Saluki Fan Fest is tonight, Cubs power past the Padres, Miners magic number is 5: The Fan Headlines 8/23/16

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We’re just 11 days away from a new Saluki football season, and tonight at Saluki Stadium, it’s the annual Fan Fest event. This free event allows fans to meet both the Saluki football and volleyball players and coaches, along with spirit teams and mascots. You can also tag and purchase your football season tickets, shop the team store and enjoy free Prairie Farms ice cream, chocolate milk and juice, while supplies last. Fan Fest begins tonight at 6:30 at Saluki Stadium.

The Southern Illinois Miners are back home tonight for a 3-game series with the Florence Freedom. The Miners clinched a playoff spot over the weekend, and their magic number to clinch the Western Division is 5. A win tonight combined with an Evansville loss would trim that number down to 3. Pregame on the air at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The Cubs won their series opener in San Diego, 5-1 over the Padres.
Addison Russell homered and sac-flied to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Then in the 5th, Kris Bryant hit his 32nd home run of the year, and Jason Heyward followed with his 6th home run of the season a couple of batters later. Jon Lester wins his 14th. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 9:10.

The Cardinals are back home to play the Mets at 7:10. The Mets trail the Cardinals by 4 and a half games for the final National League Wildcard spot. The Cardinals have a one and a half game cushion over Miami heading into tonight.

And the White Sox begin a home series against the Phillies tonight at 7:10.

Gates is new Miners all-time hits leader; Cards blank Philly, Rox wallop Cubs: The Fan Headlines 8/22/16

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Our countdown to Saluki football is at 12 days before the season opener at Florida Atlantic. After Saturday’s scrimmage, new defensive coordinator Kraig Paulson liked what he saw on both sides of the ball…

SIU kicks off the new campaign at Florida Atlantic on September 3rd.

The Southern Illinois Miners clinched their third straight playoff berth on Saturday, and last night, the Miners clinched another series, winning a 13-9 slugfest over Normal. Trailing 5-3 after 2 innings, the Miners would score the next 10 runs, including 4 in the 5th. Normal would answer with 4 of their own in the 6th, but didn’t score again. And with a single in the 5th inning, Aaron Gates passed Joey Metropoulos to become the Miners’ all-time leader in career hits with 304. The Miners return home to play Florence tomorrow night.

The Cardinals took 2 out of 3 in Philadelphia. They hit 4 home runs and blanked the Phils, 9-0. Mike Leake with plenty of run support, he tossed 7 scoreless. The Marlins swept the Pirates in Pittsburgh, so the Cardinals lead for the final NL Wildcard spot is a game and a half over Miami. The Cardinals are back home to play the Mets tomorrow night.

The Cubs were walloped in Colorado, 11-4. The Rockies tagged Jason Hammel for 7 runs in the first, Hammel would give up 10 total in just 3 and a third. The Cubs hadn’t lost a series since July 24th. They travel to San Diego to begin a 3-game series tonight at 9:10.

And the White Sox doubled up Oakland 4-2. Jose Abreu homered for the second game in a row. Jose Quintana won his 10th. The Sox return home to play the Phillies tomorrow.

Salukis set to scrimmage Saturday, Miners sweep Gateway with an extra-inning win, Cubs sweep away Milwaukee: The Fan Headlines 8/19/16

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Our countdown to Saluki Football is down to 15 days. Nick Hill’s club will scrimmage tomorrow evening at Saluki Stadium. Will either Josh Straughan or Sam Straub emerge with the starting QB job after tomorrow’s scrimmage?

Southern travels to Florida Atlantic for a 5pm CT kickoff on September 3rd.

The Southern Illinois Miners completed a 3-game sweep of Gateway with a 3-2 win in 11 innings last night. The Miners and Grizzlies were tied at 2 after 5 innings, and it stayed that way until the bottom of the 11th, as Shane Kennedy scored on Alex DeLeon’s fielder’s choice. The Miners are back on the road this weekend with a trip to Normal. Series opener tonight at 6:15 on US 97.7.  They can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight.

The Chicago Cubs broke out the brooms as well, sweeping away the Brewers with a 9-6 win. Kris Bryant homered twice, and for the second straight day, the Cubs gave their starting pitcher a 5-0 lead. Jake Arrieta needed all of it, he gave up 5 runs in 5 plus innings, but still picked up his 15th win. The Cubs travel to Colorado for the weekend, series opener at 7:40.

