The Fan Headlines 7/6/15

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The U.S. Women’s Soccer team are on top of the world. Team USA roared out to a 4-0 lead behind a Carli Lloyd hat-trick, and beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Soccer final in Vancouver, Canada. It’s the USA’s third women’s title, and their first since beating China in 1999.

The Southern Illinois Miners dropped 2 out of 3 over the weekend at home versus the Normal Cornbelters. Miners avoided the sweep with a 2-1 win last night, as Adam Lopez ran his record to 6-0 with 7 strong innings. Miners hit the road for the next 6, they’re at East-leading Traverse City Tuesday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals earned a split of their weekend series with the Padres with a 3-1 win yesterday. Rookie Tommy Pham hit his first Major League home run, Lance Lynn won his 6th. The Cardinals are an MLB-best 53-28 at the halfway point of the season. Meanwhile, Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta were voted into the National League All-Star Game starting lineup.

The Chicago Cubs blanked Miami 2-0 behind 7 and 1/3 spotless innings from Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs take 2 out of 3 from the Marlins, and have won 11 straight games when Hendricks starts. Cubs welcome the Cardinals to Wrigley Field tonight, as former teammates Jon Lester and John Lackey square off.

The White Sox were throttled by the Orioles 9-1. The Sox didn’t help their cause committing 4 errors on the day. Their homestand continues tonight with a visit from the Toronto Blue Jays, it’s Chris Sale versus former Sox ace Mark Buerhle.

The Fan Headlines 7/3/15

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The Southern Illinois Miners earned a dominating doubleheader sweep over the Gateway Grizzlies yesterday. In the completion of Wednesday’s suspended game, the Miners thumped Gateway 12-6. They did not let up in the 7-inning nightcap, routing the Grizz 11-0. They return home for a holiday weekend series against the Normal CornBelters tonight at 7:05 p.m. Matt Bywater gets the start. Jason Guerette calls it starting at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The St. Louis Cardinals have dropped 3 straight, they lose to the San Diego Padres 5-3 in 11 innings on Will Venable’s pinch-hit 2-run home run in the top of the 11th. Tonight at 7:15, it’s Michael Wacha versus Andrew Cashner. The Cardinals announced they have fired director of scouting Chris Correa over the Astros database hacking scandal. Jon Jay was placed on the 15-day DL, pitcher Tim Cooney was sent back to triple-A Memphis, outfield phenom Tommy Pham gets called up to St. Louis, he’ll start in centerfield tonight.

The Cubs keep rolling, beating the New York Mets yet again, 6-1 in Gotham. Jonathan Herrera homered and drove in 3 as the Cubs earn the 3-game sweep. Jake Arrieta wins his 8th. Cubs host the Marlins this afternoon.

The White Sox, coming off a 2-game sweep of the Cardinals, begin the holiday weekend with a home series versus Baltimore at 7:10pm. John Danks faces off against Ubaldo Jimenez.

The Fan Headlines 7/2/15

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Rain, rain go Away! The Southern Illinois Miners jumped out to a 1-0 lead before Mother Nature got in the way night in Sauget. That’s when the Miners and Gateway Grizzlies were washed out. The two teams will play two games today. They will continue last night’s game in the top of the first with the Miners leading 1-0 and play 9 innings. The second game will be a 7-inning affair. Jason Guerette will have both on US 97.7 starting at 3:10.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox also fought through bad weather last night. The Sox beat the Cardinals 7-1 putting the game away with a 5-run 9th. Tyler Flowers hit a home run for the second straight day. The two teams played through 3 rain delays. The Cards start a series with the Padres tonight. Tyson Ross and Tim Cooney throw at 6:10. The Sox have today off.

The Cubs shutout the Mets for the 2nd consecutive day. This time the Cubbies won 2-0 in 11 innings. Starlin Castro’s RBI infield single broke a 0-0 draw. The Cubs go for the 3 game sweep at 12:10 when Jake Arrieta and Jacob deGrom pitch.

Team USA women’s soccer will play Japan in the World Cup Final Sunday in Vancouver. Japan beat England yesterday 2-1 on an own-goal in injury time.

The Fan Headlines 7/1/15

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A record-tying night for Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale. It took extra innings but the White Sox snapped the Cardinals 6-game winning streak. Tyler Flowers’ solo home run in the 11th gave the Sox a 2-1 win in 11 innings. Chris Sale was brilliant again striking out 12 over 8 innings. He now has 8 straight appearances of 10 strikeouts or more, tying a record set by Pedro Martinez in 1999. Jose Quintanna and John Lackey pitch in the series finale at 7:15.

The Cubs snapped a 5-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Mets. Four Chicago pitchers combined to throw a 3-hitter. Kyle Hendricks pitched six innings allowing 3 hits. Matt Szczur drove in the game’s only run. Bartolo Colon and Jon Lester throw tonight at 6:10.

The Miners won their 5th straight in Sauget with a 5-4 win over the Gateway Grizzlies. A three-run Miners 4th was the difference. Weather permitting, the Miners play for the series tonight at 7:05. Jason Guerette has the call at 6:45 on US 97.7.

A shakeup in Chicago as the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks traded forwards Brandon Saad, Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. The Hawks get back forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, former Blackhawk Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team is in the World Cup final. Last night in Montreal, Team USA scored a 2-0 upset over top-ranked Germany. The USA will play the winner of Japan and England this Sunday in Vancouver.

The Fan Headlines 6/30/15

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The final month of summer basketball starts tomorrow for SIU Men’s basketball. Currently Southern has 11 scholarship players for the 2015-2016 season. Yesterday during his summer news conference with the MVC (audio below), head coach Barry Hinson said his staff is still recruiting but he is comfortable with where the roster is. SIU opens up the 2015 season at home against Air Force November 12th.

The Southern Illinois Miners start a six game road trip tonight in Sauget. The Miners and Gateway Grizzlies kick off a three game series at 7:05. Jason Guerette has the call starting at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The Cardinals and White Sox both had yesterday off. They square off at Busch Stadium tonight in the first of three. Chris Sale faces Lance Lynn at 7:15. The Redbirds are a blistering 29-7 at home.

The Cubs also had yesterday off. They start a series in New York against the Mets at 6:00. Kyle Hendricks and Johnathan Niese pitch. The Cubs have lost 5 straight games.

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