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24 August 2015

Piscotty goes yard x 2

21 August 2015

AP - For Cardinals, key to youngsters' success is simple: Just be yourself



ST. LOUIS -- Building the best record in the major leagues is hard work.
The St. Louis Cardinals have overcome more than their share of injuries, leaning heavily on a pitching staff that always keeps them close and plugging gaps with youngsters who have risen to the moment.
Stephen Piscotty is a case in point.
The 24-year-old rookie leads the team with a .333 average since making his major league debut July 21. On Wednesday night, he hit his second home run in a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants after being robbed of a long ball by center fielder Juan Perez his first time up.

Letter from Dean Gary Hall on his Retirement

WASHINGTON, DC, AUGUST 18, 2015

After a good deal of prayer, reflection, and conversation with my wife, Kathy, Bishop Budde and chapter leadership, I have decided to retire and end my term as dean of Washington National Cathedral effective Dec. 31, 2015.
Over the past three years, the bishop, the staff, the chapter, and I have done the hard work of placing the cathedral on solid financial footing: Our budget is balanced and we are closing the books on our most successful year in recent memory. Our programs, public ministry, and relations with the schools on the close are vibrant, and we have finished the first phase of the earthquake repairs. Together, we have made great strides, not only in carrying out the cathedral’s mission, but also in stewarding this institution into its second century.
The cathedral, however, is on the cusp of a new era. The next decades will require both the continuing evolution of its internal culture as it contends with the changing face of American religion and our country’s increasing diversity, and a major capital campaign to increase the endowment, finish the earthquake restoration, and attend to deferred capital projects. Responding to these cultural and financial challenges will require a leader with a long tenure—a decade, perhaps more—and at the age of 66, with two years remaining on my contract, I am not the person for the job ahead. I believe the time is now right for a new dean with the necessary combination of energy and stability to come and lead the next steps in the cathedral’s life and ministry, and so I have decided to retire now rather than risk disrupting the institution’s momentum in two years.
Stepping down as dean is hard: I have developed great working and personal relationships with Bishop Budde, with the school heads, with my staff colleagues, and with the cathedral's congregation members, donors, and volunteers. Kathy and I will miss Washington and the many friends we have made, but after almost 40 years of my ordained ministry, it is time for us to settle into a different rhythm of living. I look forward to contributing to the life of the cathedral, including leading the Iona pilgrimage next year, continuing our work on race, gun violence, and LGBT issues, and in other ways that I can be most helpful.
There is no church or public institution in America like Washington National Cathedral, and a flourishing cathedral will nourish both the faith community and the nation itself in the years ahead. I will remain forever grateful for the time Kathy and I have spent with you.
With every prayer for God’s blessing on this cathedral,
The Very Reverend Gary R. Hall
Dean, Washington National Cathedral

19 August 2015

Cards top Giants 2-1 By Jenifer Langosch and Joe Harris / MLB.com | 1:30 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Meeting for the first time since last October in what could be a prelude to another postseason series showdown, the Cardinals halted the Giants' four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Monday night.
The Giants' bullpen retired eight in a row before Stephen Piscotty sparked the Cardinals' go-ahead rally with a one-out triple in the eighth. Reliever Hunter Strickland nearly got out of the mess, but a wild throw by Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford as he tried to complete the inning-ending double play on Mark Reynolds' grounder set the Cards up for their 15th final at-bat win of the year.
Neither starter received a decision. Giants right-hander Chris Heston allowed four hits and walked five over 4 2/3 innings, but he limited the Cardinals to a Yadier Molina home run. The Cards stranded nine runners against Heston.
"Give him credit, he kept them there despite not being real sharp with his command, when he left the game it was 1-0," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Heston. "Wasn't quite as sharp, but he competed well."
Facing the Giants for the first time since he served up a walk-off homer to Travis Ishikawathat sent San Francisco onto the World Series, Cards starter Michael Wacha allowed one run over seven innings. Wacha held a one-run lead until Crawford's two-out, RBI double in the sixth. That kept Wacha from becoming the National League's first 15-game winner.
"I felt good," Wacha said. "I was giving up some singles, felt like I was hitting my spots pretty well. I made a mistake in that sixth inning, probably shouldn't have thrown a strike there. Crawford put a good swing on it and drove a double. I felt like I had good command of the curveball, fastball as well. I was real happy with everything."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Rookie assist: Piscotty contributed another multi-hit game, with his eighth-inning triple the biggest hit of the night. The rookie outfielder is now 10-for-27 on the homestand and has hit safely in 19 of the 24 games in which he's registered an at-bat. Eleven of his first 29 Major League hits have been for extra bases.

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