Crawford shines as Mariners thump Orioles 13-3

first_img Share: Crawford shines as Mariners thump Orioles 13-3 Kikuchi rebounds with solid effort on the mound Kikuchi (4-5) had lost four straight decisions, raising concerns about his transition from Japan to the majors, especially with his velocity ticking down. In his previous five starts, Kikuchi allowed 44 hits and 23 earned runs and had not pitched past the fifth inning.Sunday was a marginal improvement, even if it started out shaky.Trey Mancini hit his 17th homer in the first inning, and Kikuchi walked a season-high four over the first two innings. After escaping a jam in the second by giving up only one run, Kikuchi retired eight of the next nine. He allowed another run in the sixth after a leadoff double by Renato Nuñez, but his velocity was up and the overall results were better.“It wasn’t my best performance, it wasn’t my 100 percent performance, but I was able to grind through and build a ballgame for my team so I was proud of that,” Kikuchi said through an interpreter. “The last five starts I wasn’t able to perform the best I could and (Servais) has been very nice to me and given me a bunch of advice and my teammates around me have praised me a lot and helped me build my confidence.”ROSTER SHUFFLESeattle continued to shuffle the arms in its bullpen by selecting RHPs Matt Carasiti and Mike Wright from Triple-A Tacoma. To clear the roster spots, the Mariners optioned RHP Gerson Bautista to Tacoma, designated for assignment LHP Jesse Biddle and transferred RHP Chasen Bradford to the 60-day injured list. Manager Scott Servais said a second opinion revealed Bradford has an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The team is unsure if surgery will be needed. By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press 2 Photos Share: Follow The Columbian on Instagram Carasiti was released from the Cubs organization on June 7 after pitching last season in Japan. He pitched a scoreless inning, becoming the 34th pitcher this season for the Mariners. Wright started the season with Baltimore before being acquired by Seattle in April. He pitched two scoreless innings.UP NEXTAfter a day off, the Mariners open a road trip in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Marco Gonzales (8-6) will start the opener. “My timing has been good and I’m not missing my pitches to hit. That’s the biggest thing,” Crawford said. “When you get in a little funk, you start fouling off pitches you should be hitting.”Seattle reached double-digit runs for the 11th time this season. Mac Williamson hit a two-run homer and scored three times. Austin Nola, Dee Gordon and Mallex Smith all had RBI singles during Seattle’s big inning.Baltimore starter Gabriel Ynoa (0-5) gave up seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. After snapping a 10-game losing streak a day earlier, the Orioles allowed 10 or more runs for the 15th time.“There’s not a whole lot of options right now,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said of his pitching. “We have what we have. I think we’re kind of seeking what we have at the upper levels right now and that’ll change over the course of time but this is what we have right now.”center_img Seattle Mariners’ J.P. Crawford reacts on first after hitting a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Photo Gallery Follow GO Published: June 23, 2019, 5:04pm SEATTLE — J.P. Crawford felt his trade to Seattle would give him the opportunity to be an everyday shortstop — hopefully as part of what the Mariners hope to build long-term.His recent performance is backing up Seattle’s belief in the 24-year-old.“I like his demeanor, how he’s carrying himself on the field. He’s been really good,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.Crawford had a career-high four hits and drove in four, Yusei Kikuchi had his best outing in a month, and the Mariners used an eight-run third inning to thump the Baltimore Orioles 13-3 Sunday.Crawford lifted his average to exactly .300 in his first season since being acquired from Philadelphia. The promising young shortstop hit his second home run of the season in the first inning, had a pair of singles and drove in two during the third inning, and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Since May 22, Crawford has raised his batting average 56 points. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

North Carolina Road Trip Itinerary What to Eat Drink and Do in

