Moore comes close to No-No but Giants salvage finale against Dodgers

(AP) — San Francisco lefty Matt Moore lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning on a soft, clean single by Corey Seager, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 Thursday night.

Moore’s try ended on his 133rd and final pitch — he missed most of the last two seasons after Tommy John surgery. He was immediately pulled after Seager’s hit plopped onto the grass in shallow right field.

Giants center fielder Denard Span sprinted for two outstanding catches, including a leadoff grab in the ninth, to give Moore a chance.

Moore earned his first win for the Giants since they got him in a trade with Tampa Bay on Aug. 1.

Moore nearly gave San Francisco a major league record five straight years with a no-hitter. And he almost became the first Giants pitcher to no-hit the archrival Dodgers since 1915, when New York’s Rube Marquard stopped Brooklyn.

(AP) — Proponents of an NFL stadium in Las Vegas say they’ve narrowed their list to two potential sites and are unwilling to accept any less than $750 million in public funding toward the project, which they hope will provide a new home for the Raiders.

Representatives from Majestic Realty and the Las Vegas Sands casino company updated an oversight committee Thursday on their effort to reach a deal to lure the Raiders from Oakland.

Developers estimate that a 65,000-seat domed stadium near Interstate 15 and the Las Vegas Strip will cost $1.9 billion, and they want to use hotel tax revenue to help pay for it.

They want Nevada lawmakers to approve the deal in a special session in September so they can present their proposal to NFL owners in January. Three-quarters of the owners must approve any team relocation.

(AP) — Hawaii players sped through early-morning drills with traditional island music emanating from a single speaker in one of the end zones. Across town, California held a final, closed workout except for the curious eyes of a half-dozen or so Sydney police officers wondering what all the fuss was about.

It was fine-tuning day Friday for Cal and Hawaii as the Golden Bears and Rainbow Warriors prepare for Saturday’s season-opening game of the U.S. college football season at Sydney’s Olympic stadium. With the time difference, the game will happen in prime time in the U.S. — Friday afternoon in Hawaii.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL KICKS OFF 2016 SEASON

Yuba City @ PV

Chico @ Roseville

Willows @ Durham LISTEN on LISTEN LIVE link at 6:55 and on KPAYSPORTS APP

Colusa @ Hamilton

Marysville @ Las Plumas

Paradise @ Red Bluff

Enterprise @ Corning

Foothill @ West Valley

Shasta @ Anderson

Bear River @ Orland

Palma @ Sutter

UPrep @ Trinity

Gridley @ Lassen

East Nic @ Fall River

 

 

 

August 24 High School Football Preview Show

AUGUST 24

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW SHOW

Our Week ZERO installment of the High School Football Preview Show presented by Mountain Mike’s Pizza……Don’t cook tonight call Mountain Mike’s Pizza with locations in Oroville, Paradise and two locations in Chico.

Our panel discussing this week’s games…

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Heat capture GWL title as pitching leads the way

Facing elimination the Chico Heat turned to their greatest strength.

Pitching.

With two stellar pitching performances the Heat captured the inaugural  Great West League Championship by beating Medford twice on the road. After a dismal Game One performance, where the Heat committed six errors and lost 12-4, the Heat rebounded with two wins to capture the title.

Chico was able to score 9 runs in their Game 2 win but the story was the performance of Arizona Wildcat Luke Soroko. The right-hander, 17 months removed from Tommy John surgery, took a scalpel to the Medford Rogues line-up limiting them to six hits and one earned run in a complete game victory as they Heat forced a third and final game.

Game 3 featured the penultimate game of Stuart Bradley’s year.  The Chico State right-hander pitched a complete game 4-hit shut-out striking out six, while the Heat offense cashed in an error, a bunt and a single from Wildcat teammate Kyle Kramer to score the only run they would need.

The clincher was quite the capper for Bradley who gave up only 8 earned runs in the final 80 1/3 innings he pitched on the season. Bradley rediscovered his change-up this summer, after losing confidence in the pitch during his Chico State season. He had three pitches he could throw for strikes and avoided the big inning which plagued him at times out of the bullpen for Wildcats.

