Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE PITCHERSDODGERS RHP BRANDON McCARTHY (5-3, 3.28 ERA)Vs. Indians: 6-5, 3.98 ERAAt Progressive Field: 4-1, 3.70 ERAHates to face: Jose Ramirez, 3 for 3, 1 home run DODGERS at INDIANSWhen: 4:10 p.m.Where: Progressive FieldTV: SportsNet LA (where available); MLB Network (out of market only) Loves to face: Yan Gomes, 0 for 6, 1 strikeoutsINDIANS RHP COREY KLUBER (5-2, 4.38 ERA)Vs. Dodgers: 0-1, 1.35 ERAAt Progressive Field: 35-22, 3.06 ERAHates to face: Yasmani Grandal, 2 for 3 (.667), 1 doubleLoves to face: Chris Taylor, 0 for 3, 2 strikeoutsUPCOMINGThursday — Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 3-2, 3.77 ERA) at Indians (RHP Josh Tomlin, 3-8, 5.73 ERA), 9:10 a.m., SportsNet LA, MLB Network (out of market only)
“He’s a great pitcher,” Gonzalez said with a smile. “When you can avoid facing a great pitcher in the postseason, that’s a good thing, right?“But I’m not going to say I hope we don’t want to face him. You’re going to face great pitching in the postseason, no matter what.”Kershaw returnDodgers manager Dave Roberts said left-hander Clayton Kershaw will throw another simulated game today before the Dodgers’ game in Pittsburgh. This one will be three innings and is most likely the final step before he goes on a rehab assignment with either Double-A Tulsa or Triple-A Oklahoma City next weekend.“Once he passes that marker there, we’ll see how it goes,” Roberts said Sunday.Assuming all goes well with the sim game and a rehab start, Kershaw could return Aug. 31 in Arizona at the earliest. More likely, he would make his first start since suffering a lower back strain during the Dodgers’ series in San Diego Sept. 1-3 (when rosters can expand and they have a doubleheader).Bellinger breakCody Bellinger was not in the starting lineup Sunday after suffering a mild ankle sprain while making a catch near the right field wall in Saturday’s game. It was only the fifth time in 102 games since he made his major-league debut on April 25 that Bellinger was not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup.Roberts said Bellinger would be available to hit but probably won’t be in the starting lineup for a few days.“We’ll take it day by day,” Roberts said. “I think it’s one of those things that’s a two-, three-day thing. Obviously, that can adjust depending on how he feels.”AlsoThe Dodgers will send Triple-A right-hander Jacob Rhame to the New York Mets as the player to be named later in exchange for outfielder Curtis Granderson. Rhame, 24, was 0-2 with a 4.31 ERA for Oklahoma City this season. In 255 minor-league innings over parts of five seasons, Rhame has 306 strikeouts.Rhame’s spot on the 40-man roster was immediately filled by right-hander Jordan Jankowski, who as claimed off waivers from the Houston Astros. Primarily a reliever, Jankowski has held minor-league batters to a .228 average while striking out 509 in 421 innings. He made three relief appearances with the Astros earlier this year, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He was optioned to the OKC Dodgers. “He definitely does (have a lot left in the tank),” said Curtis Granderson, a former Tiger teammate who put the only blemish on Verlander’s day Sunday with a solo home run off the foul pole in the sixth inning. “He’s probably the most competitive teammate I’ve ever had. If I was a right-handed pitcher coming up in any organization – high school, college, minor leagues – he would be a guy that I would model and emulate from his work ethic to the way he gets ready to go out there and pitch.“If anything, I think the only reason he hasn’t been (traded) is the Tigers know how good a pitcher he is and definitely want something in equal return for him.”The $56 million Verlander is owed over the next two seasons at an advanced age for a pitcher might have more to do with that. But Granderson can speak first hand about the pleasure of going from a team playing out the string to a championship contender.