There were eight home runs hit in the game (four by each team). Justin Turner and Chris Taylor also went deep for the Dodgers, who won their fourth consecutive game and 10th in their past 11 games.For Bellinger, the home runs were his 20th and 21st in 51 games since he was promoted from Triple-A on April 25. No other player in the majors has hit more than 17 homers in that time and no other player in major-league history has hit as many in his first 51 big-league games.“Yeah, it’s crazy,” Bellinger said with a smile. “A month and a half ago, if you told me what I was going to do, I probably would have called you crazy. But for me, like I’ve said before, I’m going to come in tomorrow and do my same routine and try to have good at-bats.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bellinger was asked if he knew who led his league in home runs. After guessing Aaron Judge – the overall leader with 23 for the New York Yankees – Bellinger was reminded that Judge plays in the American League.“Oh,” he said. “I don’t know – me?”Bellinger broke into laughter at that point but it is indeed the rookie who leads the National League in home runs. Monday’s multi-homer game was Bellinger’s fifth, tying Mike Piazza (in 1993) for the most by a Dodgers rookie. Piazza had his fifth on Oct. 3 that year, the final day of the regular season. The Dodgers still have 91 games to go this season.“This pace – if you kind of pro-rate these numbers, I mean, that’s absurd,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Bellinger, who has hit a home run every 9.2 at-bats. “But I think the quality of at-bat can continue.”Bellinger isn’t the only Dodger putting up startling home run numbers this season – so is the team’s ace, Clayton Kershaw.Kershaw gave up four home runs Monday night – two to Jose Reyes and one each to Jay Bruce and Gavin Cecchini. For Cecchini – the Mets’ No. 8 hitter who had a total of 27 home runs in six minor-league seasons – it was his first major-league home run.That set career-highs for home runs allowed in a game and a season for Kershaw, who has allowed 17 in 15 starts this season (one more than he gave up over 33 starts in 2012).Kershaw has allowed more than one home run in four of his starts this season, matching the number of multi-homer games he had in 81 starts over the previous three seasons.Five times in his career, Kershaw has allowed three or more home runs in a start. Three of those games have been this season – April 8 in Colorado, May 28 at home against the Chicago Cubs and Monday against the Mets.“No, I don’t know,” Kershaw said when asked if he could explain those numbers. “You hope mistakes are hit for singles or doubles or whatever. It just so happens mine are being hit out of the ballpark right now. I don’t know what you do to change that other than stop making mistakes, I guess.”Kershaw’s mistakes are leaving the park at a career-high rate even though his hard-hit percentage, strikeout rate and fly-ball rate are all around his career norm. Kershaw said he had “no theory” to explain that and neither did Roberts.“That’s a good question. I don’t have an answer,” Roberts said. “His track record – I think and I’m certain that it will even out. This pace of giving up home runs for Clayton, I definitely don’t see it continuing.”Reyes’ second home run, a two-run shot into the left-field pavilion, ended Kershaw’s night with one out in the seventh inning. The six runs he allowed were the most he has given up in a start since April 11, 2015 in Arizona and the most earned runs he has allowed in a start since he gave up seven to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 17, 2014.And yet, he became the first 10-game winner in the National League this season thanks to an offense that has averaged seven runs per game over their past 10 and had a season-high 17 hits Monday (including four from Turner and three from Bellinger).“We’ve got a lot of guys swinging the bats really well and they picked me up today,” Kershaw said. “There’s two ways to go. You can either try to rethink everything when you have a start like this or you can just say, ‘Screw it’ and come back tomorrow and act like it didn’t happen.“I’m going to go with the latter for now, I think.” LOS ANGELES >> LOS ANGELES – Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger might or might not get an invitation to the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Miami next month. So he’s starting without them.Bellinger hit home runs in his first two at-bats Monday night as the Dodgers scored seven times in the first two innings and hung on for a 10-6 win over the New York Mets.
Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls were in a militant mood yesterday, as they rebounded from the disappointment of their Pool B defeat to England in the 2015 Netball World Cup in Australia to dispatch Scotland 71-24 in a one-sided affair. The result meant Jamaica (four points) finished second behind England (six points) in Pool B. The two nations advanced to the second round (Pool E), where Jamaica played against New Zealand earlier this morning, and are to face Uganda and Malawi, with the top two moving on to the semi-finals. Australia, South Africa, Wales and England will contest Pool F, which will decide the other two semi-finalists. Sunshine Girls head coach, Minneth Reynolds, told The Gleaner in a telephone interview that although the team was disappointed after their loss to England, the Girls remain resolute and are even more determined and focused on their goal. “The focus has remained the same although they lost to England. We were a bit disappointed at first, but they (Sunshine Girls) are still on a mission, so we bounced back against the Scottish,” she said. “They probably put more into the Scotland game because they wanted to prove to themselves that they are worthy contenders and that we can compete at our best at anytime,” she continued. A win over New Zealand this morning would put the Jamaicans in pole position to win their qualification group and set a likely semi-final date with England. That is if things go according to plan and Australia win Pool F. Prior to the match, Reynolds said they intended to win against New Zealand and top the group. “We are looking forward to New Zealand; we know it’s going to be a very tough game, but we are sticking to the task. Our attack will have to be penetrative, and we cannot stop at anything, we just have to be strong. “We want to win this game and all the games in the group. It’s important to win all your games, as winning your games only strengthens your confidence of getting to the final. So the objective is to win, and that is what is expected, and the Girls are looking forward to go out there, compete and win,” she continued. “The belief is still alive, the determination and the confidence is still there, and we are definitely going for gold, so we are going out to play our best, and we will be going very hard,” added Reynolds. In other matches yesterday, Wales beat Uganda 49-47, Fiji beat Zambia 59-51, South Africa beat Sri Lanka 89-17.
…though PwC valuation report still to be made publicThough a report on the valuation of the assets of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has not yet been released, Government is optimistic that the divestment process can begin in a matter of months.In a sit down with the media after signing a loan agreement on Friday, Finance Minister Winston Jordan was asked for an update on the divestment process. In his response, he noted that Government is optimistic of starting in the first half of 2019, a fact expressed by President David Granger.“We expect by the first half of next year to divest some of the estates,” Jordan said, adding “I will speak with (Special Purpose Unit head Colvin Heath-London) to see if we have any further updates. Otherwise, the next update perhaps will be in the budget speech, in terms of where we are and what we expect.”The parliamentary Opposition has been calling on the Government to publicise the PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) valuation report into GuySuCo’s assets. The valuation was supposed to have preceded the sale of the various estates and accompanying assets.That process has already started; however, neither the Government nor the accounting firm has released the document. At a recent press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo zeroed in on this state of affairs.“We were told that before any decision was made, that PriceWaterhouse Coopers will do a valuation of assets. Where is the valuation of the assets and why don’t they release it to the Guyanese public, so we will see what they have valued the assets of GuySuCo at and whether we come close to realising that value,” Jagdeo had said.“Or if they have undervalued the assets of GuySuCo and then would claim that they got more than the valuation. We’d like to see a copy of the report. But it seems as though its done secretly and we don’t know what assurances are given by PwC and SPU, whether those are assurances Cabinet has agreed to,” the Opposition Leader added.SeveranceJordan was also asked about the payment of severances. He noted that the supplementary paper must be approved for the severance to be paid. He also noted that when Government paid its first tranche, many workers received their full severance.“We said once the Parliament passes the supplementary and the President signs the supplementary appropriations Act, they will be paid. We will transfer the money. My understanding is that they already have the sheets ready.”“In January, we had said we were going to make the payments in two parts, because we didn’t have the monies to make severance. We said at the time that those owed $500,000 or less, we would pay fully. So nobody got less than $500,000, if you were at $500,000 or above. So a significant number of sugar workers were paid their full severance.”Jordan reminded that Government had promised to make the remainder of the severance available by the second half of 2018. He noted that the year is not finished, but assured that Government would remain on this timeline.Earlier this month, Government tabled a financial paper seeking parliamentary approval for $2.4 billion to pay-off hundreds of sugar workers. This was even as several sugar workers protested in front of Parliament. Of the $7.5 billion financial paper totalled, $2.4 billion was set aside for severance pay.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.In November of that year, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2500 workers by the end of that year. That number increased substantially and ended up being over 7000.