Ponce de Leon struggles as Cardinals fall 9-3 to Brewers

ST. LOUIS — Avisaíl García homered for the second day in a row, Travis Shaw and Manny Piña also connected and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-3 on Sunday.

García, who homered and drove in five runs in a 9-5 win Saturday, and Shaw hit early drives that helped the Brewers build a 7-0 lead in the second inning.

Brett Anderson (1-1) tossed five effective innings for Milwaukee, which has won four of five.

Austin Dean had a two-run double for the Cardinals, who have lost two in a row after a four-game winning streak.

The Brewers scored four times in the first off Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-1) in batting around for the first time this season. Lorenzo Cain began the game with a first-pitch double, Daniel Vogelbach followed with an RBI single and García homered.

Shaw hit a three-run homer in the second off Ponce de Leon in the second. Shaw left the game as a precautionary measure after fouling a ball off his shin in a fourth-inning plate appearance.

Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich left the game in the second inning with back soreness.

Piña added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Anderson allowed one run on four hits. He struck out one and walked two.

St. Louis newcomer Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning single.

NEW TERRITORY

St. Louis C Yadier Molina batted in the cleanup spot on Sunday for the first time since June 2, 2017, when he went 0 for 3 in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Molina went 1 for 3 on Sunday and is hitting .367.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: Milwaukee INF Jace Peterson made his first start of the season, replacing Kolten Wong, who is on the 10-day injured list with an oblique issue. Peterson underwent cryotherapy on a sore thumb after spring training was completed. “It seems to be working,” he said.

Cardinals: OF Tyler O’Neill was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain suffered during his first plate appearance on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Freddy Peralta (1-0, 0.00) will take on Chicago Cubs RHP Adbert Alzolay (0-,1, 7.20) in the first of a three-game series on Monday in Milwaukee. Peralta is 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA in seven lifetime appearances against Chicago.

Cardinals: RHP John Gant (0-0, 0.00) will face Washington RHP Erick Fedde (0-1, 27.00) in the opening game of a three-game series on Monday in St. Louis. Gant has not allowed a home run in his last 39 1/3 innings, the longest current streak in the NL.

By |2021-04-11T18:24:28-04:00April 11th, 2021|News|

Marlins-Mets series finale postponed due to rainout, rescheduled as part of doubleheader to Aug. 31

NEW YORK (AP) — New Mets owner, same old dysfunction.

Marcus Stroman criticized New York for starting Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins in a steady rain. Stroman’s outing lasted just nine pitches before play was stopped, and the game was suspended after a wait of 2 hours, 10 minutes, to be continued as part of a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 31.

“This game should have never been started. Not smart at all,” Stroman tweeted during the delay. “Those conditions put everyone at risk. Beyond happy no players on either side were injured. Hate that I have to wait another 5 days to pitch again. That’s a miserable feeling.”

The Mets, known for confusion at times under the Wilpon and Katz families, were bought during the offseason by hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen, who brought back Sandy Alderson as team president.

Play began at 1:10 p.m. and was halted by plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after seven minutes. Home teams decide whether to start games. Once a game has begun, umpires decide whether to stop play because of bad weather.

“That’s how Stro is, is outspoken. He’s open, talking and he says what he feels,” Rojas said. “He did not share anything this morning. He gets ready. He was doing his routine. He was just waiting for the communication, whether we were going to start on time or not.”

Rojas said Mets ballpark operations staff consulted with weather services, and he was the one who told Stroman the game was starting on time. Stroman was not made available to reporters after his brief outing.

Rojas did not think the starting pitcher should be consulted on whether to start in these types of situations.

“This is the process,” the manager said. “The starting pitcher is usually not in the middle of the process of what we’re looking (at) there. The communication is the part that they trust. I think it’s comes down to a trust thing. And that’s what happened today.

“Stro heard the message that we were going, that we were good to play. And I think there was the trust of OK, yeah, we’re going. It wasn’t the case. And I think that’s when we can be disappointed about the decision now. But now we’ve just got to move forward. I don’t think the process is going to change.”

Rojas said it was not clear whether he would have to wait until Friday for his next turn, that the Mets wanted to assess him in the next few days.

Rojas said there were two meetings before the game and the forecast was for a lighter rain to a mist, the second at about noon.

“Maybe right now it’s a wrong decision, but it’s what we saw,” he said.

While Rojas started Stroman, Miami manager Don Mattingly opted to use reliever John Curtiss as an opener. Curtiss never reached the mound.

“We don’t know quite where we’re going to end up with this weather. They’ve opened the gate, so they obviously are going to try to play,” Mattingly said about 1 hour, 20 minutes before the start. “But the weather is still kind of up in the air so, yeah, I just felt like it (using a reliever) was the safest way for us to go.”