first_imgWhat to DoHighlands Botanical Garden and Nature Center: Part of the Highlands Biological Station research facility, the center features some of the area’s natural wonders.Hike to Sunset Rock: Leave the car at the nature center and walk over to what leads to a natural amphitheater along the cliffside.Satulah Mountain Brewing Co.: Beyond the local brew, Satulah boasts the largest local draft beer selection in town.The Ugly Dog Pub: This classic tavern will make you feel right at home.Waterfall drive: See Bridal Veil Falls on US 64/28, which cascades 120 feet over the highway. Dry Falls, also on US 64/28 W, is a 75-foot waterfall that visitors can walk behind. Glen Falls, on NC 106 S, is a series of three large falls, dropping about 60 feet each.Day 5: AshevilleWake up today and start the 90-minute drive back to Asheville. On the way, make sure to stop at neighboring Cashiers or Brevard, two other small mountain towns that are charming and worth exploring before heading home.Article originally published on April 5, 2019. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Planning a road trip? Here’s everything you might need to plot a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek.The diversity of North Carolina makes it a top destination for tourism and the extra beautiful mountain region makes the the top of the list for places to visit within the state. The best way to see what North Carolina’s mountains offer is by experiencing them through scenic drives and stops in the cities that offer quaint places to stay, incredible restaurants, and lots of activities to fill your time. Below is a guide to help inspire your next North Carolina road trip. It all starts by landing in Asheville, the state’s most progressive and welcoming community, where you can pick up your car rental and head to town.Day 1: AshevilleArrive in Asheville and check into the Windsor Asheville, an all-suite boutique property with kitchens, living rooms, and a private bedroom located in the heart of downtown.Biscuit HeadsFood and Drink Biscuit Head: If you’re a fan of biscuits, this might just be your nirvana. Options range from savory to sweet.The Corner Kitchen: Located in one of the historic Biltmore Village homes, Corner Kitchen is a favorite among locals and visitors. The corned beef hash and creamy grits are a signature breakfast item.Buxton Hall: James Beard Award-winning chefs Meherwan Irani and Elliott Moss opened up their new place, which honors the mountain tradition of pit-cooked, whole-hog, slow-cooked barbecue. It’s everything you will have hoped for. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Rhubarb: The James Beard Foundation named chef John Fleer one of the “Rising Stars of the 21st Century” and his passion for Appalachian food traditions is reflected in his menus and revival of the Sunday night supper, a family-style meal experience.Sovereign Remedies: Charlie Hodge, who creates beverage programs for restaurants across the country, has partnered with Asheville “Mushroom Man” Alan Muskat to create cocktails with foraged ingredients.Top of the Monk: Top of the Monk has been named one of the best pre-Prohibition era craft cocktail bars in the country. Once you order your drink, make sure to get a key to receive a special bar bite in an old post office box!Biltmore/FacebookWhat to DoAsheville Bee Charmer: The two locations of Asheville Bee Charmer showcase local and regional bee-themed skincare products, housewares and gifts, sweet treats, and, of course, honey.Battery Park Book Exchange: An eclectic vintage bookstore that serves Champagne — you can’t really go wrong here.Ben’s Penny Mart: Grab an incredible deli sandwich or hot dog from local vendor Foothills Meats at the Ben’s Penny Mart bodega. While in the area, hit up some of the breweries, including Burial Brewing, Catawba Brewing, Green Man, Hi-Wire, Twin Leaf, and the Funkatorium (Wicked Weed’s sour beer headquarters). Try a bottle of Ben’s house-made sake back at the Penny Mart.Biltmore: It’s hard to pass up a trip to the Biltmore estate, the largest private home in America. There’s more than just the house tour: the property offers a winery tour and tasting, as well as two hotels.Herbiary: This downtown shop offers organic and pesticide-free herbs and teas, phthalate-free skincare, and great gift ideas.Day 2: WaynesvilleDepart for Waynesville, a 40-minute drive from Asheville. Upon arriving, check into The Swag, perched 5,000 feet