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  • June 2, 2020

    WASHINGTON - Put Jake Peavy on the San Francisco Giants, and he suddenly turns into quite a post-season performer. [b]https://www.lacfootballshop.com/88-Jersey[/b] .Same for a couple of rookies, Hunter Strickland and Joe Panik.Seems that October aura manager Bruce Bochy has cultivated with the Giants rubs off on anyone joining the club.The intense Peavy took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, Strickland and the rest of San Franciscos rested bullpen barely protected a lead, and the wild-card Giants won their league-record ninth consecutive post-season game by beating Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday in an NL Division Series opener.Nobody is scared of the moment, said Peavy, who won the 2007 NL Cy Young Award with San Diego and last years World Series with Boston, but was 0-3 with a 9.27 ERA in five previous starts beyond the regular season. We understand that we might not be, man for man, the favourites.Perhaps they should be.Peavy, the 33-year-old right-hander with the tattoo sleeve on his left arm, finally earned his first post-season win, allowing only two hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings, and getting plenty of help.Strickland spent much of the season at High-A and Double-A in the minors, and has all of seven major league innings on his resume, but struck out Ian Desmond swinging at a 100 mph fastball with the bases loaded in the sixth after Peavy left, cussing up a storm.Panik provided a nice defensive play at second base to end the seventh and contributed one of San Franciscos three RBI singles.No swinging from the heels for this bunch. No costly misplays in the field, either, such as the passed ball by Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos that led to an unearned run. That was one of a couple examples of jumpy play by a Washington team that won its division and led the NL with 96 wins but has never won a post-season series.Under Bochy, the Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012. They have not lost a post-season game since trailing 3-1 against St. Louis in the NLCS two years ago.When the lights are brightest, the stage biggest, the stakes highest, San Francisco comes through.Weve done it so many times now, it seems to be part of our DNA, said Hunter Pence, who stole a base in the fourth and came home on Brandon Belts hit off Strasburg. But I think the thing that we know is: Whats in the past is in the past, and weve got to move forward and weve got to be ready for the game tomorrow. Because if not, theyll jump all over us.Game 2 is Saturday, with Washingtons Jordan Zimmermann a€” who threw a no-hitter in the regular-season finale a€” facing Tim Hudson.Strasburg took the loss in his playoff debut; he was shut down in 2012 to protect his surgically repaired elbow. He showed up with his best material Friday, reaching 99 mph.He gave us a chance, manager Matt Williams said. Jake was a little bit better.The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009 lasted five-plus innings, allowing eight hits a€” all singles, all to centre or right field a€” and two runs, one earned. He tied for the NL lead this season with a career-high 242 strikeouts, but only managed two, in part because the Giants rarely missed.Wasnt like they were hitting me all around the yard, Strasburg said. Hit it where we werent.Peavy didnt top 92 mph, but that didnt matter. He put pitches where he wanted, often barely over the black edge of the plate.He mixed really well. Hes a very smart pitcher, said catcher Buster Posey, the 2012 NL MVP, who drove in a run. He knows when not to give in.The first hit Peavy allowed was by Bryce Harper in the fifth, a bouncing single off the glove of diving first baseman Belt. As Harper ran through the bag, he yelled, Lets go! But any notion of a rally was quickly silenced when Peavy got Ramos to ground into a first-pitch, 4-6-3 double play, followed by Asdrubal Cabreras inning-ending foul pop.Peavy was lifted with two runners aboard in the sixth, and Javier Lopez loaded the bases with a walk. Bochy turned to Strickland, who, calm as a 10-year veteran, took care of Desmond a€” 8 for 12 with a grand slam and 17 RBIs with the bases full this season a€” on four fastballs, the slowest at 98 mph.He just stepped into as big a fire as you can step into, Pence said about Strickland, and he came up huge.But in the seventh, Strickland served up a pair of 97 mph fastballs that were turned into homers, one by Harper into the third deck, the other by Cabrera, making it 3-2.Bochy knew his relievers were rested after Madison Bumgarners four-hit shutout in the wild-card victory at Pittsburgh on Wednesday a€” a day the Nationals played an intrasquad scrimmage to fight rust.Jeremy Affeldt got the last out in the seventh. Sergio Romo struck out Desmond and got Harper on a grounder to end a threat in the eighth. And Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect ninth for the save.These guys, they have been through it. They have a calmness about them, Bochy said about his bunch. When you have your back as many times against the wall as you can in the post-season, that experience is invaluable.UP NEXTRHP Hudson is 18-5 with a 2.35 ERA in his career against Washington. Only RF Jayson Werth has a good track record: .386, four homers, 12 RBIs. Pence is 8 for 20 with two homers against Zimmermann. [b]https://www.lacfootballshop.com/99-Jersey[/b] . Rob Klinkhammer and Mikkel Boedker scored 63 seconds apart in the first period for the Coyotes, who handed the Kings their third straight loss and took over sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference. Mike Smith made 36 saves. [b]https://www.lacfootballshop.com/82-Jersey[/b] . The result means Atletico Madrid now tops the table, with Madrid level on points in second and Barcelona a point behind in third with nine games remaining as the title race shapes up to be the closest in years. TORONTO -- Never in his 20 years as a general manager has Jim Popp seen a CFL draft like it. Five first-round trades were made Tuesday night as well as another involving an early second-round selection. The fireworks began 30 minutes before the start of the draft when the expansion Ottawa Redblacks dealt the first overall pick to the Calgary Stampeders, who kicked off the