Brew­ers nip Dodgers in NL opener


The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - (Reuters)

The Philip­pine Swimming League (PSL) copped seven gold, nine sil­ver and one bronze medals on the open­ing day of the 2018 Tokyo In­vi­ta­tional Swimming Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day at the St. Mary’s In­ter­na­tional School swimming pool in Tokyo, Ja­pan.

Palarong Pam­bansa most be­medalled ath­lete Mi­caela Jasmine Mojdeh of Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Col­lege-Parañaque and Aishel Cid Evangelista of West Manila Chris­tian School led the charge of the squad as they copped two gold medals each in their re­spec­tive age-groups.

A vet­eran of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, Mojdeh dis­played her prow­ess in the girls’ 11-12 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley (IM) via a two-minute, 28.93-sec­ond show­ing, eras­ing the 2:32.18 old mark of Michelle Peter­son in 2016.

Mo­ments later, Mojdeh dom­i­nated the 100m breast­stroke in 1:17.06, a few sec­onds bet­ter than the 1:19.15 pre­vi­ous record of Peter­son.

Not to be out­done was Evangelista, who topped the boys’ 8-un­der 25m freestyle with a time of 15.79 sec­onds, break­ing the 25-yearold mark (16.16) of Olympian Miguel Molina in 1993.

He also earned a gold in the 50m breast­stroke event (45.50) of the tour­na­ment par­tic­i­pated in by 22 teams in­clud­ing those from China, Tai­wan, Eng­land, US and host Ja­pan.

Shar­ing the spot­light was Fran­cisco Cordero, who ruled the boys’ 11-12 100m breast­stroke in 1:11.54, smash­ing the 1:11.91 record of Teo Taka­hashi in 2011.

Richelle Ann Raine Callera (girls’ 8-un­der 25m freestyle, 16.39) and Phe­lic­ity Bose (girls’ 15-18 200m breast­stroke, 2:59.45) added one gold apiece.

“It was a great start for our team, es­tab­lish­ing new records against some of the world’s best young swim­mers in this com­pe­ti­tion. We are happy with the out­come and we’re hop­ing to win more gold medals in the com­ing days,” said PSL pres­i­dent Su­san Papa.

“We would like to thank the Filipino com­mu­nity in Ja­pan es­pe­cially Myles Bel­tran and Ar­nel Pun­za­lan who sup­ported our team all through­out the com­pe­ti­tion. We are ex­tremely grate­ful for the help they ex­tended,” added Papa.

The win was the Brew­ers’ 12th straight dat­ing back to the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Game 2 in the best-of-7 is sched­uled for Satur­day af­ter­noon, also in Mil­wau­kee, with the Dodgers ex­pected to pitch left-han­der Hyun-Jin Ryu against Brew­ers lefty Wade Mi­ley.

Domingo San­tana had a two-run, pinch-hit sin­gle, and Je­sus Aguilar smacked a home run as the Brew­ers sent Dodgers ace Clay­ton Ker­shaw to the show­ers af­ter just three-plus in­nings, the short­est post­sea­son start of his ca­reer.

Manny Machado drove in three runs with a home run and two-run sin­gle for the Dodgers, who are mak­ing their third straight ap­pear­ance in the NLCS.

Woodruff got the Brew­ers rolling, first with his arm. He came on in re­lief af­ter the Dodgers had taken a 1-0 lead against Mil­wau­kee starter Gio Gon­za­lez, with Machado pro­vid­ing the run with his third homer this post­sea­son in the sec­ond in­ning.

Gon­za­lez was pulled af­ter two in­nings de­spite hav­ing al­lowed just one hit and one walk. He also struck out one.

Af­ter re­tir­ing the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the top of the third, Woodruff stepped to the plate and belted a two-strike Ker­shaw fast­ball well over the fence in right-cen­ter field for his sec­ond ca­reer home run, ty­ing the score.

“I thought he was go­ing to at­tack me. I was just try­ing to make contact, make it a tough at-bat for him, and make him work a lit­tle bit. Just got lucky, and was able to hit it out,” Woodruff told Fox Sports postgame.

The Brew­ers added a sec­ond run in the in­ning, in large part be­cause of a night­mar­ish se­quence by Dodgers catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal, who recorded two er­rors – one on catcher ’s in­ter­fer­ence – and a passed ball in the in­ning.


Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers re­lief pitcher Bran­don Woodruff cel­e­brates af­ter hit­ting a solo home run dur­ing the third in­ning against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers in game one of the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries at Miller Park.

Aishel Cid Evangelista

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