NextEra’s Robo gives bullish outlook for battery storage

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:NextEra Energy, North America’s leading wind and solar generator, is combing through its base of existing solar facilities with an eye to retroactively adding batteries, as it adopts a more “aggressive” view on the falling cost of energy storage.“We increasingly see storage as an important standalone business in its own right,” CEO Jim Robo said Friday on an earnings call. The company is reviewing “a number of opportunities to add storage to our existing solar sites to take advantage of the [Investment Tax Credit] and enhance the value of our existing projects for customers.”NextEra has already set a precedent for this approach: In 2018 it added a 10-megawatt battery facility to its existing Babcock Ranch solar farm in Florida. Last March things got much more interesting when its Florida Power & Light unit announced plans to build a 409-megawatt/900-megawatt-hour battery project known as the Manatee Energy Storage Center, to be charged by an existing solar facility.In Robo’s telling, more such deals may soon be on the way.A small but growing number of other utilities, including Arizona Public Service, are taking a similar approach to adding storage at existing solar plants. In doing so, they can claim the ITC, tap additional revenue streams and maximize the existing grid infrastructure.The U.S. added about 430 megawatts of storage capacity last year, a figure which should more than triple in 2020, according to Wood Mackenzie. In hindsight, 2019 looks like an inflection point for the way utilities view batteries as part of their long-term planning processes, new WoodMac research shows.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: NextEra looks to add batteries to its existing solar fleet NextEra’s Robo gives bullish outlook for battery storagelast_img read more

