The seven home runs – two each by Hernandez and Cody Bellinger, one each by Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Turner – is the second-most the Dodgers have hit in a game and the most since another seven-homer game on August 22, 2016 against the Cincinnati Reds. The franchise record is eight, set in Milwaukee on May 23, 2002 (Shawn Green hit half of them).The Dodgers have now hit a MLB-leading 46 home runs in the month of June. In the history of the franchise, they have hit more home runs in a month only three times, topped by 53 home runs last June when they were in the process of setting the franchise record for home runs in a season (221).“To a man, guys were taking good swings all day. … Good at-bats all throughout,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think as we’re going well right now, we’re not trying to hit homers. We’re just trying to put good swings on the ball. When you do that with our guys, the path of the bat, it’s elevated. That’s just the way our guys swing the bats.”The Mets — who have now lost their past 12 games against the Dodgers by a combined score of 91-30 – did their part.The scheduled starter, left-hander Jason Vargas, was bothered by a strained calf muscle since earlier in the week. But the Mets waited until after Saturday’s game to scratch him and put him on the DL, calling up reliever Chris Flexen instead of a fill-in starter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Veteran reliever Jerry Blevins made his first career start and kicked it off by giving up back-to-back home runs to Hernandez and Muncy. The Mets used seven pitchers in the game. Five of them gave up at least one home run.The Dodgers starter wasn’t terribly effective either.Coming off six scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs in his return from the DL, Rich Hill hit four batters with pitches – Brandon Nimmo three times. The first of those was dismissed by plate umpire Jerry Meals who ruled Nimmo had stuck his arm out to chase the HBP.The three batters who did reach first by virtue of an errant pitch from Hill (including Nimmo twice) came around to score for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run home run in the fifth inning drove in the last of them and gave the Mets a brief 4-3 lead.“It was pretty sloppy,” Hill said of his five-inning outing. “Probably half the time, the ball didn’t come out of my hand the way I wanted it to. Obviously I’m really disappointed about it, just the execution of the pitches. That’s really about it. That really is going to bother me for a couple days.”Still, by the time Bellinger hit his second home run of the game (and the Dodgers’ sixth), they took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth.That wasn’t enough, though. Reliever Erik Goeddel gave up a three-run homer to Kevin Plawecki in the bottom of the eighth, tying the game at 7-7.It stayed that way until Turner connected off Flexen in the 11th.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel. It’s been awhile,” said Turner, who was 2 for 17 on the trip before the homer and didn’t start Sunday. “It’s been a road trip of getting beat inside, getting jammed. So I was just trying to get on time and put a good swing on it.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel for the first time all weekend.”Pitchers have been attacking Turner inside, knowing the left wrist injury he suffered in spring training is inhibiting his ability to turn on a ball aggressively. Turner is hitting just .241 with three home runs in 108 at-bats since returning from the fractured wrist in mid-May.“If you look, since he’s come back – moreso in the past week – just being able to release the barrel on balls out front, everything is right there but that last click,” Roberts said. “In talking to him, talking to the trainers, the wrist feels strong. But that ability to release the barrel — which he did on that last swing – just hasn’t been there.“But JT’s a guy, he’s going to figure it out and you just gotta keep running him out there.” NEW YORK – What do you do when six home runs isn’t enough to win a game?Hold my beer, say the Dodgers.Justin Turner hit the Dodgers’ seventh home run of the game with two outs in the 11th inning Sunday afternoon, finally giving them an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field.“That’s what we do – we hit home runs,” bragged Kiké Hernandez who started the game with a home run then hit another five innings later.
