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Cardinals Double Up Nationals

Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs and threw out a runner at home plate from left field, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Monday night.


Ozuna hit a two-run homer in the first off Stephen Strasburg, who walked Dexter Fowler leading off.

Sean Doolittle (6-5) walked Fowler with one out in the seventh, Hunter Strickland walked Paul Goldschmidt with two outs and Ozuna doubled just inside the left-field line, just the second hit in 11 at-bats for the Cardinals with runners in scoring position.


Dakota Hudson (16-7) won for the sixth time in seven starts, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings.


John Brebbia, Andrew Miller and Martinez followed with perfect relief.


One day after he was released from a hospital following respiratory problems caused by asthma and allergies, Martinez needed just two pitches to retired Ryan Zimmerman on a flyout for his 20th save in 23 chances.


Patrick Corbin (12-7, 3.20) is 1-2 with a 4.89 ERA against the Cardinals. His lone win came in 2016 when he pitched for Arizona.


Miles Mikolas (9-13, 4.28) beat the Nationals 5-1 on May 1 when matched against Max Scherzer.


Cubs Clobber Reds

Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer and made a diving catch in left field, and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.


Nicholas Castellanos added a two-run double in the eighth inning as Chicago moved a season-high 14 games above .500. The Cubs have outscored opponents 59-18 during their streak.


The Cubs (82-68) pulled within a half-game of Washington for the top spot in the wild-card standings and stayed two games back of NL Central-leading St. Louis, which held off the Nationals for a 4-2 win.


Steve Cishek, Mills (1-0), Rowan Wick, Kyle Ryan and David Phelps combined for 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of an ineffective Cole Hamels.


It was Mills' first major league win in his 17th big league appearance.


Sonny Gray (10-7, 2.80 ERA) faces RHP Yu Darvish (6-6, 3.97 ERA) on Tuesday night in a matchup of two of baseball's best pitchers since the All-Star break. Gray is 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA in his last eight starts for Cincinnati. Darvish struck out 14 while pitching six scoreless innings in Chicago's 4-1 victory at San Diego on Thursday.


Twins Down Sox

Jose errios pitched into the eighth inning to win his second straight start, Mitch Garver hit a go-ahead double and the Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Monday night.


Given an extra day of rest between starts, Berrios (13-8) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. He was rewarded with a standing ovation when he was removed.


Sergio Romo allowed Eloy Jimenez's homer leading off the ninth before getting an out. Taylor Rogers needed just eight pitches to finish a six-hitter for his 27th save in 33 chances.


White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.


Jose Abreu's sacrifice fly in the first and James McCann's homer in the second gave Chicago a 2-0 lead, but the Twins tied the score in the bottom half on Jorge Polanco's sacrifice fly and Nelson Cruz's RBI single.


After Garver put the Twins ahead for good, Luis Arraez hit a cue shot off the end of his bat that curved past third baseman Yoan Moncada for a two-run single in the sixth. Moncada appeared to be in position to make a play before the ball spun to his left and into the outfield.


Lucas Giolito was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday because of a mild lat strain and will miss the rest of the season. LHP Ross Detwiler (2-5) will start against LHP Martin Perez (10-7). A first-time All-Star, Giolito finished 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA.


Bears Hold Off Broncos

Eddy Pineiro kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bears a wild 16-14 win Sunday over the Broncos and their former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, whose gutsy 2-point call 31 seconds earlier had given Denver the lead.


The Broncos, who are off to their first 0-2 start since 1999, thought they’d survived and that time had expired when cornerback Chris Harris Jr. tackled Allen Robinson after he hauled in a 25-yard pass on fourth-and-15 from Trubisky at the Denver 35.


The clock showed all zeroes and both teams milled around on the field not knowing whether to celebrate a win or lament a loss. Then referee Adrian Hill announced there was 1 second remaining and Chicago was using its last timeout.