Colombian Army and National Police Crack Down on Clan Úsuga

first_imgThe security actions, which took place in Chocó, Antioquia, Atlántico, Valle del Cauca, Sucre, and Córdoba – the main departments where the Clan Úsuga operates – included the arrests of six ringleaders. They also arrested a woman, Briseida Machado — also known as “Paola” — who’s allegedly the criminal organization’s pimp, accused of recruiting underage girls to serve as mistresses for Clan Úsuga’s leaders. Security forces made dozens of those arrests in late April when, in a span of 36 hectic hours, they captured 72 alleged members of Clan Úsuga as part of Operation Agamemnón. The main goal of the initiative was to capture the criminal organization’s leader, Darío Antonio Úsuga David, also known as “Otoniel”, but he remains a fugitive. Operation Agamemnón forms part of a comprehensive strategy promoted by President Juan Manuel Santos to dismantle all BACRIM. Santos has ordered the National Police to share intelligence and work together with the Army and the Attorney General’s Office in order to disrupt Clan Úsuga’s main sources of income, which include drug trafficking, extortion, illegal mining, and the procurement – often through intimidation or illegal means – of vast expanses of farmlands or commercial properties. Corrupt officials assist Clan Úsuga The security actions, which took place in Chocó, Antioquia, Atlántico, Valle del Cauca, Sucre, and Córdoba – the main departments where the Clan Úsuga operates – included the arrests of six ringleaders. They also arrested a woman, Briseida Machado — also known as “Paola” — who’s allegedly the criminal organization’s pimp, accused of recruiting underage girls to serve as mistresses for Clan Úsuga’s leaders. Colombia and United States offer rewards The Army’s Unified Action Groups for Personal Freedom (GAULA, for its Spanish initials), an elite force created in 1996 aimed at stopping extortion and kidnappings, have joined with the the National Police to carry out 31 operations against the Clan Úsuga this year. As of April 21, they’ve have arrested 246 suspected members of the criminal organization, interdicted 358 kilograms of cocaine, destroyed 51 drug laboratories, and confiscated 28 long-range weapons and 7,200 cartridges of ammunition. The Colombian National Army, the National Police, and the Attorney General’s Office have established several task forces to gather intelligence and coordinate security operations against the Clan Úsuga and other criminal gangs, which are known as BACRIM. In response, the Army and the National Police have launched a strategy focusing on 50 municipalities where Clan Úsuga is active. The National Police typically dismantles small regional chapters of the organized crime group, while the Army provides support by deploying a second security ring and Special Forces for operations against major chapters. The Colombian National Army, the National Police, and the Attorney General’s Office have established several task forces to gather intelligence and coordinate security operations against the Clan Úsuga and other criminal gangs, which are known as BACRIM. Thanks to these efforts, President Santos announced in April that the actions of all criminal gangs have decreased by nearly half compared to last year. The government is continuing its vigilance. In April, President Santos announced an even more intense strategy that would allocate additional law enforcement resources to 10 municipalities in six of Colombia’s departments. On April 23, he ordered a new wave of operations against all criminal gangs; and a few days later, the Attorney General’s Office seized 48 properties, eight vehicles, and 11 bank accounts connected to Clan Úsuga, collectively worth about $44 million. In early May, security forces captured eight more alleged members of the gang in Antioquia. Among those arrested was Franklin Euclides Mosquera Perea, who is known as “Nene;” he is allegedly a high-profile drug trafficker who headed Clan Úsuga’s operations in northwestern Antioquia. “These organizations’ only option is to submit to justice or else their members will end up in jail or in a coffin,” President Santos said the day after he announced the new security operations. In March, the government increased the reward for any information that might lead to the capture of Otoniel to nearly $600,000. The United States’ Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs offers an additional $5 million reward for the gang leader. In March, the government increased the reward for any information that might lead to the capture of Otoniel to nearly $600,000. The United States’ Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs offers an additional $5 million reward for the gang leader. Operation Agamemnón forms part of a comprehensive strategy promoted by President Juan Manuel Santos to dismantle all BACRIM. Santos has ordered the National Police to share intelligence and work together with the Army and the Attorney General’s Office in order to disrupt Clan Úsuga’s main sources of income, which include drug trafficking, extortion, illegal mining, and the procurement – often through intimidation or illegal means – of vast expanses of farmlands or commercial properties. In April, President Santos announced an even more intense strategy that would allocate additional law enforcement resources to 10 municipalities in six of Colombia’s departments. On April 23, he ordered a new wave of operations against all criminal gangs; and a few days later, the Attorney General’s Office seized 48 properties, eight vehicles, and 11 bank accounts connected to Clan Úsuga, collectively worth about $44 million. In early May, security forces captured eight more alleged members of the gang in Antioquia. Among those arrested was Franklin Euclides Mosquera Perea, who is known as “Nene;” he is allegedly a high-profile drug trafficker who headed Clan Úsuga’s operations in northwestern Antioquia. “This blow not only disassembles this criminal gang, it also improves the living conditions and the security situation of the people in several of the country’s cities,” Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said in an April 22 press conference announcing the arrests. Clan Úsuga – formerly known as Los Urabeños – is divided into small groups dispersed mainly in municipalities with difficult access and a small police presence. They usually work with local look-outs ( campaneros) who inform them of the arrival of any outsiders, with special teams of lawyers to prevent the prosecution of their members. The criminal group has about 1,500 operatives in nine departments, though most are located in Antioquia, Chocó, and Córdoba, where they are fighting for control of strategic drug trafficking routes and illegal mining hubs. The Army’s Unified Action Groups for Personal Freedom (GAULA, for its Spanish initials), an elite force created in 1996 aimed at stopping extortion and kidnappings, have joined with the the National Police to carry out 31 operations against the Clan Úsuga this year. As of April 21, they’ve have arrested 246 suspected members of the criminal organization, interdicted 358 kilograms of cocaine, destroyed 51 drug laboratories, and confiscated 28 long-range weapons and 7,200 cartridges of ammunition. In response, the Army and the National Police have launched a strategy focusing on 50 municipalities where Clan Úsuga is active. The National Police typically dismantles small regional chapters of the organized crime group, while the Army provides support by deploying a second security ring and Special Forces for operations against major chapters. Corrupt officials assist Clan Úsuga Clan Úsuga – formerly known as Los Urabeños – is divided into small groups dispersed mainly in municipalities with difficult access and a small police presence. They usually work with local look-outs ( campaneros) who inform them of the arrival of any outsiders, with special teams of lawyers to prevent the prosecution of their members. The criminal group has about 1,500 operatives in nine departments, though most are located in Antioquia, Chocó, and Córdoba, where they are fighting for control of strategic drug trafficking routes and illegal mining hubs. “This blow not only disassembles this criminal gang, it also improves the living conditions and the security situation of the people in several of the country’s cities,” Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said in an April 22 press conference announcing the arrests. Thanks to these efforts, President Santos announced in April that the actions of all criminal gangs have decreased by nearly half compared to last year. The government is continuing its vigilance. Colombia and United States offer rewards By Dialogo May 14, 2015 “These organizations’ only option is to submit to justice or else their members will end up in jail or in a coffin,” President Santos said the day after he announced the new security operations. Security forces made dozens of those arrests in late April when, in a span of 36 hectic hours, they captured 72 alleged members of Clan Úsuga as part of Operation Agamemnón. The main goal of the initiative was to capture the criminal organization’s leader, Darío Antonio Úsuga David, also known as “Otoniel”, but he remains a fugitive. last_img read more

