July 4, 2015

Offense struggles again as Cardinals losing streak reaches four

CardinalsJedd Gyorko homered and drove in the game- winning run during the ninth inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Andrew Cashner surrendered just one run on three hits over six-plus frames, while Joaquin Benoit (5-3) earned the win for tossing a scoreless eighth for the Padres, who have won the first two of this four-game set.

Starter Michael Wacha gave up a run and five hits with six strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision, while Jason Heyward scored the lone run for the Cardinals, who have dropped four straight on the heels of a six-game winning streak.

“When you don’t get the little things done in games like these, it’s not going to work out for you,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.

Yangervis Solarte tripled to the warning track in right off Trevor Rosenthal (1-1) with one out in the ninth and Gyorko plated him with a base hit to left for a 2-1 lead. [Read more…]

Royals halt losing skid with come from behind extra inning win over Twins

Jarrod Dyson(photo/MLB)

Jarrod Dyson(photo/MLB)

Jarrod Dyson drove in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Kansas City Royals downed the Minnesota Twins, 3-2, in the second of a four-game set.

Lorenzo Cain opened the inning with a double off of Aaron Thompson (1-3) and moved to third on a wild pitch. Dyson then hit a grounder to first and Cain was able to beat Joe Mauer’s throw home, sliding around Kurt Suzuki’s tag for the win.

“Lorenzo had an awesome night,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “Boy, he’s really swinging it good.”

Cain went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while Kendrys Morales also drove in a run for the Royals, who snapped a four-game skid. Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings, while Wade Davis (4-1) got the win for a flawless 10th inning.

Miguel Sano and Aaron Hicks each drove in a run for the Twins, who have lost four of their last six. Tommy Milone allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

“Baseball is an up and down sport,” Hicks said. “We just have to come back [Read more…]

St. Louis Blues sign goaltender Jake Allen to a two year extension

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen blocks the puck on a shot by New York Islanders Kyle Okposo in the third period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 11, 2014.   UPI/Rob Cornforth

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen blocks the puck on a shot by New York Islanders Kyle Okposo in the third period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 11, 2014. UPI/Rob Cornforth

The St. Louis Blues and goaltender Jake Allen have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

Allen led all rookie goaltenders with 22 wins (22-7-4) this past season, while recording a 2.28 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. In addition, he tied a Blues rookie record with four shutouts while becoming just the second rookie goaltender in club history to post consecutive shutouts, on Oct. 30 vs. Anaheim and Nov. 4 vs. New Jersey (Ernie Wakely, 1969-70).

The 24-year-old Allen also logged 184:38 consecutive shutout minutes from Oct. 23 (third period vs. Vancouver) to Nov. 6 (third period vs. New Jersey), etching a new Blues rookie record.

Allen has accumulated a 31-11-4 record to go along with a 2.33 GAA, a .911 save percentage and five shutouts in 52 career games with the Blues.

Cardinals fire director of scouting Chris Correa in wake of hacking scandal

ChrisCorreaThe hacking investigation involving the St. Louis Cardinals has cost the club’s scouting director his job as Chris Correa was fired Wednesday.

Correa has admitted hacking into a Houston Astros database but said it was only to verify that the Astros had stolen proprietary data, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.  Correa did not leak any Astros data, and is not responsible for additional hacks that the FBI has alleged occurred or leaking any data, said the source.

Correa’s lawyer released a statement reading “Mr. Correa denies any illegal conduct. The relevant inquiry should be what information did former Cardinals employees steal from the Cardinals organization prior to joining the Astros, and who in the Astros organization authorized, consented to, or benefitted from that roguish behavior.”

Before the Cardinals game against the Padres on Wednesday night, General Manager John Mozeliak said “I can confirm (Correa) was on administrative leave and subsequently was terminated (Wednesday). At this time it’s still an ongoing investigation, and there’s really nothing more that I can add at this point.” [Read more…]

Royals offense can’t solve Gibson, drop fourth straight

Chris Young

Chris Young

Kyle Gibson worked eight scoreless frames and Danny Santana knocked in the winning run as Minnesota topped Kansas City by a 2-0 count in the opener of a four-game series.

Gibson (6-6) threw 114 pitches, giving up four hits and as many walks but striking out seven. Glen Perkins put the finishing touches on the shutout with a perfect ninth for his 26th save.

“It was a good game for us to win,” Gibson said.

Joe Mauer hit safely twice while Eduardo Escobar added two hits and the insurance RBI for the Twins, who were coming off an interleague series loss against Cincinnati.

Chris Young (7-4) allowed a run on six hits but lasted only 5 1/3 frames in the loss for the Royals, who still own a comfortable lead atop the AL Central over their weekend opponents.

“Tonight I came up a little short,” Young said. “Gibson was better than me.” [Read more…]