Giants Look to Continue Their Dominance

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants- 13 and 1 in their last 14 games- head to Colorado to take on the Rockies tonight at 5:40 PM PT. San Francisco will hand the ball to Matt Cain, as they look for a win against Rockies’ starter, Tyler Chatwood. In nine games, Cain has posted a record of 1-5, with an ERA of 5.37.

The unusual part about this stretch is how they have been getting it done: with seeing-eye hits, bleeders, bloopers, and just plain luck. As the old baseball adage goes, “When you’re hot, you’re hot”.  In this superior 14 game stretch, San Francisco has averaged 3.5 runs a game and have outscored their opponents, 49 to 30.

During this month of May, in 24 games, the Giants, as a team, have compiled a .243 batting average, a slugging percentage of .360, and a .321 on-base percentage, currently putting them at 13th best offense  in Major League Baseball. These aren’t numbers typical of a team this hot, but since when does baseball follow the rules of logic.

It remains to be seen if the Giants can keep rolling. You can catch all of the action on NBC Bay Area or listen on KNBR 680.

2012 Chico State Basketball Regional Montage

 

Kpay Sports will celebrate some exciting sports moments we have covered through the years with some musical montages that we created in our coverage of Chico State athletics. This montage celebrates the 2012 Chico State men’s basketball team as they won the CCAA regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years

Picture courtesy of Chico State athletics. Visit them at http://www.chicowildcats.com/

Get ready Chico….the Heat are back !

 

We are now just days away from the start of the second installment of Chico Heat baseball ! Northstate baseball fans, who have been spoiled with the unprecedented success of the Chico State and Butte College along with the successes of the local high schools and the Chico Nuts now get their summer baseball fix back.

Unlike their Heat predecessors who played at Nettleton Stadium between 1997-2002, this installment of Heat ballplayers will not be professional paid players. The 2016 Heat will be playing in a summer wood bat league. The inaugural season for the Great West League will have teams in Chico, Lodi, Marysville, Sacramento, Portland and Medford. The rosters will be filled with college players from all over the country looking to showcase their skills for scouts. These will all be under-classmen who still have college eligibility. You will not see any graduating seniors on any of these teams.

I have watched from afar as these college wood bat leagues flourish in other communities and I fully expect this to do well here in Chico. Opening day is on June 3rd with a match-up in Marysville. The home opener is on June 4th at The Nett.

You can hear Heat games on 101.7 FM, the KPAY sports app that you can download for FREE in the app store and right here on KpaySports.com

Chico advances to regional with gutty CCAA Tourney title; Dubs open conference finals

CHICO STATE WILL BE TRYING TO WIN THEIR 10TH WEST REGION TITLE IN THE SCHOOL’S HISTORY

An amazing four days of baseball resulted in a 15th NCAA West Region appearance in 21 years for the Chico State baseball team. The Wildcats went 4-1 over the four day tournament including 3 wins in a 36 hour period where they played some of their best baseball of the season

May 11     Chico beats Pomona 6-2

May 12     UCSD beats Chico 7-6

May 13     Chico beats Monterey Bay 4-2

May 13     Chico beats East Bay 4-2

May 14     Chico beats East Bay 10-9 (CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)

By capturing the CCAA Tournament title the Wildcats notch the automatic qualifier to the NCAA West Regional. They will open regional play against Pomona on Thursday at 7pm. You can hear all of the Chico State games on the Kpay Sports app that you can download for free in the app store. And also right here on KpaySports.com.

(AP) — The opening game of the NBA’s Western Conference final is this evening in Oakland, California, as defending league champion Golden State plays host to Oklahoma City. The Warriors advanced by eliminating the Blazers in five games while it took the Thunder six games to get rid of San Antonio.

During regular season play the Warriors won all three games played with the Thunder.

This series has its share of marquee players with Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green for the Warriors against Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for the Thunder.

Game 2 in the best of seven series will be Wednesday in Oakland before the series shifts to Oklahoma City for Games 3 and 4.

The winner of this series will face the winner of the Cleveland-Toronto Eastern Conference final in the NBA Finals, which starts play tomorrow night in Cleveland.

