(04/23) AA Cardinals lose 14 inning heart breaker


April 23, 2005 - Corey Slavik had his second game-winning hit in as many nights on Saturday evening, as the Tulsa Drillers beat the Springfield Cardinals by a score of 2-1 in 14 innings. The 4:08 marathon at Drillers Stadium represents the longest game by time and by innings in Springfield's brief history.

Corey Slavik, 0-6 at the plate until the bottom of the 14th, lifted a drive off the top of the wall in right field, scoring Jeff Salazar with the winning run. Slavik ended Friday night's game with a drive off the top of the right field wall, scoring the game-winning run in a 3-2 Drillers win.

Salazar reached with two outs on a questionable call by the first base umpire. Salazar rolled a slow roller to second baseman Kevin Estrada. Estrada charged and fired to first baseman Andy Schutzenhofer, apparantly not in time to record the final out of the inning.

Springfield reliever Shane Wallace (0-1) worked 2.2 scoreless innings before allowing the Tulsa two-out rally in the 14th.

Springfield scored their only run in the third, as Shaun Boyd's infield single was booted into center field by shortstop Doug Bernier, allowing Kevin Estrada to score from second base.

Tulsa tied the game in the fourth, as Dan Conway knocked in Jayson Nix with an infield single against Springfield starter Jeremy Cook. Cook worked a total of 6.2 innings, allowing just the one run.

Springfield's bullpen was outstanding, as Tony Rawson and Josh Kinney combined to work 4.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The Drillers move their record to 10-6, while the Cards fall to 6-10. Springfield's Buddy Blair (1-2) goes to the hill on Sunday at 2:05, against Tulsa's Zack Parker.

The Cards return to Hammons Field on Thursday, April 28th to face the Corpus Christi Hooks. Great seats are still available by calling the Springfield Cardinals ticket office at (417) 863-2143.

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