Cleveland rocked: Indians’ season comes to stunning halt

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson ESPN, TV5 join forces for rebranded ‘ESPN 5’ After getting to Game 7 of the World Series a year ago, the Indians set out to win it all in 2017. This was supposed to be their year.Instead, it’s just another heartbreaker for a Cleveland team that appeared unstoppable and had Kluber on the mound at home for the biggest game this season.“It’s disappointing,” manager Terry Francona said. “We felt good about ourselves. We came down the stretch playing very good baseball, and we did some things in this series that I don’t think were characteristic of our team. We made some errors, kicked the ball around a little bit.“Sometimes you don’t swing the bat. That’s part of it. But we made it harder to win in some cases, especially the last two games.”But the presumptive Cy Young Award winner wasn’t himself in two starts, posting a 12.79 ERA and looking ordinary. Following Game 5, Francona hinted that Kluber may have been bothered by a back injury — and other health issues — that put him on the disabled list earlier this season.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I don’t think we need to get into details of that,” Kluber said when asked about the injury. “I was healthy enough to go out there and try to pitch. I don’t think anybody is 100 percent at this point of the year, but good enough to go out there and try to compete.”Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius homered twice off Kluber in the first three innings, staking the Yankees to a 3-0 lead.“I made two mistakes to Didi,” Kluber said. “He’s a good hitter and he hit two home runs. I felt like I threw the ball better than I did the other day, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough.”When they left for New York on Friday with a 2-0 lead, the Indians seemed to be in the driver’s seat.But a team that won 22 straight games — the longest streak in AL history — couldn’t prevent its first three-game losing streak since July 30 to Aug. 1.Outfielder Jay Bruce, who was so clutch after coming over in an August trade from the New York Mets, was stunned by the Indians’ unexpected slide.“It’s a missed opportunity for us,” said Bruce, eligible for free agency this winter. “I’m still very proud of the way we played this year, but obviously it doesn’t mean much when you get to the postseason and can’t do the job.“I don’t have any explanation for it. I don’t know if there’s an exact science for closing out a series. We couldn’t get it done. We got beat. They played better. That’s the bottom line.”Jason Kipnis, who moved from second base to center field late in the season, was having trouble accepting Cleveland’s fate.“They deserved to win, but I’m not going to tell you the better team is going on,” he said. “I still think we’re the better team, but they played better than we did the last three games.“When you have that good of a season, over 100 wins, it makes it that more disheartening when you don’t finish the job. Everyone in here knows we had higher hopes than this, but that’s baseball. This game is tough. It just didn’t work out.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis throws his bat after striking out against New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the eighth inning of Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — The end came quickly, painfully and with little warning.When the final out was made, and Cleveland’s season crashed way before it ever imagined with a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees, the Indians retreated to their clubhouse to try to figure out what went wrong.The list was long.ADVERTISEMENT Ace right-hander Corey Kluber pitched poorly. All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez didn’t hit, and the Indians committed seven errors in the final two games when they didn’t look anything like a team thatwon 102 games or was favored to take home the championship coming into October.“It actually stinks,” closer Cody Allen said in a subdued clubhouse. “They just flat-out played better than us the last three days.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUnable to finish off a young Yankees team fighting for its manager, the Indians became the first team in history to blow a two-game series lead in consecutive postseasons.It wasn’t supposed to be like this. 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Asian Games 2018: Rower Dattu Bhokanal’s boat capsizes, finishes 6th

first_imgIndian rower Dattu Bhokanal finished sixth in the men’s single sculls competition of the 2018 Asian Games on Thursday after his boat capsized.Bhokanal, 27, got off to a good start but he lost momentum and finished sixth in the finals with a timing of 8.28.56 minutes.Liang Zhang of China clinched gold with a timing of 7.25.36 minutes while South Korea’s Dongyong Kim and Japan’s Ryuta Arakawa bagged silver and bronze respectively.SWIMMER KHADE MOVES TO MEN’S 50M BUTTERFLY FINALIndian swimmer Virdhawal Khade advanced to the men’s 50 metre butterfly swimming finals with a timing of 24.09 seconds.Khade, 26, toppped the Heat-2 charts and secured a fifth place in the final list.Anshul Kothari, however, failed to make the cut despite winning the Heat-1 with a timing of 25.45 seconds. He ended up at the 28th place in the qualification list.Finals of the event will be held later on Thursday.last_img read more

Mesa loaned to Sevilla after Swansea flop

first_imgTransfers Swansea’s Roque Mesa loaned to Sevilla after €12.5m Premier League flop Ryan Benson 23:51 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roque Mesa Swansea Getty Transfers Sevilla Swansea City Premier League Primera División The former Las Palmas midfielder is heading back to La Liga after six months struggling to make his mark in Britain following a big-money summer move Sevilla have rescued Roque Mesa from his disappointing spell with Swansea City after signing him on loan until the end of the season.Mesa joined Swansea from Las Palmas for a fee of €12.5million in July after two excellent seasons in La Liga.The 28-year-old has started just nine of rock-bottom Swansea’s 24 Premier League games this season, however, with the last coming on December 30 against Watford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mesa had been linked with a return to Las Palmas but Sevilla, reportedly keen on signing a back-up to Ever Banega, have won the race and will be able to offer him a first taste of Champions League football.Vincenzo Montella’s side face Manchester United in the last 16, with the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan taking place on February 21.Sevilla have been long-term admirers of Mesa and had been particularly keen on him when Banega left for Inter in 2016, though they felt they were priced out of a move.Mesa becomes the club’s third January signing after the arrival of Brazil Under-20 left-back Guilherme Arana from Corinthians, and Miguel Layun from Porto on loan.last_img read more

Franz welcomes local students to Lansing

first_img18Mar Franz welcomes local students to Lansing State Rep. Ray Franz met with Leelanau County 4-H students today during MSU’s 4-H Capitol Experience. Pictured from left: Franz, Olena Radulova from Glen Lake High School, 4-H leader Karin Stevens, and Andrew Roberts from Leland High School. The annual MSU conference focuses on civic engagement by teaching participants how to influence public policy, helping them increase their leadership and citizenship skills, and providing greater understanding and knowledge of state government. Categories: Newslast_img