In Major League Baseball action Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs played the lone night game and got themselves a big victory over a central division rival at Wrigley Park. The Cubs exploded offensively in a 13 to 5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates to move to 6-5 this season and will close out the series against the Pirates today at 1:20.
The Kansas City Royals continued to struggle early in the season as they fell 4 to 2 in the home series finale against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday. The Royals drop to 3 and 6 this season just 2 and half years removed from World Series title. Next up the red hot Anaheim Angels will bring their 9 and 3 record to Kauffman Stadium for a 4-game series that kicks off Thursday at 7:15PM. Japanese sensation Shohei Otani is scheduled to start pitching in the final game of the series Sunday but will likely start a game or two at DH in Kansas City.
Two late runs were not enough to complete the comeback for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Down 3 runs early, the Redbirds manufactured a run in the 6th and a 9th inning Tommy Pham home run cut the lead to 1 but that is where the rally would end. The Cards drop to 5 and 7 this season and will have a travel day off Thursday before starting a 3 game weekend series on the road in Cincinnati against a 2 and 9 Reds squad.
And the Minnesota Twins knocked off the defending World Champion Houston Astros by a score of 9-8 Wednesday to take 2 of 3 from Houston at Target Field. The Twins squandered an 8-1 5th inning lead and a pair of 9th inning runs off of new Twins Closer Fernando Rodney tied the game at 8 headed to the bottom. Max Kepler’s second home run of the game, a solo shot, would be good for the walkoff as the Twins improved to 6 and 4 this season. Now it’ll be the first AL Central series of the season as the Twins welcome the 4 and 7 Chicago White Sox to Target Field for a 4 game set with Jose Berrios taking the mound Thursday at 7:10PM in the opener.
In the minor league report, the offense continues to be an early season woe for the Iowa Cubs as they were shut out for the second consecutive game Wednesday during a 6-0 loss to the Nasvhille Sounds on the road. The Cubs drop to 1 and 4 this season and have scored just a grand total of 9 runs in those 5 games with over half of the offensive production coming in a 5-6 loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday. The Cubs will look to right the ship in the final of the 3 game series from Nashville when they hit the diamond at 6:35PM tonight.
Iowa Hawkeyes Baseball:
Sophomore Third Baseman Lorenzo Elion hit for the cycle Wednesday as the Iowa Hawkeyes baseball team won their 20th game of the season. Playing a makeup date against Coe College after their Tuesday road game against Bradley University had to be postponed, the Hawkeyes crushed the ball at the plate to the tune of a 16-1 victory in Iowa City against their instate opponent. Iowa now sits 10 games above 500, having won 5 of their last 6 and next up they’ll visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers for a 3 game conference series beginning tomorrow looking to improve upon their 5 and 3 Big Ten Record.
Local High School Sports:
Taking a look at the high school sports scene there were no events scheduled for yesterday and it was a pitty because temperatures exceeded 60 degrees in central Iowa. The majority of tonight’s scheduled events are looking like they’ll go off as planned. The South Hamilton Hawks girls golf team is set to host West Marshall at Jewell Country Club at 4:30PM this afternoon and as of now that match is a go.
The Hawks boys and girls track and field teams are set to head to Manson-Northwest Webster for the varsity coed invitational beginning at 4:30. The Eagle Grove Eagles girls will also be headed up to Manson as well.
The Eagle Grove Boys track team will be headed to Humboldt where they will be joined by the Webster City Lynx runners and throwers. Both Eagle Grove and Webster City were scheduled to attend the Forest City meet but when that was cancelled they picked up the meet in Humboldt. The Lynx will be looking to take home top honors for the second consecutive meet after winning the Carroll Coed in Jefferson Tuesday by 40 points with a team score of 137. The win Tuesday marked the first team victory for Webster City in a Track and Field meet since 2012.
Clarion Goldfield Dows track meets for both the boys and the girls cancelled at Forest City and North Iowa, Buffalo Center have been cancelled.
For the Webster City Lynx, the girls track and field team will also look for their second consecutive team win when they head to Perry for a meet. The Lynx the boys tennis team will look to get their first match of the season in today at home against North Polk.