Drew Hill Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 11:10 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018 Outfielder Adolis Garcia was the first player to grab a handful of Wilfredo Tovar's uniform following his walk-off single to clinch the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division title for the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday night. Once he had a strong enough grip, Garcia spun Tovar around by the back of his pants before throwing him down to conclude his team's chase of the infielder well into left field. For a division race that really wasn't close — Memphis held a 10-game lead heading into Saturday — it sure finished in dramatic fashion. Tovar's grounder found its way up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Nashville Sounds center fielder Dustin Fowler fumbled his opportunity to throw home, and the Redbirds plated two runs to take home back-to-back division crowns. The race from the dugout to Tovar was on from … [Read more...] about St. Louis Cardinals: Memphis Redbirds dramatically clinch division title in untheatrical race
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As the Memphis Redbirds roll toward a second straight appearance in the Pacific Coast League playoffs, their parent club in St. Louis is undergoing a transition the proud franchise hasn't experienced since the internet was a public curiosity. After a dispiriting loss to the Cincinnati Reds Saturday night at Busch Stadium, the club announced the dismissal of manager Mike Matheny, the first Cardinal skipper fired since Hall of Fame-bound Joe Torre in 1995. St. Louis is facing a third straight season outside the postseason party, a drought last witnessed in what is best remembered as the McGwire Era (1997-99). Matheny became the first big-league manager to reach the postseason his first four seasons at the helm (2012-15) and won the National League pennant in 2013. But the recent decline in both wins and competent play — they go together — was too much for the Cardinal brass to wait even one more game and dismiss Matheny during the All-Star break. The three-day respite is a … [Read more...] about St. Louis Cardinals in Crisis; Matheny Fired
The Philadelphia Phillies have weathered their fair share of blows through the first couple months of the season, whether it was a rough start, left fielder Rhys Hoskins' broken jaw or any sort of struggle and injury in between. The Phils took another hit when rookie infielder J.P. Crawford exited Wednesday night's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals with a broken hand after he was hit by a pitch. He'll miss four to six weeks, according to reports. Crawford, 23, was expected to be a significant contributor from Opening Day, but he's battled injuries. He missed the month of May with a strained forearm. He's appeared in only 34 games for the Phillies this season. The Phillies took Crawford in the first round of the 2013 draft, and he's flashed some of his potential this season. He is batting only .194 on the season, but since his return from the disabled list on June 6, he had a .425 on-base percentage in 13 games. He wasn't necessarily hitting, but he was getting on base. In a 9-3 win over … [Read more...] about Philadelphia Phillies lose J.P. Crawford to injury, bullpen drops loss to St. Louis Cardinals and more
Wyatt D. Wheeler Springfield News-Leader Published 3:55 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 Standing in the batter's box at Hammons Field on Wednesday night, Luke Voit felt back at home. It was a familiar spot for him. He spent his college years at Missouri State just inches away from the batter's box as the Bears' catcher. He was then drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and spent time with the Springfield Double-A squad. In his first at-bat, he smacked the ball over the center field wall like he's done many times before. "It's a great place to hit," Voit smiled Thursday before another start in Springfield. Voit was back at his old stomping grounds after spending the previous week with the big-league club. The first-baseman is scheduled to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday when they take on the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. But before calling Busch Stadium his home, Voit grew fond of Hammons Field during his time at Missouri State and with the … [Read more...] about St. Louis Cardinal Luke Voit is back in Springfield. He still has his knife.
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Cincinnati Reds wrap up miserable home stand with 3-2 loss to St. Louis Cardinals The Reds and Cardinals wrapped up their four-game series Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 4 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Scott Springer, [email protected] Published 6:55 p.m. ET April 15, 2018 | Updated 7:47 p.m. ET April 15, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 4 COMMENT EMAIL MORE CLOSE Scott Springer with Billy Hamilton and Homer Bailey after Reds 3-2 loss to Cardinals. The Enquirer/Scott Springer … [Read more...] about Cincinnati Reds wrap up miserable home stand with 3-2 loss to St. Louis Cardinals