Ibex El Fito Bib ¾

first_imgFor many people cycling is a three-season sport. After what seems like an eternity winter is over, and then comes the spring riding season full of big miles and bigger smiles. Next comes the heat of summer and racing or bike vacations, followed by the mellow fall season complete with friends and post ride brews.The Ibex El Fito Bib is here to change that. Welcome to the year round cycling season. I have been putting in the miles on both road and mountain for the last seven years in the Blue Ridge, so I am all too familiar with the chill of winter. I have always dreaded the cold and the accompanying layer upon layer of clothing to fight the chill. We all know that feeling of trying to find the right amount of layers to keep us warm, but not too warm, and what always seems to be the outcome of not being all that comfortable.I have not had the opportunity to try wool cycling clothing before, so I was eager to saddle up and put the El Fito’s through their paces. Friends had always touted the wicking and temperature regulation properties of wool as top notch, and who can argue with nature right? The opportunity arose to test the knickers out a few weekends ago, and I left the house on my faithful steed to conquer some road miles.chamois The El Fito has a great chamois that is comfortable for even the longest of rides.Three hours later I was back at the house after a wonderful ride. I looked down at my lower half and asked myself “how have I ever ridden in the cold without these bibs?” The fit of the Ibex knickers has some thought behind it. They were comfortable throughout the ride, didn’t bunch up in any areas, and the legs are long enough to completely cover the knee (a problem I have found in other bibs due to my longer legs).  The attention to detail was also incredible with wind blocking material over the knee, excellent stitching, top-notch chamois, and a perfect mix of wool, nylon, and lycra to give it an unparalleled fit.Since that weekend ride I have put in miles on both my road and mountain bike ranging from quick hour spins to four-hour adventures. Each time I go to pack my gear I find myself reaching for the El Fito’s. I have other bib shorts, tights, knee warmers, and the like but they just don’t compare to the fit and quality of the Ibex.wind proof knee The attention to detail, such as the wind proofing on the knee, set the El Fito’s apart from other options.At 6’ 1” and 165 pounds I went with a size large, and it fits quite well. I know for some of you out there the $160 price tag may seem a touch high. I did a bit of research and many other company’s options are right around this price point. Also the El Fito’s are made with New Zealand Merino Wool and not synthetics, so there’s that.Final thought: If you want to tackle winter riding, buy yourself a pair of Ibex El Fito Bib shorts and kiss cold legs goodbye.last_img read more