The Heat certainly had a formidable line-up with BYU products Keaton Kringlen and Daniel Schneemann having fantastic summers. Kringlen hit well above .308 with 3 HR’s and 28 RBI. Schneemann hit .334 with 26 RBI and got hot at the perfect time down the stretch for Chico. UC Davis Aggie Cameron Olson was an extra base hit machine banging out 17 doubles and 7 HR’s during the year. Chico State outfielder Josh Falco had a solid season driving in 22 runs and banging out six triples, while also getting dosed 16 times.  All of the complimentary offensive pieces were critical to the Heat’s success down the stretch, but the run to the post-season probably would not have been possible without the play of Jerome Hill and Miles Bice. The Dixie State teammates had to leave the squad early to get back to school in St. George. Even though they weren’t there for the conclusion, the two can take great pride in their contributions to the championship.

The numbers are staggering for Chico’s BIG THREE on the mound and when you throw in the performances of Austin Lee and Ryan Byrd, there is no denying how important the Heat’s dominance on the mound led them to a Heat championship.

Luke Soroko 4-0 1.67 ERA

Stuart Bradley 8-2 1.57 ERA

Adam Davenport 4-3 2.28 ERA

Ryan Byrd 6-1 1.66 ERA

Austin Lee 2-4 3.98 ERA

The hashtag usually reads #PitchingWins, and in the Heat’s case, it not only wins, it won them a championship

Decisive Game 3 showdown as Heat and Rogues tangle for title

The Chico Heat will look to capture the inaugural championship in the Great West League tonight as they take on the Medford Rogues at Harry & David Stadium in Medford.

Chico forced the decisive game behind the splendid pitching of Arizona product Luke Soroko who pitched a 6-hit complete game striking out 7 and allowing only one earned run. Unlike Friday night’s Game 1, where the Heat committed six errors, the Heat flashed the leather on Saturday, including a nifty force play to quell a Rogue rally in the 5th.

The Heat also got great contributions from the heart of their order as hitters 2-thru-5 (Josh Falco, Keaton Kringlen, Cameron Olson and Daniel Schneemann) combined to go 8-for-17 with 6 runs scored.

Chico will hand the ball to Chico State right-hander Stuart Bradley for the title tilt. Bradley has been a revelation in this starting role for Chico. Ever since his season opening defeat in Marysville where he allowed 6 earned runs in 1/3 of an inning, Bradley has given up only 8 earned runs in an eye-popping 71.1 innings. While Bradley relied solely on a fast-ball and curveball during his collegiate season, his change-up has been his out pitch. His penchant for getting ground ball outs and keeping hitters off-balance has been second to none. He comes into the title game with a 7-2 record and an ERA of 1.75.

Game time tonight is 6:35pm with our pre-game coming your way at 6:15pm.  You can catch all the action right here on http://KpaySports.com or the KpaySports app.

Chico Heat prep for post-season; Phelps chases 22nd Gold

By Mike Baca

The Chico Heat saw their seven-game win streak go by the boards as they fell in Medford on Wednesday night 3-0. One night after securing their spot in the Great West League Championship Series the Heat saw their offense stymied.

Chico will play their regular season finale tonight in Medford and then head home to begin the best-of-three title series at Nettleton Stadium on Friday night. By virtue of having the best record in the league, Medford has home field advantage and will host Game 2 on Saturday and if necessary Game 3 on Sunday.

You can hear all the games on KpaySports.com and the Kpay Sports app that you can download for free in the app store.

*Tickets are still available for the Game 1 of the championship series. You can go to ChicoHeat.com and purchase your tickets online and also on the Chico Heat Facebook page. Tickets are also available at the Heat offices at 1722 Mangrove.

 

(AP) — The blowouts are over. The Olympics are underway for real in basketball.

After nothing but pushovers this summer, the U.S. men’s basketball team faced someone who pushed back.

The U.S. men’s basketball team is 3-0 at the Olympics after rallying to beat Australia 98-88 for its 20th straight victory in Olympic competition. Carmelo Anthony scored 14 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and Kyrie (KY’-ree) Irving added 17 points and five assists.

In his fourth Olympics, Anthony became the most prolific scorer in U.S. men’s Olympic basketball history. He passed LeBron James, who skipped a chance to play in his fourth games after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title this season. James scored 273 points during appearances in Athens, Beijing and London.

“We showed a lot of character tonight,” Irving said of the come-from-behind victory.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) agreed, saying: “This is the real world now and that’s good for us.”

Next up for Team USA is Serbia on Friday with another group game Sunday against France before the medal round begins.

