(Philadelphia, PA) – Alex Gordon’s three-run triple in the sixth inning put the Royals ahead and they went on to pummel the Phillies, 13-4. Chris Gets also had a three-run triple for Kansas City, which overcame an early 4-0 deficit to even its record at 2-and-2. Eric Hosmer went 4-for-5 with three RBI to pace a 19-hit attack. Bruce Chen pitched a scoreless inning of relief to get the win. After four shutout innings, Kyle Kendrick allowed five runs in five-and-two-thirds frames to take the loss for the Phillies. Domonic Brown and Erik Kratz hit solo homers for Philadelphia, which dropped to 1-and-3 on the season. This evening will see Royals starter Luis Mendoza take on the Phillies; first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 Central time.
(San Francisco, CA) – Barry Zito tossed seven innings of three-hit ball to help the Giants blank the Cardinals, 1-0. It was the home opener at AT&T Park for the defending World Series champions. Angel Pagan drew a bases-loaded walk to score Gregor Blanco in the bottom of the fourth for the game’s lone run. Sergio Romo locked up his third save of the year for San Francisco, which improved to 3-and-1 on the season. Jake Westbrook threw six-and-two-thirds frames of one-run ball to suffer the tough-luck loss for St. Louis. Allen Craig had two of the three hits for the Cards, who fell to 1-and-3. The Cardinals will dust themselves off and put Shelby Miller on the mound with the Giants starting Ryan Voglesong; first pitch at 3:05 Central time.
ST. LOUIS (AP) —The St. Louis Blues all of a sudden are surging. They won their third in a row, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. Jake Allen made 26 saves, and David Backes scored for the second straight game. The Blues’ three-game streak follows a three-game skid. They’re currently eighth in the Western Conference standings.
Marshall, Mo. – The Missouri Valley College baseball team hosted Evangel University Friday afternoon for a doubleheader in Indian Foothills Park. Evangel proved too much for the Vikings who fell in game one 6-0 and also lost the second match up to a come from behind Evangel team that pulled out a 3-2 victory. That puts the Vikings at 2-20 overall with a HAAC record of 1-11. Both teams will battle again today in another doubleheader with game one slated for a one o’clock first pitch.
ATLANTA (AP) — The team nobody expected would reach the Final Four gets a chance to become the team nobody expected to reach the final today. Wichita State’s players are well aware that their semifinal opponent Louisville has the bigger names and probably the better team. But the Shockers have surprised throughout the tournament and are looking for another major one. The winner gets whoever survives between Syracuse and Michigan on Monday night.