PSG fans hope to upset their heroes in French Cup

first_img Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow MovieWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Biggest Cities In The World So Far7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Captain Johan Roca spent four years in the PSG youth system from 2000 to 2004. “It is very emotional, there’s a lot of memories, but only good memories,” he said. “And I’m a supporter too!” Coach Stephane Cabrelli is even a PSG season-ticket holder. “I’m 52 years old, I’ve been going to the Parc des Princes since I was six,” he said. “The players I support all year round, playing against them, it’s obviously a little bizarre.” The match will be played in nearby Bondoufle where the anticipated crowd of 15,000 will add to the unfamiliarity of the event for the home team. Roca insists he is not very daunted. “We’re here to win,” the captain said. “We don’t have much chance of doing it, we’re not very optimistic, but we’re not going to give up.”Ahead of the big match the amateurs tried to avoid excess over the holiday period while stepping up their training schedule, said goalkeeper Ali Lutumba.They had three sessions in Christmas week and four this week, the last on Saturday at Marcoussis, the nearby French national rugby centre.Neymar was injured in a French Cup match against Strasbourg late last January and missed PSG’s Champions League elimination by Manchester United.Yet, even with the first leg of PSG’s Champions League round of 16 tie against Dortmund coming up on February 18, Roca says he won’t hold back.Read Also: Neymar ‘preparing legal battle’ to quit PSG“We’re going to play the game at 100 per cent, and it’s not this match that will determine whether or not they go far in the Champions League,” he said.For Linas-Montlhery the cup is also a distraction.They have a one-point in lead in their pool in the Paris area, one of 13 zones in the French regional leagues, and the possibility of securing the sole promotion place to the next tier up.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The players of little Linas-Montlhery face a dilemma when they take on mighty Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup on Sunday. “We can’t injure them, we have the Champions League to win,” said Hermann Colin Kouassi, the left-back for the sixth-tier club. Last year, Neymar went down in the French Cup against Strasbourg. Like most of his team-mates, Kouassi is a diehard PSG fan. The club, where Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele played in his teens, takes its name from neighbouring towns in the southern outskirts of Paris, Linas and Montlhery, which have a combined population of just 7,000. Their normal home ground is 26 kilometres from PSG’s Parc des Princes home, though it is too small to host Sunday’s round-of-64 match. Unless PSG rest their stars, Kouassi could find himself trying to stop his heroes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. “It’s the match of my life, the match of my dreams,” he said.Advertisementlast_img read more