Sustainable beach management in Istria through the “Green Beach” model

first_imgOn Thursday and Friday (March 15 and 16, 2018) in Poreč was held a conference “Sustainable Beach Management”, organized by the Administrative Department of Tourism of the Istrian County and the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in cooperation with the cities of Porec and NovigradIn accordance with the guidelines of the Regional Program for the Management and Management of Sea Beaches in Istria County, and for further public dialogue on responsible and sustainable beach management in Istria, the conference presented concrete examples from cities and municipalities in the Region of Tuscany, Cyprus and Istria. which tests and implements the “Green Beach” model. The Green Beach model is an example of a sustainable beach management model in the Mediterranean.The conference was attended by a total of 56 participants, representatives of local and regional self-government units, the Ministry of Tourism and the Istrian Development Tourism Agency, representatives of tourist boards and hotel companies and guests from Tuscany and Cyprus, scientists from the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism and others interested in sustainable beach management.Dr. sc. Dean Ban, director of the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism, stressed that the task of the conference is to point out the importance of beach management as a significant tourist resource while respecting the principles of sustainable development. Since sustainable tourism development is an extremely important topic, he said that he is convinced that stakeholders in the local and regional community and beyond, which are directly related to the issue of sustainable development of maritime and coastal tourism, will recognize the role of the Institute in this project. knowledge transfer and international cooperation.The County Prefect of Istria Valter Flego pointed out that the goal is to manage beaches responsibly, and that in 2015 the County of Istria adopted a strategic document – Regional Program for Landscaping and Management of Sea Beaches in Istria, emphasizing that this document detects the current situation and defines future direction development. He especially pointed out that no beach in Istria is closed, so locals and tourists can come to each and use it freely.// Regional program of arrangement and management of sea beaches in the County of IstriaOn behalf of the director of the Office of the Tourist Board of the Istrian County, the lecture “Review of Istrian Tourism 2017” was held by Cristina Vojić Krajcar. Krajcar pointed out that in 2017, the County of Istria recorded a record number of arrivals and overnight stays, both in the season and in the pre- and post-season. Also, she pointed out that for the first time in history, Istria reached 300.000 guests in one day and pointed out new projects encouraged by the Istria County Tourist Board (ISTRIA ANTIOXY, Istria e-mobility, new boutique hotels in central Istria, etc.).Local coordinator of the MITOMED + project (Models of Integrated Tourism in the Mediterranean Plus) at the Institute dr. Sc. Kristina Brščić explained that the MITOMED + project is a continuation of the successfully realized MITOMED project. She stressed that the aim of the project is to establish a system of indicators to measure the effects of tourism in coastal and coastal areas and use the results to plan, monitor and create policies for sustainable tourism development.MITOMED + project manager Maria Luisa Mattivi, from the Tuscany region, emphasized that 9 partners from 6 countries are participating in the project and that the total project budget is 2,650,000.00 euros, of which 2,252,500.00 euros are co-financed by the ERDF. She briefly explained the status of Pilot Activity 1 in the project, within which an online platform was created on which it will be possible to monitor indicators classified into categories: social, economic, environmental and cultural indicators, and described how different destinations can be compared based on which will be able to create better policies related to the further sustainable development of tourism. She also paid special attention to Pilot Activity 2, the “Green Beach” model, since the topic of this conference was focused directly on this activity. She pointed out that the project plans to implement the “Green Beaches” model on three beaches in the regions: Istria, Tuscany, Cyprus and Catalonia, and a total of 12 beaches.Dr. sc. Eudokia Balamou, from the Development Agency ANETEL from Cyprus, Head of Pilot Activity 2 in the project explained that the model “Green Beach” includes the principles of sustainability and assumes a way of integrated management of all resources needed to meet economic, environmental and social needs while preserving cultural integrity, ecosystems , biodiversity and basic living conditions. She stressed that the implementation of the “Green Beach” model aims to promote and preserve the quality and cultural features of the area. She also pointed out that “Green Beach”: increases the satisfaction of beach users, affects better quality of service and control of the coastal area, increases safety, affects a better user experience, supports “greener” and sustainable holidays and aims to improve the quality of life of locals.After presenting 24 criteria, of different importance (binding and / or added value), which need to be met in order for a beach to become a “Green Beach”, three beaches from the Region of Tuscany were presented on which the “Green Beach” model will be implemented. Beaches from Tuscany were presented by Simina Chelaru from the municipality of San Vincenzo, Elena Nappi from the municipality of Castiglione della Pescaiai Rovena Xhaferi who presented the beach from the municipality of Montignoso.Local coordinator of the MITOMED + project, Ph.D. Kristina Brščić, presented the results of a survey conducted as part of the MITOMED + project during 2017, entitled “Attitudes and satisfaction of tourists and visitors with the destination according to the ETIS questionnaire (Poreč, Novigrad, Labin / Rabac)”. The results of processing 1621 questionnaires collected from beach users, which were offered to respondents in 6 languages, were presented. Tina Šugar from the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism presented the results of a survey related to the satisfaction of beach users and the perception of tourists about the idea of ​​”Green Beach”.After the presentation of the research, the representatives of the cities participating in the MITOMED + project presented the beaches and activities that will be undertaken in order to implement the “Green Beach” model. Representative of the City of Poreč, Ph.D. Damir Hrvatin presented the beach Gradsko kupalište, the representative of the city of Novigrad, Vanja Gorički, the beach Karpinjan, and the representative of the city of Labin, Robert Mohorović, the beach Girandella.The Head of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County, Nada Prodan Mraković, pointed out that the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County organized the first conference on “Beaches, a sustainable product of destination” in 2016. conservation of this important tourist resource. It was concluded that the conference met the goal and stressed the importance of integrated and sustainable beach management for tourists and especially for the local population.last_img read more