above the cares of the world. This bed-and-breakfast offers breathtaking views from the mountaintops complemented by luxurious accommodations, award-winning service and cuisine, and a private entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s important to note that The Swag is located in “dry country” but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a few libations that you picked up in Asheville with you!SwagFood and DrinkJoey’s Pancake House: Even people who never order pancakes anywhere else swear by the ones served here, so they are worth a visit.Bourbon Barrel: Look forward to a wonderful selection of all-natural steaks from local farms as well as microbrews and ales from local brewers.Sweet Onion: The regional cuisine here includes everything from southern fried chicken to pastas to fresh mountain trout.Haywood Smokehouse: Expect true mountain barbecue, smoked fresh every day — just don’t get there late because once it’s gone, it’s gone!The Chef’s Table: Fresh, seasonal, local foods and produce paired with wines from around the world.Cataloochee Ranch: This nearby guest ranch has trails for horseback riding or mountain hiking.Boojum Brewing: One of Haywood County’s best craft microbreweries, it has its tasting room/restaurant next door to the Waynesville Visitor Center.Wheels Through Time: Even if you don’t love motorcycles, this museum is pretty incredible. Home to the world’s premier collection of rare American vintage motorcycles, the museum more than 300 rarities and classics from Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson, Flying Merkel, and more.The Swag: Breakfast specialties include cider-simmered oatmeal, omelets made to order, breakfast breads, bacon, country sausage, and fresh juice. The dinner bell rings at 7:00 p.m.; enjoy a four-course meal in the candlelit dining room and get to know the other lucky guests staying there.Day 3: WaynesvilleToday is all about driving and exploring the scenic mountain roads. Start off with a hefty breakfast and load up on snacks or stop along the drive as you wish to grab a bite. This is what you came for, so spend less time worrying about food and more time taking in the views.Pierre Leclerc Photography/Getty ImagesWhat to DoBlue Ridge Parkway Loop: Enjoy the morning exploring “America’s Favorite Drive.” Haywood County’s 46 miles of the 469-mile parkway is the highest elevated section, so get your camera ready for some epic photographs. Hop onto the Blue Ridge Parkway via U.S. 19, just outside of Maggie Valley, which will start you at Mile Marker 455. As you head north toward Asheville (note that marker numbers decrease), make a point to stop at Waterrock Knob (MM 451.2) for 365-degree views and Richland Balsam (MM 431.4), the highest peak on the parkway at 6,411 feet. You can hop off the parkway at three places: Mile Marker 443.1 Balsam Gap US 74-23 Crossover; Mile Marker 423.3 Beech Gap. NC 215 Crossover; Mile Marker 412.2 Wagon Road Gap US 276 Crossover. If you choose to explore all 46 miles, which will take you several hours with stops, here are few other points of interest: MM 417 Looking Glass Rock; MM 418.8 Graveyard Fields Overlook; and MM 422.4 Devil’s Courthouse Parking Area.Cataloochee Valley: One of the most remote areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the valley provides a look back in time to one of the area’s original pioneer settlements. The winding trails also lead to hikes as well as to views of the elk, which are most commonly seen at dusk, and have flourished, with more than 100 now living in and around the valley.Day 4: HighlandsDepart for Highlands (about 90 minutes away) and check into the Old Edwards Inn & Spa, a European-style retreat. The main inn takes over four city blocks and includes the spa, their signature restaurant, shops, cottages, and even a heated outdoor mineral pool.Food and DrinkBistro on Main: You’ll find salads, sandwiches, and entrees at the Main Street Inn’s restaurant.Madison’s: The Old Edwards’s signature restaurant, spearheaded by chef Johannes Klapdohr, is considered the classiest place in town and with good reason. Let the staff guide you through the extensive menu.Wild Thyme Gourmet: Expect American cuisine with an Asian influence.Wine Garden: This spot promises al fresco dining with a menu of salads, sandwiches, and entrees, as well as an assortment of local craft beer.center_img 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races last_img read more