Salukis and Miners squander late leads, Nats edge the Cards: The Fan Headlines 5/27/16

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Saluki baseball with an historic collapse at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Terre Haute. The Dawgs blew leads of 6-0 and 7-1 and lost to top-seeded Dallas Baptist 10-8. The Patriots lit up the Saluki bullpen for 7 runs in the 8th, including a grand slam by Matt Duce and a two-run homer by Justin Wall to make it 8-7. Top of the 9th, Southern tied it 8-8 after a Hunter Anderson solo home run. But in the bottom of the 9th, Matt Duce struck again with his 3rd homer of the night for the walkoff win. Southern now plays Evansville in an elimination game this morning at 8am, Mike Reis on the call beginning at 7:45 on 1300 The Fan. Should SIU win, they’d get a rematch with Dallas Baptist this afternoon at 3 for the right to advance to Saturday’s title game.

The Southern Illinois Miners blew a 5-0 lead and lost at Florence, 8-7. The Miners bullpen surrendered 3 runs in the 8th and 4 more in the 9th to hand the Freedom a win and a series split. The Miners return home for the weekend to play Evansville, Jason Guerette on the call beginning at 6:45 on US 97-7.

The Cardinals lost a pitcher’s duel in Washington, 2-1. Mike Leake gave up just two earned runs, both of them towering home runs to Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa. Aledmys Diaz hit a solo HR fopr the Cardinals’ only tally. Game 2 of the 4 game series is tonight at 6:05. No Matt Carpenter the rest of the weekend, he was placed on 3-day paternity leave after his wife Mackenzie gave birth to their first child on Wednesday.

The Cubs host the surprising Phillies this afternoon at Wrigley, Jon Lester gets the start at 1:20.

The White Sox and Royals were rained out last night in Kansas City, they’ll try again tonight at 7:15.

NBA Playoffs: The Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 win over Oklahoma City. The Thunder still lead the Western Finals 3 games to 2, game 6 back in OKC tomorrow night.

And in hockey, the Stanley Cup Finals are set: The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the San Jose Sharks after the Pens beat Tampa Bay 2-1 last night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

MVC Baseball: Dawgs down the Aces, Teasley tosses a gem for the Miners, Cubs and Arrieta edge the Cardinals, Blues bow out: The Fan Headlines 5/26/16

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Saluki baseball won their Missouri Valley Conference Championship opener over Evansville, 4-3 yesterday morning in Terre Haute. Dawgs were up 4-1 in the 7th, the Aces cut the lead to one, but Ryan Netemeyer tossed a scoreless inning-and-two-thirds to save it for Chad Whitmer. The Dawgs will play top seed Dallas Baptist this afternoon at 3, Mike Reis on the air at 2:45 on 105-1 VZA.

The Southern Illinois Miners blanked the Florence Freedom 7-0 last night as ace Rick Teasley tossed his third career complete game shutout, a 7-hitter, striking out 4. Julius Gaines had 4 hits and drove in a pair. Miners go for their 5th win in a row and the 2-game sweep tonight at 545 on US 97-7.

The Cubs edged the Cardinals 9-8 yesterday in Jake Arrieta’s roughest start of the year, but he still gets the win to go to 9-0. Cards starter Carlos Martinez gave up 6 runs in the 2nd, and the bullpen gave up 3 more courtesy of a Kris Bryant home run in the 6th. Home runs from Matt Holliday and Matt Adams would edge the Cardinals closer. The Cubs have won 23 straight games started by Arrieta. They take 2 out of 3 in the series, and host the Phillies tomorrow. The Cardinals are in Washington tonight at 6:05.

The White Sox lost their 3rd in a row to Cleveland, 4-3. As a result, their AL Central lead is down to a half a game over the Tribe. The Royals are just 2 games back, the Sox begin a series in Kansas City tonight at 7:15.

Hockey season is over in St. Louis. The Blues lose to San Jose, 4-2 last night. The Sharks win the Western Conference Finals 4 games to 2, and advance to their first-ever Stanley Cup Finals versus either the Penguins or Lightning. Their Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 is tonight.

SIU baseball leads off the MVC’s, Cubs hammer the Cards, Sale suffers first loss: The Fan Headlines 5/25/16

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Saluki baseball and Evansville play the first game of the Missouri Valley Conference Championships this morning at 8am in Terre Haute, Indiana. Southern is the 4th seed, the Aces a 5-seed. Chad Whitmer gets the start for the Dawgs, Mike Reis on the call beginning at 7:45 on 1300 The Fan. The winner plays either top seed Dallas Baptist or 8th seed Illinois State tomorrow at 3, the loser plays again tomorrow at 8am in the double-elimination format. The day’s two other games feature 3rd seed Bradley and 6th seed Wichita State, the host and 2nd seeded Indiana State play 7th seed Missouri State in the nightcap.

