Cards Take Twins

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The St. Louis Cardinals remain at the center of mass media controversy due to recent speculation of a hacking scandal involving the Houston Astros’ database. Sources say that Cardinals officials may have misused database responsibility to obtain information on the Astros. Although the FBI is investigating, the truth has yet to be uncovered and fans remain loyal to the Cardinals.

In the midst of media chaos, the Cardinals managed to defeat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 at home, Tuesday June 16. The game brought the Cards’ winning streak to a total of five games, following Monday’s similar 3-2 win.

Michael Wacha served as starting pitcher for the Cards, facing the Twins’ pitcher Kyle Gibson (formally a Missouri Tiger). The Twins took the lead in the top of the first inning after Wacha gave up an RBI to Trevor Plouffe. A rain delay soon followed.

When playing resumed 45 minutes later, the Cards brought the game to a tie with Randal Grichuk batting Yadier Molina in with a sacrifice fly in the second. Mark Reynolds followed with a single, driving in two runs in the third. The hit brought Reynold’s 2015 record to five home runs and 22 RBI’s.

Wacha pitched into the seventh inning, only to be stopped by another rain delay. Seth Maness took over from there out, but gave up an RBI to the Twins, making the score 3-2 in the top of the seventh.

The Cards were crowded in the eighth inning as the Twins put a player on third base, threatening to tie the game. The runner, Kurt Suzuki, was consequently stuck at third as his batting team mates went hitless.

Byron Buxton attempted to steal second base for the Twins in the eighth. His efforts were crushed by Molina, who threw clear to Kolten Wong calling Buxton out when he reached the plate.

Pitcher Kevin Siegrist closed out the win for the Cardinals in the ninth, with his second consecutive save. The Cardinals are now 43-21 for the 2015 season and remain at the top of the Central Division standings. They will finish the four game series against the Twins on Wednesday and Thursday in Minneapolis.

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