New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, May 18, 2007 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7AAstros, Rangers both lose series finales in extra innings
HOUSTON (AP) — Randy Winn beat out a grounder off Brad Lidge to score Pedro Feliz in the 12th inning, helping the San Francisco Giants avoid a three-game sweep with a 2-1 victory over the I louston Astros on Thursday night.
Winn also singled in the eighth and scored a run after two wild throws by the Astros on the same play.
Astros ace Roy Oswalt and Giants rookie Tim Lincecum put on an impressive duel through the first seven innings, but neither figured in the decision. Oswalt had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings, while the 22-year-old Lincecum struck out IO in his third career start.
Vinnie Chulk (1-2) pitched a scoreless lith and Armando Benitez, who blew his first save Tuesday night, retired the AstrosASTROSON DECK
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in order in the 12th to earn his eighth save.
Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 with two walks and stayed stuck on 745 career homers, IO shy of Hank Aaron’s all-time record. Bonds is 2-for-17 on the Giants' current road trip and hasn’t homered in seven games, his longest drought of the season.
lidge (2-1), demoted from the Astros’ closer role earlier this season, hadn’t allowed an earned run in 12 of his last 13 appearances. He relieved Dan
Wheeler in the 12th and gave up a leadoff single to Feliz, who went 2-for-5. Omar Vizquel got Feliz to second with a sacrifice bunt and Rich Aurilia advanced him to third with a broken-bat groundout.
Winn, batting .323 with runners in scoring position, then hit a 3-2 pitch down the first-base line. Lance Berkman was in position to field it, but the ball ricocheted off first base. Craig Biggio picked it up and flipped to Lidge, but Winn beat the toss and Feliz scored.
'Ihe Giants won for just the third time in nine games, while tile Astros had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Devil Rays 8, Rangers 6,
KISSIMMEE, Ha. (AP) — Del-mon Young’s second homer of
the night, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, helped the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Texas Rangers 8-6 on Thursday night and extend their season-high winning streak to four games.
Young’s winning homer off Willie Eyre (1-2) completed a successful trip to Disney World, where the series was played as part of the Devil Rays’ effort to expand their fan base and increase marketing opportunities in the Orlando area.
Sammy Sosa was I -for-6 with three strikeouts for Texas and remained three homers shy of becoming die fifth player to hit 600 in a career.
Young, who drove in five runs, gave the Devil Rays a 5-3 lead against Texas starter Kameron Loe with a three-run homer in the fourth inning. He also drove in three runs in anRANGERSON DECK
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11-8 victory Wednesday night after going 12 games without a RBL
Gary Glover (I -2) pitched the 10th inning to earn the victory for Tampa Bay, which hadn’t won four in a row since last May 18-21. The Rangers were 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position and lost for the eighth time in IO games.
Carlos Pena’s run-scoring single put Tampa Bay up 6-3 in the sixth, but die Devil Rays couldn’t put the game away. Mark
Teixeira’s two-run single trimmed die Rangers’ deficit to 6-5 in the sixth and Victor Diaz tied it with a solo homer off Chad Orvella in the seventh.
Devil Rays starter Scott Kazmir struck out nine, including Sosa with the bases loaded in the diird and two runners on in the fourth. Two of the Rangers’ three runs off Kazmir were unearned, with Michael Young drawing a walk with the bases loaded and Teixeira deliv-ering a sacrifice fly after a fourth-inning throwing error by the Devil Rays pitcher.
Texas rookie Kevin Mahar had the first two hits of his major league career against Kazmir, and got his First RBI with a fourth-inning single. He finished 2-for-5 after going 0-for-4 in his debut Wednesday night.
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Hoping to get bats going tonight
Smithson Valley (25-9) lost the First game of its area playoff series last week against Victoria Memorial, which no-hit the Rangers in a 10-0 win. Smithson Valley came back to win the next two in a doubleheader on the Vipers’ home field.
