MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bobby Wilson hit his first home run in more than a year, Jose Berrios bounced back with strong effort on the mound, and the Minnesota Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Wilson, a journeyman catcher for six different teams in nine major league seasons, hit a slider from St. Louis reliever Luke Gregerson into the left field stands for a two-run homer to cap a three-run seventh inning. It was Wilson’s first major league home run since Sept. 21, 2016 for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Berrios (4-4) surrendered one run on two hits and left after hitting Kolten Wong with a pitch with one out in the eighth. Berrios struck out 10 batters. He had lost three of his past four starts, allowing 18 runs in 18 1/3 innings.
Addison Reed struck out both batters he faced and Fernando Rodney finished his eighth save in 11 chances with a perfect ninth.
Wilson was recalled last week when Jason Castro went on the disabled list with a meniscus tear in his right knee. The 35-year-old spent the entire 2017 season in the minors with Oklahoma City in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He hit seven homers in 75 games while playing for three different major league teams in 2016.
MACOMB, ILLINOIS — Mitchell Boe stole home in the top of the ninth inning as the Iowa Hawkeyes rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to win at Western Illinois 5-4. It was the Hawkeyes’ 30th victory of the season. Iowa coach Rick Heller.
Grant Leonard came out of the bullpen to earn his second win of the season.
The Hawkeyes close the regular season by hosting Penn State in a three game series beginning Thursday.
DES MOINES — Drake softball coach Rich Calvert is trying to find as much information as he can on BYU as the Bulldogs prepare to take on the Cougars in the opening round of an NCAA Regional in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs are 42-10 after winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title and will take on a BYU squad that is coming off the West Coast Conference championship.
After winning 26 of 27 games against Valley foes Calvert says the Bulldogs are a confident team.
Calvert hopes a demanding non conference schedule is a benefit in the regional.
Nicole Newman pitched both games in the Valley Tournament but Calvert says she will need help this weekend.
Top seed Oregon and Albany meet in the other first round game.
MESA, Ariz. – NIACC’s Courtney Tusler shot a second round 54-51 – 105 at the NJCAA Division I national golf tournament Tuesday at the Longbow Golf Course.
After two rounds, Tusler has a two-round score of 204.
“It was another difficult driving day (Tuesday) for Courtney,” NIACC coach Chris Frenz said, “and because of that she really put herself in tough spots.
“If you’re not in the fairway, you’re in the desert and potentially in the brush or vegetation that grows in the desert. Those types of lies don’t lend themselves to good scoring opportunities.”
On Monday, Tusler shot 51-48 – 99.
“She still has a good attitude toward the tournament,” Frenz said, “and she’s determined to get herself into the 80s.”
Last season at the national tournament in Georgia, Tusler placed 90th with a 92-93-94-96 – 375.
The third and fourth rounds of the national tournament are set for Wednesday and Thursday.
MASON CITY — High school girls regional tennis single and doubles tournaments take place today:
== The Class 1A tournament in Decorah has Clear Lake, Charles City, Hampton-Dumont, Osage, Aplington-Parkersburg, Oelwein, Waverly-Shell Rock and the host Decorah competing
== In the 2A meet in Fort Dodge, Mason City will be joined by Sioux City West, Sioux City North, Sioux City East, Ames, and Fort Dodge.
Qualifiers will compete in the state tournaments on Wednesday May 30th and Thursday May 31st. The 2A state tournament takes place at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex in Iowa City, while the 1A state tournament is at Byrnes Park in Waterloo.