Giants and A’s both face daunting task

By Mike Baca

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s are in some big trouble. Both Bay Area teams find themselves down 0-2 in their best-of-five first round divisional series.

The Giants suffered their worst shut-out loss in playoff franchise history losing by a score of 9-0. Bronson Arroyo twirled one hit ball over seven innings for Cincinnati. The Giants offensive woes beging at the top as Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro have combined to go 1-for-17 in the series. Game 3 is Tuesday in Cincinnati. We will bring you the game on our sister station 101.7 FM and AM 1340 at 2:35pm with our pre-game at 2:05 with Kruk and Kuip.

The A’s lost to the Tigers 5-4 in heart-breaking fashion. Oakland coughed up three leads in falling behind 0-2 in the series. Don Kelly’s sacrifice fly was the game-winner and now the A’s head home where they hope the home crowd will give them a boost.

In Chico State sports news, the men’s soccer team runs their unbeaten streak to seven with a win on Sunday at Cal State Monterey Bay. Akwafei Ajeakwa scored the winning goal in the 55th minute for the Cats who are now 6-2-3 overall and 5-1-3 in the CCAA. The Wildcat women’s soccer team continues to struggle offensively dropping a 1-0 decision at Monterey Bay. Chico has now been shut-out in three of their last four matches. The Cats’ are now 5-7 overall and 3-7 in the CCAA.

Chico State volleyball wraps up their 5 game road trip with a win at Cal State East Bay. The Wildcats win in four sets gives them a 12-4 overall record and they are now 6-3 in the CCAA. The Wildcats went 2-3 on a tough 5-game roadie which saw them drop the first three matches, only to sweep the weekend against East Bay and Monterey Bay. Chico State returns home to take on Dominguez Hills and Cal State LA this Friday and Saturday.

The Chico State men’s golf team is hosting the Interwest Wildcat Classic at Sevillano Links in Corning today. Five of the top 15 teams in the country in Division II golf will battle it out with the Wildcats at the links course. Two rounds will be played today beginning at 8:30am and then Tuesday’s final round will begin at 8:30am.

The 49ers blew out the Bills on Sunday 45-3 as Alex Smith threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns. The 49ers had 621 total yards of offense registering more than 300 yards passing and on the ground. The Niners are now 4-1 on the season. The Raiders had a bye. Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers blew a 21-3 lead and lost to the Colts 30-27 in Indianapolis. The Packers fall to 2-3 on the season.

In high school football the Paradise Bobcats won, what many are calling the game of the year on Friday nigth knocking off Enterprise in overtime 42-41. Tom Hays threw three touchdown passes to Johnny Porter for the Bobcats who go to 5-1 on the season. Enterprise scored a touchdown in overtime but tried going to for two points on the conversion, only to have their quarterback Zack Trueblood mis-handle the snap. Chico blew out Red Bluff and Pleasant Valley lost 55-23 to Foothill.

Butte College had a bye. They will be back in action next Saturday against Santa Rosa at Cowan Stadium.

A’s Shock Rangers while Giants get Reds

The Oakland Athletics captured the AL
West with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming
back from four runs down and a 13-game division deficit to stun the
two-time defending league champion Texas Rangers 12-5 on Wednesday.
Josh Hamilton dropped a fly ball in center field for a two-run
error that put the A’s (94-66) ahead 7-5 in a six-run fourth
inning. Hamilton’s Rangers (93-67) are headed to the new one-game,
wild-card playoff on the heels of just their second three-game sweep of 2012.

The wildcard match-ups are Friday. The American League match-up is
Baltimore vs Texas. In the National League it will be St. Louis taking on
Atlanta.

The Giants host the Reds on Saturday in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Matt Cain gets the ball for the Giants and Johnny Cueto will go for the
Reds.

A’s Primed for History while Giants Deal Death-Blow to Rivals

The Oakland A’s are one win away from the most improbable of season recoveries. With a win they will win the AL West and could have home field advantage throughout the American League playoffs. A loss, and the A’s would play in a one game playoff on Friday against either the Baltimore Orioles or the New York Yankees.

