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CINCINNATI - The Giants bid goodbye to Cincinnati with high-fives. Fake Pistons Jerseys . They havent done that very often. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner got his career-high sixth straight win, and San Francisco beat the Reds 6-1 on Thursday afternoon, taking a series in Cincinnati for the first time in five years. San Francisco moved a season-high 18 games over .500 with its 11th win in 14 games. The Giants have the best record in the majors at 39-21. After making four errors in the series opener and falling 8-3, the Giants were reminded that theyve had a tough time in Great American Ball Park the last couple of years. They won the next two games and moved on with smiles for a change. "Its been a tough park for us," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Gosh, between our defence and our pitching, we hadnt had a lot of success here. Of course we did bounce back at a critical time in 2012 (playoffs), but I know weve had some of our worst baseball here. "So it was good, particularly after losing the first game the way we did, to bounce back and play the type of ball we did the next two days." Cincinnati has been one of their most dreaded stops. The Giants won a series in Cincinnati for the first time since August 18-20, 2009. Theyve dropped 11 of their last 14 in Cincinnati during the regular season. The one bright moment was their division series win in Cincinnati in 2012, the starting point for their World Series title. Bumgarner (8-3) gave up three hits in eight innings, including Todd Fraziers homer, and retired the last 16 batters he faced. Hes 6-0 in his last seven starts, the best such streak of his career. Michael Morse hit a two-run homer, and Brandon Crawford broke out of a slump with a three-run shot off Mike Leake (3-5), who had overwhelmed the Giants the last four times he faced them. Bumgarner was the NLs Pitcher of the Month in May and carried it into June with another stingy performance on the road. Bumgarner has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last 20 road starts, a franchise record. The Reds came out swinging and got two of their three hits in the first inning. Once Bumgarner saw what was happening, he changed his approach early in the count and got them hitting the ball on the ground. "They came out aggressive," said Bumgarner, who retired 23 of the last 24 he faced. "After that first inning, when they came out swinging, I made some adjustments and the defence was phenomenal. They made a lot of good plays. "Today was the best you can hope for, really. I got a lot of quick outs and got the team back in the dugout." George Kontos retired the side in the ninth as the final 19 Reds went in order. Cincinnati didnt have a base runner after Frazier singled with two outs in the third inning. They won the series by finally getting to Leake, who was 4-0 in his last four starts against the Giants while allowing only three earned runs. Leake lasted only five innings and gave up eight hits, a walk and five runs. Morse homered for the second straight game, connecting for his team-high 13th homer in the second inning. That ended Leakes streak of six straights without giving up a homer. Crawfords seventh homer in the fourth inning was his first since May 21. The shortstop was in a 4 for 32 slump. Pablo Sandoval singled three times and scored a pair of runs, improving to 11 for 17 career against Leake with two homers. Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to six games. Frazier hit his team-high 12th homer in the first inning, his second homer in two games. Hes got a six-game hitting streak that includes three homers. NOTES: The Giants open a 10-game homestand against the Mets, Nationals and Rockies on Friday. Matt Cain (1-3) will be activated off the DL to face Jonathon Niese (3-3). ... The Reds continue their 10-game homestand against the Phillies, with Johnny Cueto (5-4) going against LHP Cole Hamels (1-3). ... Reds manager Bryan Price won a challenge in the third. Umpire Larry Vanover decided that Brayan Pena pulled his foot off first base while reaching for a throw, leaving Buster Posey safe. The call was overturned on review. ... The Reds are undecided on whether RHP Mat Latos, who left a rehab start on Wednesday night after 67 pitches because of a calf cramp, will need to make one more start in the minors before hes activated. Eddie Miles Jersey . Kevin Durant certainly played like there was on Sunday night, scoring 36 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Thunder made quick work of the visiting Pacers with a 118-94 win. Chucky Atkins Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. https://www.cheappistonsonline.com/826y-kentavious-caldwell-pope-jersey-pistons.html . Lauzon rushed for 42 yards on 15 carries for the Vert et Or (2-3) while quarterback Jeremi Roch completed 19-of-32 passes for 251 yards and one interception. Alexandre Aube scored the