Colm Murphy is praying for rain ahead of Quito De La Roque’s intended run in the Star Best For Racing Coverage Chase at Punchestown on Thursday. The County Wexford handler reports the nine-year-old none the worse for his fall at the last fence in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran earlier this month. That was the dual Grade One winner’s first run since the Punchestown Gold Cup in April and Murphy would not mind running Quito De La Roque if conditions were suitable. “If the rain comes he’ll probably run. He seems good after his spill the last day. He seems fine and we’re happy with him,” said Murphy. Owners Gigginstown House Stud also have First Lieutenant, Roi Du Mee and Tofino Bay in the Grade Three contest over two miles and seven furlongs. Press Association
Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Though he is reluctant to sing Betts’ praises as a hitting coach too loudly, Barnes has said his new teammate has been instrumental in getting him on the right path at the plate.“Mookie’s great. I can’t say enough about him and what he’s doing in the clubhouse,” Barnes said. “He’s helped me tremendously. I don’t know if he wants it all out there. He kind of wants it under the radar. But he’s helped me swing-wise. He really has. Just talking about the game, talking hitting. He’s helped me in the cage. He’s been in there with me, watched me swing.“That just shows you what kind of teammate he is for him to take time out of his day to help someone else. He’s been great.”Barnes said Betts “reached out to me which was pretty cool.”“He just thought he could help and he really has,” Barnes said. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers manager Dave Roberts calls Barnes’ offensive reclamation project a collaboration among Barnes, Betts and hitting coaches Brant Brown and Robert Van Scoyoc.“Mookie just kind of did some things to free up his mind, give him some clarity, give him some cues, some keys mechanically,” Roberts said. “It has landed with Austin. Just using the big part of the field, staying in the strike zone and some things mechanically that they’ve talked through. It’s paid big dividends up to this point.”Barnes said part of the breakthrough has been mechanical. But being in a better place mentally has also been a big factor in rediscovering the skill set that made him a .298 hitter in the minor leagues and a .289 hitter during his first full season in the big leagues three years ago.“It’s nice going up there, feeling like you’re going to hit the ball hard,” he said. “I think they kind of play off each other a little bit (the mental side and swing mechanics). I made a couple adjustments mechanics-wise. When you’re hitting the ball on the barrel, that shoots your confidence up at the plate. They kind of work hand in hand.”GONSOLIN SENT DOWNRight-hander Tony Gonsolin pitched a career-high six innings in Tuesday’s win, extending his scoreless streak over three starts this season to 14 2/3. But that wasn’t enough to change the Dodgers’ plans.After throwing those six innings, Gonsolin would have been unavailable for a few days. With the Dodgers currently using a six-man starting rotation, his turn wouldn’t come up again until Monday, an off day. So Gonsolin was sent back to the Dodgers’ alternate training site Wednesday and lefty reliever Victor Gonzalez was recalled.Roberts acknowledged that Gonsolin’s performance is “very much” forcing the Dodgers to reconsider how they might use him going forward — but not yet.“I think the way he pitched — performance certainly does matter,” Roberts said. “I don’t think that right now we have to be set in the rotation to finish the season or even think about the postseason. But Tony has done everything he can do. That’s a good thing for the Dodgers. Our message to Tony was just to continue to keep that edge, keep pitching well and be ready. Certainly what he’s done here in three starts is not lost on anyone.”ALSOAfter throwing three innings in a simulated game Tuesday, left-hander Alex Wood (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to throw a four-inning sim game on Monday. …The Dodgers had planned to move their secondary training site from USC to the minor-league stadium in Rancho Cucamonga when students returned to campus. With no plans for students to attend classes in the near future, however, the Dodgers will keep their training site at USC for the duration of the season. …Right-hander Josh Sborz, catcher Rocky Gale and utilityman Zach McKinstry traveled with the Dodgers as the taxi squad for the two-game series in Seattle.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Austin Barnes has heard a lot of voices over the past two seasons as he tried to rediscover his identity as an offensive player.The ones inside his head were probably the worst.“I feel good mentally up there right now. I feel free up there mentally,” the Dodgers catcher said Tuesday. “I was a little clouded before. It’s hard to hit like that, that’s for sure.”The freedom Barnes has found recently has resulted in a seven-game hitting streak (through Tuesday) during which he is 12 for 24 with five multi-hit games. And Mookie Betts gets credit for an assist.