AA Cardinals Lose Again - Fall to 6-11

April 24, 2005 - Ryan Spilborghs had a career day, going 4-4 with six runs batted in, as the Tulsa Drillers knocked off the Springfield Cardinals for the third straight game, winning 10-5 on Sunday afternoon at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa.

Spilborghs had a bases loaded triple in the first inning against Springfield starter Buddy Blair. Spilborghs scored on a passed ball, making it 4-0 after just one inning.

The Cards, who mustered just one run on seven hits in 14 innings on Saturday night in a 2-1 loss, rallied for three runs in the top of the second to make it a 4-3 game. The inning began with consecutive singles from Tyler Minges and Travis Hanson. With two outs and runners at second and third, new Cardinals catcher Jason Motte picked up an infield single, his first hit as a Cardinal. On the play, Tulsa third baseman Gustavo Escobar made an errant throw to first, allowing Travis Hanson to follow Minges in, making it 4-2. After a walk to Buddy Blair, Shaun Boyd extended his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games, knocking in Motte from second base to make it 4-3.

Tulsa scored a run in the fourth and then chased Blair while scoring three more runs in the fifth, taking a five-run advantage at 8-3. The big hit in the fifth inning was a three-run double by Spilborghs.

The Cards got back to within three in the seventh, but it wasn't enough, as Tulsa roared back with two more in the bottom of the eighth against Springfield reliever Nate Cotton.

Tulsa starter Zack Parker (1-1) worked into the sixth inning, picking up his first win of the year.

Springfield's offense was led by Minges and Boyd, who collected three hits each.

The Cards have now dropped four straight games, falling to 6-11 on the year, and 3-5 on the current 10-game road trip.

Oscar Alvarez (1-1) looks to break Springfield's funk on Monday night, as he goes to the hill looking to win his second straight start. Alvarez will be opposed by Tulsa's Scott Randell (1-1), who throws for the Drillers. Game time from Tulsa on Monday night is at 7:05.

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.

Tickets for all regular season games are on sale now by calling the Springfield Cardinals ticket office at (417) 863-2143, or by visiting www.springfieldcardinals.com. All Cardinals games are broadcast live on JOCK 98.7 FM and online through the Cards website at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

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