other touchdown for Sherbrooke.UNIONDALE, N.Y. – It was top line or bust most nights for the Maple Leafs last season. When Phil Kessel and the first unit failed to find the score-sheet the team usually failed to find the win column. Depth, thus, became a priority for management in the offseason – scores of forwards added to the ranks – but it’s a lingering question as to whether that depth can produce enough offensively to shoulder some of the offensive load. More specifically, it’s a question of whether a prospective third unit of Mike Santorelli, David Clarkson, and Leo Komarov, can score some goals – especially if head coach Randy Carlyle leans further and further from rolling four lines. Though Kessel scored twice and added a helper on the third this fall from James van Riemsdyk on Tuesday, Toronto found some needed offence from what’s quickly become an effective third unit. Santorelli set up a pair of goals, Clarkson scored his second of the year, and Komarov notched his fifth assist already – on the verge of matching his 2013 total for points in October alone. “They’re starting to get more of a reward for the work that they put in,” said Carlyle, following a 5-2 win over the Islanders, which snapped a mini two-game losing streak. “If they continue to play in the opposition zone and cycle the puck and get pucks to the net the way they did tonight – and they have in the previous games – goals will come.” And the Leafs need that. Carlyle has already veered away from using four lines – he dressed seven defenders for the first time on this night – meaning the lion’s share of production will have to come from three scoring combinations, just as the head coach specified it would before the season. That’s the obvious detriment of not using four units consistently and one that haunted the club last season. Beyond Mason Raymond, who scored 19 goals, the Leafs got next to nothing from their bottom two lines last season. Their fourth line in particular was an offensive wasteland with limited minutes and a limited skill-set. (It’s worth noting that Santorelli, who has four points now in seven games, is already within reaching distance of the 10 points Jay McClement, the team’s former third line centre, accumulated all of last season.) That was supposed to change with an infusion of depth in the offseason, but save for an increased opportunity for Peter Holland on this night in particular – he had his best game of the season, approaching nearly 12 minutes with his first point – that’s just not been the case. Toronto’s fourth line forwards have gotten sporadic ice-time through the first two weeks. All of which means that Santorelli, Komarov and Clarkson need to contribute offensively, especially as the team’s second unit – Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul and Daniel Winnik – sputters on the score-sheet despite gaudy possession numbers (though that figures to change at some point). The question is whether they can do so on a consistent basis. Santorelli has a checkered history of scoring goals; Komarov managed just four markers in 42 games as a rookie two years ago; Clarkson caught fire for two seasons in New Jersey, but isn’t a prototypical goal-scorer by any means. The line has found its early effectiveness by controlling pucks in the offensive zone, employing the cycle game Carlyle is admittedly fond of. “That group has created more five-on-five scoring chances than any other line on our hockey club right now,” Carlyle said of the Santorelli line before Tuesday’s game. “That’s been their trademark, finding a way to keep the opposition in their zone and thus not playing too much defensive hockey. And that’s one of the traits that we’d like our entire group to follow.” “We want to start bearing down on our chances and putting them in the back of the net,” Santorelli said Tuesday morning. It’s still quite early, but the Leafs remain perfect this season when Kessel notches a point. They’ve yet to win when he doesn’t. And that will remain the question. Five Points 1. Player of the Game The Maple Leafs have a new post-game dressing room tradition this fall. Just as they do in New York with the Broadway Hat, the Leafs are passing out their own player of the game award after wins this season – in Toronto’s case, a camouflage hoodie from a preseason paintball outing. The honour is awarded by the player of the game from the previous outing. Jonathan Bernier earned it on Tuesday, the 26-year-old securing his first win of the season with 34 saves. Bernier was especially effective in a chaotic third period, stopping all 17 shots the Islanders peppered his way. 2. Adjustments Bernier, who’s stopped 65 of 68 shots in his past two starts, said the most difficult transition to make from the offseason is the simple ability to see pucks through a maze of traffic early in the season. “I find that when you come from the summer and training camp that it’s just hard to find the puck all the time,” he said. “You