CARDINALS USE ANOTHER GRAND SLAM TO COMPLETE FOUR GAME SWEEP OF ROYALS

FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT NIGHT THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS GOT TO THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS BULLPEN FOR A LATE GAME GRAND SLAM HOME RUN THAT LIFTED THEM TO A VICTORY.

THIS TIME IT WAS DEXTER FOWLER IN THE SEVENTH INNING THAT BROKE A THREE ALL TIE IN THE SEVENTH INNING AND GIVE THE CARDINALS A SIX GAME WINNING STREAK, TO MATCH THEIR SEASON BEST RUN AND PULL A HALF GAME CLOSER TO THE CHICAGO CUBS IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL RACE.

ONCE AGAIN ON THURSDAY THE ROYALS GOT OUT TO THE EARLY LEAD SCORING A SINGLE RUN IN THE SECOND INNING WHEN DREW BUTERA HIT A BASES LOADED SINGLE, BUT PITCHER JASON HAMMEL FOLLOWED WITH A GROUND BALL TO THIRD THAT STARTED A DOUBLE PLAY FROM HOME TO FIRST. WHIT MERRIFIELD FOLLOWED WITH A FLY OUT THAT LEFT THE ROYALS WITH JUST ONE RUN IN THE FRAME.

THE ROYALS WOULD STRIKE AGAIN IN THE FIFTH WHEN A LORENZO CAIN TWO-OUT SINGLE AND A WALK ERIC HOSMER SET THE STAGE FOR A MELKY CABRERA RBI TRIPLE THAT DROVE IN BOTH RUNNERS AND MADE IT A 3-0 ROYALS ADVANTAGE. HOWEVER AFTER AN INTENTIONAL WALK TO MIKE MOUSTAKAS, ALCIDES ESCOABR LINED OUT TO SHORTSTOP ENDING THE THREAT.

IN THE SIXTH INNING THE CARDINALS BEGAN THEIR COMEBACK. AFTER A HIT BATTER TO LEAD THINGS OFF IN THE INNING DEXTER FOWLER STRUCK FOR AN RBI DOUBLE, WHICH WOULD ALSO SPELL THE END OF THE NIGHT FOR ROYALS STARTER JASON HAMMEL.

RELIEVER PETER MOYLAN GAVE UP A SINGLE TO YADIER MOLINA TO PUT MEN AT THE CORNERS. JOSE MARTINEZ THEN GROUNDED BACK TO MOYLAN WHO BOTCHED THE THROW TO SECOND BASE ALLOWING ANOTHER FOWLER TO SCORE FROM THIRD AND COST THE ROYALS A DOUBLE PLAY CHANCE. MIKE MINOR THEN TOOK MOYLAN’S SPOT AND PROMPTLY ALLOWED AN RBI SAC-FLY TO KOLTEN WONG TO CAP THE THREE RUN GAME TYING INNING.

IN THE SEVENTH INNING THE CARDINALS WOULD LOAD THE BASES WITH A PAIR OF SINGLES AND A WALK BEFORE FOWLER CRANKED A NEFTALI FELIZ DOWN AND IN FASTBALL 404-FEET OUT TO RIGHT-CENTER FIELD FOR A GRAND SLAM THAT WOULD PROVE TO BE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE GAME.

COMBINED WITH YADIER MOLINA’S SIXTH INNING GRAND SLAM THE NIGHT BEFORE, IT IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE MORE THAN 100 YEARS OF CARDINALS HISTORY THEY HAVE HAD BACK-TO-BACK GAMES WITH GO-AHEAD GRAND SLAMS.

IN THE TOP OF THE EIGHTH THE ROYALS WOULD MOUNT A CHARGE OF THEIR OWN. WITH THE BASES LOADED BRANDON MOSS WOULD MISS A GAME TYING GRAND SLAM BY INCHES, INSTEAD SETTLING FOR A TWO RBI DOUBLE.

WHIT MERRIFIELD WOULD BRING HOME A THIRD RUN WHEN HE FOLLOWED WITH A SAC-FLY THAT ALSO GOT MOSS TO THIRD WITH THE TYING RUN, BUT HE WOULD STAY RIGHT THERE WHEN LORENZO CAIN ENDED THE INNING WITH A FLY BALL TO CENTER.

