Sep 17, 2020
Calhoun, Peralta power Diamondbacks past Angels again, 9-6
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California governor emphasizes wildfires show reality of climate change Heres why Trader Joe’s employees are so peppy Calhoun, Peralta power Diamondbacks past Angels again, 9-6 © APWF Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon makes an off-balance throw to put out Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed at first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept.16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Kole Calhoun hit his third homer in two games against his former Angels teammates, and David Peralta homered and drove in two runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 9-6 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
Calhoun connected for a two-run shot in the seventh after homering twice Tuesday night in his first game back at Angel Stadium, where he spent eight seasons as the Angels' right fielder before leaving last winter. Calhoun went 2 for 5, giving him five hits and seven RBIs in two games against his old teammates.© APWF Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols breaks his bat as he pops out during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Peralta followed Calhoun's hsot with a homer in his second straight game while getting three hits for the Diamondbacks, who have won four of six after scoring nine runs apiece in back-to-back games at the Big A.
''This is what we should have been doing,'' Peralta said. ''This is the type of offense we are. We need to finish strong, learn from this season and move forward. But it's been fun, the past few days, the way we've been doing our thing and our business.''
Nick Ahmed had a two-run single during Arizona's four-run second inning against Dylan Bundy (5-3), who had the shortest start of his outstanding season for the Angels. The right-hander yielded five earned runs on six hits and two walks while getting chased in the third.© APWF Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta, right, bumps fists with Stephen Vogt after Peralta score on a single from Nick Ahmed during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
''We did a lot of things right inside this game,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. ''Obviously from an offensive standpoint we just kept piling up the hits. The baserunners and then the runs followed.''© APWF Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Caleb Smith throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Max Stassi, Jared Walsh and Justin Upton homered for the Angels, who have lost two straight at home after an 8-3 surge briefly invited hopes of playoff contention.
While the Houston Astros continue to hold open the door for second place in the AL West by losing 10 of 13, the Angels haven't been able to walk through it, let alone get past Seattle in between.
''It's frustrating for everybody, but we've got to keep pounding on the door,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''Of course, the opportunities are slipping quickly.''
Mike Trout had an RBI double for the Angels (20-30), who officially have five consecutive non-winning seasons for the first time since 1994. One more loss will clinch five straight losing seasons for the Halos for the first time since 1977.
''We did a lot of good things, had a lot of well-struck balls for outs again,'' Maddon said. ''Dylan had a bad day. It really comes down to that. From what we'd seen this year, I really anticipated him going deeper into this game.''
After Caleb Smith started with two innings in his second appearance for Arizona, Taylor Clarke (2-0) took over and yielded six hits and four runs over five innings. Stefan Crichton pitched the ninth for his third save, including two straight in Anaheim.© APWF Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dylan Bundy throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Peralta hit the tiebreaking eighth-inning homer in Tuesday night's victory, and he drove in Arizona's first run against Bundy with a single in the second.
Bundy gave up no extra-base hits, but said control problems led to him getting ''singled to death.''
Walsh smashed a single through the shift in the first inning, and he connected in the fifth for his sixth homer in seven games. The first baseman is batting 16 for 34 (.471) during his eight-game hitting streak.
Maddon praised Walsh's ''electric hands. ... I don't think it's a fluke. I think this is how he's capable of hitting.''
Shohei Ohtani was out of the Angels' starting lineup for the fourth straight game. Ohtani is batting .189 with five homers and 20 RBIs this season, and Maddon says they don't have time for the two-way star to hit his way out of a slump.
''I really anticipate a good result when he gets back out there,'' Maddon said. ''We're playing the long game here. He's going to be just fine, but for right now, in this little bubble that we're in, we're trying to get to the playoffs.''
Albert Pujols, who's batting .222, went 0 for 4 in Ohtani's place as the Angels' designated hitter. Right fielder Jo Adell went 0 for 4, extending his slump to 0 for 24 with 13 strikeouts.