The Latest: Arsenal manager fully recovered from virus

first_imgThe Latest: Arsenal manager fully recovered from virus The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.___A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.___ Arteta, who turned 38 on Thursday, told the Arsenal website that he is ”completely fine” and that he only felt ill for a few days.He said “it was a normal virus for me. I had three or four days which were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature and a dry cough, and some discomfort in my chest.”Arteta became the first Premier League figure to test positive for the coronavirus on March 12. The league was then suspended the next day.The Spaniard said his wife and nanny also contracted COVID-19, but his three children did not.He said ”we are all completely fine now.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he has fully recovered from the coronavirus, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___ Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___ ___The San Diego Padres planned to play “God Bless America” at empty Petco Park at 1:10 p.m. PT Thursday, which would have been the scheduled time for first pitch of their opening day game against the Colorado Rockies.With the season delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Padres planned to play the song “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis,” the team said in a social media posting.The Padres also said they would partner with Phil’s BBQ, a local chain with a concession stand at Petco Park, to provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees and volunteers.Some Padres players have been using Petco Park for workouts since Monday. They are limited to small groups and must follow social distancing guidelines. ___Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both. ___The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June’.That total is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will be used to pay off a line credit that will cover the remaining distribution.___ Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic.Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount.“Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state. Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks.Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.”Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___ The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London. The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___ Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.Elway’s personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team.Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: “Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need.”The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They truly are the warriors,” Elway said. March 26, 2020 The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___ Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus.The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis.Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 —AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado.___The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium. ___Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43.Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.___ Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit.The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures.___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.“You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday. Associated Press Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals.Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___last_img read more

Ivan Nova, Pirates’ pen shut down Dodgers

first_imgThings certainly didn’t go Stripling’s way in the first inning when a series of paper cuts led to three runs.Four of the first Pirates batters reached base on singles – two infield choppers that shortstop Corey Seager couldn’t turn into outs, a dunker into center field by Starling Marte and a ground ball through the left side of the infield by Andrew McCutchen. That produced two runs.McCutchen also stole a base when Seager fumbled the throw from catcher Yasmani Grandal. Another run scored when Seager and Chase Utley were too slow to turn Mercer’s ground ball into an inning-ending double play.“That was a frustrating inning,” Roberts said. “The quality of contact — Ross threw the ball well all night long. To his credit, he didn’t show any emotion or frustration. There’s only so much you can do right there.”Stripling retired 18 of the 20 batters he faced after the first inning. Solo home runs by McCutchen and Jordy Mercer home runs represented the only potholes on that otherwise smooth road. He joined Scott Kazmir (July 19) and Kenta Maeda (July 10) as the only Dodgers starters to complete seven innings in the past 43 games.“On a personal basis … I basically got sent to Arizona for a month because I couldn’t (get deep in games),” said Stripling who spent June at the Dodgers’ training complex in Arizona working on his conditioning but mainly to limit his innings this season.“So to come back and go seven, show them I could throw 90-plus pitches is a big confidence boost for me.”Some run support would have been nice too. The Dodgers did outhit the Pirates, 12-7, in the game but did very little damage with those hits.Howie Kendrick had three of them and drove in the Dodgers’ only run in the second inning when he followed the first of Joc Pederson’s two doubles with a two-out RBI single.Pirates starter Ivan Nova allowed nine hits in 5 1/3 innings but the Dodgers couldn’t take advantage. They had two hits each in the second, third and fourth innings against Nova but scored only on Kendrick’s RBI single. Adrian Gonzalez led off the sixth with a double but was stranded at third base.In all, the Dodgers left seven runners on base and went 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position in the first six innings. Ten of the 16 outs Nova recorded came on fly balls including running catches by McCutchen in center field and Starling Marte in left.“I thought we had some good at-bats against Nova early, hit the ball hard, got some hits, hit some other balls that they made plays on defensively,” Roberts said. “They can track it down out there.“He didn’t walk guys, made us put the ball in play and those guys over there they can defend.”There was less activity once Nova left the scene. Four Pirates relievers retired nine of 10 Dodgers batters at one point until Kendrick’s third single of the night in the ninth inning. He went to third on a pinch single from Chris Taylor with two outs.That put the tying run on deck – as close as it had been since the sixth inning. But Seager popped out. LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers messed up the formula. They had been winning without their starting pitchers going long. But this time, the offense came up short.Rookie right-hander Ross Stripling gave the Dodgers just their third seven-inning start in the past 43 games. But he also gave up five runs and the Dodgers offense failed to provide the crucial ingredient, turning 12 hits into just one run in a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.The Dodgers have scored just three runs in back-to-back losses since pulling into a first-place tie with the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night. The Giants lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 5-2, in an interleague matchup Friday night, leaving the Dodgers one game back in the National League West.“It was one of those games where nothing went our way,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I don’t think it’s any indication of where we are right now, getting one run.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more