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Kim extends shutout streak, leads Cardinals past Giants 3-1

Kim extends shutout streak, leads Cardinals past Giants 3-1

ST. LOUIS — Kwang Hyun Kim didn’t necessarily need a translator. His smile said it all.The St. Louis left-hander tossed six shutout innings, Tyler O’Neill and Paul Goldschmidt homered and the Cardinals beat San Francisco 3-1 on Saturday night, snapping the Giants’ five-game winning streak.The South Korean-born Kim (5-5) has not allowed a run over his last 21 innings, covering three-plus starts. He was pitching in front of his wife and two children for the first time in the United States, which made the performance extra special“I tried to be calm, not to get too excited,” Kim said through an interpreter.St. Louis has won eight of its last 10 games at home against the Giants.Kim allowed three hits in an 85-pitch outing. He struck out one, walked two and left with a 3-0 lead. Kim has allowed one run or less in six of his last seven starts. His wife, Lee Sang-Hee, and two children, Minjoo and Minjae, arrived in St. Louis earlier this week.“I can’t imagine how good a feeling that has to be,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s wonderful to have his family here, his kids here. It’s clearly good to see him pitch so well.”Kim tossed seven shutout innings against the Giants on July 5. He was in total command again on Saturday.“He’s been huge for us,” Goldschmidt said. “He gives us a good chance to win any time he’s on the mound.”Kim planed on celebrating with some of his mother’s home cooking, which includes his favorite dish of Kimchi Chigae, a fermented chili pepper cabbage soup.“My mother and I use the same oven,” Kim said. “But somehow she makes it better than I do.”Kim said his recent success stems from his ability to keep the ball down.“I just pitch low and my control is getting better,” Kim said. “Even though (it might be) a mistake pitch, the pitch is low and they get singles, not extra base hits.”Kim’s family will return to South Korea late next week, but will not likely get to see him pitch in his next start. He said it was important for his children to see him perform in front of a large crowd.Anthony DeSclafani (10-4) gave up thee runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.Alex Reyes recorded his 21st save in as many opportunities this season. He has 23 successive saves, dating to last season.O’Neill hit his 16th homer of the season leading off second inning. It was his first since a two-homer game on June 9 against Cleveland.Goldschmidt, who had three hits and extended his hitting streak to a 12-games, hit a two-run blast in the fifth. Dylan Carlson led off the inning with a double.”It was a fastball kind of middle away and down,” Goldschmidt said. “I was just trying to hit something hard there. Worst case get Dylan to third and I was able to get it out of there.’The Giants, who scored an unearned run in the seventh, sport the best record in the majors at 58-33 despite the loss.KING OF THE CUPTampa Bay winger Patrick Maroon, a native of St. Louis, was in attendance Saturday. He has captured three successive Stanley Cup titles, including one with the Blues in 2019. Maroon received a standing ovation from the crowd when he was shown on the scoreboard in the third inning.THEY WILL COMEThe game drew a season-high 40,489 fans at Busch StadiumTRAINER’S ROOMGiants: INF Brandon Crawford was held out of the starting lineup Saturday after leaving Friday’s contest with a hamstring issue. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas will throw another batting practice session on Tuesday. He felt fine after throwing to several hitters on Friday. Mikolas is hoping to begin a rehab session later this month. He has been out since May 23 with right forearm tightness.UP NEXTSt. Louis LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-2, 4.78) takes on RHP Johnny Cueto (6-5, 4.15) in the final game of the three-game set on Sunday afternoon. LeBlanc gave up three runs in the first inning of his last start — a 10-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs on July 9. Cueto surrendered four runs in six innings of a 6-5 loss to the Cardinals on July 6.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Kranick goes 5 perfect innings in MLB debut, Bucs top Cards

