Two big innings proved costly for the Eau Claire Express in a 9-3 loss to the St. Cloud Rox in the nightcap of a doubleheader Friday night at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud, Minn. The Rox pushed across five in the third and four more in the fourth and went on to earn the victory and a split for the night. Cody Milligan had a pair of hits to lead Eau Claire. Andrew Pratt hit a solo home run and a two-run shot and Scott Ogrin added a solo blast for his seventh longball of the summer in the opener,
EAU CLAIRE 4, MERRILL 0 MERRILL (0) AB-R-H-RBI: Holden Smith, 3b, 3-0-1-0; Peyton Becker, ss, 3-0-0-0; Brody Gehrke, cf, 2-0-1-0; Casey Hoffman, lf, 3-0-1-0; Adam Detert, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Vinnie Gaulla, rf, 3-0-2-0; Alex Gehrke, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Jaden Sutts, ph, 1-0-0-0; Brett Seubert, p, 3-0-0-0; Dan Duginski, c, 2-0-1-0. Totals: 25-0-6-0. EAU CLAIRE (4) Zac Stange, ss, 3-1-1-0; Mitch Froehlich, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Draeson Marcoux, 3b, 2-1-0-0; Cooper Kapanke, 1b, 3-0-2-2; Jaelin Williams, rf, 1-0-0-1;
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Pizza Hut/Post 53 of Eau Claire didn’t scare anybody with their bats. But with Ethan Kjellberg firing blanks on the mound, the defending champions were not in any trouble. Cooper Kapanke’s two-run double in the bottom of the first was all Pizza Hut needed en route to a 4-0 whitewash of Merrill Post 46 in the opening game of the American Legion baseball AAA regional Friday afternoon at Casper Park. The win sends Eau Claire (21-7) to a 4 p.m. second-round
MILWAUKEE — Brewers general manager David Stearns wants reliever Josh Hader to “re-earn the trust” of his teammates when he rejoins the team Friday. Milwaukee is set to resume its season following the All-Star break, the first time the club will assemble since Hader’s years-old racist and homophobic tweets surfaced during the All-Star Game. “He’s going to have to work very hard to re-earn the trust of some people who may question who he is right now,
The Eau Claire Express were rained out of Thursday’s game against the St. Cloud Rox in St. Cloud. The two teams will play a doubleheader today, the first being at 4:05 p.m. with the second scheduled for around 35 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Eau Claire has won four out of its last five ballgames.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins took nine wins from an 11-game home stand into the All-Star break, a midsummer surge that can boost a middling team into the postseason race. This might not be that kind of year in the American League. “I just wish we had more games ahead of us,” first baseman Joe Mauer said. Ervin Santana is almost ready to rejoin the rotation. Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are expected back soon from minor league sabbaticals. Even if reinforcements
CHICAGO — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox are on pace for 100-plus wins. Same for Aaron Judge and the Yankees, and the World Series champion Astros, too. The Orioles, White Sox and Royals are on track to lose more than 100. It’s the haves and the have-nots as baseball returns after the All-Star break. “There’s a few good teams out there that they’re going to make it interesting in the second half,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
WASHINGTON — Major League Baseball said Wednesday that Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader will be required to go through sensitivity training after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during the All-Star Game. MLB announced the commissioner’s office would require Hader to participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives in addition to the sensitivity training. In a statement, Brewers general manager David Stearns said the team will continue to work through
Brenden McCabe went 2-for-2 with a home run as the Beef River Bullfrogs beat the Eau Claire Rivermen 8-6 in Chippewa River Baseball League action on Wednesday in Strum. Andy Niese homered for the Rivermen. Stanley Slammers 7, Jim Falls Sturgeons 4: Brandon Wright and Jakob Rosemeyer both had a pair of RBIs, and Reece Drost threw 141 pitches over seven innings to lift the Slammers. Osseo Merchants 9, Eau Claire Bears 4: The Merchants stayed within striking distance of first-place
WATERLOO (0) AB-R-H-RBI: Trey Leonard, cf, 4-0-1-0; Brendan Hueth, lf, 4-0-1-0; Angelo Altavilla, ss, 4-0-0-0; Patrick Ferguson, 1b, 2-0-1-0; Ethan Ibarra, dh, 2-0-0-0; Myles Emmerson, c, 3-0-2-0; Dawnoven Smith, rf, 4-0-1-0; Carmen Sclafani, 3b, 4-0-1-0; Kevin Welsh, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Blake Walden, p, 0-0-0-0; Mike Townsend, p, 0-0-0-0; Anthony DeFrancesco, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 29-0-7-0. EAU CLAIRE (7) Spencer Myers, lf, 5-1-1-0; Cody Milligan, c, 3-0-1-1; Alec Trela, ss, 4-0-0-0; Scott Ogrin, 2b,