N Forest 2 – 1 Coventry

first_imgIt was the defender’s first goal in more than a year, since he netted in a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock for Aberdeen, but his finish was impressive.Forest ‘keeper Brice Samba had to make an adept save to keep out O’Hare’s skimming shot, but Forest were deserving of their half-time lead.Maxime Biamou was unlucky not to draw Coventry level early in the second half, when he saw his driven shot bounce back off the foot of the post.An injury to Matt Godden gave Tyler Walker the chance to impress against the club where he came through the academy ranks.But it was O’Hare who was on hand to head Coventry level in the 57th minute as he attacked a cross from Sam McCallum to flick home.Forest almost restored their lead but saw Marosi hold a Taylor header confidently.O’Hare also flashed another decent effort wide and Biamou should have put the visitors in front, but planted a great headed chance straight at Samba.Samba pulled off an outstanding save to deny O’Hare as Coventry pushed hard for a second goal.The Forest ‘keeper also had to beat Walker in a race to a through ball to deny him a chance.Substitute Sammy Ameobi picked out Lolley with a cross, but he could not get enough on his header.Coventry had looked the more likely to snatch the win – right up until the moment Taylor netted from the penalty spot with the final kick of the game.What the managers said…Nottingham Forest’s Chris Hughton: “It has been a difficult time for us with regard to getting goals and sometimes you want a break to go your way. I think we deserved something from the game. Whether we deserved a win or not is something different. But we will take it.“It felt as though, if any side was going to go on and win the game, it would have been Coventry. But just when we thought it was going to end in a draw, we managed to get a goal with the last kick. I thought we were good in the first half but my biggest disappointment was that we did not make the most of the possession we had. We did not have enough shots on goal, we did not create enough opportunities or good crosses. Our build-up play was good.“But we were up against a very well drilled Coventry side who have been together for some time. It was still a good feeling to get that win. Now we just need to take that feeling into the next game, against Wycombe.”Coventry’s Mark Robins: “We would have been disappointed with a point. I thought we were much better in the second half. We hit the post and had numerous chances to finish the game off. Then we shot ourselves in the foot by giving the penalty away, at a point when we had no time to come back.“If you touch Lyle Taylor he will go down, inside or outside the box. You cannot give him the opportunity to do that. McFadzean is saying that he did not touch him but there was clearly a coming together and as soon as he felt contact he was going to go down, which gave the referee a decision to make.“Then he picks himself up and sticks the ball in the back of the net. We have had bad luck but, having said that, we could have made it easier for ourselves by making more of the chances we created. On the upside we have played really well. But to come away with nothing is a real blow.” But then Kyle McFadzean clipped Taylor’s heels in injury time to give the striker the chance to hand the Reds three points from the penalty spot – an opportunity he took with great calmness.Forest almost took the lead in the 12th minute, when Marko Marosi made hard work of what should have been a straightforward save from a driven shot from Anthony Knockaert, with the ‘keeper relieved to see it bounce wide.From the resulting corner, McKenna planted a header narrowly the wrong side of the post.- Advertisement –  Image:Lyle Taylor scored a late winner from the penalty spot for Nottingham Forest Gustavo Hamer conjured Coventry’s first attempt on goal in the 27th minute, but his 22-yard effort was always rising well over the bar.Joe Lolley came close with a header that was deflected wide at the other end.Forest went ahead in the 30th minute following some penalty box pinball that saw both Luke Freeman and Samba Sow have shots blocked, with the latter’s effort deflected perfectly into the path of McKenna, for him to sweep a low shot into the back of the net.- Advertisement – Lyle Taylor’s penalty six minutes into added time helped Nottingham Forest claim a 2-1 victory over Coventry and hand Chris Hughton his first home win as manager.Forest looked to be on course for their fourth 1-1 draw of Hughton’s six-match tenure, after Callum O’Hare’s 57th-minute header had cancelled out a first-half goal from Scott McKenna at the City Ground. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Angels win 5th straight, and get a little revenge against Astros’ Jake Marisnick

first_imgLuís Rengifo drove in the sixth run of the inning when Marisnick came up short on his dive in center field and the ball got past him, for a triple.“Our offense is banging right now,” starting pitcher Andrew Heaney said. “That helps a lot, when we’re getting six-run leads in the first, seven-run leads in the first.”Heaney then took the mound with a comfortable cushion, but the Astros made him work hard to get through each inning.It took Heaney 103 pitches to get through just 4-1/3 innings while allowing eight hits and two walks. The Astros had at least two baserunners in each of the five innings that Heaney started.Although Heaney was charged with just two runs, he left a heavy workload for a bullpen that had been taxed after Griffin Canning lasted only four outs in his start on Monday.Ramírez and Justin Anderson handled the next six outs, and then Trevor Cahill, who inherited a five-run lead, took care of the final eight outs without allowing a run. Marisnick, who had been booed lustily by the Angel Stadium fans each time he came to the plate, came up leading off the sixth against Noe Ramirez. Ramírez plunked him between the shoulder blades with a fastball. Ramirez insisted that he was simply trying to throw a fastball in after two straight sliders.“They’re a good team so I wasn’t trying to give them any sort of chance,” Ramirez said. “They get a baserunner on, they’re a pretty good team. They get a rally going pretty good. That’s the last thing I was trying to do.”Marisnick, who certainly didn’t seem surprised to get hit, simply jogged down to first as plate umpire Stu Schuerwater issued warnings to both dugouts.Marisnick said the pitch was “a little high, a little inside” but he refused to speculate as to whether Ramirez had thrown at him.