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Angels bullpen fails to hang on against Astros, spoiling Jaime Barria’s strong outing

first_imgPreviousHouston Astros’ Jose Altuve connects for a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton swings for a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands on the mound as Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, background left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates his two-run home run as he returns to the dugout during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout reacts after striking out during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, watches as home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth, left, is tended to by a trainer after Culbreth was struck by a foul ball hit by Ohtani during the third inning of the Angels’ baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim checks his bat during an at bat during the third inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, talks to catcher Rene Rivera in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run homerun as Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros looks on during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa struggles with a single hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons slides into second base as Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa holds the ball in his glove during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Simmons was out on the steal attempt. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons hits a single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons watches after hitting a single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman catches a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands on the mound after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera, rear, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera, left, celebrates his home run with Mike Trout during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Manager Mike Scioscia, Justin Upton #8 and Kole Calhoun #56 congratulate Rene Rivera #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. Barria allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out seven. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa takes off his helmet after striking out as Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera heads toward the dugout after the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to turning a double play during the second inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pitches during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Alex Bregman #2 is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on an RBI single by Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during the second inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a single during the fifth inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fans hold signs in support of Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the third inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Evan Gattis #11 of the Houston Astros reacts to flying out during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa takes off his helmet after striking out as Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera heads toward the dugout after the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, right, is tagged out by Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann while trying to score on a single hit by Kole Calhoun during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Umpire CB Bucknor calls out Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on the tag by Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve follows through on a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros slides safely at home as Rene Rivera #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim awaits the throw during the eighth inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Josh Reddick #22 congratulates Alex Bregman #2 after he scored on a three-run RBI double hit by Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros as Jose Alvarez #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during the eighth inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Alex Bregman #2 congraulates Josh Reddick #22 in the dugout after scoring on a three-run RBI double hit by Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun throws the ball to first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, right, slides into home plate against Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera in an unsuccessful attempt to score on a fielder’s choice during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, left, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, bottom, slides past home plate umpire CB Bucknor after he was tagged out by Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson can’t make the catch on a throw to first during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Josh Reddick was safe at first. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick, left, and Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson collide as Reddick reaches first base on a catch error by Johnson during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Carlos Correa #1, George Springer #4 and Josh Reddick #22 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3 in a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve connects for a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 45Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve connects for a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandANAHEIM — After their heartbreaking 5-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, the Angels turned their frustration toward José Altuve.José Álvarez had thrown a slider to Altuve that was down, probably not even in the strike zone, and Altuve did what few other players can do. He practically picked it out of the dirt and yanked it down the left-field line for a game-changing three-run double.“Altuve can hit everything,” catcher René Rivera said. “That’s a great player. He’s the MVP because of everything he can do up there. That pitch was down in the zone and off the plate. Sometimes you gotta tip your hat.”The hat-tipping to Altuve spoiled what should have been a night to celebrate Angels rookie starter Jaime Barría, who had pitched seven outstanding innings while allowing one run on four hits. But it didn’t go so well.