On Tuesday, the USC Trojans lost 8-5 to the Long Beach State Dirtbags at Dedeaux Field, after giving up 4 runs in the ninth inning.Freshman right fielder Jamal O’Guinn takes a swing. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanEntering the game, the Trojans were looking for improvement on the mound. In last weekend’s sweep from UCLA, the Trojans gave up 42 runs in the three games.The pitchers had an opportunity to thrive against a 16-24 Long Beach State team that had hit .230 as a team. While pitching was solid for seven of the nine innings, timely hitting from Long Beach State and fielding mistakes by USC led to a 8-4 victory for the visiting team.The bats on both sides came out slow, as they went scoreless and combined for one hit through the first three innings. Long Beach State came close in the top of the second, when a single, a walk and an error had the bases loaded with two outs. USC freshman pitcher John Beller ended the inning by striking out shortstop Santino Riviera with a swinging strike.The Dirtbags opened the scoring in the fourth inning after a throwing error by freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez. Long Beach State right fielder Joey Sanchez followed up with an RBI single in the next at-bat, giving the Dirtbags a 2-0 lead.The Trojans responded in the bottom of the frame. Junior center fielder Lars Nootbaar hit a single for the team’s first hit of the game, advancing freshman right fielder Jamal O’Guinn to third after he was walked. Redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb singled with the bases loaded to score both O’Guinn and Nootbaar, tying the game 2-2.Junior first baseman Dillon Paulson scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by junior second baseman Chase Bushor. The Trojans tacked on another run in the fifth when redshirt sophomore catcher Kaleb Murphy scored on a Paulson groundout, bringing the score to 4-2 for USC. The team had a nice cushion, but Dubb struck out looking with runners on second and third.USC failed to put the Dirtbags away, though. When Beller fielded a bunt attempt with runners on first and second, his throw to third brought in a runner to cut the Trojans’ lead to one. Beller was then replaced by sophomore Chris Clarke after allowing eight hits and striking out four in a little over seven innings.Long Beach State tied the game with an RBI groundout from pinch hitter Tristan Mercadel. The Dirtbags would take the lead in the top of the ninth when Jones stung a double down the left field line. Jones’ pinch runner Garrett Nelson would score from third on an infield single by left fielder Brooks Stotler, bringing the score to 6-4 in favor of Long Beach State. The Dirtbags did what USC couldn’t do earlier in the contest: use their momentum to put their opponent away. Mercadel added two more RBIs with a single into center. Clarke allowed 4 runs in 1.2 innings, and was replaced by sophomore closer Connor Lunn.Down 8-4 in the bottom of the ninth, doubles from Ramirez and sophomore pinch hitter Matthew Acosta cut the deficit to 3 with two outs. USC’s best hitter, Nootbaar, was up with a runner on second, so the Trojans had life. After falling behind 0-2, Nootbaar worked back to a 2-2 count, only to strike out looking at a fastball right down the middle.Nootbaar’s final at-bat was representative of the game for USC; a slow start, hopeful middle, but ultimately nothing but disappointment. The Trojans had control of this game in the middle innings, but Clarke’s poor performance sunk their chances. For a team that ranked second in the nation in fielding percentage before the game, four errors (three of which led to 4 runs) is unacceptable. If the defense had played up to its typical high standards, Clarke could have entered the game with a 4-run lead and less pressure.There is no doubt that this was a frustrating loss, especially coming on the heels of last weekend’s disappointing effort against the Bruins. Long Beach State is a below average team in an inferior division. Head coach Dan Hubbs will have to take action to light a fire under his team as the Trojans hit the road for this weekend’s road series against Oregon.
While the Cardinals are reportedly “close” on a deal to trade Rosen to the Dolphins, Smith and an NFL Network panel debated Rosen’s fate, and Smith went off.”You are replaceable … so now you’re mad because they brought some competition in here, so you’re going to try to take your ball?” Smith asked rhetorically. “Well, first of all son, it’s not your damn ball to take anyway. Related News “You just keep playing with your phone and you keep showing us what the stigma of … who you were at UCLA, now you’ve brought it to the professional level. When things don’t go your way, you’re going to cry in the corner. But guess what, they’re going to ship your a— somewhere else, and you’re going to cry and be their problem.”This is a man’s game, be a man, and go against that man one on one … do your deal. Ain’t nobody giving you nothing. NFL trade rumors: Josh Rosen traded to Dolphins after Cardinals draft Kyler Murray Did Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen do something to tee off Steve Smith?The former NFL All-Pro wide receiver, now an NFL Network analyst, mercilessly ripped Rosen during a broadcast Friday. Rosen, the Cardinals’ No. 1 pick a year ago, had been criticized by some for unfollowing the Cardinals on social media after they drafted QB Kyler Murray on Thursday with the No. 1 pick. When it was suggested Rosen might be on the Cardinals’ roster for training camp, Smith went off again.”You know why he won’t be on the roster? He ain’t got enough heart to be on that roster,” Smith said. “He got to go out there and work his a— off. He don’t want to work. He wants something given to him.”While some on social media applauded Smith’s harsh remarks, others thought he was out of line.Thoughts3If Steve Smith got picked in first round, and after that year a new coach said Smith is my guy, my starter, and then 2 months later drafted someone to replace Steve Smith, would Steve say, “I’ve got to man up+beat out the new guy?”Doubt it. He’d be bitter. Justifiably.— Peter King (@peter_king) April 26, 2019This felt a little over the top. I respect Steve’s work to become a thoughtful host, but everyone has prejudices. And people who were ordained early on (five-star recruits, first-round picks), who grew up in comfortable circumstances are never going to be his style. https://t.co/eaBE2G2kKU— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) April 26, 2019Rosen, selected No. 10 overall by the Cardinals last year, struggled last season with an undermanned Arizona offense, passing for 2,278 yards (5.8 yards per attempt) with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 13 starts.
Padraig Mac LochlainnDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has hit back at a newspaper which described Sinn Fein as a cult.“Who knew? The Sunday Independent today reveals that a political party supported by 400,000 people across Ireland is actually a cult,” said the Inishowen politician on his Facebook Page.“Wait till Dan Brown gets a hold of this. “Tom Hanks will soon be seen on your movie screens racing against the clock from Belfast to Dublin to Cork and up to Donegal to save us all from this dastardly Sinn Féin conspiracy.”Meanwhile Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has challenged other political leaders to a debate about the past which rises above contrived outrage of the Irish establishment parties in recent days.Mr Adams said: “The issue of legitimacy is at the core of establishment outrage.“Other political leaders refuse to accept the legitimacy of the recent phase of armed struggle which ended with the cessation of 1997. “Although I disagree with it I accept that this view is entirely valid.“The problem for its main apologists is their inconsistency.“If the right to armed actions is illegitimate for one generation then it is illegitimate for other generations.“The a la carte approach of establishment parties which praises the Volunteers of 1916, or of the Tan war; applauding Michael Collins or De Valera or Terrence MacSwiney while condemning Bobby Sands, Kieran Doherty or other Volunteers, is an entirely inconsistent position.“All war is horrific. All deaths are regrettable. War is the result of the failure of politics, in the case of the Irish conflict this includes the failure of partition. A debate on all these issues is overdue.” SINN FEIN IS NOT A CULT, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)