Pineiro’s third field goal, a day after his 24th birthday, sent the Bears (1-1) streaming back onto the field in celebration of a victory that seemed so unlikely after they’d surrendered the lead moments earlier.


In a whipsaw of emotion, cornerback Kyle Fuller, whose goal-line interception with five minutes left seemingly sealed Chicago’s win, surrendered a 7-yard tiptoe TD to Emmanuel Sanders . Sanders barely got both feet toes down in the right corner of the end zone.


That made it 13-12, and the Broncos lined up for 2. A delay pushed them back 5 yards and Fangio sent Brandon McManus out instead for the extra point from the 20-yard line and the tie. But McManus was wide right and the Bears went wild.


But there was a flag on Chicago.


Buster Skrine was offside and the Broncos moved up to the 1. Out came their offense again, and with an empty backfield, Joe Flacco backpedaled and hit Sanders at the goal line in front of Fuller to give Denver a 14-13 lead.


For the second straight game, the Broncos failed to get a sack, but linebacker Bradley Chubb came close, hitting Trubisky just as he got off a throw to tight end Trey Burton for 10 yards. A debatable roughing call on Chubb tacked on 15 yards and the Bears were suddenly in business at the Broncos 45.


Three incompletions were followed by a 12-men-in-the-huddle infraction, however, and the Bears were facing fourth-and-15 from their 40 with 9 seconds remaining.


Trubisky stepped up and found Robinson over the middle in the nick of time. Harris’ tackle came 1 second too early for the Broncos, who saw their 13 home game September winning streak snapped.

Chicago visits Washington next Monday.


Packers Beat Vikings

Aaron Rodgers threw two early touchdowns and Green Bay held on for a 21-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.


Rodgers completed nine of his first 10 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns and had a perfect 158.3 rating through the first quarter. He finished 22 of 34 for 209 yards.


After scoring on each of its first three possessions, Green Bay's offense failed to muster another point. But the hot start was enough to win.


The Packers remained unbeaten under LaFleur after opening the NFL's 100th season with a victory at rival Chicago. They also beat the Vikings (1-1) for the fifth time in the past seven games at Lambeau Field.


Minnesota's Dalvin Cook had a career-high 154 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. It was the third-year pro's second consecutive game with over 100 yards rushing. Cook also had 37 yards receiving in the loss.


After throwing the ball just 10 times in the opener against Atlanta, Kirk Cousins finished 14 of 32 with 230 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Cousins was picked off by Kevin King in the end zone late in the fourth quarter.


Rodgers and Davante Adams connected on a 39-yard completion on the Packers' first offensive play. Rodgers found running back Jamaal Williams for a 15-yard touchdown to cap a four-play, 75-yard drive.


Adams finished with 106 yards on nine catches.


Minnesota had eight penalties for 100 yards.


The Packers host Denver next Sunday.


Brewers Outlast Cardinals

Ryan Braun hit a go-ahead grand slam off Junior Fernandez with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Sunday to keep up their playoff push by winning for the ninth time in 10 games.


Milwaukee remained one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card and closed within three games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.


With the Cardinals ahead 4-3, Jon Gant (10-1) walked Ben Gamel and Travis Shaw starting the ninth, struck out Trent Grisham and walked Yasmani Grandal.


Tyler Webb retired Mike Moustakas on a flyout not deep enough to score a run, Fernandez relieved and Braun drove a hanging slider to left-center for his seventh career slam and a 7-4 lead.


Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth off Josh Hader, who struck out Harrison Bader and pinch-hitter Tyler O'Neill for his 33rd save in 39 chances.


Bader hit solo homers in the third and seventh innings totaling 909 feet, giving him 10 homers this season.


Matt Albers (7-5) got two outs for the win, and Gant lost for the first time in exactly one year.


Cory Spangenberg hit a two-run homer off Ryan Helsley in the seventh, but Paul DeJong had a two-run homer against Ray Black in the bottom half for a 3-2 lead, a drive that curled just inside the left-field foul pole.


Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson allowed one run and one hit over in four innings.