“It was an unfortunate play back in Houston,” Marisnick said. “I feel terrible about it. And to come here and have some of this go down, it sucks. … I was just looking to go out and find a way to help the team win, get on base, and I mean, I can’t control where he throws the ball.” After Marisnick reached first, Albert Pujols took a few steps toward the Astros dugout as the players began jawing at each other. Pujols refused to comment on the situation after the game. Players spilled onto the field from both dugouts and the bullpens before order was restored with no punches thrown. Marisnick helped defuse the situation by waving his teammates back to the dugout.Afterward, Astros Manager A.J. Hinch did not hide his feelings that the pitch was intentional – “the entire industry was expecting it,” Hinch said – and that it was unfair that Ramirez did not get ejected.“It’s a confusing time,” Hinch said. “Either the players govern the players on the field, like it’s always been, or we legislate it to where none of this crap happens. But they got a free shot at him, no warning, with no ejection. We’ll see if there’s discipline, and without discipline, there’s not gonna be any issue doing it the next time. So if retaliations are in, cool. We’re well aware.”Angels manager Brad Ausmus conceded that it “looks awful,” but he also insisted that Ramirez didn’t throw at Marisnick.“The first pitch was a strike,” Ausmus said. “If he swings at it and hits it, we’re not even talking about it. It’s tough to go to a 1-and-1 count with any intent. Noé is a right-handed pitcher who comes down from the side and sometimes people get hit.”Asked if he thinks “it’s over,” Ausmus said: “What’s over?”At the time the Ramirez hit Marisnick, the Angels had a 6-2 lead thanks to yet another robust offensive performance.The Angels have now scored at least six runs in all five of their victories in the streak, plus 10 runs in that loss to the Astros last Sunday. It marked only the second time since 2015 that they’ve scored at least six in six straight games.It took the Angels just one inning to get to six on Tuesday, as they took advantage of the Astros’ patchwork rotation. Brad Peacock was supposed to start on Monday, but he had a setback in his injury rehab, forcing the Astros to use openers in the first two games of the series.On Tuesday, the Astros used reliever Hector Rondon as the opener, with the idea of handing most of the game to Rogelio Armenteros, who was on three days of rest from his last Triple-A out.By the time they got to Armenteros, the Angels had blown the game open.The Angels scored five runs before making an out, with Shohei Ohtani driving in one with an infield hit, Kole Calhoun getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Albert Pujols poking a three-run double down the right-field line.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros is hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Manager AJ Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros talks with first base umpire Mark Wegner during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, center, argues with Houston Astros first base coach Don Kelly (15) after Astros’ Jake Marisnick, left, was hit by a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus right, gestures to pitcher Noe Ramirez (24) after Ramirez hit Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick with a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman, right, jump after striking out next to Los Angeles Angels catcher Kevan Smith during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros starting pitcher Hector Rondon watches a throw to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo, bottom, slides under Houston Astros third baseman Yuli Gurriel with a triple during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring in the first inning during the MLB game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Pitcher Hector Rondon #30 of the Houston Astros reacts after walking Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani prepares to bat against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani heads to first on an RBI infield single against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani reaches first base with an RBI infield single against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros starting pitcher Hector Rondon throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, waits for his at-bat in the dugout next to teammate Justin Upton, center and manager Brad Ausmus during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols drives in three runs with a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols follows through on a three-run double against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, scores past Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi on a three-run double by Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, celebrates with Justin Upton (8) after they scored on a double by Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros starting pitcher Hector Rondon wipes his face after being pulled from the baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) steals second base next to Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, left, during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels steals second base as Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros fields the errant throw as umpire Alan Porter watches the play in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is tagged out by Houston Astros third baseman Yuli Gurriel on a rundown between second and third base following a ground ball by Justin Upton during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Shohei Ohtani #17 and Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrate after both scored in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros is hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 25ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros is hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — The Angels picked up their fifth straight victory, and also might have taken care of some business left over from their previous loss.Or, at least it appeared that way to many.The Angels beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Tuesday night, continuing to be perfect since the All-Star break.Their last loss came the day before the break in Houston, a game in which catcher Jonathan Lucroy was sent to the hospital with a broken nose and a concussion after a home plate collision with Jake Marisnick. Marisnick was suspended for two games, although he has appealed. He has said he did not intend to bowl over Lucroy. 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