A six-run outburst flipped a likely loss into an inspiring victory as Springfield flew past Frisco 6-4 at home. The S-Cards take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five title series with the final three games relocating to Frisco.
Down 4-0 going into the bottom of the eighth, the Cardinals' comeback began with a lead-off walk by Mike O'Neill. Oscar Taveras' only hit on the night was a two-out double into the gap in left center that sent O'Neill racing to third. Jamie Romak worked a walk to load the bases, which set the table for three consecutive run-scoring singles.
Greg Garcia drove in O'Neill while Xavier Scruggs' soft liner to center knocked in Taveras and Romak. Adam Melker's single to left brought in Garcia for the tying run. Audry Perez gave Springfield the lead with a double to right that scored Scruggs and Melker. Five of the S-Cards' eight hits came in that frame. Scruggs singled twice and was the only player with more than one hit.
The offensive explosion got starter Seth Maness off the hook for the loss. Maness allowed just two unearned tallies in seven frames. Frisco took the lead in the third when their first two batters reached on a fielding error by shortstop Garcia and Maness' seventh hit batsman of 2012. Both runners advanced on a sac bunt and the lead runner crossed on a groundout.
The RoughRiders' other unearned run came in the fifth when two of the four singles Maness yielded were sandwiched around a passed ball by Audry Perez and brought in a run. The right-hander had ten groundouts, five fly outs and six strikeouts. Deryk Hooker coughed up a two-run bomb to the Texas Rangers' rehabbing All-Star Mike Napoli in the eighth that doubled Frisco's lead to 4-0. Hooker picked up the win as the pitcher of record during the game-changing bottom of the eighth. Player of the Day Keith Butler slammed the door shut by fanning the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
Thursday's game: off. Next scheduled contest is Friday, September 14th in Frisco.
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