Moyne Templetuohy take on Silvermines this afternoon in the first of this weekends two County Senior Hurling relegation battles.Their Round One game throws-in at 4 o’clock in Clonoulty.Tomorrow Moneygall and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams lock horns in Templetuohy at 1.30. There are also four County Senior Hurling Championship games down for decision on Sunday.Kilruane MacDonaghs meet Carrick Swans in the first of a double header at Holycross – throw-in is at 1.45pmDrom & Inch and Loughmore Castleiney face off at 3.30pm.The other two games get underway at 3 o’clock tomorrow – Borrisoleig and Burgess meet in Dolla while Mullinahone will take on Ballina in Templetuohy.
LOS ANGELES >> Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was 15 years old when Carlos Ruiz was putting together one of the best Octobers in baseball history.Ruiz batted .385 in the 2009 National League Championship Series against the Dodgers, including a three-run home run in Game 1 against Clayton Kershaw. The Phillies eliminated the Dodgers that year, and Ruiz hit .333 in a six-game World Series against the New York Yankees.Now the Dodgers’ backup catcher, Ruiz delivered a vintage performance Monday with his pinch-hit home run against Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez. The two-run shot pulled the Dodgers within 4-3 and knocked Gonzalez out of the game, which the Nationals eventually won 8-3.“That was a big swing for us, a big AB for us,” Seager said. “It got us back into the game, one run (behind). Unfortunately we couldn’t find the big hit again.” It was the first pinch-hit home run by a Dodger in the postseason since Orlando Hudson in the 2009 NLCS.Ruiz cemented his reputation as a postseason performer in 2009. The following year, he helped Philadelphia reach the NLCS again.But Ruiz’s home run Monday was his first postseason hit of any kind since 2011. At age 37, his October magic was fading further into the rear-view mirror. So was his power. Ruiz had collected 36 singles, seven doubles and no triples since his last home run — against Solis back on April 27.“I always say that I think my job is behind home plate, call a good game, play some good defense and also I know I was not a power hitter,” he said. “I always try to have some good at-bats. Home runs come once in a while, that’s good.”AlsoSeager has exactly one hit in six of his eight career postseason games. He’s batting .231 in the series (3 for 13) but all three hits have been run-scoring extra-base hits — two home runs and a double. … Maeda’s three-inning start is tied for the shortest postseason start ever by a Dodger pitcher not named Odalis Perez. … Perez lasted 2 2/3 innings in Game 1, and 2 1/3 innings in Game 4, of the 2004 NLDS. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ruiz grounded out as a pinch hitter in Game 2, his only other at-bat in the series. This was the role the Dodgers envisioned for Ruiz when three catchers — he, starter Yasmani Grandal and rookie Austin Barnes — were selected to the division series roster. Barnes had already batted and been replaced by the time Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chose to use Ruiz with the pitcher’s spot due up in the fifth inning. That left Grandal as the Dodgers’ only catcher.“I didn’t think that they were going to (Ruiz) that early,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a cat-and-mouse game, and you know, Chooch won that one.”Ruiz had already hit home runs this season against the two pitchers at Baker’s disposal. Nationals reliever Sammy Solis was warming up in the bullpen, and Ruiz homered off both Solis and Gonzalez when the Phillies played the Nationals in April. “Sometimes you face a pitcher like (Gonzalez), you feel good at the plate, and it was a 3-1 count,” Ruiz said. “I was ready for the fastball and I put a good swing.”