Cards rally to sweep the Padres, Miners and Slammers suspended by rain: The Fan Headlines 7/22/16

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The Southern Illinois Miners had their 5-game winning streak stopped, but only temporarily, by Mother Nature. Last night in Joliet, the Miners and Slammers were tied at 7 in the 7th inning when severe weather rolled into Chicagoland. The game was suspended and will be resumed when the Slammers visit Marion August 5th. The Miners return home to begin a 3-game weekend series with the Washington Wild Things tonight at 6:45 on US 97.7.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals rallied to beat the Padres 6-5 to complete a 4-game sweep. The Birds trailed 5-1 going into the 8th, but scored 4 times, 3 on a Stephen Piscotty home run. Then in the 9th, Tommy Pham’s leadoff double set up Aledmys Diaz for his first-ever walkoff RBI hit. The Cardinals are a season-high tying 7 games over .500 for the first time since June 12th, and just 6 and a half games behind the Cubs in the NL Central. The banged-up Dodgers come to Busch for a weekend series beginning tonight at 7:15. No Clayton Kershaw, he’s considering season-ending back surgery.

The Cubs are at “Wrigley North” for the weekend, a.k.a. Miller Park in Milwaukee to face the Brewers, Jason Hammel goes for his 9th win tonight at 7:10. The Cubs bolstered their bullpen by acquiring reliever Mike Montgomery from the Mariners in exchange for minor league infielder and top 20 Cub prospect Daniel Vogelbach.

The White Sox, like the Miners, endured a severe weather delay on the South Side. Their game was called after 7 innings, with the Tigers winning 2-1. Game 2 of the 4 game set is tonight at 7:10.

Saluki athletics has announced there will be a memorial service Monday for longtime basketball team doctor Don “Doc” Knapp. The remembrance ceremony will take place Monday at 5pm in the Cook Club of SIU Arena. Knapp, a native of Benton, passed away in Minnesota back on June 12th at the age of 80.

Miners hold off Joliet, Gyorko haunts the Padres, Rizzo mashes the Mets: The Fan Headlines 7/21/16

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Make it five in a row for the Southern Illinois Miners. They held off Joliet 8-7 last night. Nolan Earley hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning. Dyllon Nuernberg gave up just 1 run over 8 innings, and the Miners entered the 9th with a comfortable 8-1 lead. But the bullpen nearly let it slip away as the Slammers scored 6 in the bottom of the 9th to make it interesting before Adam Lopez shut the door. The Miners go for the sweep tonight at 6:45 on US 97.7.

A day-night doubleheader at Busch as the St. Louis Cardinals swept the Padres, 4-2 and 3-2. The Cardinals slugged 3 home runs in game one, courtesy of Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Jedd Gyorko. Carlos Martinez won his 9th. And in the nightcap, Gyorko burned his former club for two more homers. Seung Hwan Oh picked up the save in both games of the twin bill.
They’ll wrap up the 4-game series tonight at 6:15.

At Wrigley, the Cubs beat the Mets 6-2. Kyle Hendricks was dominant, tossing 6 and a third scoreless innings to notch the win. Anthony Rizzo homered twice.  After heading into the All-Star Break winning just 6 out 21, the Cubs have now won 4 out of their last 6. They’ll make the short trip to Milwaukee for a weekend series beginning tomorrow night.

And in Seattle, the White Sox blew a 4-0 lead and lost to the Mariners 6-5 in 11 innings. For the second time in 3 games, the Sox lost in walkoff fashion as Leonys Martin smacked a solo homer to win it for the M’s. The Sox return home to play the Tigers tonight at 7:10.

Teasley dominates Joliet in Miners win, Cubs lose a pitchers duel: The Fan Headlines 7/20/16

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The Southern Illinois Miners won their 4th in row with a 9-2 rout of Joliet last night. Miners ace Rick Teasley handcuffed the Slammers over 8 innings. Shane Kennedy with a pair of RBI doubles, Nolan Earley homered. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 6:45 on US 97.7.

At Wrigley, the Cubs lose a pitchers’ duel to the Mets, 2-1. Both Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard gave up just 1 run apiece. Tied 1-1 in top of the 9th, Hector Rondon gave up a go-ahead RBI single to Rene Rivera. The Cubs had the bases loaded in the 9th, but Kris Bryant grounded into a game-ending double play.  Rubber game of the series is this afternoon at 1.

