April 26, 2005 - Dan Conway's three-run triple to right-center field gave the Tulsa Drillers a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa.
With a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the eighth, Nick Stocks (0-1) walked the first two batters of the inning. Shane Wallace came on in relief, but faced only one batter as his throwing error to third brought in the tying run. With runners at second and third and no outs, Andy Cavazos entered the game and retired the first two batters he faced. With first base open, the Cardinals intentionally walked Ryan Spilborghs, the Texas League Player of the Week. Conway, however, came through with a triple to drive in the winning runs.
Cardinals right-hander Jordan Pals pitched his best game of the season, going six innings and allowing only one run and no walks. He retired the first 11 hitters of the game in order, and recorded 13 groundouts against four in the air. Pals and Tulsa starter Jonathan Asahina went pitch for pitch, until the Drillers finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Doug Bernier doubled to right-center field to drive in Conway all the way from first, giving Tulsa the 1-0 lead.
With Asahina out of the game, Springfield took their first lead in the eighth inning off Drillers reliever Chris Young (1-0). With one out, Kevin Estrada picked up his third hit of the day on a single to right. After a stolen base by Estrada and a walk to Travis Hanson, Papo Bolivar singled through the right side to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
After Tulsa's four-run rally in the eighth, Springfield had a chance of their own to come back. With one out in the ninth, Moylan singled to left field and moved to third on a double off the bat of Milko Jaramillo, bringing the tying run to the plate. But pinch-hitter Reid Gorecki stuck out and Shaun Boyd grounded to third, ending his twelve-game hitting streak and the game, as Alex Serrano picked up his second save of the year.
The Cardinals finish the road trip at 4-6 and fall to 7-12 overall. The Cards return to Hammons Field on Thursday, April 28th and begin a seven-game home stand against the Corpus Christi Hooks and San Antonio Missions. The Cardinals will send Randy Leek (2-0) to the mound against Corpus Christi's Fernando Nieve (1-1) in the first game of the three-game series, game time at 7:10. Great seats are still available by calling the Springfield Cardinals ticket office at (417) 863-2143 or by visiting www.springfieldcardinals.com.
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