Kranick goes 5 perfect innings in MLB debut, Bucs top Cards

Max Kranick pitched five perfect innings in his major league debut before a 64-minute rain delay forced him from the game, and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2By STEVE OVERBEY Associated PressJune 27, 2021, 11:26 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleST. LOUIS — The only thing that got in Max Kranick’s way was the weather.Kranick pitched five perfect innings in his major league debut before a 64-minute rain delay forced him from the game, and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Sunday.“Crazy feeling, incredible feeling,“ Kranick said. ”I’ll remember this day forever.”In a season in which there have already been a modern-day record seven no-hitters, Kranick (1-0) made a bid for perhaps the most unlikely premiere pitching performance of all-time.The 23-year-old righty, who had never pitched above the High-A levels of the minors until this season, set down all 15 batters he faced against a Cardinals lineup that included All-Stars Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina.Kranick struck out three and threw only 50 pitches, 36 for strikes. The Pirates led 7-0 when the rain forced a halt, ending the perfect-game bid by the 11th-round pick in the 2016 draft.“He came right out executing his fastball and went right after a good lineup,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “It was very impressive. It was unfortunate that the rain stopped him.”Duane Underwood Jr. relieved to begin the sixth. He quickly set the side down before giving up a leadoff double to Dylan Carlson to begin the seventh.Kranick became the first pitcher since 1893 to leave after at least five innings with a perfect game intact in his MLB debut, the Elias Sports Bureau said. He did so in front of 18 friends and family members.Pittsburgh outfielder Ben Gamel was impressed.“His tempo, he was making (great) pitches. How do you not rally behind that?” Gamel said. “He was quick, 1-2-3, 1-2-3. If you blink, you miss it.”St. Louis outfielder Lars Nootbaar homered off Kranick earlier this month in a Triple-A contest. Nootbaar flied out in his only at-bat on Sunday.Nootbaar complimented Kranick, adding, “we missed some balls that maybe we could have hit.”Gregory Polanco and Ben Gamel each hit solo homers for the Pirates, who won have won six of nine following a season-high 10-game losing streak. Bryan Reynolds drove in a pair of runs for Pittsburgh.St. Louis, which had three hits, has lost six of seven.Reynolds stretched his hitting streak to 12 games with run-scoring hits in the first and fourth innings. It is the longest active streak in the National League.Pittsburgh scored three times in the first off Johan Oviedo (0-4), who allowed five runs on six hits over four innings.Polanco and Gamel homered in the fifth off reliever Jake Woodford.Adam Frazier had three hits and reached base four times for the Pirates.The Cardinals have lost eight of 10.“We’ll turn it around pretty soon,” Nootbaar said.FIRST PITCH WIZARDFormer United States Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller tossed out the first pitch. The 44-year-old Miller, who won seven Olympic medals, did a midair flip off the mound before delivering the pitch to the plate. She is in town as part of the USA Olympic gymnastic team trials, which ended on Sunday.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: OF Harrison Bader went 1 for 4 in a rehab stint with Class A Palm Beach on Saturday. Bader has missed 30 games due to a fractured rib suffered on May 24.UP NEXTPirates: LHP Tyler Anderson (3-7, 4.82) will face LHP Kyle Freeland (0-2, 7.75) on Monday in the first of a three-game series in Colorado. Anderson has lost four straight decisions and five of his last six.Cardinals: LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 6.75) will take on RHP Jake Faria (0-0, 4.50) on Monday in the first of a three-game series against Arizona in St. Louis. LeBlanc, who was signed as a free agent on June 17, has gone six innings or more in five of 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Goldschmidt hits game-ending HR, Cardinals beat Marlins 2-1

Goldschmidt hits game-ending HR, Cardinals beat Marlins 2-1

Paul Goldschmidt hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning and drove in both St. Louis runs as the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 2-1By STEVE OVERBEY Associated PressJune 16, 2021, 4:34 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleST. LOUIS — Paul Goldschmidt hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning and drove in both St. Louis runs as the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Tuesday night.St. Louis has won two in a row against the Marlins after dropping nine of 10 overall.Miami lost its third straight.Goldschmidt, who had a tying RBI single in the sixth, led off the ninth and fell behind 1-2 in the count before he drilled a 98 mph fastball from Yimi Garcia (3-5) to right-center field for his sixth career walk-off home run. The previous one also came against the Marlins in June 2019 to give St. Louis a 2-1 victory in 11 innings.“Honestly, I was trying to shorten up just to put something in play,” Goldschmidt said. “I told myself before I walked up there, just not try and do too much.”St. Louis won back-to-back games for the first time since May 28-29 against Arizona.Alex Reyes (4-2) worked a scoreless ninth for the win.Miami took a 1-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Adam Duvall in the third. He drove in Starling Marte, who walked to begin the inningGoldschmidt tied the game with a two-out, two-strike hit in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Jose Rondon began the rally with a one-out single.”I treat every game as though I’m starting,” Rondon said. “I treat every day like I’m in the lineup.”St. Louis manager Mike Shildt felt Rondon’s hit was the key to the tying rally.“It’s a 26-man roster for a reason, right?” Shildt said.Miami starter Trevor Rogers allowed one run and three hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked one.Rogers has held opponents to one run or none in eight of his 14 starts this season.“Just giving them a good mix of all of my pitches,” Rogers said. “Changeup was on, fastball (moved) in and out.”St. Louis starter Kwang Hyun Kim also gave up one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked five.Kim was coming off a short stint on the 10-day injured list after he developed lower back stiffness while running the bases in his last start on June 4 against Cincinnati. It was his first quality start of the season.“Later in the game, I was better than early in the game,” Kim said. “Something positive.”St. Louis outfielder Tyler O’Neill stretched his career-best on-base streak to 21 games with a second-inning walk.ROAD WARRIORMiami first baseman Jesus Aguilar has hit all 12 of his home runs on the road this season. He is the first player to do that since Jose Abreu hit his first 13 homers on the road for the Chicago White Sox in 2017.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: OF Corey Dickerson was placed on the 10-day injured list with a bruised left foot sustained while running the bases in a 6-4 loss to Atlanta on Sunday. Jesus Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville to replace Dickerson.Cardinals: INF Tommy Edman was a late scratch due to right side tightness. He is day-to-day. “We don’t think it’s overly serious,” Shildt said.UP NEXTSt. Louis RHP Johan Oviedo (0-2, 5.72 ERA) faces RHP Sandy Alcantara (4-5, 3.39) in the finale of the three-game set Wednesday afternoon. Oviedo will be making his first appearance against the Marlins. He allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of an 8-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday. Alcantara has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five starts.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports