Cubs Beat Pirates for Wild Card, 4-0

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Maybe it’s time to stop treating the Chicago Cubs like they’re too young to be here.The stage they seemingly weren’t ready for now seems hardly big enough to contain them. Not with Jake Arrieta dealing. Not with a group of 20-somethings in the field that play with swagger and confidence. Not with a manager adept at keeping the minds of his rapidly maturing team decidedly clutter-free.Watch out baseball, the Cubs — yes, the Cubs — are ahead of schedule. And the timetable only seems to be picking up speed for Joe Maddon’s bunch.Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and Chicago rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Oct. 7. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted himself off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Oct. 9.“I’m exhausted. I haven’t felt this way all year,” said Arrieta, who led the majors with 22 wins. “This atmosphere, the energy was unbelievable. Tried to use it to the best of my ability. They were loud, they were really loud.”Dexter Fowler homered and scored three times for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber, a rookie who began his season in Double-A, added a towering two-run shot off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole as Chicago raced to an early lead and let Arrieta do the rest.“Jake told me when we talked last night, he said, ‘You give me a few runs, I’m good,’” Fowler said. “And I said, ‘All right, bro, we’ll see what we can do.’”The largest crowd ever at PNC Park failed to rattle Arrieta or one of baseball’s youngest teams, one that looked right at home while snapping a nine-game playoff losing streak that dated to the 2003 NL Championship Series.“You don’t think that these guys are 21, 23 years old, because they don’t play like it,” Arrieta said. “They have elevated their play to a level that’s beyond their years, and it’s one of the big reasons we’re here.”Sounds a lot like the Houston Astros, by the way. They opened this year’s postseason Oct. 6 by winning the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.Pittsburgh was knocked out after finishing second in the majors with 98 victories this year. Last season, the Pirates also were shut out on four hits at home in the wild-card game, losing to Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.“Two years in a row we’ve drawn a tough bull,” manager Clint Hurdle said.The bearded, 29-year-old Arrieta, still unbeaten since July 25, stretched his remarkable second half — in which he posted an 0.75 ERA — into the opening round of the playoffs. He threw the first complete-game shutout for the Cubs in the postseason since Claude Passeau tossed a one-hitter in the 1945 World Series against Detroit.Arrieta even laughed off a weird sequence in the seventh when Watson’s fastball hit him in his left side. The benches and bullpens cleared when Watson was issued a warning, leading to little more than a few heated exchanges along the first base line.Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez, who’d already been pulled, was ejected and proceeded to give an unsuspecting water cooler a series of one-two combinations, eventually sending it tumbling to the ground.“It’s two teams battling, grinding it out, supporting their own guys, and sometimes those things happen,” Arrieta said. “But we moved past it, and after that point it was just baseball as usual.”And Arrieta was basically unhittable, as usual.Hurdle shelved slugger Pedro Alvarez — whose 27 homers led the team but whose 23 errors made him a defensive liability — in favor of more sure-handed Rodriguez. Hurdle pointed to the athleticism Rodriguez brought as a major factor, figuring the Pirates would need to get creative to score against Arrieta rather than hope Alvarez runs into the kind of mistake Arrieta has avoided nearly all season.Maddon took the opposite approach, starting Kris Bryant in left and Schwarber in right and Tommy La Stella at third — positions each had played only sparingly during the regular season — because it was the lineup that presented the most firepower.Did it ever.Chicago took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Fowler led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single to left by Schwarber.The two hooked up again in the third. Fowler singled with one out and Schwarber turned an 88 mph slider from Cole into a massive two-run shot that appeared destined for the downtown Pittsburgh skyline before disappearing over the stands in right field.“I watched,” Schwarber admitted with a laugh.The blast drained whatever juice remained from a crowd that spent the buildup to the showdown between the teams with the second and third best record in the majors trying to get a rise out of Arrieta on Twitter. All it did was fire him up, tweeting “whatever helps keep your hope alive, just know, it doesn’t matter.”Pretty much.Maddon has preached a “keep it simple” approach since taking over last winter. When Arrieta is on the hill, Maddon’s job tends to get pretty easy.Arrieta retired 10 straight at one point, his only real wobbles coming in the sixth and seventh. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out behind a single, a hit batter and an error.Starling Marte’s sharp grounder, however, rolled right to Addison Russell at shortstop. A toss to second and a throw to first later to complete the double play, and Arrieta and the rest of his teammates were pumping their fist on the way back to the dugout.The team with the best road record in the majors this season hardly fazed by the stakes or the weight of 106 years of postseason futility.The Pirates, meanwhile, head into the offseason after a brief nine-inning stay. Last fall it was Bumgarner and the Giants who silenced the masses in an 8-0 whitewash on their way to winning the World Series.This time it was Arrieta’s turn, perhaps a more alarming development considering the Pirates will spend a large portion of the next decade trying to keep up with Schwarber, Bryant and Russell as well as the Cardinals in the hyper-competitive NL Central. St. Louis led the majors with 100 wins.“Well, sports is hard,” Hurdle said. “Life’s not fair. You go out and play. You get beat, you move on.”(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Patton Oswalt Brings Annihilation To Netflix

