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  • 03 Jul
    导出博客文章ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Although the shutout pleased Ricky Nolasco, he would have
    preferred to pitch this superbly a whole lot earlier in the season.The rest of
    his fellow Los Angeles Angels realize they also waited far too long to get
    rolling this year.Even if this season is lost, the right-hander and his new team
    both enjoyed a victory requiring no help from Mike Trout and Albert
    Pujols.Nolasco pitched a four-hitter for his fifth career shutout and his first
    victory for Los Angeles, leading the Angels to an interleague sweep of the
    Cincinnati Reds with a 3-0 victory Wednesday night.C.J. Cron drove in two runs
    for the Angels (59-74), who have won five straight and eight of 10 to climb out
    of last place in the AL West.Nolasco (5-12) had gone winless with a 5.70 ERA in
    his first five starts for the Angels, who acquired the native of nearby Corona,
    California, from Minnesota at the trade deadline. He finally came up with a gem
    against the Reds, and he even won at home for the first time in 16 consecutive
    starts with the Twins and Angels.Obviously, I would have liked to win earlier,
    but I like where Im at, as far as where Im throwing the ball, Nolasco said. I
    feel good. Im eating up innings, and Im just trying to give my team a chance to
    win games.With his slider moving splendidly, Nolasco retired 12 straight Reds to
    end it. The shutout was his first since Sept. 9, 2012, and his 11th career
    complete game was his first since May 2, 2014.I know its been a while, but Ill
    enjoy it for the rest of the night with the family, Nolasco said. Its definitely
    nice, a good feeling being out there and trying to get the last out.Los Angeles
    even won without Pujols and Trout, who didnt play in an early starting game
    before the Angels day off. Trout and Pujols didnt start in the same game for the
    first time since Sept. 18, 2014.Brandon Finnegan (8-10) struck out nine during
    seven strong innings of five-hit ball for the Reds, who have lost four straight
    and eight of 10.(Finnegan is) a kid who has evolved into a three-pitch pitcher
    with command who is pitching to both sides of the plate, Cincinnati manager
    Bryan Price said. (He) has kind of found a devastating changeup (and) the
    ability to throw a slider for a quality strike when hes behind in the count and
    locate his fastball. ... His development has been exceptional. Really a
    highlight of the season.Finnegan had only one poor inning during the former
    Royals relievers latest strong start for the last-place Reds.He had retired nine
    straight before the sixth, when Andrelton Simmons popped a double and scored on
    Crons two-out single to center. Jefry Marte then drove in Cron from first with a
    double to the right-field corner.Nolasco faced more trouble than Finnegan, but
    still escaped jams caused by errors by Marte and Kaleb Cowart. Ramon Cabrera got
    to third with one out in the sixth for Cincinnati, but Nolasco coolly retired
    Zack Cozart and Joey Votto.He has pitched some good games for us, better than
    his linescores have shown, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.THROWING
    BLANKSDespite their dismal overall record, the Angels matched Cleveland for the
    major league lead with their 10th shutout of the season. They have six shutouts
    since the All-Star break, tying Cincinnati for the big-league lead.TRAINERS
    ROOMReds: Dan Straily and Tim Adleman will move up one day in Cincinnatis
    rotation this weekend to give extra rest to Homer Bailey, who has a sore muscle
    in his right arm.Angels: The club has no plans to shut down Pujols despite some
    nagging plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Scioscia said. Pujols, who hit his
    586th homer earlier this week, has managed plantar fasciitis in his left foot
    for long stretches of his career.UP NEXTReds: After a travel day, Anthony
    DeSclafani (8-2, 2.96 ERA) opens a homestand against St. Louis.Angels: After a
    day off, Brett Oberholtzer (3-2, 5.16 ERA) makes his second start since the
    Angels claimed him off waivers from Philadelphia. He made it through just three
    innings at Detroit last weekend.
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    Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in
    Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. But
    Emery did not face even a disciplinary hearing with NHL senior vice president of
    player safety Brendan Shanahan because rules 46. Nine-hundred-and-fifty people
    walked through the Gabba gates before the first over was bowled.There wasnt the
    swimming pool, bikini, Hawaiian-shirted, beery-party atmosphere that had set the
    scene for the first three days of the Test. The eye-watering confetti pattern of
    the seats, meant to give the illusion of greater numbers but hidden by actual
    people from day one to three, was now revealed.The fans hadnt paid to enter: why
    would anyone pay to see a few overs, a couple of Pakistan wickets and a quick
    victory for the home side?A hundred and eight runs to win. Surely it may as well
    have been 1008. 100,008. A million and eight.****Asad Shafiq and Yasir Shah
    start quietly and solidly, Shafiq trying to keep the strike when Mitchell Starc,
    in particular, is bowling. The countdown is on.A hundred runs to win.A trickle
    of Pakistan fans, clad in green and bearing flags, have started to arrive. Some
    are families, cousins passing children around and chattering in Urdu. Others are
    on their own, or with a mate or two. But they all come to the same place.There
    is Rohan, from Lahore. He only arrived in Australia a few weeks earlier, here to
    study in Brisbane. The last time he saw Pakistan play was nine years ago in
    Karachi, when he was 14 years old.The chanting starts in earnest: Pakistan
    zindabad! For the players, this must be like playing in the UAE, their home that
    isnt a home: a huge stadium, virtually empty, echoing with the cries from a
    small pocket of noisy green loyalty.Yasir, with a top Test score of 30 to his
    name, crouches and waits as Starc steams in and spears a yorker at his toes.