Cardinals starter Michael Wacha gave up five hits in five scoreless innings and is 0-3 in eight starts and two relief appearances since beating Cincinnati on July 19.


Dakota Hudson (15-7, 3.38) faces Washington RHP Stephen Strasburg (17-6, 3.49) on Monday. Hudson had a career-best five-game winning streak ended with a 2-1 loss to Colorado on Wednesday.


Cubs Blast Pirates

The Cubs rallied without Javy Baez and Anthony Rizz, who left Sunday's game early, thumping the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-6 to finish an impressive three-game sweep.


Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base in the third inning. X-rays showed no fractures, and an MRI has been scheduled for Monday.


The Cubs maintained their one-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. The Nationals are 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the first wild card.


Kris Bryant homered twice, and Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Jonathan Lucroy also connected as Chicago battered Pittsburgh for a third straight day. The Cubs scored a total of 47 runs on 49 hits in completing the sweep.


Chicago starter Jose Quintana was pulled after allowing five runs in the third inning, when he fell apart following Rizzo's injury.


After Erik Gonzalez's leadoff double, Pirates starter Trevor Williams bunted toward third base. Rizzo charged aggressively from first and rolled his ankle a few steps before fielding the ball. He threw wide to first base and dropped to the ground in pain.


Brad Wieck (1-1) later replaced Quintana with two on and struck out both batters he faced to end the inning.


Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.89 ERA) starts Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Reds. RHP Sonny Gray (10-7, 2.80) pitches for Cincinnati.


Truex Wins Playoff Opener

Martin Truex Jr. has won the opening race of NASCAR’s playoffs to earn an automatic berth into the second round.


Truex’s victory Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was his series-best fifth of the season and again cemented Joe Gibbs Racing as the team to beat in this 10-race playoff series. JGR has 14 wins this season.


Truex chased down Kevin Harvick, who was slowed by traffic, to cut into Harvick’s lead and eventually make the pass for the win on the outside with 20 laps remaining.


Las Vegas was a brutal opener for a handful of title contenders, including Kurt Busch, who crashed when his tire went flat and he finished last in the field. Erik Jones had an earlier mechanical issue and finished four spots higher in 36th.


The top 10 finishers were all playoff contenders as Truex was followed by Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Kyle Larson, reigning series champion Joey Logano and Ryan Newman.


Pole-sitter Clint Bowyer started the race by leading all four Stewart-Haas Racing drivers to the green flag, but he never could clear the traffic and eventually dropped to a 25th-place finish.


Kurt Busch, Bowyer and Jones are now the bottom three drivers in the 16-driver field and in danger of being eliminated in two weeks.


It was 100 degrees when the race began, hours later than it did last season because NASCAR felt it was too hot for fans in attendance.


Up next is a Saturday night race at Richmond Raceway in Virginia. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner. The field will then be cut by four drivers after the Sept. 29 race at Charlotte.


Mariners Outslug White Sox

Jose Ruiz walked Tom Murphy with the bases loaded in the ninth inning after Kyle Lewis sparked a five-run rally with his latest home run, and the Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 11-10 on Sunday for their second straight walk-off win.


Lewis hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to fuel a five-run rally that tied the game, his fourth homer in six big league games. The rookie continued the pressure in the ninth, singling to help load the bases and set up Murphy's free pass.


The Mariners batted around twice, scoring five runs in the fourth and eighth innings. The late-inning rally wiped out an eight-run fifth by Chicago that included Wellington Castillo's grand slam.


Mallex Smith tied it at 10 with a single that scored pinch-runner Keon Broxton from second base.


Ruiz (1-3) gave up a single to Austin Nola, who had four hits, to open the ninth. Lewis singled and right fielder Ryan Cordell bobbled the ball, allowing Nola to move to third. He was replaced by pinch-runner Braden Bishop. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Ruiz walked Tom Murphy on six pitches.


Austin Adams (2-2) struck out Chicago's top three batters in the ninth for the win. He got Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada on three pitches each.