But the Ranger weren’t themselves at die start of Thursday’s contest, as they gave up both unearned runs on two hits and two errors, jordan Etier’s liner nearly decapitated Woodchick on the first pitch of the game, and he and Stephen Koenig were safe on first and second after Dakota Mawyer dropped die ball trying to tag Koenig on a sacrifice bunt.
Woodchick (6-4) walked Michael Dixon, but Zac Russell’s throw to catch a runner going to third deflected off Kevin Keeton’s glove and into left field, scoring Flier. A nifty I -6-3 double play erased two runners before Nathan Seitzman brought in Koenig to make it 2-0.
Hie 26-5A mnner-up Rangers turned in some defensive gems over the next few frames.
In the second, Smithson Valley pulled off a backhanded I -6-3-1 double play — Ryan Morrow’s overdirow to first was played by
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Can advance to Western finals tonight
Nash, Raja Bell and Shawn Marion each played more than 45 minutes Wednesday to make up for the suspended players. Kurt Thomas, who averaged 18 minutes during tile regular season, played 36
Mawyer in foul territory and tossed to Woodchick to nail Keaton Duecy at first.
In tile third, Keeton snared a hard liner and put the tag on a stealing Max Minor on a perfectly placed throw by Russell. In the fourth, a 5-4-3 double play retired the Chaps.
To that point, Woodchick had given up five lifts and walked three, but the defense kept Westlake from adding to its lead.
The Rangers, meanwhile, couldn’t solve (haps starter Scott Lucado (8-3), who held them hitless until Josh Jahns doubled in tile third. But Jahns wound up stranded, as did Morrow following a walk in the fourth and Dominic I lainilton following a one-out single in the fifth.
lucado mixed hit pitches well
— a pretty fair fast ball with a nasty curve and breaking ball
— but die Rangers were hitting the ball, but into the opponents’ gloves. He wound up allowing three hits, fanning six and walking two.
“Scott had a real good fast ball tonight and was locating it well,’’ Westlake coach Jim Dar-ilek said. “He mixed in just enough off-speed stuff to keep them off-balance. And he fielded his position well — he had several key plays for us in the field.”
Lucado got the last of his three assists on the final out of the game.
“This is the best defensive
“We all had to play a lot of minutes, and I’m sure we were all tired last night,” Nash said. “But you bounce back, you take care of yourself and you get your rest.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he’s not relying on any fatigue Phoenix might have to help his team close out the series.
"One more game doesn’t tire anybody out or not playing a game doesn’t make you any
team I ve ever coached,’’ Darilek added. “We fielded over .950 this year as a team, and when you do that, you’re going to win a lot of ball games.”
Westlake got only five hits, but that won t be enough to sustain a team in this series, the coach added.
“Two runs is not enough. We had a few opportunities to get runners around but couldn’t do it. Give credit toWcxxicliick and that defense. They had several double plays. So it ain’t over yet.’’ Woodchick faced only two batters over the minimum over after the first, fanning the side after Miles Thurman reached on a two-base error by Hamilton in center.
“Once they put up two, I knew that I couldn’t let up,” said Woodchick, who struck out five and walked four. “I knew that I had to knuckle down and I did what I could.”
Today, Ryan Morrow (5-1) will get the nod for the Rangers, while Westlake will go with ace Dixon (10-2).
“We’re going to have to swing the bats and get some hits,” Koehl said. “And we’re going to have to get our leadoff hitter on base. Our offense is shaped around that.
“But we’re going to get better and we’re going to come back. 'Hie good tiling is that I think tomorrow that we’re going to see more fast balls than we saw today.”
more fresh," Popovich said.
The Spurs’ Robert Horry will sit out again Friday. I lis flagrant foul that sent Nash tumbling into the scorer’s table on Monday and a forearm to Bell in the subsequent scrum just before the Suns sealed a 104-98 victory resulted in a two-game suspension. Stoudemire and Diaw left tile bench, but didn’t reach the confrontation.