The Dawgs had six players earn All-Missouri Valley Conference honors yesterday. Logan Blackfan and Michael Baird were both first-team All MVC; Chad Whitmer and Ryan Netemeyer earned second-team honors; Connor Kopach and Greg Lambert were honorable mentions. Blackfan was also selected to the Valley’s All-Defensive team.

The Cubs avenged Monday’s walkoff loss to the Cardinals by throttling the Birds 12-3 last night at Busch. Michael Wacha walked in the first 2 runs and gave up 4 more in a 6-run 1st. Jorge Soler added more in the 5th with a 2-run home run. Wacha gave up 8 runs in 4 innings and falls to 2-5. Jason Hammel now 6-1. Rubber game of the series this afternoon at 12:45, 8-0 Jake Arrieta versus Carlos Martinez.

This just in: Chris Sale is human. The White Sox ace lost his first decision in 10 starts as the Sox fall to Cleveland 6-2. Sale gave up all six runs in just 3 and a third innings work. Series finale is this afternoon at 1:10.

The first-place Southern Illinois Miners are back in action after a two-day break. They begin a 2-game series tonight at Florence versus the Freedom. Jason Guerette has the call beginning at 5:45 on US 97-7.

And it’s win or go home tonight for the St. Louis Blues. Game 6 of their Western Conference Finals series is tonight in San Jose, the Sharks hold a 3 games to 2 lead in the best-of-7. Puck drop is tonight at 8.

Grichuk walks off the Cubs, Metropoulos named to Frontier League HOF: The Fan Headlines 5/24/16

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The Cardinals rallied to beat the Cubs 4-3 at Busch. John Lackey had a 3-1 lead heading to the 7th, but Matt Adams knocked him out with a 2-run homer to tie it. Top of the 9th, Matt Carpenter’s double play killed a Cubs rally. Then in the bottom of the 9th, Randal Grichuk made the Cardinals a walk-off winner with a solo home run. Trevor Rosenthal gets the win in relief. Game 2 of the series tonight at 6:10, Michael Wacha vs Jason Hammel.

Back in Chicago, the White Sox and Indians split a day-night doubleheader. Sox won the opener 7-6 as Todd Frazier hit his AL-leading 14th home run, Brett Lawrie also went deep. Mat Latos now 6-1.
The Tribe win the nightcap, 5-1. Game 3 of the series tonight at 7:10 as Chris Sale looks to go 10-0.

Former Southern Illinois Miners legend Joey Metropoulos has become the first Miner named to the Frontier League Hall of Fame. Metro, who’s also on the Miners’ all-decade team, is the club’s all-time leader in hits, doubles, homers and RBI. He’s the only Miner to win league MVP in 2009.
Metropoulous will be formally inducted during the Frontier League All-Star festivities in Florence on July 13th. The Miners begin a 2-game series at Florence tomorrow night.

Hockey: The St. Louis Blues are on the brink of elimination after losing to San Jose 6-3 last night in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals series. The Sharks are up 3 games to 2, and can punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals with a win in San Jose tomorrow night.

SIU seeded 4th for the MVC’s, Miners sweep Normal, Pinto wins #600: The Fan Headlines 5/23/16

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Saluki baseball will be the 4th seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship beginning Wednesday in Terre Haute. The Dawgs were swept by Bradley over the weekend, and enter the tournament on a 4-game losing streak. Southern’s 4-team pool includes top seed Dallas Baptist, 5th seeded Evansville and 8th seeded Illinois State. SIU plays Evansville Wednesday morning at 8am to open the double-elimination tournament.

The Southern Illinois Miners swept away Normal over the weekend, taking yesterday’s finale 9-3 at the Corn Crib. Aaron Gates and Steve Marino both homered and drove in 3 apiece. The win was #600 in Mike Pinto’s managerial career. The 6-3 Miners are now in first place in the Western Division, they’re off until Wednesday when they begin a series at Florence.

The Cardinals lost 2 out 3 to Arizona, dropping yesterday’s rubber game 7-2. Jaime Garcia fell behind 4-0 and didn’t get out of the 3rd. Zach Greinke’s only earned run in 8 innings was a Brandon Moss solo homer.

The Cubs lose to the Giants, 1-0 as Madison Bumgarner shut down the Cubs on 3 hits and drove in the game’s only run on an RBI double. Cubs drop 2 of 3 to San Fran and have lost 3 of their last 4 series.

That sets the stage for round 2 of Cardinals versus Cubs tonight at Busch, Adam Wainwright versus John Lackey tonight at 7:15.

The White Sox salvaged a game from the Royals, winning yesterday’s finale 3-2. Melky Cabrera’s 2-RBI hit in the 5th was the difference. Todd Frazier hit his AL-tying 13th home run. The Sox host Cleveland this afternoon at 4:10.

NHL: Jake Allen will get the start in goal as the St. Louis Blues are back home for Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals series with San Jose. Allen replaced Brian Elliott in Game 4 on Saturday, which the Blues won 6-3. Puck drop tonight is at 7.

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