“If he ends up with anybody but us, that team is definitely going to be fortunate to have a guy like that,” Granderson said. “If he does end up with anybody, it’s definitely going to be an add for them.”Granderson wouldn’t say he is rooting for his former teammate to make the same kind of 30-game rise in the standings that he made when he went from the New York Mets to the Dodgers on Friday. But Adrian Gonzalez joked about rooting against seeing Verlander again in an Astros or Cubs uniform in October. DETROIT >> When Justin Verlander left the mound after retiring the Dodgers in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon, he got a brief standing ovation from fans at Comerica Park.Verlander’s two-hit, nine-strikeout domination of the Dodgers was just the latest in a long line of outstanding performances during a 13-year career in Detroit that has included six All-Star nominations, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP awards (both in 2011), two no-hitters and 16 postseason starts. But Tigers fans have spent the past two months savoring each of Verlander’s starts, unsure if they will see him again.The Dodgers can relate. They don’t know if they might see Verlander again in October pitching for another team.Amid constant speculation that he will be traded to a contender before the deadline for postseason eligibility, the 34-year-old Verlander has made himself an attractive commodity. He has posted a 2.36 ERA and 0.98 WHIP while holding opposing batters to a .189 average over his past nine starts. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “Whatever I can do, in all honesty,” Axford said of his anticipated role in the bullpen. “This year I’ve actually thrown the most innings I’ve thrown. I threw three innings in that start. I’ve thrown two multiple times, 2-1/3 earlier this year. Whatever I can do to help bridge that gap, that’s what I want to do.”The Dodgers’ desire was to add “an experienced reliever” at the non-waiver trade deadline on Tuesday, GM Farhan Zaidi said. What role Axford assumes – and how much responsibility he takes on in front of Jansen – will “evolve as he gets comfortable here” over the next two months.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“We let guys grow into a role,” Zaidi said. “Axford is a guy who’s been a setup guy and closer. He certainly has that experience. We were hoping to add a bullpen arm with end-of-game experience. He has really good stuff, has always had really good stuff. We think he has some weapons to pitch at the end of the game and get big outs. But I’m guessing we’ll ease him into that role.”Axford is a bit of an oddity – a right-hander whose career splits are better against left-handed batters. That has only intensified this season – thanks to a new two-seam fastball he has been throwing, Axford said. Lefties are only 10 for 68 (.147) against him this year while righties are batting .283.But Roberts said he doesn’t envision Axford as a specialist to deploy against left-handed batters. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I think it’s more of a one-inning stint and I don’t think the handedness matters,” Roberts said. “He’s done pretty well against lefties. But I still think there’s some things with his (pitch) mix that can make him more effective against a right-hander.”Right-hander Erik Goeddel was placed on the DL with right lat inflammation, clearing a roster spot for Axford.LEFTY IN LIMBOAxford’s success against left-handers became more valuable to the Dodgers with lefty reliever Tony Cingrani’s shoulder problems still unresolved.Cingrani returned to Los Angeles this week and was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Cingrani has been in Arizona trying to rehab from a strained shoulder that has sidelined him since early June.Cingrani’s symptoms have persisted but an examination by ElAttrache uncovered no structural damage in the shoulder. Cingrani received a cortisone injection and will be shut down for a few days. His ability to rebound and rejoin the Dodgers down the stretch has to be considered tenuous.“He just doesn’t feel right and there’s inflammation in there,” Roberts said. “Obviously the symptoms are there and that’s real. But fortunately, the structural damage is not there.”ALSOLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu threw four scoreless innings on a rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. He is scheduled to make another rehab start next week. Roberts said it hasn’t been determined yet whether Ryu will rejoin the Quakes or make his next start with Triple-A Oklahoma City. …Right-hander Ariel Hernandez was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for the Dodgers’ trade-deadline acquisitions. Hernandez was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in April and had a 3-2 record with a 3.20 ERA in 21 appearances for the OKC Dodgers. Like his previous employers, the Dodgers were unable to solve Hernandez’s persistent control problems. He walked 20 in 25-1/3 innings at Triple-A this year.UP NEXTAstros (RHP Lance McCullers Jr., 10-6, 4.06 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 7-6, 3.48 ERA), Saturday, 6:10 p.m., KTLA/5, SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — In his last game with the Toronto Blue Jays, John Axford made the first start of his 10-year big-league career.So as the 35-year-old comes to the Dodgers, he can really say he’s done it all.