(AP) — Brian Elliott had another standout game in net, David Backes and Jori Lehtera had goals and the St. Louis Blues opened their first Western Conference final in 15 years with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Sunday night.

Tomas Hertl scored on a first-period deflection for the Sharks, who outshot St. Louis 32-23 but couldn’t quite solve Elliott.

The Sharks were the best road team in the NHL in the regular season at 28-10-3, but have dropped four in a row on the road in these playoffs, including all three in the second round against Nashville. They had seven goals in three road losses to the Predators and were 0 for 3 on the power play, which had been a major plus. San Jose had been converting on 33 percent of its power plays in the postseason.

Game 2 is on Tuesday night.

AP) — Danny Valencia hit three home runs, including a two-run shot in the ninth inning that lifted the Oakland Athletics to a 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday.

Valencia’s final homer — his fifth of the season, all in the three-game weekend series — came on the first pitch from Steve Geltz (0-2), Tampa Bay’s fifth pitcher.

John Axford (3-1) pitched an inning for the win and Ryan Madson got three outs on four pitches for his 10th save.

Brandon Guyer went deep twice for the Rays in a game that featured seven home runs.

(AP) — Manager Bruce Bochy successfully challenged to get a game-ending double play after Brandon Crawford singled in a run in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.

Bochy challenged that Rickie Weeks was safe at first base on what turned out to be a 4-6-3 double play. If the call had stood, the tying run would have scored from third. It was San Francisco’s fourth double play of the game.

Santiago Casilla escaped the trouble for his ninth save.

The Giants had just one hit — Trevor Brown’s home run — through eight innings. But they opened the ninth with three singles off Brad Ziegler (1-2).

Hunter Strickland (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning to get the victory.

Curry goes torch-mode: Dubs one win away from conference finals

(AP) — Stephen Curry returned from a sprained right knee to score 40 points, including 17 in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals with a 132-125 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Playing for the first time since he was injured in Game 4 of the first-round series against Houston, Curry was rusty for three quarters and sensational down the stretch after the Warriors trailed by as much as 16 points.

His winning return came hours after a person with knowledge of the award told The Associated Press that Curry would repeat as NBA MVP, with the announcement coming as early as Tuesday.

The Warriors can win the series Wednesday night at home in Game 5.

 

(AP) — Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.

A person with knowledge of the award says Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not revealed the winner.

With his unmatched long-range shooting and slick ball-handling, Curry led the Warriors to an NBA-record 73 wins in the regular season as both he and his team somehow improved after he won the MVP and led Golden State to its first championship in 40 years the previous season.

Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game and shattered his own record for 3-pointers by making 402.

(AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators forced a deciding seventh game for their second straight series by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night.

Arvidsson jumped the puck between three Sharks and skated up the left side before throwing a backhander past goaltender Martin Jones.

No road team has won yet in this second-round series, and the franchise that had never forced a Game 7 until this postseason will play in its second straight with a berth in the Western Conference finals on the line. The Predators also earned their first two-day break between playoff games this postseason with Game 7 on Thursday night in San Jose.

Colin Wilson, Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville.

Logan Couture scored a power-play goal in the third for San Jose, and Chris Tierney had two goals in the first period.

(AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Aaron Sanchez struck out five over seven innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Monday night in their first visit to AT&T Park in nearly three years.

Encarnacion connected in the third off Jake Peavy (1-4), who has given up five homers in his last two outings and lost his third straight start.

Toronto had gone back-to-back games without a home run for the third time this season, but Encarnacion’s deep third-inning drive into the left-field bleachers kept the Blue Jays from doing so in three straight for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2014.

Sanchez (3-1) allowed one run and three hits and walked one in a strong 105-pitch performance.

(AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run single in Boston’s six-run fourth and added a grand slam two innings later, carrying the Red Sox over the struggling Oakland Athletics 14-7 on Monday night.

Brock Holt hit a two-run homer, and David Ortiz had three hits and two RBIs for Boston, which has won seven of its last 10 games.

Khris Davis hit his seventh homer and drove in two runs for Oakland, which has lost 12 of 16 and fell to 1-7 this month.

Josh Reddick’s club-record streak of hits in eight consecutive at-bats was stopped when he grounded out his first time up.