ST. LOUIS WOULD ADD AN INSURANCE RUN IN THE NINTH WHEN A PAUL DeJONG DOUBLE BROUGHT IN THE LAST RUN OF THE NIGHT. THE ROYALS WOULD GET A TWO-OUT BASE RUNNER TO GET THE TYING RUN TO THE PLATE BUT THAT IS AS FAR AS THE THREAT WOULD GO.

ONCE AGAIN THURSDAY NEITHER TEAMS STARTER FACTORED INTO THE DECISION. FOR KANSAS CITY JASON HAMMEL WENT JUST FIVE INNINGS ALLOWING TWO RUNS ON THREE HITS AND A WALK WHILE STRIKING OUT SEVEN. THE LOSS WENT TO MIKE MINOR WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RUNNER AT FIRST WHEN FOWLER HIT HIS GRAND SLAM.

ST. LOUIS STARTER LANCE LYNN LASTED SIX INNINGS, DESPITE GETTING HIT IN THE HEAD WITH A LINE DRIVE OFF THE BAT OF LORENZO CAIN IN THE THIRD INNING. HE ALLOWED THREE RUNS ON SIX HITS AND FIVE WALKS WHILE STRIKING OUT THREE. THE WIN ENDED UP GOING TO TYLER LYONS WHO GOT THE FINAL TWO OUTS OF THE SEVENTH.

ON THE OFFENSIVE SIDE, DEXTER FOWLER LED THE CARDINALS WITH A CAREER BEST FIVE RBI PERFORMANCE WHILE GOING 2 FOR 4 AT THE PLATE AND SCORING TWO RUNS. PAUL DeJON AND KOLTEN WONG ALSO HAD TWO HITS EACH FOR ST. LOUIS.

FOR THE ROYALS LORENZO CAIN HAD A HOT BAT GOING 4 FOR 5 WITH A DOUBLE ON THE NIGHT. MIKE MOUSTAKAS WENT 2 FOR 3 WITH TWO WALKS AND TWO RUNS SCORED. DREW BUTERA ALSO HAD TOW HITS. MELKY CABRERA AND BRANDON MOSS LED THE CLUB WITH TWO RBIs EACH.

WITH THE WIN ST. LOUIS MOVED INTO SOLE POSSESSION OF SECOND PLACE IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL, ONE GAME BACK OF CHICAGO AND ONE AHEAD OF MILWAUKEE. THEY SIT FIVE AND A HALF GAMES BACK OF ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS AND THE FINAL WILDCARD POSITION.

THE ROYALS LOSS WAS THEIR FOURTH STRAIGHT AND SIXTH IN THEIR LAST SEVEN OUTINGS. LAST NIGHT’S LOSS ALLOWED MINNESOTA TO PASS THEM INTO SECOND PLACE OF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL STANDINGS. THE ROYALS TRAIL THE TWINS BY A HALF GAME AND FIRST PLACE CLEVELAND BY FOUR GAMES.

IN THE WILDCARD THE ROYALS NOW SIT IN SIXTH PLACE IN A RACE FOR TWO POSITIONS, ONE GAME BACK OF THE TIE BETWEEN SEATTLE AND TAMPA BAY FOR THE SECOND AND FINAL WILDCARD SPOT.

FOR ST. LOUIS THEY STAY AT BUSCH STADIUM THIS WEEKEND FOR A THREE GAME SERIES WITH THE ATLANTA BRAVES. TONIGHT ON THE MOUND ST. LOUIS SENDS OUT ADAM WAINWRIGHT WHO IS 11-5 WITH AN ERA OF 5.00. ATLANTA SENDS OUT MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ (FOLE-TUH-NEV-ICH) WHO IS 10-6 WITH A 3.94 ERA.

FIRST PITCH AT BUSCH STADIUM IS SET FOR 7:15.

AS FOR KANSAS CITY THEY CONTINUE THEIR EIGHT GAME ROAD TRIP WITH A THREE GAME WEEKEND SET WITH THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX. ON THE MOUND TONIGHT FOR THE ROYALS WILL BE DANNY DUFFY WHO IS 7-7 WITH AN ERA OF 3.48. THE WHITE SOX ARE EXPECTED TO CALL UP REYNALDO LOPEZ FROM TRIPLE-A CHARLOTTE TO MAKE HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE APPEARANCE OF 2017.

CATCH THE ROYALS AND WHITE SOX TONIGHT HERE ON CLASSIC ROCK KKWK 100.1 FM WITH PREGAME AT 6:30 AND FIRST PITCH AT 7:10 P.M.