In other Olympic action:

— Superstar swimmer Michael Phelps has advanced to the final of the Olympic 200-meter individual medley as the top qualifier. Long-time rival Ryan Lochte (LAHK’-tee) will be right next to him again, ranking second. Thiago Pereira sent the Brazilian crowd into a frenzy by staying close to the two American stars, finishing third.

Phelps will be seeking his fourth straight 200 IM title at the Olympics. He’s also got a chance to pull off that feat in the 100 butterfly. Phelps already has won three gold medals this week, and owns 21 gold medals in his Olympic career.

— Katie Ledecky has led the United States to a gold medal in the women’s 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay. It’s her third gold of this Olympics.

— A gutsy performance by Kristin Armstrong provided the American with her third consecutive gold medal in Olympic cycling time trial.

Racing through wind and rain over a demanding course, the soon-to-be 43-year-old finished just 5.55 seconds in front of a Russian. Armstrong also won in Beijing and London.

Armstrong joins speedskater Bonnie Blair as the only American women to win three gold medals in the same event at any Olympics.

— The American men will be seeking gold in the 200-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter freestyle, while the women will be competing in the 200-meter butterfly and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

— American Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon won the silver medal in men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard diving. They finished four points behind the gold medalists from Britain. Favored China took the bronze.

— Diana Taurasi drained a personal Olympic-best six 3-pointers as the Americans Serbia 110-84 in women’s basketball. Taurasi wound up with 25 points to help the U.S. to its 44th straight Olympic win.

— In beach volleyball, Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have finished the Olympic group stage unbeaten, but not before losing their first set of the Summer Games. The U.S. women beat Switzerland 21-13, 22-24, 15-12 to win their pool with a 3-0 record. The round-of-16 begins Friday.

— Nico Hernandez is assured of at least a bronze medal in boxing after beating Ecuador’s Carlos Quipo to improve to 3-0. The medal will be the first in the Olympic boxing tournament for the United States since 2008.

— The United States women’s field hockey team has advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals after defeating Japan 6-1.

— The American beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson has been eliminated from the Olympics on a tiebreaker. They are the first U.S men’s team to fail to advance out of pool play in beach volleyball since the 2004 Games in Athens.

— Bad weather washed out 20 of the 26 tennis matches that were on today’s schedule. And the rowing schedule has also been postponed due to the weather.

— Kazakhstan (kah-zahk-STAHN’) has its first Olympic swimming medal — a gold one, at that. Dmitriy Balandin pulled off a stunning upset in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke. Josh Prenot of the United States claimed silver.

— Rio Olympic officials say military police are stepping up security after a bus carrying journalists had two windows broken by what it calls “unknown projectiles.” Organizers say a preliminary analysis has shown that stones, not bullets, hit a bus carrying journalists, breaking two windows.

Heat face pivotal series finale versus Pickles

After two tough one-run losses on their sojourn to Portland the Chico Heat face as close to a must-win game as they’ve had all year. With a victory tonight the Heat will be sitting 2.5 games up on Portland with 8 games left to play, but a loss would mean the Pickles will have moved to within a half-game and will be even in the loss column.

What adds to the pressure for Chico is the Pickles clearly have the easier schedule in their final nine games. Chico will play two at home against Sacramento (7-30) and then three at home against Lodi (19-28) but Chico’s final three games will come on the road against the Medford Rogues (35-12) who have won an amazing 17 of their last 18 games.

Portland will play three games on the road starting Wednesday against the Marysville Gold Sox, who suddenly can’t win a game. Then the Pickles will host Sacramento for three and Lodi for two to round out the regular season.

Medford           35-12

Chico                  27-21

Portland           25-22

Gold Sox          24-24

Lodi                    19-28

Sac                        7-30

The winner of tonight’s game has to be considered the favorite to garner that second and final playoff spot. Chico Heat loyalists entered this four-game gauntlet saying a record of 4-2 would put Chico in control of their own playoff destiny. After a sweep against Marysville, the Heat have suffered two one-run losses, including last night’s walk-off defeat.

Chico is having to do a lot of this short-handed, either because of injury or some of their players having to go back to school. The core group is still in-tact but Chico’s playoff fate may ride on these new acquisitions who are trying to put the Heat over the top.

