Home nations exodus in qualifiers

first_imgMike Jensen broke Sligo hearts as Rosenborg hit back to book their place in the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Press Association The visitors cancelled out Shakhtyor’s 1-0 first-leg lead with Michael Duffy’s sixth-minute opener, but the home side were back on terms within three minutes through Sergei Balanovich and further goals from Alexander Guruli, Dmitri Osipenko, Nikolai Yanush and Ilya Galyuza secured a 6-1 aggregate victory. Northern Ireland’s Linfield suffered heartache too as they were unable to cling on to the 1-0 lead with which they headed for AIK Solna. The visitors remained ahead in the tie until the 56th minute, when Kennedy Igboananike levelled to set the stage for Henok Goitom to put the Swedes through 18 minutes from time. There was victory on the night, but a 3-2 defeat on aggregate, for Dundalk in Croatia. Stephen Kenny’s men trailed 3-0 to Hajduk Split on aggregate when Jean Evrard Kouassi fired the home side ahead, but second-half goals from Patrick Hoban and Kurtis Byrne made for a tense conclusion. Crusaders too emerged with a positive result, although they could only draw 1-1 with Swedes IF Brommapojkarna at Seaview after losing the first leg 4-0. Skipper Colin Coates put the home side ahead with 17 minutes gone, but Dardan Rexhepi equalised within 10 minutes to secure a 5-1 aggregate win. Meanwhile, Barclays Premier League Hull will face Trencin in their first ever European tie – although the Slovakians had to survive a concerted fightback by FK Vojvodina, who trailed 4-0 going into the second leg but won 3-0 in Serbia. center_img The Airtricity League side led 3-1 on aggregate at the Showgrounds when Danny North fired them into a 13th-minute lead, but Pal Andre Helland levelled on the night within three minutes before Jensen’s second-half double took the Norwegians through 4-3. Derry City’s hopes of progression were ended in emphatic fashion in Belarus by Shakhtyor Soligorsk. last_img read more

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Dazzling Man City disappearing into the distance

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City soared above the fog swirling round the Etihad Stadium to demolish Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 and leave the rest of the Premier League peering into the distance in search of Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking team on Saturday.Tottenham, who began the day fourth, were supposed to provide a proper test but, just like City’s previous 15 opponents, were outclassed as goals by Ilkay Gundogan before halftime and Kevin de Bruyne and two from Raheem Sterling after it put City 14 points clear.City’s 16th successive win took them to 52 points, one game short of the halfway point of the season.Manchester United, who play at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, have 38 as do champions Chelsea who beat Southampton 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Marcos Alonso’s free kick.`Arsenal sent Newcastle United into the drop zone with a 1-0 win that lifted the Gunners to fourth with 33 points while Burnley are fifth, a further point back, after a 0-0 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion for whom Glenn Murray missed a penalty.Tottenham tumbled down to seventh behind Liverpool, who are at Bournemouth on Sunday, on goal difference.There were two big movers at the bottom with Crystal Palace winning 3-0 at Leicester City and West Ham United doing the same at Stoke City to move out of the relegation zone into 14th and 15th places respectively. Stoke are 17th.Even without the injured David Silva, City were too clinical for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side and could even afford a second-half penalty miss from Gabriel Jesus.“It was solid, good, against one team demanding to be intense without the ball,” Guardiola said.“Since August we are so happy and I admire the most the way we play without the ball — thank you to the club to provide me with these amazing players.”LEFT UNMARKED City’s attacking football is a thing to behold but there was nothing fancy about their 14th minute opener as Gundogan was left unmarked to head in from a corner — a goal Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino described as an early Christmas present.To their credit Tottenham took the game to City in the second half but were cut open in the 70th minute as De Bruyne finished off a rapid counter-attack.Sterling’s double in the final 10 minutes took his tally for the season to 15 in all competitions before Christian Eriksen scored a late consolation for the visitors.“Today yes, they showed better quality than us. The better team won,” Pochettino said.Chelsea have won eight of their last 10 games, but like Arsenal who beat Newcastle with a Mesut Ozil goal, are realistically playing for a top-four position unless City suffer a new year collapse of dramatic proportions.“In the last 10 games we won eight games,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said. “Some people are forgetting this run because there is a team that is winning every game.”At the bottom Christian Benteke went from zero to hero as he scored his first goal of the season, and Crystal Palace’s first on the road, as they trounced Leicester with Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako also on target.Belgian striker Benteke made amends after disobeying team orders to take, and miss, a crucial penalty last week in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.“The day after (the penalty miss) he came in and held his hand up, he spoke to the players and myself and made the point that he would make it up to team, and that is what he has done,” Palace manager Roy Hodgson said.Marko Arnautovic scored against his old club Stoke as West Ham made it seven points from three games without conceding.Huddersfield Town ended a long scoring drought on the road as they thumped stumbling Watford 4-1. Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg was dismissed in the second half for a second booking while Troy Deeney saw red for Watford in the first half.last_img
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When Colin Milburn went berserk at the Gabba

