Cards steal one from the Reds, Cubs and Bucs suspended, Week 6 of high school FB: The Fan Headlines 9/30/16


A bizarre and controversial win for the St. Louis Cardinals last night, they beat the Reds, 4-3. The Reds rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game in the top of the 9th off Seung-Hwan Oh. But in the bottom of the 9th, Yadier Molina hit what appeared to be a ground-rule double, Matt Carpenter scored the game-winning run from third, the umpires exited down the tunnel, the Reds didn’t challenge the call in time, and that was the ballgame.  So the Birds are still alive in the wildcard chase, one game behind the Giants, who beat Colorado. The Mets won to maintain their wildcard lead. The Cardinals final regular season series begins tonight at home versus the Pirates at 7:15, the Mets are at Philadelphia, and the Giants host the Dodgers.

The Cubs and Pirates were tied 1-1 in the 6th inning before the game was suspended due to rain in Pittsburgh. It was called a tie and will not be completed. That’s the first time that’s happened in the Majors since 2005. The Cubs wrap up the regular season in Cincinnati.

High school football week 6 tonight on 1300 The Fan as West Frankfort hosts Murphysboro. Rick Westermeier and Brady Haupt have the pregame beginning at 6:45 on 1300 The Fan and streaming live at

Elsewhere in the River-to-River Ohio tonight: Benton at Harrisburg, and Massac County at Herrin
River-to-River Mississippi tonight: Carterville at Nashville, Pinckneyville at Anna-Jonesboro and Sparta at DuQuoin.
South Seven: Marion at Belleville Althoff, Mount Vernon at Carbondale and Centralia at Cahokia.

Black Diamond: Johnston City at CZR, Hamilton County at Sesser-Valier, Eldorado at Edwards County and Chester at Carmi White-County. Tomorrow, Fairfield is at Vienna-Goreville.

After a week off, Saluki football travels to #12 Northern Iowa tomorrow to kick off Missouri Valley Conference Play. Mike Reis, Gene Green and Connor James have the call beginning at 3 on 105.1 VZA.

Saluki volleyball is off to a 4-0 start in the MVC, they have a pair of matches on the road this weekend, tonight at Bradley and tomorrow night at Loyola.

NFL Thursday Night Football, the Bengals beat Miami, 22-7. The 0-3 Bears host the Lions on Sunday.

Cards’ wildcard chances hang by a thread, Cubs extend Epstein, Twins sign a Miner: The Fan Headlines 9/29/16


A crushing loss for the Cardinals last night has their wildcard hopes hanging by a thread.
The Reds beat the Cardinals, 2-1. Adam Duvall’s RBI single scored a pair in the 3rd for Cincy, a Matt Adams fielder’s choice scored the Cardinals’ only run in the 5th. They blew a chance to tie it in the 9th as a leadoff triple by Kolten Wong was wasted. It’s a do or die series finale is tonight at 7:15.

Meanwhile, the Mets were a 5-2 winner over the Marlins, and the Giants lost to Colorado, 2-0.
So the Cardinals trail the Mets by 2 and and a half games, and the Giants by 1 game with just 4 games left in the regular season.

The Cubs and Jake Arrieta lost to the Pirates, 8-4 as John Jaso hit for the cycle for Pittsburgh. The Bucs go for a series split tonight at 6:05. The Cubs announced they’ve rewarded team president Theo Epstein with a 5-year contract extension. General manager Jed Hoyer and scouting director Jason McLeod will also get extensions through the 2021 season.

And the White Sox beat Tampa Bay, 1-0.
Reports say manager Robin Ventura will return to the Sox bench next season if he wants the job. The Sox are 77-81 after starting 23-10 and spending the first 42 days of the season in first place.

The Southern Illinois Miners announced that reigning Frontier League rookie of the year and batting champion Shane Kennedy has signed with the Minnesota Twins organization. Kennedy hit a league-best .363 this past season for the Western Division champion Miners. He becomes the 46th former Miner to sign with a major league club.

Cards slam the Reds, Cubs win #101, banged-up Bears sign RB Bell: The Fan Headlines 9/28/16


Not much changed in the National League Wildcard race last night, as the Cardinals, Mets and Giants all posted victories.

At Busch, the Cardinals smacked 5 home runs and beat the Reds, 12-5. The biggest blast came in the 4th, with the Cardinals trailing 2-1. Rookie Aledmys Diaz hit his first career grand slam, his 17th home run of the season. An emotional Diaz had just returned to the club after attending the funeral for good friend and fellow Cuban Jose Fernandez down in Miami. Jhonny Peralta hit a 3-run shot in the 5th, Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk’s homers were back-to-back in the 6th. Game 3 of the 4-game series is tonight at 7:15.