Just two players batted. Corey Dickerson singled and Starling Marte flied out.

Stroman worked deliberately in the rain, throwing out wet balls, and he twice forced Reyburn to get new sets of baseballs.

There were about 1,000 fans in the seats when the game began, and by the time Jesús Aguilar walked up to the batter’s box, the infield dirt was shiny and slick from water. The game was stopped after a pair of splitters in the dirt left a 2-0 count on Aguilar.

“The field got out of hand quick,” Mattingly said. “If they thought it was going to be like that, I don’t think they would have started.”

MOVING DOWN

Michael Conforto was dropped from third to sixth in the batting order. Enterng his last season before becoming eligible for free agency, Conforto is off to a 3 for 21 (.143) start with no homers and three RBIs.

MARLINS MOVES

LHP Daniel Castano was recalled from the alternate training site, and OF Lewis Brinson was optioned there.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: C Jorge Alfaro (left hamstring) has not played since Tuesday and Miami hopes he can play Monday.

Mets: 1B J.D. Davis (bruised left hand from hit by pitch Tuesday) still has discomfort while swinging.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (0-1) opens a series at Atlanta, which starts RHP Huascar Ynoa (0-0).

Mets: LHP David Peterson (0-1) starts for the Mets in a series opener against Philadelphia and RHP Chase Anderson (0-1). Taijuan Walker will follow for the Mets in the second game.

By |2021-04-11T16:49:59-04:00April 11th, 2021|News|

Pacers sign Oshae Brissett to second 10-day contract

The Indiana Pacers announced Sunday that they’ve signed forward Oshae Brissett to a second 10-day contract.

The Pacers originally signed Brissett, 22, to a 10-day deal earlier this month after he starred for their G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, in the Orlando bubble. In 12 games for the Mad Ants, Brissett averaged 18.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Brissett, who made his NBA debut last season for the Raptors, has played in two games for the Pacers, averaging one point and one rebound over 2.5 minutes per contest.

By |2021-04-11T14:29:04-04:00April 11th, 2021|News|

Cardinals recall Thomas and Oviedo, place O'Neill on IL and option Woodford

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals made four roster moves prior to Sunday’s series finale with the Brewers, including a pair that could shake up their outfield mix for the foreseeable future.

The team announced Sunday morning that it has placed outfielder Tyler O’Neill on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Johan Oviedo and outfielder Lane Thomas from their alternate training site in Sauget, Illinois. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Jake Woodford was optioned to the alternate site following Saturday’s game.

O’Neill, who was removed from Saturday’s game with right groin tightness after grounding out in the second inning, was hitting .143 (4 for 28) with a home run and three RBI in eight games. He’s started all eight of the Cardinals’ games so far in left field, so the club will have to rely on some combination of Thomas, John Nogowski, Austin Dean and Tommy Edman to soak up the available at-bats in the outfield.

Thomas has a career .216 batting average and a .782 OPS, but he struggled significantly in 2021, especially after returning from a stint on the COVID-19 injured list, and he finished the season with a .111 batting average and .450 OPS in 40 plate appearances.

Oviedo made his major league debut last season and posted a 5.47 ERA over five starts.

Woodford made two relief appearances this season, allowing two runs with four strikeouts in 4.0 innings.

By |2021-04-11T12:34:45-04:00April 11th, 2021|News|

Royals channels in Mid-Missouri and Iowa for April 12

Cable TV subscribers in Mid-Missouri and Iowa will find Royals baseball on Bally Sports Midwest Extra, an alternate channel, on Monday, April 12, and four other dates in April and May. This is due to overlap with other live programming on Bally Sports Midwest and Bally Sports Midwest Plus.

Mediacom subscribers will find the games on MC22 (channel 22 and 722).

The games will also air on KRCG-13.3, also known as Charge. It can be found over-the-air on channel 13.3 and on Spectrum channel 182.

The other dates on which the Royals will air on these channels are April 30, May 3, May 5 and May 7.

Only Mid-Missouri and Iowa cable subscribers will be affected. All other viewers will find the Royals on the usual channel position.

By |2021-04-11T11:55:52-04:00April 11th, 2021|News|

Bally Sports Midwest schedule for overlapping Blues and Cardinals games

Bally Sports Midwest will televise overlapping St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues games on nine dates this April and May. On those dates, one game will air on Bally Sports Midwest and the other on Bally Sports Midwest Plus, the network’s second channel.

Bally Sports Midwest and Bally Sports Midwest Plus are widely available on providers throughout the region. All games also stream on the regional sports network’s digital platforms.

Click HERE to view the lineup of dates on which the Cardinals and Blues overlap, followed by a list of channel numbers. The schedule is subject to change.