‘Substantial shift’ seen as BlackRock embraces climate risk

first_imgLarry Fink, BlackRock CEORegarding disclosures, the asset manager named the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) framework alongside that of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).“While no framework is perfect, BlackRock believes that the SASB provides a clear set of standards for reporting sustainability information across a wide range of issues, from labour practices to data privacy to business ethics,” said Fink.He said disclosure must be for more than “transparency’s sake”, namely ”a means to achieving a more sustainable and inclusive capitalism”.NGOs have said the asset manager must press for more than disclosure from carbon-intensive companies.The moves outlined by BlackRock in its letter were mainly related to sustainability considerations in terms of their increasing impact on investment returns, but the asset manager also said it would be expanding its range of active strategies focussed on sustainability as an investment outcome, including funds focussed on the global energy transition and impact investing funds “that seek to promote positive externalities or limit negative ones”.Thumbs up from UK pension investorsSenior investment officials at Brunel Pension Partnership, an asset pool for UK local authority pension funds with a strong responsible ownership stance, had positive words for BlackRock’s announcements.“The substantial shift and commitment to improved transparency will enable us, and clients, to hold them to account and deliver on these most welcome commitments”Mark Mansley, CIO of Brunel Pension PartnershipMark Mansley, its CIO, said: “We are strongly supportive of Larry Fink’s letter as it acknowledges the need for BlackRock to align and assist their clients in managing climate change, the most defining factor – not only for companies – but the planet.“The substantial shift and commitment to improved transparency will enable us, and clients, to hold them to account and deliver on these most welcome commitments.”Mansley’s colleague Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer, welcomed the asset manager’s backing of the TCFD and SASB disclosure frameworks. “Our investment conviction is that sustainability- and climate-integrated portfolios can provide better risk-adjusted returns to investors,” he added. “And with the impact of sustainability on investment returns increasing, we believe that sustainable investing is the strongest foundation for client portfolios going forward.”The steps outlined by BlackRock include selling holdings in its active management strategies that present high sustainability-related risk, such as thermal coal producers; working with index providers to grow and improve the universe of sustainable indices; and “enhancing engagement, voting and transparency in stewardship”.The latter included BlackRock joining Climate Action 100+, a move announced last week, but the asset manager also said it would:disclose its position promptly on key high-profile shareholder votes, along with an explanation;include in its stewardship annual report the topics it discussed during each engagement with a company; andbe “increasingly disposed” to vote against management and board directors when companies were not meeting expectations regarding sustainability-related disclosures and “the business practices and plans underlying them”. Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer, Brunel Pension Partnership“As TCFD signatories and active members of SASB’s investor advisory group, we are delighted by BlackRock’s clear unambiguous commitment to use the frameworks for their own reporting and encourage others to do likewise.“Consistent, comparable, meaningful disclosure is essential for the financial industry if it is to play its role in responding to the challenges of climate change and limiting warming in line with the Paris Agreement.”Border to Coast, another UK local authority pension fund asset pool, also welcomed BlackRock’s announcement.“True engagement on this topic is fundamental to the approach we, and our partners, take,” said Rachel Elwell, its CEO.PGGM, asset manager for €238bn Dutch healthcare pension fund PFZW, declined to comment directly on BlackRock’s policy, but a spokesman said it took notice of what its peers did and that BlackRock was an important player in the investment world.“What matters most is that investors, big and small, join forces and engage with companies and governments to develop policies and initiatives that contribute to a more sustainable future.”PGGM spokesmanHe added: “What matters most is that investors, big and small, join forces and engage with companies and governments to develop policies and initiatives that contribute to a more sustainable future.“The financial sector as a whole cannot create a sustainable world, but if we can make the real economy more sustainable, the assets of institutional investors should reflect this.”center_img BlackRock today announced a suite of initiatives intended to place sustainability at the centre of its investment approach, with one large UK pension investor hailing a “substantial shift and commitment to transparency”.The commitments were set out and contextualised in a letter to clients and CEO Larry Fink’s 2020 letter to company chief executives.According to Fink, the investment risks presented by climate change are set to accelerate a significant reallocation of capital, which will in turn have a profound impact on the pricing of risk and assets around the world.“[B]ecause capital markets pull future risk forward, we will see changes in capital allocation more quickly than we see changes to the climate itself,” wrote Fink.last_img read more