Reynaldo Lopez (9-13, 5.35 ERA) will take the mound at Minnesota on Monday.


Michigan Out of Top 10 in AP Poll

A mostly chalky Week 3 in college football resulted in zero changes within the top 10 of the coaches poll. By and large, the latest AP Top 25 poll ended up looking the same as well. The biggest change at the top, if you want to call it that, is Michigan falling from No. 10 to No. 11. The Wolverines are replaced by Utah, who beat Idaho State 31-0 on Saturday. While Michigan had an open week, it faces a huge road test next weekend when it travels to Wisconsin. The Badgers came in the latest poll tied at No. 13 with Big Ten foe Penn State. 


Three new teams entered the AP Top 25 this week: Cal, Arizona State and TCU. 



While there were plenty of upsets and near-upsets across the college football landscape in Week 3, the end results as they pertain to the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll stayed relatively the same. In fact, the entire top 10 remained exactly as it was this time last week with Clemson and Alabama continuing to grab the only available first-place votes. 


Outside of the top 10, though, there were minor shakeups. Penn State dropped one spot as it swaped positions with Utah after holding on to beat Pitt 17-10. Washington State and Boise State also rose slightly after Michigan State lost at home to Arizona State 10-7. The Spartans dropped out of the top 25 entirely while the Sun Devils were the biggest risers to No. 24. Mississippi State, USC and Maryland also dropped out after Week 3 losses while Virginia, Cal and Kansas State entered the rankings for the first time this season. 


Second Half Big Plays Propel Monticello Past Champaign St. Thomas More

Matt Kerr caught passes of 76 and 60 yards in the third quarter, as Monticello pulled away in the second half to a 51-19 Illini Prairie Conference win over Champaign St. Thomas More Friday night in Monticello.


Kerr’s receptions were in the third quarter and helped Monticello extend a 21-13 halftime lead into a rout in the second half as the Sages outscored STM 30-6. 


Kerr added a strip-sack and was a terror on defense in his first game back after missing the Sages first two games of the season.


Nic Tackels completed just four passes on the night for a net of 135 yards. He also added a rushing touchdown and 43 yards. 


Chris Brown had 139 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns. 


Hayden Graham had two pick-sixes and Tackels added two interceptions on defense.


The Sages improve to 2-1  and the Sabres dropped to 0-3 on the season. 


Monticello hits the road next week to take on Rantoul. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. Game time is 7 pm.


Illini Praire Conference Scores


Bloomington Central Catholic 7, St. Joseph-Ogden 18, F

Illinois Valley Central 27, Pontiac 8, F

Rantoul 7, Olympia 27, F

Tolono Unity 22, Prairie Central 0, F




Charleston 7, Mt. Zion, 48, F

Lincoln 17, Taylorville 19, F

Mattoon 14, Mahomet-Seymour 35, F


Big Twelve


Bloomington 28, Peoria Manual 8, F

Danville 7, Normal West 29, F

Normal Community 40, Urbana 0, F

Peoria Notre Dame 63, Champaign Central 47, F


Central State Eight


Decatur Eisenhower 37, Springfield Southeast 78, F

Normal U-High 7, Decatur MacArthur 30, F

Rochester 71, Jacksonville 31, F

Springfield 20, Chatham Glenwood 49, F

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 49, Springfield Lanphier 0, F