first_imgBy Ian ChappellIN these sports-less days it’s timely to ask: “Is this the best batting in a session ever?”No, I’m not talking about Sir Donald Bradman’s 309 in a day at Headingley in 1930, where he scored a century in each of the first two sessions.I’m not reminiscing about the carnage Virender Sehwag caused at Brabourne Stadium in 2009-10 when he broke his own record for the fastest Test 250, coming off just 207 balls.And I’m not paying tribute to Barry Richards’ 325 in 330 minutes when he pulverised a Western Australia Shield attack in Perth that included great Australian speedsters Dennis Lillee and Graham McKenzie.If you’re looking for a clue to the innings I’m referring to, think about Richards’ opponents that day and you’re getting warm.It was a pulsating innings in 1968 by Englishman Colin ‘Ollie’ Milburn when he was playing Shield cricket for WA against Queensland at the Gabba.On a steaming hot day Milburn opened with Derek Chadwick and moved rather sedately to 61 by lunch, with WA a secure 0 for 92. In those days the only way to obtain Shield scores – other than the stumps radio summary – was by calling a dedicated telecom number.I had called at lunch and when I phoned again in the tea break the recorded message said; “WA 0 for 327, Milburn 242 and Chadwick 76.”“The commentator’s drunk,” I thought, “nobody scores 181 in a session.” That’s a mammoth output for a team never mind an individual.However when I heard the stumps summary, Ollie had indeed scored 181 on his own. His voluminous tally had been garnered off just 131 balls and was by some margin the most runs scored in an Australian session.His innings is best summed up by Rod Marsh, who was also playing for WA. “Ollie hit every shot in that session hard enough to reach the boundary,” claimed Marsh, “it’s just that they managed to stop a few.”What makes the innings even more memorable is the comment the rotund Milburn made in the lunch break. Spying a fellow cricketer with a thirst, the freely perspiring Milburn looked across the dressing room at Marsh and said: “F*** me, Rodney, it’s hot out there – I won’t be roonin’ too many after lunch.”Milburn hit 38 fours and four sixes in his extravaganza – he was a man of his word. One six was a pull shot smashed straight at an unfortunate Geoff Gray fielding on the boundary. Such was the power of the shot that the ball burst through Gray’s hands, hit him in the chest and continued on over the boundary while the fielder was almost impaled on the pickets.Gray received a memento from Milburn’s innings – a lifelong scar where the stitches were inserted.Knowing Milburn and his thirst, he would have scorned rehydration in an ice bath that night; rather he would have drunk what was on ice.Milburn only played nine Tests prior to a career-ending accident because of the conservative nature of England’s selections in those days. He blazed his way to a century in his last Test innings and just as he appeared set to establish a permanent place in the England side, he tragically lost an eye in a car accident.I played two Tests against Milburn in the 1968 Ashes series. He scored a memorable 83 at Lord’s that included two sixes. I don’t recall the second but I’ll never forget the first.It hit the grandstand scoreboard with such force that some of the numbers flew off their hinges and rained down on the spectators.Appropriately, the last time I saw Ollie was in a Manchester bar during the 1989 Ashes series. Sadly it wasn’t long after that night out that Ollie died of a heart attack, aged only 48. A mate of mine rang to tell me the bad news: “Ollie died in the car park of the Britannia pub.”“Was he going in or coming out?” I asked.“Apparently he was coming out,” was the response.“That’s good,” I said, “he would’ve died happy.”And I’ll bet the reported 2038 patrons at the Gabba on November 22, 1968, go to their grave believing they witnessed the best ever batting in one session. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Orange prevails despite opening half Harris dubs ‘top 3’ worst in career

