St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News St. Louis Cardinals 2015-08-28T05:20:04Z St. Louis Cardinals Cards hire Flores as new scouting director Former Cardinals pitcher Randy Flores has been named St. Louis' director of scouting and will begin serving in that role Tuesday. Moss ends drought with first Cardinals homer After a series of balls hit to the warning track during his first four weeks with his new team, Brandon Moss, much to his relief, finally showed the Cardinals his ability to drop one over. Maness amazes with bases-loaded escape act In three years with the Cardinals, Seth Maness has distinguished himself as the bullpen fireman, the one summoned to extinguish the messes. But never had he pulled off an escape as seemingly impossible as the one he did to preserve the team's 5-3 win over the D-backs on Thursday night. Unusual suspects lead Cards' 5th straight win The Cardinals completed a season sweep of the D-backs on Thursday night with a 5-3 victory punctuated by home runs from backup catcher Tony Cruz and fill-in outfielder Brandon Moss. Jay set to rehab at Triple-A this weekend Of the Cardinals' seven players rehabbing an injury, outfielder Jon Jay will be the first to begin a rehab assignment with one of the organization's Minor League affiliates. Cardinals, Wacha ready for playoff flavor in SF Waging battles in the division and the Wild Card races, the Giants will host the best team in baseball as Mike Leake duels with Michael Wacha in Friday's opener against the Cardinals. Double plays proving to be Cards' desert friends The Cardinals arrived in Arizona having turned 111 double plays through their first 123 games, a total that ranked 15th in the Majors. In just three days, they have added another eight twin killings to that list. Cards follow Lackey to fourth straight win Needing a win to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central, the Cardinals extended their winning streak to four with a 3-1 win over the D-backs in front of 17,572 at Chase Field on Wednesday night. Rosenthal has 2nd straight 40-save season A year after becoming the fifth Cardinals pitcher to complete a 40-save season, Trevor Rosenthal moved into even rarer company by joining Lee Smith as the only closers in franchise history with two. Rosenthal missing SF series for birth of child Trevor Rosenthal will miss the Cards' series in San Francisco this weekend as he goes on paternity leave for the birth of his second daughter. Bourjos hopes to deliver when Cards call Peter Bourjos snapped a hitless skid that extended 21 at-bats over 35 days with a homer on Tuesday, but he understood, though, that while a relief, that sort of result is unlikely to buy him much playing time on a team that has bypassed him several times while sifting through various center-field options. Stats of the Day: Yadi at his best in the clutch In the Cardinals' 9-1 win over the D-backs, Yadier Molina went 1-for-1 with runners in scoring position and drove in a pair of runs by doing so (one of the RBIs came on a sacrifice fly). In 1,507 career plate appearances with runners in scoring position, Molina owns a .301 average. Cards' aggressiveness pays dividends Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has remained consistent in his insistence that pushing the envelope on the bases will offer a long-term payoff. And in Tuesday night's runaway 9-1 win over Arizona, the Cardinals generated much of their early offense by aggressively taking extra bases. Wong's days off bear fruit with pair of hits Rejuvenated and refocused after a pair of off-days, Kolten Wong returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday zeroed in on achieving proper process regardless the result. He came away from the Cards' 9-1 win over the D-backs having enjoyed the bonus of both. Cards ride 4-run first in rout of D-backs Buoyed by a four-run first inning, the Cardinals cruised to an 9-1 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Chase Field to further fortify their National League Central lead. Broxton, Cishek giving Cards just what they need It's been nearly four weeks since the Cardinals finished reinforcing their bullpen by acquiring Jonathan Broxton to follow the arrival of Steve Cishek, and the club continues to enjoy the benefits, both direct and indirect, of the additions. Belisle cleared to amp up rehab program Back from a quick jaunt to Florida to seek the opinion of orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, Matt Belisle amplified the intensity of his throwing program on Tuesday. Garcia atones for errors in game-winning rally Having already committed a pair of uncharacteristic throwing errors while subbing in at second base for a struggling Kolten Wong, Greg Garcia made up for it with a single and some crafty baserunning that sparked a three-run rally that sent the Cardinals to a win. Lynn stymies D-backs with quartet of twin killings Often one to rely more on power than placement, Cardinals starter Lance Lynn on Monday night became the first Cardinals pitcher in more than four years to record four double plays in an outing. Cards rally to halt D-backs' winning streak A three-run seventh inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits from Tommy Pham and Yadier Molina, helped the Cardinals to a 5-3 win as they opened a four-game series against the D-backs on Monday night at Chase Field. Waino's fantasy football initiative a charity success Pairing his love of fantasy football with his mission to service basic needs across the world, Adam Wainwright introduced a unique charity initiative two years ago that continues to grow in its reach. Jay moves closer to returning to Cards For the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a left wrist stress reaction, center fielder Jon Jay joined the Cardinals for on-field batting practice on Monday. Astros' pair leads Prospect Team of the Week The Houston Astros might be the feel-good surprise story in the big leagues, but let's not forget much of that has been built from within, taking advantage of one of the best farm systems in baseball. Piscotty powers up for career-best day Rookie outfielder Stephen Piscotty recorded the first multiple-homer game of his career, along with a career-high five RBIs, as the Cardinals spoiled the Padres' chance at a sweep, winning 10-3 at Petco Park on Sunday. Cards recall infielder Garcia; option Lyons Despite the grueling travel day, Greg Garcia was happy to be back in his hometown on Sunday, as the Cardinals faced San Diego for the finale of a three-game series at Petco Park. Matheny: Pham has been boost for offense Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham entered play Sunday hitting .353 in the last seven days, going 6-for-17 and scoring two runs. Cards start fast to help Wacha win No. 15 Michael Wacha allowed one run in six innings Sunday and Stephen Piscotty hit two home runs and knocked in five runs as the Cardinals snapped the Padres' five-game winning streak with a 10-3 victory at Petco Park. Nothing goes Cards' way in seventh inning Saturday night's seventh inning was one to forget for the Cardinals, as missed scoring chances and the Padres' offense taking advantage of its own opportunities would result to a 8-0 St. Louis loss at Petco Park. Carpenter tossed for arguing strike-three call Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter was ejected by home-plate umpire Chris Segal after he was unhappy with the third-strike call in the fifth inning of Saturday night's 8-0 St. Louis loss to the Padres. Cards' loss hinges on fateful 7th vs. Padres Stellar work by the Padres' bullpen in the top of the 7th, and a seven-run outburst by San Diego's bats in the bottom of the inning, helped the Padres defeat the Cardinals, 8-0, on Saturday night at Petco Park, inching one game closer to a sweep of St. Louis. Regional Daily News 2015-08-28T22:20:04Z