Heart of Illinois


Ridgeview 0, El Paso-Gridley 32, F

Tri-Valley 23, Fisher 29, F

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 34, Heyworth 7, F

Dee-Mack 6, LeRoy 7, F

Tremont 7, Fieldcrest 42, F


Lincoln Prairie


Arcola 41, Villa Grove-Heritage 6, F

Decatur LSA 6, Cerro Gordo-Bement 13, F

Blue Ridge 12, Oakland Tri-County 48, F

Sangamon Valley 14, Argenta-Oreana 47, F

Toledo Cumberland 13, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 7, F




Limestone 7, Washington 34, F

Morton 33, Canton 14, F




Maroa-Forsyth 42, Pittsfield 8, F

Petersburg PORTA 0, Athens 52, F

Pleasant Plains 65, Riverton 54, F

Williamsville 34, Auburn 17, F


Clinton Maroons Defeat Shelbyville Rams

As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons defeated the Shelbyville Rams by a score of  48-14 on Friday night. The Maroons were led by the Nate Ennis State Farm Player of the Game Tyrese Petty. Petty had 15 carries, 219 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Garrett Wayne had 18 carries, 116 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 6 of 13 passing, 84 yards, and a touchdown. Kevin Rodas had 8 carries, 51 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Clayton Welch had 2 catches and 33 yards.


The Maroons defense forced 3 turnovers, held Kentrell Beck to 10 carries and 34 yards and 1 fumble, passing 11 of 19, 137 yards, a touchdown, and 2 interceptions.


The Clinton Maroons improve to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Shelbyville Rams fell to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.


Tune in next week as Clinton takes on Meridian at home. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW app, and on Amazon Alexa.


CIC Scores


Decatur St. Teresa 56, Meridian 7, F

Central A&M 49, Tuscola 14, F

Sullivan-Okaw Valley 7, Warrensburg-Latham 29, F


Fowler, Wong open with HRs, Cardinals beat Rockies 10-3

Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong opened the game with successive home runs and the St. Louis Cardinals connected five times in all to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-3 on Thursday.


Marcell Ozuna, Rangel Ravelo, and Harrison Bader also homered for St. Louis, which holds a four-game lead over Chicago and Milwaukee atop the NL Central.


Limited to a total of two runs in losing the first two games of the series at Coors Field, the Cardinals quickly bounced back.


Fowler drove the first pitch of the game from Tim Melville into the second deck and Wong followed with a drive that soared over the center-field wall.


Nolan Arenado homered and doubled to drive in a pair of runs for Colorado. Josh Fuentes hit his first big league home run.


Miles Mikolas (9-13) went five innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked one.


Colorado scored in the first on an RBI double by Arenado, but the Cardinals turned to the long ball again as Ravelo homered leading off the second.


St. Louis moved in front 4-1 on a sacrifice fly by Wong despite a fine play by Arenado. The star third baseman made a running over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory and turned and threw a one-hop strike to home, but a charging Bader knocked the ball loose from catcher Dom Nunez in a bang-bang play at the plate.


Ozuna led off the third with a home run against Melville (2-2).


Leading 6-3 going into the ninth, the Cardinals broke through for four more runs as reliever Wade Davis walked two and hit Paul DeJong with a pitch before giving up a two-run double to Matt Carpenter. Jake McGee relieved and Andrew Knizner had an RBI single with another run coming home on a balk.


Illinois State Takes on Eastern Illinois Saturday

One of the oldest rivalries in all of FCS football continues when Illinois State travels to Eastern Illinois for the 108th meeting of the Mid-America Classic. The Redbirds, coming off an impressive 42-14 win over Morehead State last weekend, will look to keep their positive momentum intact against the Panthers, who dropped to 0-2 on the year with a loss last week at Indiana.


The game against the Redbirds is the only at home for the Panthers in the opening month, as they will open with three of their first four games on the road. Thanks to early-season contests against Chattanooga, Indiana and the nationally-ranked Redbirds, EIU has the sixth toughest schedule in FCS as rated by HERO Sports. 


The Illinois State offense proved it was too much for Eastern Illinois in the 107th Mid-America Classic, as the Redbirds retained the traveling trophy and defeated the Panthers by a score of 48-10 at Hancock Stadium. The 38-point margin of victory was the Redbirds' largest in the series since 1992.


Illinois Puts Undefeated Mark Up Against Eastern Michigan

After a 31-23 road victory over UConn, the Fighting Illini return to Champaign-Urbana with a 2-0 record, ready to face Eastern Michigan (1-1) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 11 am. Illinois is looking to begin the season 3-0 for the first time since 2011 when the team got off to a 6-0 start. 