Bendtner aims to leave Gunners mark

first_img Press Association Nicklas Bendtner hopes there is still time to make a telling impact at Arsenal before his almost certain summer exit. However, having looked in good form, he has fallen behind fit-again Yaya Sanogo as back-up to lead frontman Olivier Giroud since sustaining an ankle injury on New Year’s Day and looks all-but certain to leave when his contract expires this summer. Bendtner had a rare chance to impress in Denmark’s 1-0 loss to England on Wednesday and hopes the display will show Arsene Wenger he can contribute before the season is out. “Well, I am trying to keep myself as fit and sharp as possible,” the forward said. “It is difficult when you only train, but I hope to play more obviously. “You can train as much as you like, but there is a big difference between training a lot and playing games on a regular basis. “I could feel within myself that I have not played in a long time, but I am looking to make the change. “The goalkeeper [Kasper Schmeichel] had a fantastic game and in the end they got the goal. “It could have been a different game if we had scored our chance in the first half.” center_img The 26-year-old has become a figure of fun during his decade at the Gunners, who have previously farmed him out on loan to clubs varying from Birmingham to Juventus. Bendtner was close to leaving the Emirates Stadium for good in the summer, but when moves to Eintracht Frankfurt and Crystal Palace failed to materialise he was offered an unexpected chance to re-establish himself at Arsenal. last_img read more

Badgers’ ‘D’ name of game

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoDefense was the name of the game for the Badgers when they limited the Purdue Boilermakers — the fourth-best offense in college football entering last week — to just 286 total yards.Leading the way for the Badgers was head coach Bret Bielema’s defensive MVP for this week, Jonathan Casillas, who had seven solo tackles and one assist. Casillas also had one tackle for loss, an interception and a defended pass (along with a dropped pass from Ken DeBauche on a fake punt).Bielema’s offensive MVP of the week honor went to junior tight end Andy Crooks. This year, Crooks has 11 receptions for 111 yards and a team-high three touchdown catches. Over the year, Crooks has been a jack of all trades, playing everywhere from tight end to the offensive line and fullback. This is a big conversion for Crooks from last year, when he played linebacker for Wisconsin.”Last year in the Purdue game, he had eight tackles as a linebacker, so he has come full circle,” Bielema said. “He’s played tight end, motion tight end, fullback, played left guard on our punt team, as well as a backup on all of our other special teams units. I made a point a couple weeks ago how he has changed his body and how that’s helped him.”He’s just a great kid, and it’s great to have him around the program.”DeBauche, the punter, shared the special teams award with kicker Taylor Mehlhaff, both having career days for the Badgers. Maurice Moore was offensive scout team player of the week, and Jeff Stehle earned the defensive scout team mark.Seniors take chargeThis year, the seniors have had to take a large leadership role on the team. With the loss of so many contributors from last year, Bielema believes that his starting seniors — John Stocco, Joe Thomas, Mark Zalewski, Joe Monty, Roderick Rodgers and Joe Stellmacher — have stepped up their leadership and have made a large contribution to the success of the team.”I think that our team is what it is today because of our senior leadership,” Bielema said. “Those six guys who are our only senior starters have greatly influenced all the young players in our program and I really asked them in our next several weeks to try and instill in those young players the mentality that has gotten them to where they are right now.”With the success currently surrounding the Badgers in 2006, Bielema will be looking to his seasoned vets, who have played for winning UW teams before, to guide the younger players on the right path.”It’s not easy to be a Big Ten football player, to be a senior and to do things in the right way,” Bielema said. “I asked them to really pass that on as best they can over the next several weeks.”P.J. in the spotlightStarting for the No. 1 running team in the Big Ten and overshadowing Michigan’s Heisman hopeful Mike Hart has put redshirt freshman P.J. Hill into the national spotlight. Last week, Hill had 29 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that put the nail in the coffin for Purdue.As the yards have been coming in, the spotlight has grown on Hill. This may be the cause of some concern for his coaches.”As a head coach, I can’t just bury my head in the sand and just ignore that he’s getting extra special attention; not only from the media, but walking around Madison, people are saying more and more things to him,” Bielema said. “What I’ve tried to do is have an understanding, as a coach, we have to limit the amount of time we have him available to the media.”Bielema also hinted at a potential underhanded warning to the media concerning how Hill is approached and treated for the remainder of the season.”I also understand that, at any particular point in time, if I feel that the media is taking him down a path that I really don’t want him to go, I’ll restrain that and make sure that it won’t happen.”Into the record booksIn the midst of some early-season criticism carrying over from last year, John Stocco is creeping his way into the Badger record books. Stocco is only about 1,000 yards away from surpassing Darrell Bevell to become Wisconsin’s all-time leading passer. Stocco is also second to Bevell is pass attempts, completions, and touchdowns.”Any individual accomplishments that our guys can attain are great and we are happy for them,” Bielema said. “As we have had more and more success this year as a program, certain players have been mentioned with potential awards.”Bielema said his quarterback would absolutely prefer winning to any individual award he could get.”I really believe if you ask John Stocco and you put a lie detector test on him, he wouldn’t care as long as we finished the season the way that he feels we can,” Bielema said. “The numbers and the accolades that come are just a byproduct of one thing, and that’s winning.”last_img read more