Horry has averaged 6.4 points during the playoffs.
I lelpless to prevent his team’s
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Griffin goes the distance in loss
of them have the potential to be decent hitters, we just didn’t do it tonight with the starters. The thing about bringing the reserves in was they needed to get an oppor-tunity to do something because the (starters) hadn’t.”
Chris Griffin (10-3) pitched a complete game for the Cougars. He allowed nine hits, struck out six and walked six.
“I thought he pitched well enough,” Garza said of Grif-Fin. “He allowed himself to get in trouble in the two innings they scored. It’s a concentration game offensively and defensively, and we failed tonight.”
Each team had one baserunner through two innings, but Alamo Heights (23-16) threatened in the third.
Griffin started the inning by striking out Nick Antick. Luke Maloy’s single and Adam Bridgman’s double put runners on second and third. Garza elected to intentionally walk Tellkamp to load the bases, and he was rewarded when Shay Hisle hit into an
loss, Stoudemire said he’s more than ready to travel to San Antonio, where some fans have dubbed him “Stoude-whiner” for comments earlier in the series calling the Spurs a “dirty team” and criticizing Bruce Bowen and Manu Ginobili in particular.
“We understand what it takes to win in a hostile environment,” Stoudemire said. “It’s going to be pretty exciting. Their fans are going to be pretty amped, and so will I.”
go at corner, and Ryan Wood, Derek Moczygemba and Jacob Brown are new at safety.
“Jeff came in and did well off the special teams last year,” Hill said. ‘The other safety spot is up for grabs. Moving Hayden to corner has opened it up to where we’re looking at three or four other kids.”
“We’ve had some great kickers the last few years,” said Hill, who will send JV call-up Taylor Cowart in as the successor to all-state booter Travis Constan-zo.
“He’s got some big shoes to fill,” Hill said. ‘We feel like he will handle our kicks and kickoffs.
inning-ending double play.
Canyon struck first in the fourth inning after Tellkamp issued two-out walks to Dallas Figol and Tyler Ogle. Tellkamp then tried to pick off Derek Walls, the courtesy runner for Ogle, but no one was covering the base. The throwing error allowed Figol to score from second to give Canyon a I -0 lead.
The Cougars’ advantage did not last long, as Alamo Heights took the lead in the fifth.
Grant Grotte led off with a single, but was caught stealing by a perfect throw from Ogle behind the plate. One out later, Griffin walked Mal-oy and Bridgman and both scored on Tellkamp’s triple to deep right field. Figol appeared to have a chance to make a play on the ball, but threw his hands up at one point to indicate he’d lost track of the ball, which reached tile wall and gave the Mules a 2-1 lead.
Alamo Heights looked like it blew the game open in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs to push its advantage to 6-1. The Mules loaded the bases with one out as Maloy was hit by a pitch, Bridgman hit a double and Tellkamp was again intentionally walked. This time Hisle came through with a two-run single. David
The Spurs traveled back to San Antonio on Thursday.
“We still have a lot of work to do here,” Popovich said after the team landed at the airport. “And tomorrow’s going to be a heck of a challenge against a very good team.”
Phoenix is confident it can pick up today’s road game to force a return to Arizona for Game 7. The Suns won Game 4 in San Antonio, while the Spurs have won twice on the road this series. The Suns were
Either Woodchick and Brad Nasis, another player off the JV, will be the punter.
“Both of them have got pretty good legs — one’s right-footed and the other’s left-footed,” Hill said. “Ben’s probably got a little more experience, and he’s looked pretty good this spring.”
Several players were wandering the sidelines wearing jerseys on Thursday, meaning they were held out because of injury (none are major, Hill said) or they haven’t had enough reps because of baseball. But the Rangers accomplished their goal for the spring, which was to know a little bit more about
Rodriguez and Preston Whitley each added an RBI for the five-run cushion.
