first_imgCHICAGO — Matt Harvey refused to let a hard-luck loss get him down.Despite being letdown by both his offense and his bullpen, the New York Mets ace kept his comments upbeat and centered on the team — not himself — on May 13.Chris Coghlan drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Mets, wasting seven shutout innings from Harvey.The Cubs, who have won three straight, scored twice in the final two innings as Carlos Torres (1-2) suffered the loss.The Mets still are in first place in the NL East, but have lost three straight and have dropped six of eight on the road.“After the last couple of weeks, we really needed that,” Harvey said. “We’re gonna be ready to play (Thursday). We’ve got a long stretch of games and we’re all gonna stay positive and go out there.”The right-hander allowed only three hits and struck out nine by blended a blistering fastball with a heavy dose of off-speed pitches. But that was only good enough for a no decision — especially with the offense struggling.“We’re gonna put up runs,” he said. “We’re in a little bit of a rut right now, but, obviously, everybody goes through that. Tomorrow’s the first day to come out of it.”The Cubs tied the score in the bottom of the eighth. Addison Russell had a one-out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Dexter Fowler.With New York’s bullpen short, Torres stayed in to start the ninth and gave up back-to-back hits to Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro before intentionally walking Miguel Montero. After Mets Manager Terry Collins brought in Jeurys Familia with the bases loaded and no one out, Coghlan drew a walk to give the Cubs the win.“It’s always tough to lose a tough game like that, especially when you’ve had the outing. Matt pitched a great game,” Collins said. “We’re just not giving any of our guys any room to wiggle, but he was outstanding.”Hector Rondon (2-0) earned the win for the Cubs after pitching a scoreless ninth.Cubs starter Jason Hammel allowed only two hits until the fifth inning when the Mets broke a scoreless tie.A single by Curtis Granderson and a Daniel Murphy double in the sixth inning gave the Mets runners on second and third with nobody out. Michael Cuddyer grounded out to score Granderson before Hammel pitched out of trouble to limit the damage to one run.New York’s only other threat came in the first inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but failed to score as Hammel got Wilmer Flores top pop out to short left field and then struck out Kevin Plawecki.“That was a big moment because you don’t want to give up several runs and then have to face (Harvey),” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. “Once he got by that moment, he really settled in and pitched wonderfully.”(JOHN JACKSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndian women’s team settled for silver in women’s hockey on Friday after losing 1-2 in the final against Japan at Asian Games 2018.Minami Shimizu and Motomori Kawamura scored for Japan through penalty corners in the 11th an 44th minute while Neha Goyal’s field goal in the 25th minute was the lone strike for India, who were aiming to win their first Asiad gold since 1982.The loss will hurt the Indians badly as a gold here would have guaranteed a direct qualification in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Indians had qualified for the final of the Asian Games after a gap of 20 years gap, having beaten China in the semifinals.Ahead of the Olympics, Japanese hockey is on the right track with the women winning their maiden Asian Games title after finishing runners-up thrice.For Indian hockey, there was more disappointment after the fancied men’s team failed to defend its gold following their loss to Malaysia in the semifinals yesterday.Coming into the match, the Indians were favourites to win the title as they are ranked five places above Japan at ninth in the world rankings.In the first quarter, India made more forays into the opposition circle but lacked the finishing touch. Their first big opportunity came in fourth minute when Navneet Kaur could not do much with captain Rani Rampal’s pass into the striking zone.Asian Games 2018, Day 13: Live UpdatesJapan had their opportunity too in the eighth minute but Indian goalkeeper Savita made a good save.Navneet then helped India get their first penalty corner in the 10th minute but dragflicker Gurjit Kaur could not get it past the Japanese goalkeeper.advertisementAnother Japanese counter attack followed which resulted in their first penalty corner which was clinically converted by Shimizu in the 11th minute.FT| The Indian Women’s Hockey Team were put to the test by a challenging Japanese side as they claim the Silver medal at the @asiangames2018 after a valiant effort by the Eves goes unrewarded on 31st August.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvJPN India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 31, 2018Down by a goal, India kept attacking but with little precision.Sensing urgency, India pressed hard for the equaliser in the second quarter. They came close when Sunita Lakra provided a finely placed pass to Udita but she could not make it count.India drew level in the 25th minute when Navneet Kaur’s crisp reverse hit was neatly deflected in by a patiently waiting Neha.India were the better team in the second quarter, creating more chances and had the ball a lot more than the Japanese.In the 36th minute, a skilful one two from Vandana Katariya and Navjot Kaur almost got India the lead but Udita’s shot was saved by the Japanese keeper.Seconds later, another opportunity was missed when Vandana’s attempt was parried away by the custodian.The Japanese got their first major opportunity of the third quarter when they earned a penalty corner in the 44th minute and Motomi executed a delightful finish, taking the ball on the left and firing it in with a reverse hit.The Indian fans, who turned up in sizeable number, were left shell shocked with the Japanese goal.The Indian women, like their male counterparts in the semifinals yesterday, were guilty of holding on to the ball for far too long while the Japanese operated with quick passes.With less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock, the Indian shirts were a constant in the opposition circle but they could not find the back of the net.With a goal lead and end drawing closer, the Japanese expectedly slowed the game down when once they reached the Indian half.India withdrew their goalkeeper Savita with two minutes remaining as India desperately pushed for an equaliser.They even got two chances with 40 seconds left on the clock but failed to find the Japanese net.last_img read more