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He fell behind left-handed hitting Josh Reddick and missed with a 3-and-1 fastball, which Reddick hit into right-center for a double. Álvarez threw a 1-and-2 changeup off the plate away from pinch-hitter Yuli Gurriel, a righty, who singled into right, sending Reddick to third.At that point, the Astros had their four best hitters, all righties, due. Righty Cam Bedrosian was warming in the bullpen. Álvarez stayed in the game.Álvarez got George Springer on a fly ball to shallow right, not deep enough to score the run. He then walked Alex Bregman, despite getting ahead 0-and-2, to load the bases. He got ahead of Altuve, 0-and-2, but couldn’t put him away either.“If it’s another hitter, maybe he misses or rolls over,” Álvarez said. “He’s a good hitter. It was a good pitch. Nothing you can say about it.”Álvarez added that it was “just a bad game. I tried to hold the game there. Things went out of hand. I took the loss. I feel bad about it. Tomorrow is another day.”His performance cost Barría on a day that he could not have been much better. He struck out seven and did not walk any.“He threw the ball great,” Rivera said. “That’s a real good lineup and he kept them off balance and used all his pitches. He did a great job in seven innings.”Barría struck out Carlos Correa twice, each time with two outs and a runner on base. He got him swinging through a 92 mph fastball above the strike zone in the sixth. He also fanned Marwin Gonzalez three times, the last time on a nice changeup that dropped off the table.He worked through a perfect seventh, ending his night by continuing the Angels’ impressive run of starting pitching. It was the 15th straight game that the Angels’ starter allowed three runs or fewer.After Andrew Heaney gave up one run in eight innings, it was the second straight night the Angels’ starter had outpitched his counterpart from the Astros, whose rotation is considered the best in the majors.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Barría, in fact, had outpitched Houston’s Gerrit Cole, who was knocked out after allowing three runs in five innings.All the Angels needed for Barría to notch a victory against Cole were six outs from the bullpen, with a 3-1 lead.Barría had finished with 96 pitches after the seventh. Considering that he hadn’t thrown more than 89 this year, or 97 at any point in at least the last three seasons, it was understandable for Manager Mike Scioscia to go to his bullpen.Also, he had Álvarez, a lefty, fresh off four days worth of “recharge” rest, with two lefties due to start the eighth. Álvarez also carried a 1.47 ERA to the mound.“José is one of our most reliable guys down there, against righties or lefties,” Scioscia said. “He has good stuff to go against righties, a really good changeup.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Cole came into the game with a steak of 36 straight innings without allowing a homer, but the Angels took care of that quickly.Justin Upton blasted a two-run homer in the first inning, his seventh homer in May and 11th of the season. Upton’s 21 RBIs in May lead the majors.The Angels didn’t do much after that until Rivera blasted a first-pitch fastball from Cole out toward the rocks in center field, a 423-foot solo homer. Rivera’s third homer of the year put the Angels up 3-1. Reddick cost the Angels a chance at some insurance twice. The Astros right fielder threw Mike Trout out at third to end the fifth, and he nailed Ian Kinsler at the plate in the seventh.“He made two great throws,” Scioscia said. “We’ll stay aggressive on the base paths. We’ll try to keep pressing.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Is Woewiyu Out of Grand Bassa Senatorial Race?

first_imgThe arrest and subsequent detention of Thomas Jucontee Woewiyu by the U.S. Government is pointing to a hope dash as his political interest back home now seems to have a bleak future.Tom Woewiyu had announced that he would contest the upcoming mid-term October Senatorial election for Grand Bassa County against the wishes and aspirations of the incumbent, Gbehzongar Finely, who currently serves as the Senate Pro-Tempore of the 53rd National Legislature.Mr. Woewiyu, upon his return from the U.S. last year to Liberia, unveiled his political intention where he had wanted to contest for the senatorial seat for Grand Bassa County.The former Minister of Defense of one of Liberia’s notorious rebel factions, National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), appeared before a 3-federal judge panel with one judge leading the charge. Mr. Woewiyu was brought into the court, sandwiched by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, who arrested him.Upon his arrest last week, Thomas Jucontee Weoewiyu was identified as the former Liberian Minister of National Defense and a spokesman of the erstwhile rebel NPFL.If he is found guilty, he faces a US$4 million fine and a 110-year imprisonment sentence.In line with his arrest order, Tom has been described a ‘flight risk,’ meaning he would escape to Liberia if his bail is filed. He was subsequently denied bill.Based on this, the U.S. denied him (Woewiyu) bail.  He has already been charged with ‘perjury,’ lying on his citizenship application by failing to disclose his alleged affiliation with a “violent political group in Liberia,” during the height of the country’s civil crisis, which lasted over a decade. Woewiyu served as Defense Minister in Charles Taylor’s former rebel National Patriotic Reconstruction Assembly Government (NPRAG), which then controlled “greater Libria.” Upon his arrest, his immigration lawyer, Raymond Basso, said his client amended his citizenship application to include his participation in the Taylor regime.  But Linwood C. Wright, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia, said Judge Judith Faith Angell denied bail, “because she believed Woewiyu might try to leave (runaway) from the U.S. should he be bailed.“There was a detention hearing and Woewiyu was ordered detained by a U.S. Magistrate.  The magistrate found that he (Woewiyu) was a ‘flight risk,’ and so she ordered him detained pending his trial,” Wright said.Raymond Basso, Woewiyu’s immigration lawyer, told VOA last week the case against his client was purely an immigration matter, and that it was a “misconception” (mistaken belief) to suggest that he was being charged with war crimes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more