The Illini allowed just 10 rushing yards at UConn and rank seventh in FBS for the season at 37.0 ypg allowed.


Illinois ranks third in FBS in both sacks per game (5.5) and TFLs per game (12.0). 


Junior DL Oluwole (O-loo-wall-E) Betiku Jr., a graduate transfer from USC, leads the nation in both sacks (5.0) and tackles for loss (6.5) on the season.


Game time is 11 am and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.


Monticello Hosts Champaign St. Thomas More

The Monticello Sages will play their first home game since winning the 2018 Class 3A state finals last November.


Champaign St. Thomas More comes to town as Monticello is reeling from a 40-14 loss at IVC last Friday night. Head Coach Cully Welter says after playing two tough teams to start the season, they are focused on the fundamentals as they look to get back over .500.



Monticello is rarely the bigger team in any matchup and that will be the case tonight. Coach Welter says St. Thomas More balances a big line with good athleticism.



Hear tonight's action starting at 7 pm on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

Illini Prairie Conference action tonight...


Bloomington Central Catholic at St. Joseph-Ogden
Illinois Valley Central at Pontiac
Rantoul at Olympia
Tolono Unity at Prairie Central


Other week 3 action....




Charleston at Mt. Zion
Lincoln at Taylorville
Mattoon at Mahomet-Seymour


Big Twelve


Bloomington at Peoria Manual

Champaign Centennial at Peoria Richwoods
Danville at Normal West
Normal Community at Urban
Peoria Notre Dame at Champaign Central


Central State Eight


Decatur Eisenhower at Springfield Southeast
Normal U-High at Decatur MacArthur
Rochester at Jacksonville
Springfield at Chatham Glenwood
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin at Springfield Lanphier


Non-conference Heart of Illinois


Ridgeview at El Paso-Gridley
Tri-Valley at Fisher
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at Heyworth
Dee-Mack at LeRoy
Tremont at Fieldcrest


Lincoln Prairie


Arcola at Villa Grove-Heritage
Decatur LSA at Cerro Gordo-Bement
Blue Ridge at Oakland Tri-County
Sangamon Valley at Argenta-Oreana
Toledo Cumberland at Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond




Limestone at Washington
Dunlap at Pekin
East Peoria at Metamora
Morton at Canton




Maroa-Forsyth at Pittsfield
Petersburg PORTA at Athens
Pleasant Plains at Riverton
North Mac at New Berlin
Williamsville at Auburn


Maroons Return to Action in CIC Opener at Shelbyville

Without playing a game, the Clinton Maroons moved to 2-0 in week 2 thanks to a forfeit from Pawnee and so now the Maroons turn their attention to Shelbyville in their Central Illinois Conference opener Friday night in Shelbyville.


Coach Chris Ridgeway tried to keep things as routine as possible during their unofficial bye week but wanted the kids to commit to finding a football game to watch on Friday night.



Ridgeview wanted to use the bye week to get healthy before they hit the road for Shelbyville. He says it's been a win-lose situation, some guys are healthier and some guys are still on the mend after Salt Fork.



Hear tonight's game on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at



CIC action tonight...


Decatur St. Teresa at Meridian
Central A & M at Tuscola
Sullivan-Okaw Valley at Warrensburg-Latham


Padres Blank Cubs

Chris Paddack pitched six strong innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Cubs 4-0 Wednesday night, dropping Chicago into a tie with Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot. Manuel Margot homered off San Diegan Cole Hamels and also made a spectacular catch in center field.


The Cubs lost for the second straight night and for the fifth time in six games. Milwaukee beat Miami 7-5 in its first game since reigning MVP Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending knee injury.


Philadelphia and the New York Mets are two games behind the Cubs and Brewers.


Hamels (7-7) didn't get out of the fifth. The left-hander, who went to Rancho Bernardo High, allowed one run on four hits, struck out six and walked four in 4 1/3 innings.