Diamondbacks: Reliever Merrill Kelly should be able to return at full strength next spring. Kelly needed thoracic outlet surgery after a blood clot in his shoulder was removed.
Angels: INF Franklin Barreto is still feeling pain from his dislocated shoulder, and he could need surgery. He played only six games after Los Angeles acquired him from Oakland. ... The Angels optioned Matt Thaiss and recalled LHP Patrick Sandoval, who pitched four innings of relief while allowing four hits and three runs.
Griffin Canning (0-3, 4.57 ERA) takes his 10th shot at his first victory of the season for the Angels in the series finale against Alex Young (2-3, 4.42 ERA) and the Diamondbacks.
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Fantasy Football Start Em, Sit Em Kickers: Week 4
Getty Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the Tennessee Titans kicks the game winning field goal during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Welcome to Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Kickers for Week 4 of the NFL season. Our kicker edition features a three-time Super Bowl Champion looking to keep his hot streak going. Plus, a former top-scorer at the position looking to regain his previously dominant form.
* Reminder: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is intended to present you with the non-obvious choices for your fantasy lineup. We dig deep into player matchups, scoring trends, and other factors to best help you with your fantasy decisions. Be sure to also check out our weekly fantasy football kicker rankings to better gauge where these start-sit options compare to the rest of the options at the position.
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Start of the Week: Justin Tucker at WAS
Tucker continues to be money when it comes to fantasy, being just one of six kickers to average 11.0-plus points this year. Expect similar output in Week 4, as Washington has surrendered 11.0-plus points to opposing kickers in each of the past two weeks.
Robbie Gould vs. PHI
The K9 on the fantasy season, Gould has hit double-digits in two of his last three games, including three 40-plus field goals over that span. The Eagles have 10.0-plus points to opposing kickers in two of their first three games and two kicks from the 40-plus range.
Matt Prater vs. NO
Prater hit on three kicks between the 30-39 yard mark last week on his way to a top-four fantasy finish at the position. The Lions kicker has now averaged 13.0 fantasy points in two of his last three games. New Orleans has allowed an average of 14.0 fantasy points to the position over the past two weeks.
Sleeper: Ka’imi Fairbairn vs. MIN
Fairbairn is untrustworthy as they come at the position, scoring single-digits in 14 of his past 19 games. With that said, Washington has allowed no fewer than 11.0 fantasy points to kickers in each of the past two weeks, while Fairbairn is just one week removed from a 12.0 point outing.For More Fantasy Content Follow @VinnySomma on Twitter. Kickers: Sit ‘Em
Sit of the Week: Dustin Hopkins vs. BAL
Hopkins racked up 10.0 points in the opening week. He’s failed to amass that number over the past two weeks, combining for just 5.0 points. Baltimore has held two kickers to zero made field goals this season, while Hopkins has hit on just one field goal over the past two weeks.
Cairo Santos vs. IND
Santos hasn’t been anything special this season. Don’t expect much of an uptick in his scoring due to Nick Foles taking the helm at quarterback in Chicago. Indianapolis is as stingy as they come on the defensive side of the ball. In return, kickers have accumulated just 4.0 fantasy points since Week 2.
Graham Gano at LAR
Seemingly the only Giants player worth a look in fantasy at this point, averaging 10.0 fantasy points over the past two weeks, Gano is met with a tough matchup this Sunday. The Rams have not allowed a single kicker to top 7.0 points this year, two of which failed to top 5.0 points. Los Angeles has also not surrendered a kick over 39 yards this season.
Buyers Beware: Stephen Gostkowski vs. PIT
Gostkowski has been on a tear these past two weeks, scoring 5.0 fantasy points more than the next highest-scoring kicker. His surge in production has much to do with the fact that he’s converted on five kicks from 40-plus yards, four of which came from 50 yards or beyond. With that said, Pittsburgh has allowed just one field goal from beyond 29 yards this year. The Steelers have also not had an opposing kicker top 8.0 points against them in 2020.
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