The White Sox blew a 3-0 first inning lead and lost in Cleveland, 5-4 on a walk-off sacrifice fly. The Sox welcome Oakland to the South Side tonight at 7:10.

The St. Louis Cardinals begin a weekend series in Philadelphia, Adam Wainwright gets the start tonight at 6:05. The Cardinals begin the weekend with a 1 game lead over the Pirates for the final National League Wildcard spot. The Bucs have won 4 straight.

NFL Preseason: The Bears fall to 0-2 as they lose in New England, 23-22. They’ll host the Chiefs next Saturday.

Miners sweep a pair from Gateway, Cardinals power past Houston, Cubs tame the Brewers: The Fan Headlines 8/18/16

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The Southern Illinois Miners had split every doubleheader they’ve played this season, losing the first game and winning the second game. Until last night, when the Miners swept a doubleheader from the Gateway Grizzlies. In Game One, the Miners scored 7 times in the 4th, and Jarrett Miller tossed the 7-inning complete game as the Miners won 8-2. Then in the nightcap, the Miners jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 6-2 win. They go for the 3-game series sweep tonight at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The St. Louis Cardinals completed a 2-game sweep of the Astros with an 8-2 win yesterday. Carlos Martinez took a no-hitter into the 6th, and at the plate, the Cardinals were mashing again. Brandon Moss smacked a 3-run homer in the 7th, he leads the Cardinals with 22 round-trippers. They’ve won 4 in a row and will travel to Philadelphia tomorrow night. Miami lost again to the Reds, so their National League Wildcard lead is now 2 games over the Marlins.

In other Cardinals news, Matt Holliday has opted for surgery on his fractured thumb. If successful, he could be back in October. Reliever Seth Maness will undergo Tommy John surgery on his sore elbow, he’ll miss the next 10 to 12 months.

At Wrigley, the Cubs beat Milwaukee again, 6-1. They handed Jon Lester a 5-0 lead after just one inning, 3 of those runs on a Jorge Soler home run. David Ross would also homer in the 6th. Lester wins his 13th. The Cubs go for the 4-game series sweep this afternoon at 1:20. John Lackey will not go on the disabled list. Instead, he’ll get an extra 3 days rest before his next start on Tuesday. Newly acquired reliever Joe Smith was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring.

And in the American League, the White Sox scored 5 times in the top of the 9th, four on an Adam Eaton grand-slam to beat Cleveland 10-7.

Dawgs on schedule, despite the weather, Cards rally in Houston, Cubs sweep a pair: The Fan Headlines 8/17/16

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Dawgs Don’t Mind The Weather: Our countdown to Saluki Football’s season opener is down to 17 days before the Dawgs travel to Florida Atlantic. New head coach Nick Hill has yet to name his starting quarterback. But despite Saturday’s scrimmage being rained out, and the overall rainy weather of late, Hill says they’re otherwise right on schedule…

SIU and FAU kick off the new season on September 3rd.

Let’s Play Two, Part One: The Southern Illinois Miners were rained out last night, so they and the Gateway Grizzlies will play a doubleheader tonight at Rent One Park starting at 5:05. Jason Guerette on the call starting at 4:45 on US 97.7.

Birds Clutch in Houston: The St. Louis Cardinals rallied to beat the Astros, 8-5. Jaime Garcia fell behind 4-2 after 4 innings, but Tommy Pham’s 2-run homer tied it in the 5th. Then in the 6th, Jedd Gyorko smacked a 3-run home run to put the Cardinals in front for good.  Seung Hwan Oh struck out the side in the 9th to earn his 12th save. They go for the 2-game sweep this afternoon at 1:10.
The Marlins lost to the Reds, so the Cardinals have a 1 game lead over Miami for the final NL wildcard spot.
More injury trouble for the Cards, reliever Seth Maness placed on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow. Sam Tuivailala was recalled from triple-A Memphis.

Let’s Play Two, Part Two: At Wrigley, the Cubs swept a day-night doubleheader from Milwaukee.
Trevor Cahill and 4 relievers shut out the Brewers 4-0 in Game 1 on just 3 hits. Then in the nightcap, Jason Hammel and three relievers stifled Milwaukee for a 4-1 win. 2 of those runs courtesy of a Javier Baez home run. Aroldis Chapman saved both games, his 5th and 6th since joining the Cubs.
Game 3 of the series is tonight at 7:10.

And the White Sox lost in Cleveland, 3-1.

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