The Cougars would not go quietly, though. An error allowed Matt James to reach base safely in the bottom half, followed by Rodriguez’s RBI triple to deep right field to make the score 6-2. Flowers followed with an RBI single to score Rodriguez to cut the deficit to three. Chad Kruse reached first on a fielder’s choice and made the score 6-4 after another Mules fielding error on Irwin’s pop up.
While Garza was happy with the rally, he said his team might have been overconfident heading into the game. The Mules are the third-place entry from District 27-4A, and Canyon defeated 27-4A’s top seed-Kerrville Tivy — in the area round.
“I have to see if I can find a way to get them mentally prepared to play the game," Garza said. “We’re going to face the same type of pitcher (tonight), so it’s just a matter of whether we show up to play or not.”
Canyon and Alamo Heights will play Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. today at the SAIS!) Spring Sports Complex. A third game, if necessary, will be played at the same site at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
28-13 on the road during the regular season, while the Spurs lost just IO at home.
“I felt confident at the start of the series and I feel confident now,” Nash said. “It hasn’t gone our way thus far. We’ve had a lot of breaks go against us, but we still feel like we’ve got a great opportunity here. We’re a capable road team.”
The winner of the series will meet the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference finals.
which players best fit where.
“Between injuries, guys we’re holding out to be cautious and baseball, we didn’t always have the same 22 guys out there,” Hill said. “We did work a lot of different combinations and we feel good about our kicking game and our return game, with Dominic Hamilton (15 kick returns, 350 yds.), Trent Rios (15 punt returns, 153 yds.), Cody Renken (3-65 kick returns) and Chris Powell. We’ve got some guys who will do well.
“But we’re excited about how we finished. We don’t have much time until we get started again — we begin practice again on Aug. 13 and play The Woodlands on Aug. 31.”
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Team concludes spring football
end,” Hill said, referring to Brad Nasis, Will McLane, Chris Mueller, Taylor Lind and Kevin Baker. We’re in and out of two-end sets all the time.”
Cody Renken, the Rangers’ leading returning receiver (32-665, 5 TDs), is also back and has had a good spring.
“We’ve looked at Dominic Hamilton there, too,” said Hill of Hamilton, who started at cornerback last year, but is also being groomed at quarterback. “He looks good anywhere we put him. We moved him to offense to give us another receiver and another option at quarterback.”
Returning are senior starters Cory Rosendahl at nose guard and Collin Shurbet at end. Rosendahl had 34 tackles that included seven for losses last fall, while Shurbet totaled 29 stops, 12 of them for losses. Both had two fumble recoveries.
“Both of those guys will do an excellent job,” Hill said. “I think Kevin Keeton and Jimmy Hart
man will be the other ends, and all three of them are going to be on the field at the same time in some form or fashion. We didn’t get to see a lot of Keeton because of baseball, but we know what he can do. Jimmy played a lot for us last year, so he’s got a little bit more there.
“Defensive tackle was the injury bug position last year,” Hill said, referring to Jeremy Little (10 tackles, five for losses) and Taylor Matthews (14 stops, three for losses), whose seasons were cut short. “Both of them are back, and so is Cory, who made it through the season. All of them will be playing on the line.”
Returnees Zac Russell and Dakota Mawyer are still in baseball, and Cain Scorners was in golf for a good chunk of the spring. Russell is the leading
returning tackler (78 stops that included six for losses; two fumble recoveries); Mawyer had 21 stops and Sconiers had 23.
‘Those are three seniors who come in with experience and should do a good job for us,” Hill said. While there may be some others who will get some playing time, those three will be the first to step up.”
Ben Woodchick (44 tackles, one interception in 2006) will move from corner to safety; Hayden Hughes (19) will move from safety to corner.
“Sometimes you move people around to get a better fit for the team, and having them do that fits this year’s lineup the best,” Hill said.
Hamilton, who had 47 tackles last fall, will move from corner to wide receiver. Jeff Cervantes and transfer Chris Powell will
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