Tonight’s series finale is the biggest game of the year and could very well determine who will play Medford for the inaugural Great West League crown. Game time is at 7:05pm and the Loerke Insulation pre-game will come your way at 6:45. John Potter has the call on the KPAY Sports app and right here on KpaySports.com

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*Photo courtesy of Chico Heat at ChicoHeat.com

A Look At The Giants 2016 Trade Deadline

By Chandler Guadagnin

Now that the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline has come and gone; it is officially time to take it all in. When the San Francisco Giants take the field tomorrow in Philadelphia, there will be plenty of new faces.

Going into the last few weeks before the deadline, it became abundantly clear that, if the Giants wanted to keep their even year streak going, they would need some help. Help was exactly what they got.  Following the All-Star Break, the Giants have gone a dismal 4 and 11; in the process depleting their lead in the NL West from 6.5 games to, at one point, 1 game. During that stretch, the weaknesses in the Giants bullpen showed through.

As a result, the Giants made it clear that their focus this deadline was to bolster their bullpen. In addition, San Francisco also sured up the infield with the acquisition of AL All-Star utility man, Eduardo Nunez. In all the Giants made deals with three different teams, the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Giants Acquire                                                For

SS Eduardo Nunez                                          LHP Adalberto Mejia

LHP Will Smith                                                  C Andrew Susac                                                                                                                     RHP Phil  Bickford

LHP Matt Moore                                              3B Matt Duffy                                                                                                                         SS Lucius Fox                                                                                                                           RHP Michael Santos

Nunez Trade Reaction

Eduardo Nunez comes to the Giants via a trade with the Minnesota Twins. He is listed as a Shortstop however, he can play all over the infield. Nunez will become a free agent at the end of the season. The 29 year old Nunez is having an All-Star season. He is hitting .295 and has an on base percentage of .326. At the time of the trade, Nunez was leading the American League with 26 stolen bases. Since then, he has tacked on two more with the Giants.

Smith Trade Reaction

Will Smith comes to the city by the bay in a swap with the Milwaukee Brewers. Smith has primarily served as a setup man in his career. The Giants shipped away two Top 100 Prospects for Smith. Smith moves to San Francisco with a record 1-3, an ERA of 3.68, and 22 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. Against Smith this season, left handed hitters have hit at a .316 clip. In contrast, Smith has held right handed hitters to an average of .143.

Moore Trade Reaction

Matt Moore makes the switch from the AL to NL as he previously pitched for the AL East Tampa Bay Rays. This trade was possibly the most shocking of all in that the Giants traded away their everday third baseman in Matt Duffy. Duffy quickly became a fan favorite in San Francisco when he was dubbed “Duffman”. Moore suits up for the Giants with a record of 7-7, an ERA of 4.08, and 109 strikeouts in 130 innings of work. Moore comes from a Tampa Bay team for whom he was a starting pitcher. Moore is under club control potentially for the next three seasons with club options through 2019.

Lucius Fox was ranked by mlb.com as the Giants’ number 3 prospect. Michael Santos is a right handed pitcher and was ranked as the Giants number 24 prospect.

 

Playoff format changes as Chico Heat begin two week sprint to the finish line

Tonight begins a two week sprint to the finish line for the Chico Heat in their inaugural season in the Great West League. Chico enters play tonight tied for second place with the Marysville Gold Sox  at 24-19 just a half-game clear of the Portland Pickles for the second and final playoff spot.

During the recently completed All-Star Break the league office completely changed the playoff format in the GWL. The hope was to have 4 of the 6 teams get into the post-season. But, upon further review this “plan” was deemed unfeasible for the first year league. Too many players on all of the teams need to be back at their respective schools. The school schedule was in direct conflict with the GWL’s playoff schedule and so an adjustment needed to be made.

As the league looks to expand in the 2017 season they will also be looking at how to best determine a champion next year as well. Remedies include shortening the regular season by a few games and lengthening the playoffs, doing away with the All-Star Game thereby allowing for longer playoff series’. Possibly instituting a Super Regional feel to the playoffs and having one site host the entire thing. *I should note these are not options I have heard from anyone with the league, these are simply ramblings from your friendly neighborhood play-by-play guy.*

With that said, the “feel” of these final two weeks takes on a different tone. With Medford comfortably in first place it appears there is a three-way race for one playoff spot.

Medford          30-12     .714     —-

Chico                 24-19     .558     6.5

Marysville      24-19     .558     6.5

Portland          23-19     .548       7

Chico plays three games against Marysville beginning tonight at Nettleton Stadium and that will wrap up their season series against the Gold Sox. Marysville has done a lot of their damage against the Heat this season but they are not nearly the same squad the Heat encountered earlier in the season. The Gold Sox have struggled after a blistering 15-2 start. Portland will host the Heat for a three game series early next week in what figures to be a fantastic series with a playoff berth possibly at stake.