first_imgNews Facebook GRAMMY winner Patton Oswalt will star in the one-hour stand-up comedy show to be released Oct. 17 via Netflix. Titled Annihilation, the special was filmed at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre earlier this summer.According to Entertainment Weekly, the special will cover the difficult year Oswalt has had since the tragic and sudden death of his wife, Michelle McNamara, in April 2016, and how humor has helped him cope with the loss. He’ll also touch on other topics such as social media, robocalls and, like any good comedian, politics.Annihilation serves as the follow-up to Oswalt’s 2016 stand-up comedy show, Talking For Clapping. The album version of the latter earned the GRAMMY for Best Comedy Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards.’Def Comedy 25′: Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Kevin Hart & More Twitter Find out when the GRAMMY winner will have a new one-hour comedy stand-up special available on Netflix Renée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 28, 2017 – 4:34 pm Get ready to laugh, because one of your favorite comedians is coming back to Netflix with a new comedy special. Email Patton Oswalt Brings ‘Annihilation’ To Netflix NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Patton Oswalt Wins Best Comedy Album GRAMMY Patton Oswalt Preps Netflix ‘Annihilation’ patton-oswalt-brings-annihilation-netflixlast_img read more

Heres why Chandrayaan2 was called off an hour before its launch

first_imgThe launch of Chandrayaan-2 launch was called off due technical snag on July 15, 2019.IANS/ISRONew details explaining why the ambitious space mission, Chandrayaan 2, was halted an hour before its scheduled launch emerged on Tuesday, July 16.Pressure drop in the fuel tank had caused an anomaly in the reading, an ISRO official said. “In order to maintain the temperature of liquid hydrogen at -253 degree centigrade, the upper stage of the rocket has nine helium tanks maintained at a pressure of around 300 PSI (pound per square inch). Pressure dropped by 10% in one of these tanks,” reported The Economic Times.While it was claimed that the issue was “not a big problem” and ISRO “would have gone ahead with the launch for most missions,” the significance of the moon mission was cited as the reason behind ISRO’s decision to abort the launch.Ravi Gupta, the Directorate of Public Interface at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), told ANI that the decision to call off the launch was imperative. “We could not have taken any chance in such a big mission. Several rounds of testing are performed of every part. Every movement needs to be monitored at every second,” he said.The cost of the mission was also a factor that was extensively considered. Former Director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) G Balachandran told ANI, “It’s normal. If there are anomalies, you just can’t send it off. Mission cost is over Rs 1,000 crore. It may be a simple thing or complex thing, they’ll analyse it.”At Rs 978 crore, the lunar mission is one of the most cost-efficient space projects in the world. ISRO’s budget for the mission is claimed to be 20 times less than its counterpart NASA.The next launch date will be announced after 10 days following a thorough investigation.On Monday evening, a NOTAM (notice to airmen), the mandatory alert issued ahead of every launch, said July 17, between 2:30 am and 3:30 am, and from July 18 to 31 between 2 pm and 3:30 pm, were identified as suitable windows for the next launch.While no official confirmed dates are revealed, ISRO could use the one-minute window that will be available on July 22 to “implement corrective action” to rectify the glitch.A successful launch would make India the fourth county in the world to soft-land a spacecraft and access the lunar surface. Only three countries – the US, Russia and China – have achieved the feat till now.  The recent lunar mission follows the success of Chandrayaan 1, India’s first expedition to the moon which confirmed landmark discoveries such as the presence of water on the moon. Chandrayaan 2 was designed to explore the dark side of the moon that faces away from the earth and was scheduled to spend 14 Earth days on the lunar surface.On Monday morning, ISRO tweeted that the launch was aborted due to technical anomalies. It also called the move a “measure of abundant precaution.” ISRO calls off Chandrayan-2 launch due to technical snag in the rocket IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:38Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:36?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