first_img Published on December 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img As the Syracuse women’s basketball team jogged through the tunnel following its runaway win over Albany, an Orange fan reached over the railings for high fives. When the SU players reached up to slap his hand on their way to the locker room, he yelled to each one, ‘Very nice second half.’ But the Orange’s first 20 minutes didn’t warrant the same approval. Though Syracuse turned things around in the second half to pull away for a 69-38 win over the Great Danes Monday in the Carrier Dome, an ugly beginning kept the game close until halftime. The Orange’s go-to formula of scoring down low and capitalizing on second chances failed. Luckily for SU, turnovers and poor shooting seemed contagious in the Dome, as both teams failed to find any offensive rhythm in the first half. But senior point guard Tasha Harris still ranked it as one of the worst halves she has seen in her four years with the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘That was a really bad half,’ she said. ‘Probably top three.’ Heading into the contest, SU was averaging 35.8 points in the paint per game. Second-chance opportunities accounted for 21 points per game. But in the first 20 minutes Monday, those buckets were all but eliminated. The Orange tallied just six points from inside and two points on offensive rebounds. Syracuse’s leading scorer, Kayla Alexander, was held to just two points on two free throws. SU held only a 17-16 edge on the glass. Without Albany’s similar dismal offensive performance in the first half (6-of-27 from the field), the Orange’s 23-17 lead at the break could have been a deficit. ‘Obviously, you can turn the ball over a little bit, and you can do some things that aren’t that good when the team only makes six shots in the first half,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘And that was the key. … We kind of played enough defense to not let the game get out of hand.’ Had the Orange showed up on the offensive end in the first half, the game could have gotten out of hand in its favor. A number of violations on the offensive end disturbed Syracuse’s offensive rhythm. Five of SU’s 15 turnovers in the first half came on three-second violations, and another two were traveling calls. Hillsman said he believes the three-second violations were good calls. And they certainly affected SU’s go-to scoring option in the sophomore Alexander, who was called for the violation four times in the first. ‘I think that threw us off a bit,’ Alexander said. ‘Yeah, that definitely had an effect. We tried to just keep playing through it.’ Alexander said she tried to focus on not drawing those calls. And with its center not able to post up in the paint, the Orange struggled. SU shot 7-of-18 from the field in the first half and only grabbed a positive rebounding margin when Shakeya Leary cleaned up Erica Morrow’s final shot of the half. During the break, players said Harris and Morrow told the Orange things needed to turn around before the coaches came in. Hillsman then intensely echoed those sentiments before the Orange ran away with the 31-point win. But the first-half struggles were enough of a concern that Harris, Morrow and Hillsman all felt they had to address the team in order to turn things around. ‘We were trying to force the ball inside to (Alexander), and they were basically swarming the post,’ Harris said. ‘We had to just take more rhythm jump shots and swing the ball, get more movement. ‘And we weren’t doing that in the first half.’ zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