The Heat’s fortunes changed when they finally got their the full complement of players. The rotation is probably the deepest in the league with UW’s Adam Davenport and Arizona’s Luke Soroko. Chico State’s Stuart Bradley has been tremendous in the 3rd slot and Ryan Byrd has been a stalwart all season long.

Offensively Chico has thump, with league home run leader and UC Davis product Cameron Olson (5 HR’s) and BYU Freshman All-American Keaton Kringlen providing the big bats in the middle of the order. The Heat are lamenting the loss of Cal State Northridge product Clayton Hubbard to an MCL injury and are mixing and matching to replace the consistent bat he provided all year.

The big question mark for the Chico Heat, as it has been all year, is defense. If they play good defense they are a very tough team to beat. If they kick the ball around, they are in trouble. More often than not this season when Chico gives teams extra outs in multiple innings it has bitten them. Their ability to pick it, and play catch could very well determine whether they will be playing for a championship.

The sprint to the finish line begins tonight as rival Marysville comes to Nettleton Stadium. Two weeks ago we figured it would be a big series. Now, it could be a make a break series with the adjusted playoff format.

Our Loerke Insulation pre-game show is at 6:45pm right here on KpaySports.com and on the KpaySports app that you can download for free in the app store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Home Field Advantage; No Problem For Giants

By Chandler Guadagnin

With the National League falling to the American League in the 2016 All Star Game at Petco Park, they have also surrendered home field advantage for the upcoming World Series. While not having home field advantage in the Fall Classic is a daunting task, the San Francisco Giants know what it takes to win on the road, on the biggest of stages.

In their historic five year run, in which they have won three titles, San Francisco has not clinched a single World Series at home. According to www.baseball-reference.com, in 2010, the Giants claimed a 4-1 series victory in Arlington. In 2012, San Francisco would sweep the Detroit Tigers, at Comerica Park, 4-0. In 2014, perhaps their most stressful World Series yet, the orange and black would take care of business at Kauffman Stadium against the Royals in Game 7.

So, if the Giants don’t make it this year; perhaps, whoever does claim the NL crown, can take a page from the Giants playbook.

Postseason Statistics Courtesy Of: www.baseball-reference.com

Bumgarner Flirts With No-No As Giants Nail Down Sweep

By Chandler Guadagnin

Despite the fact that Madison Bumgarner will not pitch in the 2016 All-Star Game, in San Diego, Bumgarner more than  showed why he is a National League All-Star. Bumgarner took the mound Sunday night as the San Francisco Giants looked for the sweep of the Arizona Diamond Backs. Early on it was clear that the Bumgarner-Posey battery was clicking.

In the first inning, Bumgarner retired the side 1-2-3, with two of the three outs coming via the strikeout. The Giants backed Bumgarner almost immediately; as in the bottom of the first, with runners on second and third, Buster Posey slashed an RBI single to right field. The Giants would go on to add three more runs on ten more hits, but one run would prove to be more than enough as Bumgarner’s first inning was the norm rather than the exception. He cut through the Arizona lineup like butter as he retired the side in order until- with two outs in the fifth inning- Giants right fielder, Gregor Blanco, would lose a fly ball in the sun, resulting in an error. That put  an end to the perfect game bid; however, the no-hitter survived. Bumgarner would continue to pitch his heart out until, with one out in the eighth, Jake Lamb, singled on a Bumgarner curveball. Mad Bum would not lose his focus, however, as the next play was a groundball double play to second base. In the end, Bumgarner threw a complete game, one-hit shutout, on a season high 117 pitches.

With the win the Giants improve to  a Major League best, 57 and 33 on the year and complete the sweep of the D-Backs. The Giants will look to win their fifth in a row following the All-Star break. Game time is schedule for Friday, July 15th at 7:40PM PT against the Padres at Petco Park.

Behind The Numbers:

With the victory Bumgarner moves his record to 10 and 4. In 9 innings of work, the Giants ace culminated 14 strikeouts, 9 of which came on the curveball. The 14 K’s matches a career high for Bumgarner. In this his last start before the All-Star break, Madison drops his ERA to a spectacular 1.94. Bumgarner now has 6 shutouts in his career. Four of the six are one hit shutouts.