Errors, injury to Hanley Ramirez, spoil Roberto Hernandez’s Dodgers debut

first_imgAdrian Gonzalez nearly got to Milwaukee Brewers starter Kyle Lohse early. His first-inning fly ball into the left-field corner bounced off the wall, inches short of a home run. In the sixth inning, Gonzalez did plant a ball over the fence and into the second deck in right field.That brought the Dodgers within 2-1. In the top of the seventh inning, Gonzalez tied the game with an RBI single and the Dodgers took the lead on an RBI single by Andre Ethier. After starting slowly since being relegated to the bench, Ethier is now 5 for 15 with six RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season.Gonzalez went 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Since July 21, he’s batting .350.Thus ended the good.Hanley Ramirez walked in the first inning, then was removed with tightness in his right side. Ramirez said he suffered the injury swinging in the batting cage before the game and it continued to bother him whenever he swung or threw. MILWAUKEE >> The Dodgers made enough mistakes Friday to negate all that went right in their 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. That would have been hard to believe midway through the seventh inning, just before the bullpen took over with a 3-2 lead.First the good. Roberto Hernandez made his first start as a Dodger and made his new general manager look wise for acquiring him Thursday for two lower-level prospects. Hernandez pitched six strong innings but didn’t factor into the decision. The 33-year-old right-hander gave up two runs in the first inning, then retired the last 17 batters he faced. He allowed only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. The man he replaced in the rotation, Josh Beckett, hadn’t pitched that well in weeks.“The first inning, besides those two runs, I forgot about that,” Hernandez said. “In the second inning it was a new game.” “Donnie just wanted to be careful so he took me out of the game. … What he did, I think, was smart,” Ramirez said.Ramirez will undergo an MRI exam today. He’s managed to avoid the disabled list despite feeling intermittent pain in his shoulder and being a hit by pitch in St. Louis that caused his left hand to swell.Friday, he considered asking Mattingly to remove him from the starting lineup.“Obviously I want to be in there every day,” Ramirez said. “When things like this happen, it’s disappointing.”Without Ramirez, Mattingly had a choice. Miguel Rojas is the Dodgers’ best-fielding shortstop; Justin Turner is the club’s best-hitting shortstop by batting average. Since Hernandez is a ground-ball pitcher, Mattingly chose Rojas.“We trust JT,” Mattingly said. “He’s played good everywhere on the infield. He’s been real sure-handed.”Turner pinch-hit in the top of the seventh inning and responded with a single, then replaced Rojas at shortstop in the bottom of the inning.As baseball’s unwritten rules dictate, the ball found Turner right away. He dove to catch a line drive by Aramis Ramirez for the first out, only to commit two errors — one with his glove, another on a throw in the dirt. Another base hit up the middle went off Turner’s glove, and the Brewers scored four runs in the seventh inning. Only one was earned. Was it a classic case of the ball finding a player in his first inning off the bench?“It’s a classic case of I didn’t catch the (expletive) ball twice and I didn’t throw the ball to first base,” Turner said.Brandon League (2-3) was charged with three unearned runs and a blown save in two-thirds of an inning.Rookie Carlos Frias came in to pitch the eighth inning and allowed a three-run home run to Rickie Weeks that put the game out of reach.Combined with the San Francisco Giants’ loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Dodgers remained four games ahead of the Giants in the National League West.For Hernandez, it was an unusual introduction to his new team. In winning three straight games, the Dodgers had been finding ways to win — a walk-off ground ball; a dominant start by Dan Haren; a stellar defensive game.Friday, they found a way to lose.Hernandez said he was surprised by the trade but happy to join a team in the midst of a pennant race.“I’m more happy,” he said, “if my team wins.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Former Sumner County Treasurer Carolyn Heasty, 71, Wellington: July 20, 1944 – June 14, 2016

first_imgCarolyn HeastyCarolyn L. Heasty, age 71, loving mother, grandma, sister and friend, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, KS. She was elected Sumner County Treasurer in 1996 and retired in 2012.Carolyn L. (Barry) Heasty was born on July 20, 1944 in Wichita, KS to Orville Eugene Barry and Beatrice Orlean (Tennant) Barry. She was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1962 and a graduate of Wichita State University. She lived in the Wellington most of her life.Carolyn enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, watching Wichita State Shockers basketball, gardening, was an active member of Wellington Rotary Club and United Methodist Women.She is preceded in death by her parents.She is survived by her three daughters, Cassy and Danny Smith of Wellington, KS, Mary Mericle and Mike Mills of Moline, KS, and Gem and Steve Watts of Derby, KS; two sisters, Pat and Jimmie Frost and Shirley and Allen Weber all of Wellington, KS; seven granddaughters, Carley Smith and Taylor Smith, Jessi Mericle, Geena Mericle and her fiancé Michael Armstrong, MaKinzie Watts and Maddie Watts, and Tania and Brett Mariman; three great granddaughters, Avery Beatrice Tillapaugh, Evelyn Eugene Hinton and Ella Mariman.Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.  Chaplain Dan Floyd will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 17, 2016 from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. =A memorial has been established with the Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment Foundation in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guestbook, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Clear Lake Fire Department gets anonymous donation for underwater search and rescue device

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake Volunteer Fire Department has received an anonymous donation to be used to purchase a remotely operated underwater vehicle to be utilized for search and rescue operations throughout north-central Iowa.Fire Chief Doug Meyers says it’s basically a computer-controlled submarine the size of travel luggage that can be used from a boat platform in the open-water season as well as from the ice during the winter months. “The drone itself has a couple of different sensors on it. There’s some high-intensity lighting that’s included with it, and a live video camera. Probably the most important part is a multi-beam sonar that’s attached to it. That would be much more useful when the water is kind of cloudy or poor visibility, like at night when you don’t have a lot of ambient lighting. The sonar is a real high-intensity sonar that allows for basically 3D imaging objects in the water, whether it be a victim of a drowning or a submerged piece of equipment like an ATV or car or something like that.”Meyers says when reflecting on the past, this piece of equipment would have been a tremendous help in rescue efforts. “What it does is that it really would shorten down the length of time you could do a search of an area, plus in the event that you were able to locate something with traditional side-scan sonar, this would allow you to grab a hold of the victim with some sort of retrievable device on it, or deploy some sort of marking system, whether it would be a small buoy or line to the victim, that you could use for the retrieval process.”Meyers says the device would also help reduce the number of department members in the water searching for a victim, especially in the winter months.  “In particular in Clear Lake when we have the aerator sections that are wide open and really cover a large area, especially in the early and late season when you may have areas of 30 or 40 acres of open water, and it’s almost impossible to get a small boat to those areas and then use traditional sonar. This could be deployed directly from the ice, and we have about 450 feet of tether line that we could use from the safety of the ice shelf without putting people in the water.”Meyers says it’s great to see people step up such as the anonymous donor for this piece of equipment as well as those who made the donation for the department’s fire boat.  “The fire boat was donated by a couple that was passionate about the lake as well as the community as a whole. They had a lot of experience with boating and sailing. Those are the type of people that make living in Iowa great, they look forward to giving back to communities when they have opportunities.”Meyers says they will have a couple of weeks of training before having the device ready for use, and he says under their mutual aid agreements, it will be available for other departments to use when needed.last_img read more