frenzied first round by taking Laval centre Pierre Lavertu, the consensus top selection. Popp even got in on the action, swapping the Montreal Alouettes fourth overall pick with Ottawa after it obtained the No. 5 selection from the B.C. Lions for disgruntled veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn. "It was crazy," Popp said. "We even got slowed down by the time it was our pick flipping with Ottawa because they (CFL) couldnt even confirm the deal that was done with B.C. in order for us to do the flip. "Its the most Ive ever been called during a first round or even during a draft to try and trade. It was wild." Toronto Argonauts GM Jim Barker, another CFL draft veteran, was stunned by the flurry of activity. "Ive never seen anything like it," he said. "Everyone was trying to manoeuvre because there werent as many top players." However, Popp said the overall depth of the draft pool prompted the feeding frenzy as teams scrambled to land the players they coveted. "There may not be as many clear-cut guys as someone thinks can start now but theres a lot of guys who can help teams," Popp said. "I told our guys beforehand this was going to be a bit of a crazy draft. "And Im not talking about the trades but just the different directions people were going to go because there wasnt a lot of real clear-cut guys that were going to go in the first round and you didnt know what everybody was going to do." In Lavertu, Calgary secured a player regarded as the most pro-ready prospect. That cost the Stampeders offensive lineman Jon Gott, a five-year CFL veteran who played previously for Redblacks offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson in Alberta. Calgary also landed the rights to veteran centre Marwan Hage. He played 10 seasons with Hamilton before going to Ottawa in the CFL expansion draft, then retiring last month. The Redblacks will get a conditional pick if the Stampeders trade Hages rights. Calgarys selection of the six-foot-three, 300-pound Lavertu was surprising because starting centre Brett Jones was the CFLs top rookie last year after being a 2013 second-round pick. That could force Lavertu, of Quebec City, to play guard. "If they want to put me at right guard I am going to do it," he said. "Im going to go all out, do the best I can and play to my full potential and maybe have a starting spot." Lavertu, a three-time All-Canadian, watched the draft at a restaurant in Quebec City with family and friends and received a loud ovation when his name was called. "My mom cried but everybody was happy for me," he said. "It was a great moment. "I think Im pro ready for the CFL. Ive worked hard for this, Im physically ready and understand the game so I can learn the playbook really quick . . . I think I will be able to show my full potential." The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, as expected, selected Simon Fraser centre Matthias Goossen second overall. Like Lavertu, Goossen is regardeed as a pro-ready prospect and addresses a need with veteran Justin Sorensen signing this off-season with Edmonton as a free agent. [b]https://www.lacfootballshop.com/66-Jersey[/b]. Toronto acquired the No. 3 spot from the Edmonton Eskimos, using it on versatile Manitoba running back Anthony Coombs. Not only is Coombs an effective runner but a solid receiver who could also be returning kicks. "It was important for us to make this trade and move up in the draft to get the guy we wanted," Barker said. "We needed to be proactive and go after him. "We believe hell fit very well into what we do on the field." Ottawa dealt its way back into the first round at No. 4, making versatile Montreal Carabins defensive back Antoine Pruneau its first-ever draft pick. Lions GM Wally Buono dealt for Glenn after trying unsuccessfully to move up. With incumbent Travis Lulay coming off shoulder surgery and backup Thomas DeMarco now with Ottawa, the 34-year-old Glenn is a reliable insurance policy. "Hes a proven winner wherever hes been," Buono said of Glenn. "Hes been a tremendous quarterback, hes a great locker-room guy. "We know automatically he will come in here and compete very well and make this a very good football team." Glenn guided Calgary to a Grey Cup berth in 2012 and a CFL-best 14-4 record last year before going to Ottawa in the expansion draft. But the Detroit native asked to be traded after the Redblacks signed veteran Henry Burris as a free agent. "To be honest I didnt know if anything would actually happen," Glenn said. "To give up a first-round draft pick shows a team really wants you. "Thats what I was kind of excited about." Montreal followed at No. 5 and selected David Foucault of the Montreal Carabins, a towering six-foot-seven, 320-pound offensive tackle. Foucault is attending the Carolina Panthers rookie mini-camp this week but hasnt signed an NFL deal. If Foucault reports, hell have a chance to start in Montreal with the off-season retirements of Scott Flory and Andrew Woodruff and Michael Ola signing with the NFLs Miami Dolphins. Edmonton, taking Torontos pick at No. 6, picked St. Francis Xavier receiver Devon Bailey, a physical six-foot-five, 202-pound player who competes effectively for the football. Calgary, with its second first-round pick, took Concordia defensive lineman Quinn Smith at No. 7. The six-foot-two, 305-pound Smith impressed at the CFL combine on both sides of the ball before testing positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Fittingly, the round ended with a deal as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats acquired Saskatchewans No. 8 selection to go with their ninth overall pick. The Ticats took All-Canadian linebacker Bo Landry of the Western Mustangs, then selected Manitoba defensive lineman Evan Gill, the drafts sixth-ranked prospect. The defending Grey Cup champions made their first selection in the second round, 11th overall, taking Western defensive end Dylan Ainsworth. The Riders also sent the No. 17 pick to Winnipeg for its third-round picks (20th and 26th overall). McGill offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the top-ranked draft prospect, was selected in the third round by Calgary. That wasnt surprising because the six-foot-five, 315-pound native of Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., went to Kansas City in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday. ' ' '