Paddack (9-7) held Chicago to three hits while striking out seven and walking one.


Wil Myers hit a two-run single in the seventh.


Yu Darvish (5-6, 4.12) is scheduled to make his team-high 29th start in the series finale Thursday. He's 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA in four career starts against the Padres.


Dinelson Lamet (2-4, 3.95) has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his 11 starts, while striking out five or more in 10 starts.


Rockies Down Cardinals

Antonio Senzatela pitched six strong innings for his first win since July 14, Ian Desmond hit a go-ahead home run and the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Wednesday night.


The Cardinals loaded the bases loaded with one out in the first when Senzatela induced Paul DeJong to ground into an inning-ending double play, producing an immediate lift for the pitcher.


Tony Wolters had two hits, including an RBI double. Paul Goldschmidt had an RBI double for the Cardinals' run.


Senzatela (9-10) allowed a run on four hits. He struck out five and walked two in his first win since July 14. It was an abrupt reversal of form for Senzatela, who entered 0-3 with a 15.83 ERA since returning Aug. 25 from a stint with Triple-A Albuquerque.


Dakota Hudson (15-7) pitched nearly as well, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked five, one intentionally, and saw his career-high five-game winning streak snapped.


Miles Mikolas (8-13, 4.25 ERA) makes his second career start at Coors Field. Allowed career-high 12 hits in his only previous start at Coors Field a year ago in which he also homered and did not figure in the decision.


Tim Melville (2-1, 3.66 ERA) is slated to make his fifth start of the season. Rockies have come out on top in three of his four outings.


Royals Outslug White Sox

Former Cub Jorge Soler hit a pair of two-run homers among his career high-matching four hits, leading the Royals to an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.


Soler has 43 homers this season, two behind American League leader Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.


Adalberto Mondesi homered and had three hits, and Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn also connected as the Royals beat Chicago for the fifth time in six games.


Rookie Eloy Jimenez homered, his 26th, and drove in four runs, and Jose Abreu added a two-run shot for the White Sox.


Abreu has 32 homers and 114 RBIs, which is three off the major-league lead at the start of Wednesday.


The teams combined for seven homers and have hit a total of 13 in the first two games of the series.

Glenn Sparkman (4-11) allowed three runs on four hits and snapped a nine-start winless streak. He had last won on July 16, against the White Sox at Kansas City.


Scott Barlow worked two scoreless innings and Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for his 28th save.


Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez (9-13) was coming off a complete-game one-hitter, but was roughed up for six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed four homers and has given up 31 in 166 2/3 innings this season.


Lucas Giolito (14-8, 3.27 ERA) faces Royals RHP Jorge Lopez (3-7, 6.23) Thursday afternoon in the finale of the three-game series. Giolito is 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA against K.C. this season. Lopez had his longest career outing last Friday at Miami with six scoreless innings.


Major League Baseball Sets Record for Home Runs in Season

Major League Baseball hitters have punctuated a power-packed year by shattering the record for most home runs in a season.


Jonathan Villar of the Baltimore Orioles connected Wednesday night for the 6,106th homer. That topped the mark of 6,105 set in 2017.


There are plenty more to come, too — the record was broken with 18 days left in the regular season. The rise in home runs during recent seasons has been tied to changes in the baseballs that have made them fly farther.


New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso leads the majors with 47 home runs.


The Minnesota Twins top the majors with 277 after Jorge Polanco connected in the third inning against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg at Target Field. The Twins’ total is the most for a team in a single season.


In August, big league batters broke the monthly home run record for the third time this year when they hit 1,228 home runs, the Elias Sports Bureau said. That surpassed the 1,142 in June and 1,135 in May.


There were 5,585 home runs last year.


In 2017, Alex Gordon hit the record-breaking 5,694th homer of the season. That topped the mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era.


McIlroy Tabbed PGA Player of the Year

Rory McIlroy is the PGA Tour player of the year, and even he was a little surprised.