SFDC to introduce fish and cake combo with teacoffee at its Nalban

first_imgKolkata: The State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) is introducing a combo of fish and cake with a blend of tea or coffee in its restaurant at Nalban Food Park to mark the occasion of Christmas and New Year.The combo will be available in the range of Rs 90 to Rs 400. “The last week of December — Christmas and New Year — is the time when people love to have cakes accompanied by tea or coffee and fish is always a favourite among the people of the city. Hence, we decided to introduce this unique combo. It will be available from December 25 to January 1 in our All Fish Restaurant at Nalban Food Park,” a senior official of SFDC said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere will be as many as 10 fish items that will be clubbed with cakes, pastries and tea coffee and served to customers. “No restaurant in the city will be serving such a wide variety of fish items at a price which will suit all pockets,” the official added. The Bangali combo of Bhetki Fry/Chingri Cutlet/Fish Butter Fry/Topshe Fry and cake or coffee will come up at Rs 200. The Chinese combo of Mixed Noodles, two pieces of Chilli Fish, Plum cake, Papad and Chatni will be priced at Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRs 250. The Christmas special burger combo will have Fish Burger, French Fries, Caso Sauce, cake and coffee priced at Rs 200. The special dish for Christmas will comprise Grilled Fish, Lemon Butter Sauce, Potato Stick with vegetable salad, plum cake, roasted bread and coffee. The Asian special dish will include Chingri Momo or Fish Momo with cake and coffee combination priced only at Rs 180. Also, Fish Hariyali, Chingri/ Pomfret Kabab, Masala Kulcha and Fish Tikka will be available at Rs 400.last_img read more

Summer flights from Toronto to Saint Lucia with Sunwing

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Sunwing has extended flights between Toronto and Saint Lucia this coming summer. Flights will depart weekly on Sundays starting May 7 until Oct. 29.Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations, said Saint Lucia has become an increasingly popular destination because it has an all-year-round appeal, from its jazz festivals in May to fishing tournaments in October. “Plus, the fact that this service extension coincides with the opening of two new Royalton Luxury Resorts in Saint Lucia is very exciting. Royalton Luxury Resorts is one of our top hotel partners and we’re sure these latest additions to their ever-expanding lineup of luxury properties will be well received.”Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa is family-friendly and features a supervised Clubhouse Kids Club and Hangout Teen Club, splash pads, non-motorized water sports, and for the parents, The Royal Spa.Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia, an adults-only resort, features an infinity pool, exclusive beach area with waiter service and exclusive restaurant while still having access to Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa amenities and features. For more information visit Sunwing.ca. Posted by Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Summer flights from Toronto to Saint Lucia with Sunwing Tags: Sunwing Sharelast_img read more