    Yasir jams his bat down just in time. Another yorker, another jam.The fans know
    this is about survival; Bear Grylls should probably be out in the middle. They
    know Yasir needs all the help he can get. They scream at Starc as he runs in, No
    ball! No ball! As if they can, by shouting, force his foot to overstep.Josh
    Hazlewood is next. He bowls wide to Shafiq, who slashes through the covers for
    four.They jump to their feet. Maybe they dont all really believe yet, truly
    believe that their team can pull off the most preposterous chase in all of Test
    history. But they are starting to.Drinks are called. Eight-four runs to win.A
    family sits in the middle of the small crowd, all in green shirts with their
    names printed across the back. The father, Faisal. Next to him a young girl
    picks up a flag. Shes wearing green sunglasses with the Pakistan moon. As she
    stands on the chair her name becomes visible. Hidayah. Her tiny Mini-Me sister,
    Mahdiyya, smiles and claps as Hidayah starts the chanting, her young, clear
    voice ringing around the stands and out to the players in the middle. Pakistan
    zindabad!Nathan Lyon comes on to bowl. Come on Garry, they cry. Then
    laugh.Across the ground, a single Australian attempts the Aussie, Aussie, Aussie
    call. It sounds lonely and a little pathetic, so the Pakistan fans take it up.
    Theyll cheer for both sets of fans.Yasir almost edges Lyon to Peter Handscomb at
    short leg. Theres a collective intake of breath so sharp it seems all the air
    has been sucked out of the Gabba. Yasir safely sweeps the next ball for a single
    and the air is released. The countdown now comes afterr every run.dddddddddddd
    Only 73! Only 73!Smith sends Hansdcomb to field at third man, directly in front
    of Little Pakistan. It almost seems like a punishment for not taking the catch.
    Handscomb is greeted with a rousing rendition of Dil Dil Pakistan. Its a song
    thats ubiquitous at any cricket match involving Pakistan. Now, just weeks after
    the death of the iconic pop singer Junaid Jamshed, who made it famous, it evokes
    an added poignancy.Mani is singing along. Hes originally from Multan but has
    lived in the Australian capital, Canberra, where he umpires in a local
    competition, for five years. Hes never seen Pakistan play and he is beyond
    nervous.The fans have now become celebrities. The television crews arrive. Ian
    Healy, zindabad! The radio crews and photographers follow. There are jeers for
    Starc when he shapes to throw the ball back at Yasir. There are cheers when
    Yasir responds by nudging another single. Jeers and cheers all round. Mani and
    Rohan shake hands. Theyve never met but they share a bond and could be about to
    share in history.Fifty-three runs to win.Omair has been standing on his seat,
    leading the singing. He was born in Australia and lives in Sydney but his
    parents hail from Karachi. Lyon leaps full stretch in an attempt to take a ball
    that flies past him, and lands face-down. He stays there. Omair also goes down.
    He drums the seat with jittery hands. Every exhale is a gust of pure tension. I
    cant do this. I cant do this.Yasir is rapped on the pads and Hazlewood appeals.
    The the umpires finger rises and so do the hands of the fans as they clutch
    their heads. Mani turns away and mutters, He didnt offer a shot. He didnt offer
    a shot. He cant look at the big screen as Yasir calls for the DRS, but his
    neighbours do, all on their feet, all on edge. When the cheers go up for the
    not-out call, Mani shakes his head. Hes too anxious to celebrate.But the calls
    for a no-ball have disappeared. Theres no need for them. Shafiq and Shah have
    got this. Now they all believe.Forty-one runs to win.Starc. A bouncer. Shafiq.
    Warner.It happens so quickly and this time there is no review, no chance, no
    reprieve. There isnt even time to inhale. A few seconds of disbelief and then
    they are on their feet again. Shafiq removes his helmet and looks to the sky in
    despair and then raises his bat to Little Pakistan. Youre a hero. Youre a hero,
    they reply.They rouse once more for Rahat Ali. He squirts out a single. Rahat
    for president!Forty runs to win.And then its over. Quickly and inexplicably. As
    the bails flash in the sunlight and Yasir is caught flailing out of his crease,
    no one seems to believe it could end this way. Even though they started the day
    barely believing it could be this close.Two thousand five hundred and
    ninety-three people are now in the Gabba. They havent paid of course. Why would
    anyone pay to see a few overs, a couple of Pakistan wickets and a quick victory
    for the home side?The fans in Little Pakistan combine their chants. Aussie
    Aussie Aussie! Pakistan zindabad!So close, says Mani, as he leaves his new
    friends. Maybe… in Melbourne.
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