The Redbirds had the baserunners, but couldn't get the key hit, They stranded at least one runner in each of the first seven innings and 12 overall. Eugenio Velez was much of the offensive production. The second baseman had three hits, including a double and a solo home run in the third inning and stole his 14th base of the season.
John Gast was the hard-luck loser. Hitting 94 MPH on the stadium gun, the left-hander yielded single runs in the second and sixth innings. Gast departed having allowed six hits and one walk and fanned eight Isotopes. Chuckie Fick followed with two scoreless to keep the game close.
Sunday's game: Game four of four at Albuquerque, 7:05 pm CT, Brian Broderick (2-7, 6.50)
The S-Cards knocked Tulsa out of first place with their third win in the four-game series. It was Springfield's sixth consecutive series win.
Springfield got on the scoreboard first in the top of the first inning as Oscar Taveras hit a two-out double and scored on Audry Perez' RBI single. Tulsa tied the game in the second, but centerfielder Adam Melker threw out the potential lead run at the plate.
Greg Garcia led off the fourth with a solo home run. Xavier Scruggs followed with a double and later scored after a sacrifice and error. Chris Swauger then homered in the fifth to increase the Cardinals' lead to 4-1.
Tulsa responded with single tallies in the fifth and sixth against starter Richard Castillo to pull within one. Castillo finished with six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with a season-high seven strikeouts. Deryk Hooker, Eric Fornataro and Keith Butler each tossed a scoreless inning in relief to protect the one-run lead.
Perez, Scruggs and Jermaine Curtis each had two of Springfield's 10 hits.
Sunday's game: The Cards return to Hammons Field to face Arkansas, 6:08 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (4-4, 3.86).
Palm Beach starter Ryan Sherriff benefited from two extra days of rest due to rainouts. The left-hander went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits. His six strikeouts set a new personal high this season.
The Cards came back from a two-run deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on four straight singles. Starlin Rodriguez' bases-loaded broken bat two-run single was the decisive hit. Cody Stanley's sacrifice fly in the sixth, scoring Chris Edmondson, turned out to be the game-winner.
Leadoff man Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Luis De La Cruz and Ronny Gil had two hits each.
Sunday's game: Todd McInnis (0-2, 4.09) starts game two of the series at 5:05 PM ET.
Coming off being swept in Kane County during which they never led in the three losses, Quad Cities again found themselves without a lead Saturday night until a four-run eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and powered them to a much-needed win.
Shortstop Matt Williams hit a go-ahead RBI double to start the action and later scored on an error. Designated hitter Tyler Rahmatulla stroked an RBI triple to center field and catcher Juan Castillo capped the rally with an RBI single to left field.
Hector Hernandez pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four batters. The lefty also walked six – the most in a single game by a Quad Cities pitcher this season. Danny Miranda took over with two out in the sixth to collect a crucial strikeout to keep the Bees lead at 2-1. Miranda went on to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three and earned the win. Heath Wyatt picked up the save after collecting the final two outs.
Quad Cites tied the game in the top of the seventh, when Colin Walsh hit a leadoff double and scored on an RBI single by Castillo. That set up the eighth-inning heroics.
Castillo finished two hits and two RBI. Walsh and Rahmatulla each scored twice.
Sunday's game: Robert Stock (3-0, 4.93) pitches in game two of the Bees series at 2:00 PM CT.
Our Player of the Day, Luis Perdomo, was simply dominant. The 19-year-old right-hander allowed just one unearned run over six innings on only one hit and one walk. Perdomo struck out 11 Mariners with every other out collected via ground ball. That's right – no fly ball outs.
The Cards offense put five on the board in the second inning to give Perdomo a nice cushion with which to work. The offense pounded out 13 hits with every one a single as the club was a collective 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
Five different Cardinals had two hits each. The first two hitters in the lineup, SS Robelys Reyes (two) and 3B Leobaldo Pina (three), scored five of the eight runs. DH Alejandro Mejia had two RBI and catcher Jose Godoy plated three.
Sunday's game: The DSL Cardinals have this and every Sunday off this season.
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