find a way to be betteer at it. Chauncey Billups Jersey. You can’t really work on those [situations] in practice. You’re going to try to do drills where the guy is going to stay in front and tips shots, but it’s not the same when you have 10 guys skating in front of you.” 3. Sophomore Season Before his sophomore year began Morgan Rielly said he didn’t believe in the sophomore jinx and was determined to avoid it. “I’m not going to be okay with being good or average, I want to be even better,” he said. Early into that second season and the 20-year-old is still trying to sharpen up his nightly performance. “I think there’s room for improvement,” said Rielly of his efforts through seven games. “I think I’ve played well at times, but it’s just a matter of being a bit more consistent. I’ve talked with the coaches and they’ve been happy, but I personally want to be better.” It’s clear the Leafs don’t want to thrust too much onto his inexperienced shoulders. Though he’s playing a bit more this season – up slightly to nearly 19 minutes per game – the coaching staff is doing their best to shelter Rielly, giving him the highest share of offensive zone starts and weakest competition. That aligns with Carlyle’s cautious comments prior to the season when he worried about giving Rielly “too much too early”, aiming instead to “get his feet underneath him and do what he did last year until he’s very comfortable.” Indicative of a Leaf defence that’s in flux at the moment, Rielly has already played with four different partners. He started with Jake Gardiner, played a game each with Cody Franson and Stephane Robidas and then settled in with Roman Polak the past two nights. He’s also bounced between his natural left side to the right from time to time. “When you’re a young guy you don’t have a lot of say in it,” he said. “You’ve just got to roll with the punches.” Rielly played nearly 15 minutes against the Islanders. 4. Front Office The Leafs front office refurbishment continued with another addition on Tuesday morning. Long the owner, general manager and sometimes coach of the OHL’s London Knights – 12 seasons – Mark Hunter was added as the team’s new director of player personnel. “I think he’s just got a great eye, great knowledge of players, [and] the hockey world in general,” team president, Brendan Shanahan, said of the hiring. “He’s just a guy that has never rested on his success.” Shanahan, who played junior in London, said the position was one that general manager Dave Nonis had been looking to fill for the last year, waiting for the right candidate to emerge. “What Dave had said to me is he was more interested in finding the right person than just filling the job,” Shanahan said. Hunter will oversee the team’s amateur and pro scouting departments and offer a voice in player evaluation. The Leafs have quite a few voices in that sense, boasting a president, general manager, director of player personnel, assistant general manager, assistant to the general manager, senior consultant, as well as a hockey research and development staff of three. 5. Diligence Many players quickly exit the ice surface when a practice wraps – be it on game-day or otherwise. Others work through specific drills with a group of their teammates and some choose to focus on individual skills, be it shooting or stick-handling. Santorelli falls into the latter category, about as diligent as any Leaf about the regular work he puts in after practice. After each and every session on the ice, when all the schedule activities have ceased, the 28-year-old gathers with Chris Dennis, one of the team’s assistant coaches. Santorelli lines up with the puck in front of the boards at centre-ice, taking pains to protect it and subsequently elude the check of his opponent, in this case, Dennis. They repeat the drill for minutes on end. Arguably the quietest player in the Toronto dressing room, Santorelli won’t say much about the extra work, only that he was working on “stuff”. It’s been clear early though how those skills – puck protection and eluding the intrusion of opponents – have helped him find some early success. Stats-Pack 2 – Three-point games for Phil Kessel so far this season. .956% – Save percentage for Jonathan Bernier in his past two starts. 0-16 – Toronto power-play in the past four games. 17 – Even-strength minutes for Roman Polak to lead the Leafs on Tuesday. 61% – Leafs in the faceoff circle against the Islanders. Special Teams Capsule PP: 0-4 Season: 17.9% PK: 5-6 Season: 85.7% Quote of the Night “We’ve been an inconsistent group. What we’re trying to do is trying to force, kick, coddle, hug, kiss, whatever you’ve got to do to get them to play to the type of the game that we played in the last game [versus Detroit]. That’s where the consistency factor has to draw in.” -Randy Carlyle, on his team’s performance early this season. Up Next The Leafs visit the Senators on Wednesday night. ' ' '

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