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Syracuse offense clicks in season-opening 2-0 win over Albany

first_img Related Stories Syracuse sees immediate results of new offseason conditioning program in 2-0 win over AlbanySyracuse 2, Albany 0 Comments After an Albany own goal in the 50th minute gave Syracuse a one-goal lead, Louis Clark did everything in his power to give the Orange a much-needed insurance goal.Clark brought the ball downfield and found an open Lars Muller. Muller generated space and delivered a strike to a streaking Tony Asante. Asante steadied himself and tactfully placed the ball past the outstretched right arm of goalie Tim Allen.The goal gave Syracuse some breathing room en route to its season-opening 2-0 win over the Great Danes in front of a record 1,581 fans at SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange is 4-1-1 against Albany all time and has now won seven of its last eight home openers.Coming off a rough three-win season, the win Friday gives Syracuse confidence to start off its 2012 campaign.“It was brilliant to get a goal of our own, one that wasn’t an own goal,” Clark said. “I thought it gave us the confidence that we needed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe goal was the first of Asante’s SU career. A former star at Monroe College, the Ghana-born forward made his mark in the first game of the season.“When Louis got the ball and Lars made the run, I knew he was going to give it to Lars,” Asante said. “As soon as Lars got it, I was wide open, so I called for the ball and he gave it to me.”Head coach Ian McIntyre subbed Clark, Muller, Asante and freshman midfielder Stefanos Stamoulacatos into the game in the 60th minute and the tempo changed immediately.The group brought a sense of urgency and precision and created plenty of scoring opportunities. Asante missed a good chance to score less than a minute before his eventual goal, but was ready when the time came.“In soccer, you’re going to get chances and you’re going to miss some and you’re going to make some,” Asante said. “As soon as you miss, you’re hoping you’re going to get the next one. And we did get it.”Syracuse controlled the pace of the game and maintained the ball with regularity. The Orange outshot the Danes 22-7 and attempted 11 corner kicks compared to two for Albany.“I felt that we were in control of the game,” McIntyre said. “However, we’ve been on the other end of these games, so to keep the ball and to get rewarded for our play was great.”Though he only faced two shots on goal, freshman goalie Alex Bono posted a shutout in his collegiate debut. The No. 1 recruit in New York state calmly thwarted the few opportunities the Danes had and played with poise and intensity.Bono played his first game in front of the largest crowd in SU soccer history. The record surpassed the previous high of 1,493 in the season opener against Notre Dame in 1996.“(The fans) were unbelievable,” Clark said. “They’re like a 12th man out there.”After a 3-12-1 campaign last year, the season opener gave hopeful fans something to cheer about.Syracuse got off to a slow start in the first half, as its shots sailed wide or over the top of the goal.In the eighth minute, Stamoulacatos drove a shot toward the box, but the ball went to the right and out of bounds.Another chance came in the 28th minute, when Muller received a lob and tapped it to Ted Cribley. Cribley made a move and fired a shot, but the ball skirted to the left of the goal.The players’ efforts were finally rewarded in the 50th minute when a Ben Ramin throw ricocheted off Albany defender Philip Persson and into the net for an own goal. It wasn’t the sharp, definitive goal that Syracuse was looking for, but it gave the team an edge that would prove to be the difference.The offense clicked at just the right time. The chemistry on the field translated to a critical insurance goal that gave the Orange a win and some momentum going forward.“When they get the ball,” Asante said, “all you’ve got to do is make your run and they’ll find you.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

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USC defeated by No. 20 Oklahoma State, 82-51

