Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 09/14/10

Northwest Arkansas defeated Springfield in the deciding Game 5 of their Texas League North Division playoff series on Monday night.

Game played Monday, September 13.


Northwest Arkansas 8, Springfield 4


After four games of their North Division playoff series, the Springfield Cardinals and NW Arkansas Naturals were knotted at 2-2 just as when they split their 32-game regular-season series. The Naturals hosted the decisive Game 5 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas Monday night as the Cardinals sent Trey Hearne to the mound.


Springfield struck in the first as Andrew Brown's double to right center field plated Jermaine Curtis, giving Springfield a 1-0 lead, their only edge of the night.


The Naturals did not trail for long as they loaded the bases on a single and two walks in the bottom of the first.  Clint Robinson cleared the bases with a double to right center to give NWA a 3-1 lead.  Nick Van Stratten followed with a single to center field that Daryl Jones overran allowing Robinson to score from third and giving the home club a 4-1 advantage. Hearne was pulled from the game without retiring a batter. Kevin Thomas relieved and gave up a single before getting out of the inning.


NW Arkansas kept scoring in the second as a hit by pitch and a walk followed by an RBI single increased their lead to 5-1. Two batters later, a two-run single off Thomas put the Naturals up by six, 7-1. 


The Cardinals plated two runs in the fourth on a wild pitch and a Chris Swauger sacrifice fly. Springfield added another run in the seventh as Xavier Scruggs blasted a solo home run to right field which cut the NWA lead to 7-4.


Thomas Eager allowed a leadoff home run in the home seventh to give one run back.


Springfield could not mount another rally as their season came to a close on a Daryl Jones fly out to center field. In their final game, the Cardinals stranded just four baserunners and were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position against Naturals starter Mike Montgomery and reliever Henry Barrera.


Individual highlights:

Blake King: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Jermaine Curtis: 2-for-4


Rough outing:

Trey Hearne: 0 IP, 3 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, loss

Kevin Thomas: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Thomas Eager: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Pete Kozma: 1-for-4, R, K, GIDP

Matt Carpenter: 1-for-4, 2 R

Andrew Brown: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K

Aaron Luna: 0-for-2, BB, 2 K

Chris Swauger: 0-for-3, SF RBI, 2 K

Xavier Scruggs: 1-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 K

Daryl Jones: 1-for-4, 2B, fielding error

Nick Derba: 0-for-2, BB





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