“This is my eighth team now,” said Axford who was officially added to the Dodgers’ roster Friday. “I’ve closed. I’ve set up. I’ve mopped up. I’ve started now. So I’m ready and prepared for anything.”Axford joked that he is “pretty much a blank slate” when it comes to the Dodgers’ matchup-based use of relievers to get from the starting pitcher to closer Kenley Jansen. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “It’s hard to imagine anything before Sept. 1,” Roberts said of Hill’s return.ALSOThird baseman Justin Turner was not in the starting lineup for a third consecutive game Wednesday, dealing with a sore left elbow caused when he was hit by a pitch as a pinch-hitter on Sunday. But Roberts said “my plan, hopefully” is to start Turner on Thursday and for the final four games before the All-Star break. …Infielder David Freese continues to progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury and “Friday or Saturday activation is most likely,” Roberts said. …Reliever Josh Sborz was activated from the Injured List and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Sborz made one appearance with the Dodgers before going on the IL with lower back soreness.UP NEXTPadres (TBD) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu 9-2, 1.83 ERA), Thursday, 6:10 p.m. SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only), 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It’s pretty cool, actually,” Seager said. “It’s a headset so you don’t really see your body. So you’re actually in it.“Some people like it, some people don’t. Some guys do it here and there. I liked it before, so I just kept doing it because I could (even while injured). In the beginning, I didn’t swing. You can still see tracking. You can still see speeds and stuff like that. I think it helps.”It might help enough for Seager to come off the IL and return directly to the Dodgers’ lineup without a rehab assignment – and hopefully avoid the long adjustment period that he struggled with earlier this year after returning from elbow and hip surgeries.“I feel better now than I did before,” said Seager, who hit .382 with an 1.118 OPS in his last 20 games before injuring his hamstring. “You never know how it’s going to be. But I definitely feel better now than I did in the past.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said there will be a meeting with Seager and the medical staff to determine a specific timeline for his return. Roberts said it is “unlikely but possible” that Seager could return before the All-Star break. Pollock said he uses the VR device daily as well but only for tracking. Because he has been out much longer than Seager, a rehab assignment is almost certain for him.“For everyone to feel comfortable, I probably need to go and get some games,” he said.The number of games could be smaller thanks to the VR training.“I definitely think it speeds up the process,” Roberts said. “Just training your mind and keeping your eyes current, all that stuff. They’ve been doing it religiously since the day they went on the IL, so credit to those guys.“I don’t think that’s going to change A.J.’s fate as far as going on a rehab assignment. With his time off, I think he needs it. … I think the VR has certainly helped both of those guys. It’s available for all guys. But Corey and A.J. really took to it.”TRADE WINDSThe Dodgers acquired right-hander Casey Sadler from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Class-A right-hander Nathan Witt. Sadler was designated for assignment by the Rays over the weekend despite a 1.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 19-1/3 innings over nine relief appearances this season.Sadler has spent parts of four seasons in the majors with the Pirates and Rays with a 4.38 ERA and low strikeout rate (6.0 per nine innings) in 18 appearances (one start). Sadler was assigned to Triple-A.Witt was the Dodgers’ 17th-round draft pick out of Michigan State two years ago. In 22 appearances at Class-A Great Lakes this season, he was 1-2 with five saves and a 5.32 ERA but 31 strikeouts in 23-2/3 innings.In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved left-hander Rich Hill to the 60-day injured list. Hill is out with a strained flexor tendon and has not picked up a baseball since leaving his June 19 start after one inning. He is not expected to start a throwing program for at least two more weeks.The move to the 60-day IL means Hill will not be eligible to return until mid-August.