first_imgFollow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24 The Women of Troy lost for the first time this season on the road to No. 20 Oklahoma State, who outshot USC on their way to an 82-51 route.The Cowgirls (5-0) shot an impressive 47 percent from the field in the first half that put USC (3-1), who shot 35 percent through 20 minutes, in a big hole early. By halftime, the Cowgirls had doubled up Troy at 44-22. USC only recorded two field goals through the first five minutes of play, consisting of two baskets by junior guard Ariya Crook and senior forward Cassie Harberts.Crook was the only USC player to enter into double digits with 12 points for the game on 5-of-16 shooting. She also struggled from long range, going 2-of-9 from beyond the arc. Harberts and junior forward Alexyz Vaioletama both dropped in eight points a piece. Vaioletama also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.Unfortunately for the Women of Troy, Oklahoma State’s hot shooting would carry over to the second half and would finish the game shooting a red-hot 52 percent. USC ended up shooting around 33 percent for the game and would also get beat on the boards, losing the rebounding battle 39 to 29, mainly because the Cowgirls wouldn’t miss very many shots.Oklahoma State had four players in double figures, led by the 22 points of guard Brittney Martin, who added 10 rebounds as well to give herself a double-double. Center Kendra Suttles would also grab a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.USC’s poor shooting coupled with the Cowgirls’ offensive outburst resulted in multiple Oklahoma State runs that the Women of Troy were ultimately unable to overcome. They would never hold a lead in the game.The first of these runs came at the beginning of the game when the Cowgirls jumped out to a 20-4 lead with 12:48 remaining in the first half.The Women of Troy would fight back before Oklahoma State went on a 12-0 run to further increase the USC deficit to 26 points, 37-11 with a little under five minutes remaining. During that run, USC was held from scoring for just over four minutes.Turnovers would not help out the Women of Troy either, as 19 of them led to 26 points for Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls had trouble taking care of the ball as well with 13 of their own, but USC struggled to capitalize, turning them into only eight points.Junior forward Kaneisha Horn, who transferred from Alabama, played her first minutes as a Trojan and went three-of-four from the charity stripe.Even with the loss, new head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has USC off to their best start since the 1998-99 season with wins against UC Davis, Fresno State and San Diego State.“Growth is the goal,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I want our team to get better every game, every practice, so we are peaking at the right time in the season.”The Women of Troy will return home to face off against another ranked opponent in No. 19-ranked South Carolina Monday at the Galen Center. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.last_img read more

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Italian betting & media baffled by coalition’s blanket ban

first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submit Italian betting, sports and media stakeholders have been left perplexed, following the Council of Ministers approval of the directive to introduce a blanket ban on gambling/betting advertising.Reviewed on Monday, the Council of Ministers would approve Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio’s draft mandate, which introduces an outright ban on all forms of gambling (except the state’s national lottery) across all media platforms and sporting institutions/clubs.Despite introducing a ‘transitional period’, which allows betting advertisers to fulfil existing marketing contracts secured beyond January 2019, it appears that the Lega- 5 Star coalition government has triggered its ‘nightmare scenario’ for Italian gambling.In their respective 2017 General Election campaigns, both Di Maio and Lega Nord leadership counterpart Matteo Salvini had declared that their parties would introduce severe gambling restrictions should they come to power.Having been sworn into government last June, following a tricky confirmation process, Di Maio as new deputy PM had pressed for the Council of Ministers to speed up the review of his draft blanket ban on gambling advertising.Betting leadership had reached out to Lega-Five Star officials, warning the coalition not to implement a rash directive which had not reviewed the potential negative impacts on businesses, sports funding and consumer safety standards.Italian trade body LOGiCO had urged the coalition to work with industry leaders on a compromise, stating that the blanket ban would have ‘no positive effects’ on protecting Italian consumers.2018 had been previously marked as a year of ‘positive change’ for the Italian betting sector, which would expand new licenses and revamp its framework for sports betting provisions.Nevertheless, Lega-Five Star has delivered Italian betting its cruel summer as all stakeholders will be forced to revise their future strategies and operations. StumbleUpon Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Junior Agogo always represented Ghana proudly – Nana Addo mourns ex-Ghana striker

first_imgFans of English Championship club, Nottingham Forest will also hold a minute’s applause in his memory.Agogo spent two years of his career at Forest from 2006 to 2008, playing 64 games for the club.READ ALSOTributes pour in for Junior Agogo following news of his deathJunior Agogo: Five things to know about the former Black Stars striker “Saddened by the news of the death of former Black Stars Striker, Junior Agogo. He was a fine footballer, and was always proud to represent our nation. My sincere condolences to his family. May his soul rest in perfect peace.” President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has offered his condolences to the family of former Ghana international, Manuel Junior Agogo, who died earlier today [Thursday].In a tweet, the President described Junior Agogo as “a fine player” who represented the nation proudly any time he was called up to the national team.Agogo passed on in England at a hospital on Thursday.center_img He suffered a stroke in 2015 and underwent rehabilitation two years ago. He died at age 40.Since his demise, tributes have been pouring in from across the world, including his former clubs, and former teammates.last_img read more