Elsewhere, the Mets beat the Marlins, and the Giants topped the Rockies. So the Cardinals sit a full game behind the Giants for the second wildcard spot, and a game and a half behind the Mets for the top wildcard spot with 5 games left in the regular season.

In Pittsburgh, win number 101 for the Cubs, they beat the Pirates, 6-4. John Lackey gives up just 1 run in 5 innings to notch his 12th win. Game 3 of the series tonight at 6:05.

And the White Sox routed Tampa Bay, 13-6. Chris Sale wins his 17th.

NFL: The banged-up Chicago Bears made a few moves yesterday. With injuries to running backs Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey, the Bears signed former Lions running back Joique Bell. Cornerback Will Fuller was placed on injured reserve. The Bears also signed former Packers and Raiders defensive lineman CJ Wilson. The 0-3 Bears host the Lions this Sunday.

Cubs win 100th, Reds hammer the Cardinals, SIU VB wins at Missouri State: The Fan Headlines 9/27/16


If the Cardinals were still in contention for a wildcard spot, you wouldn’t have known it last night at Busch Stadium. The Cincinnati Reds jumped out to a 10-0 lead and routed the Cardinals 15-2. Jaime Garcia gave up 2 solo home runs in the 1st and lasted just one inning. Michael Wacha relieved and gave up 7 more runs over the next 3 innings. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 7:15.

But the Cardinals didn’t lose any ground to the Mets. That’s because on an emotional night in Miami, the Marlins beat the Mets, 7-3. All the Marlins wore the #16 jersey of their fallen teammate, Jose Fernandez who died in a boating accident over the weekend. The Marlins also announced they would retire the number 16 jersey.

The idle Giants picked up a half game, so they and the Mets are tied for the wildcard, and the Cardinals remain a game and a half behind. The Giants begin a series at home versus the Rockies tonight.

At Wrigley, the Cubs won their 100th game by dominating the Pirates, 12-2. MVP candidate Kris Bryant homered for the 39th time this season. Javier Baez also went deep as Kyle Hendricks tossed 6 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Game two of that series is tonight at 6:05.

And the White Sox beat Tampa Bay, 7-1.

NFL Monday Night Football: The Falcons routed the Saints 45-32.

Saluki volleyball is off to a 3-0 conference start after beating Missouri State in five sets last night in Springfield. Southern is now 12-5 on the season, they’re on the road at Bradley and Loyola this weekend.

Week 5 of high school football, SIU volleyball begins MVC play,


High school football week 5 kicks off tonight, and for once the weather should cooperate.
In the River to River Ohio: Herrin’s at Murphysboro, Massac County at Harrisburg, we’ll have West Frankfort at Benton tomorrow at noon on 1300 The Fan, Rick Westermeier and Brady Haupt have the pregame tomorrow morning at 11:45. The Redbirds will try to go 4-1 tomorrow.
On the Mississippi side tonight: AJ looks to go 5-0 at Carterville, DuQuoin’s at Pinckneyville and Sparta visits Nashville.
South Seven: Carbondale’s at Cahokia, Marion hosts Mount Vernon and Belleville Althoff visits Centralia in a battle of ranked teams.
Black Diamond tonight: Chester is at Johnston City, Fairfield at Carmi White County, and Vienna-Goreville’s at Edwards County. Two games tomorrow: Hamilton County at Eldorado and Sesser-Valier at CZR.

Saluki football has the weekend off, the same goes for all but 4 Missouri Valley clubs. Illinois State travels to Indiana State tomorrow for both teams’ league opener. Western Illinois is at Northern Illinois, while Missouri State plays at Kansas State. The Dawgs open up conference play next Saturday at Northern Iowa.

Saluki volleyball begins MVC play this weekend with a 2-match homestand. Southern welcomes 9-5 Northern Iowa tonight and 9-5 Drake tomorrow night, both matches at 7 at Davies Gym. SIU also comes into league play at 9-5. That matches their non-conference win total from a year ago.

The Cardinals had the day off and lost a little ground in the National League wildcard race.
The Mets rallied to beat the Phillies in extra innings, and the Giants beat the Padres.
So the Cardinals trail the Mets and Giants each by a half game.

The Cards and Cubs each have plenty to play for in their weekend series at Wrigley. The Cubs’ magic number to clinch home field for the National League playoffs stands at 2. It’ll be Mike Leake versus Jake Arrieta this afternoon at 1pm.

NFL Thursday Night Football: The Patriots blanked the Texans, 27-0. New England is 3-0.
The Bears will have Brian Hoyer as their starting QB in place of the injured Jay Cutler Sunday night at Dallas.

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