dugout during the night inning during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig is tagged out by Giants catcher Buster Posey in the sixth inning during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw throws the first pitch of an opening day baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig argues with home plate umpire Mark Wegner during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw in the dugout during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans sing along during the seventh inning stretch during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans participate in the wave during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans sing along during the seventh inning stretch during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)A full moon rises over Dodger Stadium during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Giants’ Hunter Strickland shakes hands with catcher Buster Posey after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 during their 2018 Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger great Kirk Gibson throws out the first pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)A Dodger fan with a painted head in the stands before the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Orel Hershiser is interviewed in the tunnels of Dodger Stadium after catching Kirk Gibson’s ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Orel Hershiser, left, with Fernando Valenzuela and Sand Koufax prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers grounds crew prepares the field prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela signs autographs prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Joc Pederson prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers either Sandy Koufax signs autographs prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Sandy Koufax prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Orel Hershiser, left, with Fernando Valenzuela and Sand Koufax prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Baseball fans make their way through the stadium prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A empty Dodger stadium prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Orel Hershiser, left, with Kirk Gibson the 1988 World Series heroes prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, high fives teammates prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)American idol constantan Pia Toscano sings the National Anthem prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers fans look on prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Baseball fans look on during the National Anthem prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The San Francisco Giants line up prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) speaks with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The National Anthem is played before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers line up for the National Anthem before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as a flyover occurs over Dodger Stadium before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The National Anthem is played before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik greets his teammates during introductions before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws the first pitch of the season against the San Francisco Giants during their 2018 Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The grounds crew wets down the infield before the Dodgers’ 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor rects after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 83Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor rects after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Something in the air at Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon made your eyes water – and it had nothing to do with the plumbing problem that sent sewage spilling onto the field Tuesday night. The Dodgers had apparently jiggled the handle and cleared away all signs of that embarrassing flow pas.No, it was the nostalgia. The air was thick with it.As the 30th anniversary season started, the Dodgers brought out the heroes of 1988 – Tommy Lasorda, Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson – and kicked off Opening Day with the kind of warm embrace of history which this franchise does so well.Clayton Kershaw made his own (latest) mark on that history, taking the ball on Opening Day for a franchise-record eighth consecutive season. Baseball’s toughest entrance exam, Kershaw allowed just one run in six innings while striking out seven.center_img Dodgers choose Joc Pederson over Andrew Toles – for now That swing came unexpectedly with two outs and no one on in the fifth inning. Kershaw dropped down to a three-quarters delivery to mess with Panik. It didn’t work. Panik was on the 2-and-2 fastball and lofted a high fly ball down the right-field line.The drive was met with an odd silence many in the park assuming it had gone foul. But a look of disgusted disbelief on Kershaw’s face confirmed that Panik had tucked it just inside the foul pole for a solo home run.The Giants had just two hits after Panik’s homer. But only one of the Dodgers’ eventual six hits came from any of the first six hitters in the lineup (a ninth-inning single by Matt Kemp).“He’s thrown the ball well against us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Blach. “I should have batted Clayton third.”The Dodgers’ best chance to end their season-long scoreless streak came after Blach left the game.In the bottom of the seventh, Yasmani Grandal’s second single and a two-out pinch-hit single by Chase Utley put runners at the corners. Getting a massive jump against Giants reliever Cory Gearrin, Utley stole second, putting the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position for Chris Taylor – who took a full-count slider right down “Copperhead Road” for strike three and flipped his bat away in an act of self-loathing.“It was right down the middle. I was angry with myself,” Taylor said of his reaction. “I was thinking too much, I think. Taking a two-strike slider down the middle is inexcusable.”There was still time for the kind of heroics that characterized the 2017 season. Playing his first game as a Dodger since 2014, Kemp led off the ninth with a single. Visions of a storybook ending were dancing in his head.Related Articleslast_img read more

FSU’s Marvin Wilson calls out Mike Norvell for ‘lie’ about George Floyd discussion

first_imgFlorida State star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson is among the players upset with first-year coach Mike Norvell’s comments to The Athletic in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.   Norvell told The Athletic’s Tashan Reed that he “went back and forth individually with every player” last weekend after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.   Here is an excerpt of Norvell’s interview with The Athletic: #FSU head coach Mike Norvell (@Coach_Norvell) had individual conversations with every player on his roster this past weekend focused on the events surrounding the death of George Floyd. Here’s his full quote to @TheAthletic: pic.twitter.com/eM3yZZH4db— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) June 2, 2020MORE: Drew Brees apologies for comments about protests during anthem Wilson, who bypassed the NFL Draft this season to return to the Seminoles, took exception to that answer. Wilson said Norvell sent a generated text, and that players will not work out until further notice.  Man this 💩 did not happen mane. We got a generated text that was sent to everybody. There was no one on one talk between us and coach. This is a lie and me and my teammates as a whole are outraged and we will not be working out until further notice 💯 #hunchoout https://t.co/6Uuy6K7Eu3— HEAD HUNCHO💧 (@marvinwilson21) June 4, 2020Norvell was hired at Florida State after leading Memphis to a 12-1 record and a berth in the Cotton Bowl last season.  Chauvin had a third-degree murder upgraded to a second-degree murder charge this week. The other three officers involved were charged with aiding and abetting a second-degree murder while committing a felony and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.last_img read more