The San Francisco Giants delivered the death-blow to the Los Angeles Dodgers playoff hopes. With their 4-3 win, the Giants knocked the Dodgers out of the playoff contention. The Giants and Dodgers finish their regular seasons today at 4pm on Fox Sports Chico 101.7 FM/AM 1340. The Giants will open the playofffs at home on Saturday against either the Cincinnati Reds or the Washington Nationals at AT & T Park.

Chico State volleyball is on the road for game three of a five match road-trip. They are in Turlock taking on the Stanislaus State Warriors. Chico enters the match 10-3 on the season.

49ers Roll; SF Giants are getting ready to party

AP) – The San Francisco 49ers cruised to a 24-3
road victory over the Arizona Cardinals last night and took firm
control of the NFC West at the halfway mark of their season.
Alex Smith threw touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree and Randy
Moss to help the Niners build a 24-0 lead.
Smith connected on 18 of 19 passes. That’s an NFL record for
most completed passes with just one incompletion.
The Niners defense lived up to its No. 1 ranking, holding
Arizona to just seven yards on the ground. And they didn’t yield a
TD for the fourth time in five games.
The Cardinals’ fourth straight loss after a 4-0 start drops them
two games behind 6-2 San Francisco in the division race.

(AP) – For the second time in three years, San
Francisco city officials are gearing up for a ticker-tape parade to
celebrate the Giants’ World Series victory.
Plans for the Wednesday event were being made as the city
cleaned up after a rowdy World Series celebration turned violent in
some neighborhoods and police arrested three dozen people.
City Hall says the parade will take a slightly different route
from the one that followed the Giants’ 2010 championship. Instead
of the financial district, the parade will start at the foot of
Market Street.
Mayor’s Office spokesman Francis Tsang said the new route is
safer and affords better views than the previous route.

CHICO STATE MEN’S SOCCER GETS READY FOR POST-SEASON
Courtesy Chico State Athletics; chicowildcats.com

CHICO – On the heels of its third consecutive North Division title, the Chico State men’s soccer team has earned the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament. And for the fourth time since 2008, the Wildcats’ first round opponent will be Cal State Dominguez Hills, this season’s host school of the four-team tourney. The ’Cats and the No. 3 seed Toros will take the pitch for their first round match Friday at 7 p.m. at Toro Stadium in Carson.

Chico State finished the regular season with a 9-2-5 overall record, using a 12-match unbeaten streak to grab the top spot in the North Division with an 8-1-5 mark and reach the postseason for the fourth time in Head Coach Felipe Restrepo’s five years at the helm. The Wildcats are currently the No. 4 ranked team – and the top CCAA school – in the NCAA West Region rankings.

Cal State Dominguez Hills heads into the tournament 10-6-1 on the year and ranked No. 6 in the West Region. The Toros finished second to Cal State L.A. in the CCAA South Division standings with a 10-5-0 conference mark.

The Toros beat Chico State in the only regular season meeting between the two teams. Dominguez Hills topped the Wildcats 3-1 Sept. 9 at University Soccer Stadium. The Toros also hold a 12-9-1 advantage in the all-time series with Chico State.

The Wildcats are 1-1-1 against Dominguez Hills in their three CCAA Tournament matchups. The two teams tied 1-1 in the 2008 semifinals, with the Toros advancing by winning a 5-3 shootout. Dominguez Hills downed Chico State 3-0 in the 2010 semis, but last season the ’Cats returned the favor, knocking off the Toros 3-0 to advance to the CCAA Tournament championship match.

The tournament’s other first round men’s match features No. 1 seed Cal State L.A. (ranked 5th in the West) against No. 4 Cal State Stanislaus (currently 8th in the West Region rankings) Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles, last year’s CCAA Tournament champion, finished the regular season 11-3-3 overall and 10-2-3 in conference to capture the South Division crown; Stanislaus is 9-4-3 on the season and finished second to Chico State in the North Division with a 7-4-3 conference mark.

In the opening round of the CCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament, No. 1 seed Sonoma State (15-2-1, 11-2-1 CCAA) takes on No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona (10-4-3, 8-4-3 CCAA) Friday at 11:00 a.m., with No. 2 Cal State Stanislaus (15-3-0, 11-3-0 CCAA) squares off against No. 3 UC San Diego (13-2-2, 11-2-2 CCAA).