Any Blues playoff games that overlap with the Cardinals would air on Bally Sports Midwest with the Cardinals on Bally Sports Midwest Plus.

By |2021-04-11T11:39:34-04:00April 11th, 2021|News|

Joel Embiid scores 27 points, 76ers beat Thunder 117-93

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joel Embiid had 27 points and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-93 on Saturday night to pull even with Brooklyn for the Eastern Conference lead.

On Friday night in a loss at New Orleans, Embiid went just 5 for 16 from the floor and scored 14 points. He was 10 for 17 in three quarters of work against the Thunder.

Furkan Korkmaz added a season-high 20 points for the 76ers.

Darius Bazley had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Tony Bradley added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Oklahoma City. The Thunder have lost six straight.

Two Thunder starters returned from absences. Bazley had missed 15 games with a shoulder bruise, and guard Lu Dort missed seven games while in concussion protocol. Dort scored 15 points.

The 76ers led 66-53 at halftime. Embiid made just one of his first four shots, but he went 6-for-6 the rest of the first half and finished it with 21 points. The 76ers led despite making just 5 of 21 3-pointers before the break. The 76ers led 90-76 heading into the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

76ers: Guard George Hill, who the Thunder traded to the 76ers as part of a three-team deal last month, remained out with a right thumb injury he suffered early in the season while playing for Oklahoma City. … Had just 10 turnovers and forced 23.

Thunder: Guard Theo Maledon hit a corner 3-pointer as time expired in the first half. … Thunder forward Aleksej Pokusevski left the game in the first quarter with right arm soreness and didn’t return. … Shot 50% from the field.

UP NEXT

76ers: At Dallas on Monday night.

Thunder: At Utah on Tuesday night.

By |2021-04-11T00:30:52-04:00April 11th, 2021|News|

Kiner-Falefa hits second home run of the season in Rangers 7-4 loss to Padres

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Trent Grisham hit a go-ahead homer for San Diego in the seventh inning and the Padres followed up the franchise’s first no-hitter with a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

A day after Joe Musgrove pitched that no-hitter, the Padres won their seventh in a row against Texas. Eric Hosmer and Ha-Seong Kim also homered for San Diego.

“I laid down down last night and for 45 minutes was still wide awake. I just couldn’t fall asleep, just so much adrenaline,” Grisham said. ‘So happy for Joe, so happy for the city of San Diego.”

But the Padres, who ended a 13-season postseason drought last year, are still focused on every game.

“We know the grind, and I think it’s more we have big goals,” Grisham said. “We kind of have that in mind. We have that trust in each other.”

Grisham put San Diego up 5-4 with his two-run homer off reliever Wes Benjamin (0-1). The leadoff-hitting center fielder was born in Burleson, Texas, about 30 miles from Globe Life Field. His season debut came Friday after being on the injured list with a left hamstring strain, and working out in Arizona.

“He’s been great, both defensively and then offensively,” manager Jayce Tingler said of Grisham, who is 4 for 8 in his two games.

“The at-bats in Arizona that he had, those are paying dividends. His rhythm and timing, he looks good at the plate,” Tingler added. “That’s what we expect from Grish.”

Ryan Weathers (1-0) struck out three in his two innings, though he gave up a tiebreaking solo homer to Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the fifth.

Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save in as many chances. The 36-year-old right-hander signed a free-agent deal with the Padres in mid-February.

After no hits and one baserunner (on a hit batsman) against Musgrove, the Rangers had three extra-base hits with two outs in the second inning off Padres starter Chris Paddack.

Jonah Heim’s double ended an 0-for-34 drought for Texas hitters before Eli White tripled, Anderson Tejeda walked and Kiner-Falefa snapped his personal 0-for-12 slide with a two-run double to make it 3-0.

Texas finished with seven hits.

“We ran out of quality at-bats, and we ran out of quality pitches. That’s what we lost,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “We had a chance to win a game. After five, we’re winning, and they shut us down.”

Hosmer opened the fourth with his third homer of the season. Kim, the Padres’ shortstop with Fernando Tatis Jr. out injured, tied the game 3-all with his first big league homer starting the fifth, and Rangers starter Jordan Lyles faced only one more batter after that.

Manny Machado added an RBI double in the Padres seventh, two innings after he was tagged out at third base on Gold Glove-winning right fielder Joey Gallo’s one-hop throw after he fielded Hosmer’s hit that dropped in front of him.

MANNY TOSSED

Machado got ejected when he had words with home plate umpire Jansen Visconti after taking a called third strike with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Machado was laughing as he walked off, but had also been upset with a similar call ending the first inning.

Tingler said he was mad at himself for not getting out there quicker, but said Machado and Visconti were walking away from each other when the umpire tossed the third baseman.