Fair’s double-double leads Syracuse past Minnesota in Maui Invitational quarterfinal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As blood squirted from C.J. Fair’s right cheek, the forward came alive. Fair darted to the rim from the left elbow with four and a half minutes remaining in the first half. Austin Hollins swung his arm to contest the inevitable posterization. His arm found Fair’s right cheek. The ball found the bottom of the net on a thunderous tomahawk slam.To that point, Fair had just two points, but the finish lit a fire.“I cut down the lane and I went up for the dunk, and I felt like I hit my face,” Fair said during the postgame press conference. “Then as I came down I seen blood on my hand, and then from there I knew it was something bad.”Fair went to the bench, but didn’t sit long. He received treatment during nearly every timeout the rest of the way and The Post-Standard reported that he would get stitches after the game. When he was on the floor, though, Fair and Syracuse (5-0) surged out in front of Minnesota (5-1) and to a 75-67 win in the quarterfinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. Fair had just two points on 1-of-5 shooting, plus three turnovers before the dunk, but finished with 16 and 10 to keep the No. 8 Orange unbeaten. Trevor Cooney chipped in 15 points — all on 3-pointers — to hand the Golden Gophers their first loss of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will face California (5-0) in the tournament semifinals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.“I think they’re much better than they were last year, a much better team,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said of the Golden Bears during the postgame press conference. “I really was very impressed with how they played. It will be a tremendous challenge for us.”In both frames, Cooney drilled a 3-pointer on the Orange’s first possession. He started SU with a 3 to open the game — one of four he hit during the first half as Syracuse’s most consistent offensive threat — and just 10 seconds into the second half, another long-range jumper that gave the Orange a six-point lead. “They’re big momentum shifts,” Fair said.Then it was Fair’s turn. With a bloody patch struggling to keep his cheek closed, the senior sparked SU’s best stretch of the game.He traded jumpers with Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu and then attacked the rim to draw a foul and a pair of points at the line. A DaJuan Coleman miss on the next possession led to a tip-in opportunity for the senior forward and a 10-point lead. Fellow forward Rakeem Christmas threw down a reverse dunk off a pair of missed free throws by Coleman two possessions later to give Syracuse a 12-point lead, its largest of the game.“When you get dunks like that,” Cooney said during the postgame press conference, “it just pumps you up on defense and gets you motivation to get that next stop and keep going.”But the Golden Gophers hung around. Malik Smith hit back-to-back 3s midway through the half to cut the Orange’s lead to 56-52. Four straight free throws by Austin and Andre Hollins sliced it to 67-65 with 2:14 remaining. That was as close as Minnesota got. Tyler Ennis bailed Fair out after a near turnover at mid-court. Then Smith bailed out an Ennis miss with an overthrow in transition.And then Fair hit a mid-range jumper with 1:45 remaining to stretch the lead back to four. A pair of Jerami Grant free throws sealed the victory for the Orange in one of its best offensive performances of the season.Said Boeheim: “This was probably as good a win as we’ve had in a tournament.” Comments Published on November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Irish golfers still in play in Miami

