Results for games played Saturday, September 10.
The Cardinals were unsuccessful in extending their playoff run, falling in Game 4 to the Naturals in a tough extra inning defeat. The loss ends the season for the Cardinals.
Starter Austin Gomber pitched well, tossing 4 1/3 innings, giving up one run on a solo home run, allowing eight total hits and fanning eight. Trey Nielsen followed for 2 2/3 innings, surrendering one run. Chandler Hawkins pitched the eighth inning, giving up a hit but no runs. Rowan Wick secured the final out of the eighth after Hawkins was lifted with two outs. Josh Lucas pitched a scoreless ninth, but gave up the winning run in the 10th on a walk, passed ball, ground out, intentional walk and a walkoff sacrifice bunt.
A solo home run off the bat of Paul DeJong in the sixth inning provided one of the Cardinals’ two runs. Bruce Caldwell plated the other run in on a fourth inning single. Luis Cruz was 2-for-3. Jacob Wilson doubled and Luke Voit singled as Springfield managed just six hits.
Rehabbing St. Louis shortstop Aledmys Diaz went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
Sunday’s game: at Hudson Valley (TB), TBA 3:00 CT (Game 1 of NY Penn League Championship Series).
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