“Hard to hear something (said) when you have 30,000 people there,” Tingler said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: RHP Austin Adams (right elbow strain) was activated from the 10-day injured list. … RHP Dinelson Lamet (right UCL sprain) threw 56 pitches and looked sharp in an alternate training site game Friday. Tingler said Lamet could make his season debut as early as next week’s series in Pittsburgh. Lamet was 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts last season, but didn’t pitch in the postseason because of elbow discomfort.

Rangers: LF David Dahl was back in the lineup. He didn’t play Friday, when he was a little under the weather.

UP NEXT

Lefty Adrián Morejón (0-0) starts the series finale for the Padres against Mike Foltynewicz (0-1), who needed 95 pitches to get through four innings in the home opener Monday against Toronto.

By |2021-04-11T00:30:55-04:00April 11th, 2021|News|

Hoffman's two goals, O'Reilly's game-winner lift Blues to 3-2 overtime win over Wild

ST. LOUIS — Ryan O’Reilly scored with two seconds left in overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Mike Hoffman scored twice for the Blues, tying it with 41.6 seconds left in regulation after the Blues pulled goalie Ville Husso.

O’Reilly skated around the net and muscled a shot past Cam Talbot.

“I knew there wasn’t much time,” O’Reilly said. “I had to finish at the net and try to attack. Luckily, the timing was good.”

Nico Sturm and Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota.

The Blues have won three in a row — beating Minnesota 9-1 on Friday night — to move a point ahead of fourth-place Arizona for the last playoff spot in the West Division. The teams will meet for the third time in four nights on Monday in Minnesota.

“As a team, we stuck together well,” O’Reilly said. “We found a way to grind out these much-needed points. It’s a good weekend, but there’s still a lot of work left.”

Husso stopped 28 shots, and Talbot made 27 saves.

Dumba scored on a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Ryan Suter to make it 2-1 with 1:48 left in the second period.

Sturm, who was recalled from the taxi squad prior to the contest, scored on a wrist shot from the faceoff dot late in the first period for a 1-0 lead.

Hoffman, who has 11 goals, had been a healthy scratch in three of the last six games and has been a subject of trade rumors.

“Any time you can contribute and help the team get valuable points, it always feels good,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman is not letting the rumors effect his game with the trade deadline looming on Monday.

“Sometimes you’ve just got to deal with them,” Hoffman said.

Minnesota left wing Kevin Fiala participated in pregame warmups but was held out of the lineup with an upper-body injury. He’s second on the team with 14 goals.

The Wild were able to bounce back with a strong effort after the dismal performance on Friday,

“We competed out butts off,” Minnesota coach Dean Evason said. “We had a couple of bad bounces and that was the difference.”

Talbot agreed.

“I thought tonight was a step in the right direction,” he said. “We needed a response after the last game and we everything right to win the hockey game tonight.”

INJURY UPDATE

St. Louis C Robert Thomas is out for at least two weeks with an upper-body injury after taking a hit from Minnesota D Carson Soucy late in Friday’s contest. Hoffman, a healthy scratch the previous two games, replaced Thomas.

By |2021-04-10T23:59:52-04:00April 10th, 2021|News|

St. Louis scores with two seconds left in overtime to top Wild

ST. LOUIS — Ryan O’Reilly scored with two seconds left in overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Mike Hoffman scored twice for the Blues, tying it with 41.6 seconds left in regulation after the Blues pulled goalie Ville Husso.

O’Reilly skated around the net and stuffed a shot past Cam Talbot.

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Nico Sturm and Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota.

The Blues have won three in a row — beating Minnesota 9-1 on Friday night — to move a point ahead of fourth-place Arizona for the last playoff spot in the West Division. The teams will meet for the third time in four nights on Monday in Minnesota.

Husso stopped 28 shots, and Tabot made 27 saves.

Dumba scored on a one-timer off a cross ice pass from Ryan Suter to make it 2-1 with 1:48 left in the second period.

Sturm, who was recalled from the taxi squad prior to the contest, scored on a wrist shot from the faceoff dot late in the first period for a 1-0 lead.

Hoffman, who has 11 goals, had been a healthy scratch in three of the last six games and had been a subject of trade rumors.

Minnesota left wing Kevin Fiala was held out of the lineup with an upper-body injury, He went off the ice during the pregame warmups. He’s second on the team with 14 goals.

INJURY UPDATE

St. Louis C Robert Thomas is out for at least two weeks with an upper body injury after taking a hit from Minnesota D Carson Soucy late in Friday’s contest. Mike Hoffman, a healthy scratch the previous two games, will replace Thomas.

By |2021-04-10T23:30:13-04:00April 10th, 2021|News|
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