first_imgMcIlroy’s closing-hole double-bogey took the gloss off an otherwise impressive opening round in Miami, while the highlight of Lowry’s round was an eagle on the 10th.Graeme McDowell struggled yesterday and finished on 2-over par.Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser share the lead on 6-under par.last_img

Sublime STL Titan, Susplan in Impressive Start

first_imgKaduna Sublime, featuring Suleiman Bello, Muktar Adhama, Ahmadu Umar and Aliyu Umar hit the ground running with a 5-31/2 defeat of Kano Dantek which comprised Baba Dantata, Sadiq Dantata, Abba Dantata and Abdullahi Hashim in the first game of the tournament.Lagos STL comprising Titan Seyi Tinubu, Mumuni Musa, Halifa Ibrahim and Ibrahim Mohammed showed the stuff of a former champion, edging YBL-DY Farms 7-5, to join Sublime at the top of the Access Bank Cup log.Sani Umar and his Kano Susplan turned up the heat against debuting RISSA in the third and final match of the day, which was undoubtedly applauded by the crowd as the most exciting of the tournament yet.Susplan parading Sani Umar, Sadiq Rabiu, Tita Ali and Alwan Umar had looked set to carry the day until an unexpected injury forced Alwan of the match in the decisive third chukka, gifting RISSA the chance to surge forward, holding on to a 5-5 draw at Ground one pitch of the Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Resort in Kaduna.Revered as the biggest polo tournament in the continent, the weeklong Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield polo event which was inaugurated over a decade ago is set to pick up steam as six more games are lined up in the group stage of the Access Bank Cup series.Proceeds from gate taking, sales of memorabilia and donations at this annual tournament in addition to a cash donation from Access Bank and individuals go to UNICEF in its campaigns.The Access Bank Plc, Fifth Chukker and UNICEF partnership has gone from strength to strength and many projects have benefited from the collaboration. A remodeled primary school and rural water projects funded by the Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield tournament were commissioned recently.The Charity Shield began in 2003 as platform to support local charity organisations in Kaduna. Since 2006 this humanitarian effort has been geared exclusively towards intervention projects for orphans and vulnerable children in Kaduna State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ACCESS /UNICEF POLOThe 2017 Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament galloped off on a blistering note last Wednesday at the Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club in Kaduna with three championship games in the Access Bank Cup series.Kaduna Sublime, Lagos STL Titans and Kano Susplan galloped off on impressive notes, in the opening day contests that pitted 12 ambitious and equally matched teams.last_img read more

Injured Neymar to Go for Surgery

first_imgThe club said Neymar will be operated on in Brazil at the end of the week.PSG added that after “three days of planned care” it was a joint decision by the club’s medical staff and the Brazilian national team to opt for surgery.The striker joined PSG for a world record £200m fee from Barcelona last August and has scored 29 goals in 30 games.PSG are 14 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league and on 6 March will host Champions League holders Real Madrid, trailing 3-1 from the first leg.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Paris St-Germain forward Neymar will have surgery after suffering a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over Marseille.It means the 26-year-old Brazilian will miss Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid.PSG coach Unai Emery initially said Neymar had a “small chance” of facing Real, before Neymar’s father said he would be out for “six to eight weeks”.last_img read more

