Saturday, July 30
Grandal's single caps 5-run rally as Dodgers beat D-backs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasmani Grandal's RBI single capped a five-run, seventh-inning rally that carried the Los Angeles Dodgers to a wild 9-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night.
Joc Pederson and Chase Utley each hit two-run home runs in the deciding rally as the Dodgers erased a 7-3 deficit and improved to 17-9 since June 26.
Three batters after Corey Seager doubled against Zac Curtis (0-1), Grandal hit a 2-1 pitch from Randall Delgado into center field, scoring Seager from third with the tiebreaking run.
Los Angeles pulled one game behind the division-leading Giants, the closest the Dodgers have been to first place since May 15.
Los Angeles sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, a half-inning after the Diamondbacks sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven runs.
Paul Goldschmidt capped a three-hit night with a bases-loaded double off Pedro Baez (3-2) that finished off the Diamondbacks' rally.
Arizona lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
Diamondbacks activate OF David Peralta from DL
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks activated outfielder David Peralta from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
Peralta, who has hit .259 with four homers and 15 RBI in 147 at-bats for Arizona this season, was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season on June 15 due to a lower back strain. He was also sidelined from May 15 to June 6 with right wrist inflammation.
Peralta hit .258 with five doubles, four runs scored and two RBIs in eight rehab games for Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.
To make room for Peralta, the Diamondbacks optioned Mike Freeman to Triple-A Reno on Thursday night. Freeman appeared in eight games for Arizona, and was 0 for 9.
BRONCOS-SANCHEZ LEARNING SPANISH
Broncos QB Mark Sanchez learning Spanish
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Players joining a new NFL team say that digesting their new playbook is a lot like learning a new language.
Then that goes double for Mark Sanchez, who isn't just absorbing the parlance of Gary Kubiak's West Coast offense in Denver but also mastering the tongue of his Mexican-American roots.
"I think it's important to learn Spanish," Sanchez said. "One, because it's my heritage and two, because I'm fortunate enough to live in a country that celebrates where you come from. And I think when you learn another language like that, I think it's good for your brain. You just continue to advance in knowledge. And then the most important thing was to be able to connect with those fans."
Sanchez said his parents spoke Spanish "to each other, just not to me," while he was growing up in Mission Viejo, California, and his only real exposure to the language came in the classroom.
When the New York Jets drafted him out of USC in 2009, Sanchez said he was embarrassed when fans would speak to him in Spanish and all he could respond with was, "Gracias."
So, he started listening to language tapes in his car on the way to work as his career took him from New York to Philadelphia. He also vacationed in Mexico every summer.
Reno beats Sacramento 5-4 behind Borenstein's double
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Pinch hitter Zach Borenstein hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, leading the Reno Aces to a 5-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats on Friday.
Jimmie Sherfy got Gorkys Hernandez to hit into a double play with runners on first and third to end the game for his sixth save of the season.
The double by Borenstein scored Carlos Rivero and Dan Rohlfing and was the game's last scoring play.
After Sacramento crossed the plate for four runs in the first inning, Reno cut the deficit to 4-3 on an RBI double by Kyle Jensen in the fifth inning.
Starter Shelby Miller (2-0) got the win while Jake Dunning (2-3) took the loss in relief in the Pacific Coast League game.
Reno improved to 6-2 against Sacramento this season.
Isotopes roll over SLC Bees 8-3 in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Tom Murphy homered, doubled and singled, driving home three runs and scoring a couple as the Albuquerque Isotopes topped the Salt Lake Bees 8-3 on Thursday.
Jordan Patterson homered and singled with three runs for Albuquerque.
Albuquerque took the lead in the first when Stephen Cardullo hit an RBI double and then scored on a two-run home run by Murphy.
The Bees cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Kaleb Cowart hit a solo home run.
The Isotopes later added runs in four additional innings to secure the victory.
Albuquerque left-hander Kyle Freeland (2-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. Opposing starter Chris Jones (3-9) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game after a rough outing in which he allowed six runs and 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
For the Bees, Cowart homered and singled twice, driving in two runs.
Despite the loss, Salt Lake is 9-2 against Albuquerque this season.