Four S-Cards' pitchers joined forces to hold Tulsa (COL) to two runs in Springfield's 4-2 victory at home. The win puts the Cardinals up 2-1 in their best-of-five series with the Drillers, with the winner playing Frisco (TEX) for the league championship. The RoughRiders swept Corpus Christi (HOU) in the other semi-final playoff series.
Springfield's balanced scoring attack saw seven Cardinals knocking out nine hits. It all started with successive singles by Kolten Wong, Jermaine Curtis and Player of the Day Oscar Taveras to open the contest. Taveras' grounder up the middle plated Wong for a 1-0 lead.
Tulsa responded in the second when right fielder Chris Pettit drew the first of his three free passes. Pettit stole second and raced home on a two-out single by Jose Gonzalez. Springfield minimized the damage when Gonzalez was subsequently erased at the plate for the third out of the frame.
The Cardinals brought two more across in their half of the second to go up 3-1. Xavier Scruggs doubled and came in on the first of Audry Perez' two hits, a double to left. Perez advanced on a groundout and scored when Wong reached on a fielding error by the Drillers' third baseman. The opposition slashed that lead to one when clean-up hitter Kiel Roling sent one over the center field wall to lead off the third.
Both of Tulsa's runs came off starter Kevin Siegrist, who yielded four hits and three base-on-balls in five. Siegrist (W, 1-0), a 41st round selection in the June 2008 First Year Player Draft, had four groundouts, one fly out and three strikeouts. Michael Wacha, St. Louis' newest first-round pick, fanned two over the next two frames, pitching around a lead-off single in the seventh.
Eric Fornataro faced the minimum in the eighth, the inning in which Springfield brought in their final run of the game. Taveras' second hit of the night was a sharp fly double to right that came with one out. He scooted to third on a wild pitch and crossed home on a single by Jamie Romak.
Keith Butler gave up a single to begin the ninth but the runner was erased on a 5-4-3 double play. Butler walked Pettit for the final time before striking out the final Tulsa batter looking.
Saturday's game: vs. Tulsa, 8:08 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-0, ---)
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