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock are virtually ready to return to the Dodgers’ lineup.Both Seager (out since June 11 with a hamstring injury) and Pollock (out since April 28 due to a bacterial infection and elbow surgery) got at-bats and fielding work in a simulated-game setting for a second consecutive day Wednesday afternoon, bringing both closer to activation from the Injured List.Each player has taken about 10 at-bats against minor-league pitchers the past two days. But those weren’t their first at-bats since going on the IL. Both Seager and Pollock have also taken advantage of new Virtual Reality technology to speed up the process of returning to action.Seager said he has been using the VR setup each day since going on the IL, simulating at-bats against whoever the opposing team was starting that day. At first, he just used it to track pitches. As his hamstring healed, he began taking swings while wearing the VR headset. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Barnes started the season 10 for his first 29 with two home runs. It has been all downhill offensively since — particularly after that brief trip to the Injured List with a groin injury in late May. In his first 22 games since returning, Barnes batted .150 with a miserable .424 OPS.His struggles have a familiar look. After batting .289 with an .895 OPS in 2017, he slumped through the 2018 season, batting .205 with a .619 OPS — numbers very similar to this year.Barnes acknowledged Friday that he’s “been in this situation before” but only offered “keep grinding” and focusing on the day-to-day as solutions to finding a way out of it.Barnes has still been performing at a high level defensively, Roberts said. But Smith lurks over his shoulder, a phone call away.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies DERBY DAYJoc Pederson said he had no problem recovering from his epic Home Run Derby standoff with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.“I felt good the next day,” Pederson said. “You definitely get gassed when you’re doing it. But I was fine the next day.”Pederson hit 60 home runs in two rounds against Alex Bregman and Guerrero then headed to Cape Cod with his family after the Derby experience and spent three days there, not picking up a bat again until Friday at Fenway Park.After hitting 20 home runs to earn an invitation into the Home Run Derby at the 2015 All-Star Game, Pederson hit just six more in 62 games, batting .178 after the All-Star break — the extension of a slump that actually started before the All-Star break.But he is not really a believer in the myth that has been created about the Derby adversely affecting the swings of hitters who participate.“I don’t think so,” he said. “(When hitters have slumped after the Derby) who’s to say that they wouldn’t have slumped anyway?’”With the Dodgers facing three left-handed starting pitchers in Boston, Pederson’s first at-bat after the All-Star break was as a pinch-hitter Saturday night. His first start will probably not come until Monday in Philadelphia.“It is what it is,” he said of the familiar platoon frustrations. “When somebody asked if the HR Derby affects your swing. I said I think not playing for 7 days probably affects your swing more.”MEASURING STICKRoberts was asked before Saturday’s game if playing the Boston Red Sox this weekend — or the New York Yankees in September — would serve as a good measure for the Dodgers to see how they stack up against potential American League postseason teams.“No,” said Roberts whose team lost four of its first five interleague games this season. “I think it’s fun to debate and to see a team you don’t see very often — and a team we lost to in the World Series. But we know the talent that we have. If there is an opportunity to go through Boston or New York down the road, I don’t think we’re too concerned about that right now as far as a bar, where we’re at, as a marker. We just need to win a baseball game, to be quite honest. I think it’s what, four (losses) in a row?“We just need to win a baseball game, against anyone.