The Cardinals and Padres were rained out at Busch. They’ll make it up as part of a day-night doubleheader today. First pitch this afternoon at 1:15. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta is back on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his surgically repaired thumb. Jeremy Hazelbaker was recalled from triple-A Memphis.

The White Sox hit 3 home runs and sunk the Mariners, 6-1. Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie all went deep. The rubber game of that series is this afternoon.

In high school news: Illinois high school baseball pitchers will be under a pitch count starting next year. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced last week that every state will have to create a pitch-count policy before the start of the 2017 season. Just a few states have established pitch count rules or innings caps. Illinois had one of the country’s more liberal policies, limiting pitchers to seven innings a day only in postseason games.

Cubs and Cards power to wins, Sox lose a heartbreaker: The Fan Headlines 7/19/16

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The Chicago Cubs beat the Mets for the first time this season, 5-1, snapping an 8-game losing streak to the Mets dating back to last season’s National League Championship Series.
Anthony Rizzo got the offense kick-started in the 3rd with a 3-run home run, his 22nd of the season. Jon Lester picks up his 10th win. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 6.

The St. Louis Cardinals routed the Padres 10-2. Mike Leake fell behind 1-0 after 4, but the Cards offense poured it on after that, scoring twice in the 5th, four more times in the 6th, and in the 7th, Randal Grichuk and former Padre Jedd Gyorko added back-to-back homers for insurance. Stephen Piscotty also went upper deck. Leake struck out 11 and walked no one to earn the win. Game 2 of the four-game set is tonight at 7:15.

Earlier in the day, former scouting director Christopher Correa was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for hacking into the Houston Astros player database. Major League Baseball is now looking into whether the Cardinals should face punishment.

In Seattle, the White Sox lost a heartbreaker to the Mariners, 4-3, wasting 8 shutout innings by Chris Sale. The Sox blew a 3-0 lead in the 9th giving up an RBI single to Kyle Seager, and a walkoff 3-run homer by Adam Lind to win it for the M’s. Game two of the series is tonight at 9:10.

The Southern Illinois Miners begin the day 20 games over .500 with a 5 and a half game lead in the Frontier League Western Division. Their road trip continues with a visit to Joliet tonight. Series opener at 6:45 on US 97.7.

College basketball: The Indianapolis Star says they can confirm that Matt Painter is getting a 3-year contract extension from Purdue through the 2021-2022 season. Terms were not disclosed.
The former SIU coach was scheduled to make $2.45 million dollars this season. The Boilermakers went 26-9 last season.

Miners sweep the Wild Things, Cards, Cubs and Sox all stumble: The Fan Headlines 7/18/16

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The Southern Illinois Miners did something over the weekend they’ve never done in their 10-year franchise history. That’s sweep a 3-game series in Washington, Pennsylvania. Last night, the Miners jumped out to an 11-0 lead and held off the Wild Things 11-7 to break out the brooms. The Miners are now 20 games over .500. The road trip continues tomorrow night with a visit to Joliet.

The St. Louis Cardinals dropped 2 out of 3 to the Marlins, losing yesterday’s finale 6-3. The Cardinals trailed 3-1, but rallied to tie it with runs in the 5th and 6th. But the beleaguered Cardinal bullpen surrendered 2 Miami runs in the 7th and an insurance tally in the 8th. Marlins pitchers tallied 15 strikeouts in the win. The Padres come to Busch for a 4-game series starting tonight at 7:15.

The Cubs couldn’t sweep the Rangers, losing 4-1 yesterday at Wrigley. Cole Hamels struck out 7 and walked no one in 8 innings work. John Lackey fanned 8 but took the loss. The Mets come to Wrigley in an NLCS rematch series tonight at 6.

The White Sox got swept by the Angels, losing yesterday 8-1. Albert Pujols homered twice and Jared Weaver went 7 strong innings. The Sox were outscored 16-1 in the weekend series. They’re off to Seattle for a 3-game series beginning tonight at 9:10.

And in golf: Sweden’s Henrik Stenson wins his first major with a record-setting final round at The Open Championships in Troon, Scotland. Stenson carded a major record-tying 63 to outduel Phil Mickelson by 3 strokes. His final score of 20-under breaks Tiger Woods’ British Open record from 2000, and ties Jason Day’s effort set at last year’s PGA Championship.

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