L.A. Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda’s latest win puts him in a class by himself

first_imgEllis said Maeda was able to adjust after one batter. That’s easier said than done, and Ellis credited Maeda’s athleticism for the quick adjustment.“He reminds me of Hyun-Jin Ryu, his athleticism. Zack Greinke, his athleticism,” Ellis said. “Those guys have tremendous feel for pitching. They make the spin do different things. They range their velocities — somebody like (Clayton) Kershaw who’s just coming at you. That bully who just keeps coming and coming and coming. These guys are going to mix and match, and pitch off feel, and trust their athleticism on the mound.”The Rockies put one runner on base via a walk until D.J. LeMahieu stroked a clean single to center field with one out in the sixth. Two more singles loaded the bases for Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra, the Rockies’ third and fourth hitters.Suddenly, there was a game at stake.“I had a four-run lead,” Maeda said. “I trusted A.J.’s demand for certain pitches. I executed.”Arenado, who hit 43 home runs last year, popped up weakly. Parra hit a dribbler back to the mound and Maeda flipped the ball to Ellis for the third out, his shutout preserved.Maeda got a big assist from left fielder Kiké Hernandez, who made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch to rob Tony Wolters of an extra-base hit in the fifth inning.The Rockies got their only run in the seventh on an RBI double by Brandon Barnes against Joe Blanton. The run was charged to Luis Avilan.The Dodgers got to Redlands native Tyler Chatwood (2-2) in the first inning, when Corey Seager singled, Yasiel Puig doubled, and Adrian Gonzalez poked a chopper over the pitcher’s mound to score Seager.In the second inning, Ellis turned on a knee-high fastball over the inside corner and crushed it to left field for a two-run home run. The home run was estimated at 445 feet, the second-longest by a Dodger player this season and Ellis’ first of the season.The Dodgers were still leading 3-0 in the sixth inning when Maeda helped his own cause. With Ellis on first base and one out, the pitcher was asked to bunt. He did, spinning out of the way of the pitch as the ball bounced back to the mound. Ellis reached second base and scored when the next hitter, Chase Utley, hit a double just beyond the reach of left fielder Ryan Raburn.Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save of the season in as many tries, and the 150th save of his career.For Maeda’s opponents, Saturday’s start added a page to his still-thin scouting report. The league still has five months and one week to adjust to Maeda’s machinations before the 2016 regular season ends.But the game also showed that Maeda can adjust quickly — in this case to the elements of elevation, and against a stout offense.“For 95 pitches you’ve got to be mentally tough to throw every pitch with conviction,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “and he did that tonight.” Then there are the other heralded Japanese pitching transplants, from Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish this decade to Kazuhisa Ishii and Hideo Nomo before them. Four starts into his career, Maeda has outperformed them all.In fact, Maeda matched a major league record (since 1900) by allowing only one run in his first four starts according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jorge Campillo, Fernando Valenzuela and George McQuillan are the only other pitchers to accomplish the feat.Among his peers, Maeda is in a category all to himself.“First time in this environment. First time pitching at Coors Field. First time against that offensive firepower they have over there,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “I can’t say enough about what Kenta was able to do tonight. It was beyond impressive.”Maeda walked only one batter and struck out eight, a new career high. Like many pitchers, his slider and curveball didn’t break as sharply out of his hand, a caveat of pitching at elevation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img DENVER >> One game at a time, Kenta Maeda is forcing his way out of every category he found himself in when he signed an eight-year contract with the Dodgers in January.Pitcher Scott Kazmir has a higher guaranteed salary this year, but Maeda has overshadowed him and every other free agent the Dodgers signed.Four other pitchers made the Dodgers’ Opening Day rotation, but with a few exceptions their performances have been dwarfed by the Japanese rookie. Maeda lowered his earned-run average to 0.36 by throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. He didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning.There are other talented rookies in Major League Baseball this year, too, but again Maeda is having the better first month. At 21 years old, Dodger shortstop Corey Seager might well have a long and successful career ahead of him; right now he’s the second-best rookie in his own clubhouse.last_img read more