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Assault victim wants Pirates to release suspended minor-leaguer Ji-Hwan Bae

first_imgPirates minor-league shortstop Ji-Hwan Bae began a 30-game suspension Thursday for assaulting his then-girlfriend, but she feels the team should release him.A South Korean court found Bae guilty in October 2018 of assaulting Seul-Gi Kim on New Year’s Eve 2017. Bae was accused of choking, slapping and kicking her, according to multiple reports. “The Pittsburgh Pirates strongly support Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy and agree with the need for significant penalties for any violation of this policy,” Huntington said. “The Pirates are committed to a culture that respects women on all levels and across all aspects of our organization. Ji-Hwan has completed a treatment program under the MLB policy.”We will continue to work with him to ensure that he understands and adheres to the obligations and standards that are required of a professional baseball player and a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.” Bae, 19, plays with Pittsburgh’s Single-A affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is ranked the Pirates’ No. 27 prospect, according to MLB.com. He is 4 for 21 in five games this season. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced Wednesday that Bae had been suspended for violating the Minor League Baseball Player Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. But Kim told The Athletic she believes Bae should be released.“I don’t think the punishment is enough,” Kim told The Athletic. “It’s too weak, compared to my suffering. I honestly want (the Pirates) to release him.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNKim told The Athletic she had to be prescribed sleeping pills to deal with lingering trauma from the incident.Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement Wednesday that Bae has completed a treatment program.last_img read more

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Mercer’s RBI single lifts Pirates over Mariners

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Neil Walker heads to the dugout after he hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners, June 26, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) by Curtis CrabtreeSEATTLE (AP) – Jordy Mercer hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Wednesday.The Pirates improved to 48-30 – they are 18 games over .500 for the first time since 1992, their last winning season.Neil Walker hit a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to put Pittsburgh ahead in the fourth. Seattle tied it in the sixth on Raul Ibanez’s team-leading 18th home run.It was 2-all when Pedro Alvarez singled to lead off the ninth inning against reliever Charlie Furbush (1-4) and advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Neil Walker.After a groundout by Gaby Sanchez, Travis Snider was intentionally walked. Mercer followed with an RBI single off Yoervis Medina, and the Pirates added an insurance run when a wild pitch on a third strike from Medina allowed Snider to score and Starling Marte to reach first base.Mark Melancon earned his second save of the season. Mike Zunino delivered a pinch-hit single and Nick Franklin singled to put a pair of runners on with two outs in the ninth, but Kyle Seager grounded out.Vin Mazzaro (4-2) picked up the victory with two innings of scoreless relief.Hernandez bounced back to form after his worst start of the season. He blew a seven-run lead against the Los Angeles Angels in his last appearance, but struck out 11 against the Pirates. Hernandez gave up six hits and walked two.The Mariners squandered a chance to take the lead in the eighth. With the game even, Kendrys Morales doubled and the Pirates intentionally walked Ibanez to put a pair of runners on with one out. Mazzaro managed to escaped by striking out Justin Smoak and getting Michael Saunders to fly out.Walker hit his sixth home run, connecting with two outs.Seattle managed to get a run back in the bottom half without a hit. Ibanez reached first after swinging at a third strike wild pitch that got away from catcher Russell Martin, then Smoak hit a grounder and Mercer mishandled the throw to second, the ball deflecting off the shortstop’s glove.Ibanez took advantage of the Pirates’ defensive shift and advanced to a vacated third base on the misplay. A sacrifice fly from Saunders made it 2-1.Jeanmar Gomez turned in a fine outing for the Pirates in his first start off the disabled list. He allowed just three hits and an unearned run in five innings with five strikeouts.Ibanez tagged Justin Wilson for his ninth home run in June.NOTES: Notes: The Pirates optioned RHP Duke Welker to Triple-A Indianapolis in order to activate Gomez from the 15-day disabled list. … Ibanez has just 12 hits against left-handed pitchers this season but six of the hits have been home runs. He is batting .214 with six home runs and 12 RBIs against lefties.last_img read more

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