Girls Golf Rocks! That’s the message from a group of girl golfers who want to inspire others to follow them into the sport.Twelve members of the Essex County Girls squad have been trained as leaders and mentors for the project to promote the sport with the help of four local golf clubs.Their message is that golf is a fun and sociable game, with health benefits and a competitive edge – and they want other girls to join in. Their recent photoshoot (image © Leaderboard Photography) for the campaign poster shows that golf can be anything but fuddy-duddy.The Girls Golf Rocks campaign tees off with a big taster session in April at each of the four clubs taking part – Little Channels, Crowlands Heath, Playgolf Colchester and The Rayleigh Club. Three county squad girls will be helping out at each club.Following the taster sessions, when local schoolchildren will be welcomed by the PGA professionals, there will be a four-week structured coaching programme provided by the clubs, with the county girl players mentoring the newcomers.The finale will be a competition on the par three course at Channels GC in May, where new young players will enjoy playing holes with their mentors, benefiting from their experience and encouragement on the course.The project is being led by the Golf Foundation and supported by England Golf and Active Essex.Katie Moggan, Regional Development Officer for the Golf Foundation, said: “The Essex County Girls really do deserve great credit for launching Girls’ Golf Rocks and it is very much their project. As young, athletic players who love this game, and who exhibit a great sense of fun when playing golf, you really couldn’t find better ambassadors for this sport.“In terms of breaking down the barriers for new girl golfers, these county players really ‘get it’. They know how to encourage new players and I am sure they will be excellent mentors for young people coming into these clubs.”The project will be directly linked to the national ‘This Girl Can’ promotional campaign on TV and other media (www.thisgirlcan.co.uk) which aims to inspire more women and girls to enjoy exercise. See more also on Twitter at #thisgirlgolfs.Katie praised Lauren Spray, Women and Girls Participation Manager for England Golf, Helen Tarttelin, Essex County Development Officer, Louella Hitchcock, Essex County Captain, and Wendy Cook, County Junior Girls Organiser for Essex, for their “brilliant work” in the organisation for a project which, if successful, may well be tried in other regions of the country. 23 Mar 2015 Girls Golf Rocks is set to inspire new players
Pedro Alvarez (24) follows through on a run-scoring double off of Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) by Stephen HawkinsAP Sports WriterARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had no special message for his team and there was no big celebration after what was a special victory for their long-suffering fans.With their 1-0 victory at Texas on Monday night, the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992. But victory No. 82 was really just another step toward their goal of getting into the playoffs.“It’s going to touch a lot of people on a lot of different levels. We are aware of it,” Hurdle said. “Everybody’s here for a reason, and that’s to knock down things we haven’t done in a long time.”Before rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole (7-7) threw seven scoreless innings with a career-high nine strikeouts to win a pitcher’s duel against Yu Darvish, the Pirates hadn’t had a winning season in more than two decades — since the last of their three consecutive NL championship series appearances under manager Jim Leyland. Their last postseason before that was the 1979 World Series championship team.“We don’t really understand what the fans have been through. I know it definitely puts a smile on their face when they see that No. 82 up there,” Cole said. “We’re extremely happy to be able to make them feel like we’ve got a winning team out there. But we’ve got a few weeks ahead and those are going to be some real big games.”Pittsburgh had lost a season-high four games in a row since getting their 81st victory last Tuesday at Milwaukee.The Pirates (82-61) didn’t get a runner to second base against Darvish (12-8) until Marlon Byrd’s two-out double in the seventh. He came home when Pedro Alvarez, mired in a 5-for-41 slump over 12 games, followed with a double.They finally have their winning season after taking the opener of a three-game interleague series between wild-card leaders.“It’s a huge deal for me. It certainly thrills me to be a part of that,” said Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell, the shortstop on that 1992 team.“I understand the significance of this game, the 82nd win, more than probably at least most of the players here,” said second baseman Neil Walker, the team’s first-round pick in 2004. “As big as this win is for the city of Pittsburgh and the organization, and as big a deal as the media is going to make out of it, we still have a lot of baseball to play. We’ve got a lot of games we need to win, we’re in a tight race.”The Pirates moved within a game of NL Central-leading St. Louis, which swept Pittsburgh in three games over the weekend.Texas lost for the fourth time in five games, and still needs one more win to clinch its fifth consecutive winning season. The Rangers dropped two games behind idle AL West-leading Oakland.Darvish is 0-3 his last five starts, all Rangers losses. The Japanese right-hander struck out six while allowing one run and four hits over seven innings. He threw a season-low 81 pitches before coming out because of cramping in his right leg.Manager Ron Washington said the move was precautionary.“We needed him to step up and he stepped up tonight, he really threw the ball well, he moved the ball around well, he kept it down in the zone, he did a good job,” Washington said. “He’s in great shape. It’s just something that flared up. If that’s all that’s wrong with him, and the way he pitched out there tonight, I’ll take it.”Cole got out of a self-induced jam in the sixth after consecutive walks to Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios, his only walks in the game. Andrus got his 38th career stolen base — the Rangers pulled off a double steal when Rios reached before Adrian Beltre grounded out.“The sixth inning could have gotten out of hand,” Cole said. “I was just able to get the ball down on them.”Tony Watson pitched a perfect eighth, his 14th consecutive scoreless outing. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 12th save in 14th chances to close out Pittsburgh’s 16th shutout of the season.The Rangers said Darvish started feeling the cramps during the seventh. There was a short delay after the Rangers took the field in the eighth before Tanner Scheppers came out of the bullpen.“It’s minor,” Washington said. “No level of concern.”NOTES: It was the 14th 1-0 game ever at Rangers Ballpark, which is in its 20th season. It was the second this season, both Rangers losses. … Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen had a leadoff triple in the ninth. He was thrown out trying to score on Justin Morneau’s chopper to second baseman Ian Kinsler. … Rangers LF Jim Adduci left the game after his at-bat in the fifth inning, when he sustained a right biceps strain while striking out. … Darvish upped his major league-leading strikeout total to 246. … Beltre was 1 for 22 over six games before his two-out single in the ninth.