Springfield was unable to clinch the Texas League Championship on Friday night. The offense was limited to just two hits in the 5-1 loss to Frisco at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.
It was anyone's game early, as both teams combined for just one hit in the first two frames. Cardinals' starter Kevin Siegrist allowed a one-out single by Jose Felix in the 3rd. After a ground out, Leury Garcia doubled to left to bring Felix home for the first run of the night.
Frisco's first three batters in the fifth had hits and Felix' RBI double made it 2-0. An RBI groundout by Garcia followed to increase the RoughRiders' lead to 3-0.
Springfield scratched out their first hit against Texas League Pitcher of the Year Barret Loux in the sixth when Kolten Wong legged out a bunt single. Two batters later, Oscar Taveras doubled to left center to plate Wong to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Siegrist allowed a two-out single in the sixth to Ryan Strausborger, who later scored on Siegrist's throwing error for Frisco's fourth tally. The Cards' starter took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings. He fanned six.
Reliever Wilmer Font tossed two scoreless innings with five strikeouts to finish off the Cardinals. On the evening, Springfield hitters whiffed 13 times, including three each by Jamie Romak and Xavier Scruggs.
At least one promient ‘Rider did not cause damage as major league rehabber Mike Napoli finished 0-for-4 with four strikeouts of his own.
Taveras was in the midst of Springfield's action. He was the only Cardinal to reach base twice, with a walk to go with his double in four plate appearances. The centerfielder picked up an outfield assist by throwing out a Frisco runner at home but also committed a throwing error.
Saturday's game: Game four at Frisco, 7:05 P.M. CT. Scott Gorgen.
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