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu 10-2, 1.73 ERA) at Red Sox (LHP David Price 7-2, 3.24 ERA) 4:05 p.m. ESPN, AM 570 Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco BOSTON — It was bad timing.With two on and one out in a 3-1 game Friday night, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not pinch hit for Austin Barnes in the seventh inning. Barnes struck out, extending a 3-for-33 slump and dropping his batting average to .203.At the same time in Memphis, Will Smith was hitting two home runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City, raising his average with OKC to .282, his OPS to .989 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI in 54 games there. Smith, of course, also has two walkoff home runs with the Dodgers this season.“Austin is really working hard,” Roberts said. “The results certainly haven’t been there since he came back from the IL. But I do believe he’s taking better swings. Where I could have said before going on the IL, he was trying way too hard and pressing, I think right now, yeah, he’s frustrated that he’s not getting hits. But I still think the at-bat quality, for me — it’s getting better.” “I know the results aren’t there. I’m not blind,” Roberts said. “But I believe it’s going to turn for Austin.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But the Lakers (16-43) chalked up their second consecutive loss to another poor third-quarter start. The Hornets (25-33) stretched their 50-50 halftime tie into a 64-53 cushion in less than five minutes. The Lakers have lost 35 games when they trailed following the third quarter. “We come out lackadaisical and the other team comes out with more aggressiveness,” Scott said. “It seems like it takes us three, four or five minutes to get back into it. We don’t have that type of room for error. We have to come out thinking we’re down 15 points and come out with more aggressiveness.”Scott stressed this season-long trend has little to do with effort. He attributed it more to “not coming out prepared.” Lakers forward Carlos Boozer even joked, “Maybe we have to get out on the court quicker to get a better warm-up.” Yet, Scott did not joke on what he might do if the Lakers open the third quarter again with as much effectiveness as a dimming light bulb. “In the first two minutes of that third quarter, if they’re not playing (well), I’ll take everybody out,” Scott said. “Maybe I have to try that the next game.”Stay tuned for when the Lakers visit Miami today. Still, Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre did not play in the fourth quarter after opening the third period. Lin, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis and Wesley Johnson combined for 29 fourth-quarter points. “I’m always ready to go back out,” Boozer said. “I’m trying to teach the guys how to win. If I see things out there, I’ll let them know what I see. It’s been a tough year for us, but we’re fighting through it together.”But not in the third quarter. The Lakers have allowed opponents to outscore them by an average of 3.6 points in the third quarter, a statistic that ranks last out of 30 NBA teams. In their latest third-quarter stretch, the Lakers missed their first seven shots and committed two turnovers. The Lakers did not record a field-goal until Kelly connected with Boozer for a dunk to reduce the Lakers’ deficit to 66-57 at the 5:58 mark of the third quarter. “We were stagnant and didn’t move the ball,” Clarkson said. “I put that on myself. I should’ve gotten us into some stuff earlier by moving the ball.”Editors note: The halftime score was 50-50. An earlier version of the story had the incorrect score, but this version has been updated with the correct information. Charlotte, N.C. >> The Lakers hear the warning nearly every time they leave the locker room and return to the hardwood. So much that some of the Lakers can repeat verbatim what coach Byron Scott instructs them before the second half begins.“He always says, ‘They’re going to come out with a lot of energy,’” Lakers guard Wayne Ellington said. “So we have to pick it up.” Rarely do the Lakers turn Scott’s words into action. The Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena might have featured an undetermined outcome until the final moments. Hornets guard Mo Williams posted eight of his 20 points in the final 60 seconds, including a 3-pointer that gave Charlotte a 98-92 lead with a minute remaining. Although the Lakers’ Jeremy Lin (23 points on 9-of-16 shooting) and Jordan Clarkson (19 points on 9-of-19 shooting) led the team in scoring, Clarkson missed two open 3-pointers in the last two minutes.