In a vote of the players, who presumably gave as much weight to the whole season as the four biggest weeks, McIlroy won the Jack Nicklaus Award over Brooks Koepka. It was the third time McIlroy won the award, and the first time without having won a major.


McIlroy won three times, including The Players Championship and the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize. He also had a tour-best 14 top 10s and finished out of the top 20 only four times in the 19 tournaments he played.


Koepka, who won the PGA of America’s player of the year based on points, was seen as the favorite for the tour’s award.


He won three times, same as McIlroy, led the FedEx Cup in the regular season and won the money title by nearly $2 million over McIlroy. What stood out the most in Koepka’s season, however, were the majors. He won the PGA Championship, joining Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners since the PGA switched to stroke play in 1958. Koepka was runner-up at the Masters and the U.S. Open, and he tied for fourth in the British Open, nine shots behind.


Nicklaus (1973), Woods (2005) and Jordan Spieth (2015) are the only other players to have finished in the top four in every major for the year.


Sungjae Im of South Korea was voted PGA Tour rookie of the year.


Monticello Falls Out of 3A Top 10

Coming off a 40-14 loss at IVC last Friday night, the Monticello Sages football team has fallen out of the top 10 in the latest 3A rankings.


The Sages started the season ranked second, after defeating Olympia 42-32 in the season opener, Monticello dropped to fourth and completely fell out of the rankings this week. 


Nashville, Vandalia and Quincy Notre Dame enter the top 10 while Williamsville moves up to No 1., followed by Wilmington, Byron, Lisle and Beardstown. 


GCMS continues to hold off Maroa-Forsyth atop the Class 2A rankings. Clifton Central kept it's place at No. 3 while Sterling Newman and Decatur St. Teresa flipped places at four and five after St. T picked up a forfeit win Friday.


In 1A, the top four remained the same with Central Illinois Conference's Tuscola and Central A&M were third and fourth, respectively.


Rox Top Cardinals

Nolan Arenado hit a 482-foot two-run homer that bounced out of the ballpark in the first inning, Chi Chi Gonzalez got his first big league win in four years and the Rockies beat St. Louis 2-1 on Tuesday night to slow the Cardinals' playoff push.


St. Louis, which had won 23 of 30 coming in, maintained a four-game lead in the NL Central over the second-place Chicago Cubs.


Given the early advantage, Gonzalez (1-6) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.

Jairo Diaz got six outs and finished a six-hitter for second save.


Michael Wacha (6-7) allowed five hits in four innings and is winless in seven starts and two relief appearances since July 19.


Dexter Fowler doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Paul Goldschmidt's groundout.


Dakota Hudson (15-6, 3.40) will face Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (8-10, 7.19) in the second of the three-game series on Wednesday. Hudson is 11-2 in his last 14 starts while Senzatela has a 16.15 ERA in his last six outings.


Sox Slam Royals

Eloy Jimenez hit his first career grand slam, Yoan Moncada launched a monster two-run homer and the White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Tuesday night.


Adam Engel added a solo shot for as the White Sox won their second straight, but just their fourth in 14 games.


Adalberto Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Ryan O'Hearn went deep for the Royals on a warm night when the ball carried well and every run was scored on a homer.


Ivan Nova (10-12) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to snap his three-game losing streak. The right-hander yielded six hits, including the Royals' three solo shots, while walking none and striking out five.


Jacob Junis (9-13) permitted five runs in five-plus innings in losing for the third time in four decisions.


First baseman Andrew Vaughn, drafted No. 3 overall and signed by the White Sox out of Cal-Berkeley in June, made his first trip to Guaranteed Rate Field and met with players and coaches. Rated by Baseball America as the top hitter in the 2019 draft, Vaughn played for two Class A teams this season.


Glenn Sparkman (3-11, 5.97 ERA) faces White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez (9-12, 5.17) on Wednesday night. Lopez threw an 11-strikeout one-hitter at Cleveland last Thursday.


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