Charlotte originally selected Walker with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft. The two-time All-Star has spent all eight of his NBA seasons with the franchise.The Hornets will face the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday. They’ll enter that matchup with a 22-24 record. Related News The Mavericks could be looking to acquire a star.Dallas has inquired about dealing for Hornets guard Kemba Walker, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Charlotte, however, is not interested in moving the 28-year-old. Hornets owner Michael Jordan instead is hoping to re-sign Walker, who will become a free agent this summer.Walker is averaging a career-high 25 points and 5.6 assists in 34.2 minutes per game this season. He’s shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range. NBA trade rumors: 76ers looking to add wing player, center before deadline Hornets G Kemba Walker on if he’s a superstar: ‘I don’t know if I can put myself in that category’
Justin Fields opened up about his decision to transfer to Ohio State on Wednesday during the Buckeyes’ signing day, explaining a main reason was due to his previous relationship with head coach Ryan Day. “Coach Day is a great coach. Great offensive-minded coach. We had a relationship in high school, but they had a commit at the time when I was getting recruited by them so I didn’t really have great contact with them at that time,” Fields explained Wednesday. “(Day) is smart as I can see already. I’ve met with him on some plays already and I can already tell he’s a great offensive-minded coach.” Justin Fields said he was “surprised” Tate Martell transferred out of Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/OZNwenqejM— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) February 6, 2019The former five-star recruit is in the process of seeking immediate eligibility at Ohio State and said he hopes to find out “soon” on whether he’ll be eligible to play for Ohio State next season after filing a petition to the NCAA. Related News Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell discusses transfer to Miami While the process could take months, Fields can compete this spring with other Buckeyes quarterbacks. The starting job is open after Dwayne Haskins declared for the 2019 NFL Draft. Martel was expected to be Fields’ strongest competition, but after he transferred, Matthew Baldwin will be a contender if Fields is granted immediate eligibility.Fields played in 12 of Georgia’s 14 games as a freshman but saw limited action behind sophomore starter Jake Fromm. Fields completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed 42 times for 266 yards and four more scores. Southern Miss coach slams school’s order not to hire Art Briles, school says Justin Fields on his decision to come to Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/b11Te2Tk1r— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) February 6, 2019Fields went on to say that he was “surprised” Tate Martell left the Buckeyes for the Miami in January, adding, “We’ve got to do what’s best for us and I wish the best to him.”
Bauer was positioned to win the Cy Young last season in the American League before he suffered an injury and missed more than a month.Despite his time on the shelf, Bauer struck out 221 batters in 175 1/3 innings while posting an ERA of 2.21 with a 12-6 record.Bauer bested teammate Corey Kluber — who finished third in the voting — in just about every statistical category and actually posted a better K/9 rate than Cy Young winner Blake Snell. Trevor Bauer is making a statement early in the season.On Thursday, the Indians starter tossed seven innings of no-hit baseball against the Blue Jays and has now allowed just one run on one hit through 14 frames and two starts. He has struck out 17 batters in that time while throwing some ridiculous pitches.Trevor Bauer, 94mph Fastball (foul) and 82mph Breaking Ball (Swinging K), Overlay. pic.twitter.com/hiHNvSlR69— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 4, 2019Trevor Bauer loads the bases with no outs….Then unloads a vicious barrage of breaking balls to get out of it (2ks and a fly out). pic.twitter.com/N5YXL6XPS6— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 4, 2019Trevor Bauer, Wicked 95mph Two Seamer….and Primal Scream. 😱 pic.twitter.com/TkDlRtJwFt— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 5, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNCleveland tossed a combined eight innings of no-hit ball before Freddy Galvis tallied the Blue Jays’ first base knock in the ninth inning. Cleveland won 4-1.
Nieto capitalized on faulty stickwork by Calgary defenseman T.J. Brodie and ripped a shot past Mike Smith on a breakaway.Prior to Nieto’s goal, Colorado had not scored since April 6 when Nathan MacKinnon scored 89 seconds into the second period of the Avalanche’s final regular-season game. The goal was Nieto’s fourth in 31 playoff games and his first of 2019. All four of his regular-season goals came before the new year. Matt Nieto netted the Colorado Avalanche’s first goal of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, a shorthanded tally in Game 2 of their first-round series vs. the Calgary Flames. The second-period goal was also the Avs’ first in more than 120 minutes of hockey.