The Springfield Cardinals Report 05/03

The Springfield Cardinals continued their seven game home stand yesterday (Monday), dropping a devastating home game loss to the San Antonio Missions, 8-0. The loss came after Mission's hurlers Ryan Rowland-Smith and Renee Cortez combined for a four-hit shutout and Yusiensky Betancourt hit an eighth inning home run that sparked a seven-run shelling of the error plagued Cards that included a missed rundown attempt that kept the inning alive and allowed the Missions to score three additional runs. The Cardinals found themselves with two runners caught between first and second and second and third and after tossing the ball around the infield in what seemed to look more like a game of dodgeball than baseball, both runners wound up safe at second and third.

Mike Lindskog, the Springfield Cardinal's on-air radio announcer for JOCK 98.7 FM, expressed his gratitude to the audience for the Missions effort. "The only good thing about that play was the fact that no one was called out," said Lindskog. "I didn't have to try and figure out who did what and the score keeper didn't have to score it." If he had had to score it, it probably would have gone something like 2-5-7-5-6-3-5.

The loss was the ninth in 13 games for the Springfield team, coming only one day after Reid Gorecki hit a ninth 10th inning walk-off home run to beat the Corpus Christi Hooks, 2-1 on Sunday. The Cards now find themselves in last place in the Texas League East after Wichita beat the Rough Riders on Monday night 6-5 in 12 innings.

The Cards play the Missions again tonight (Tuesday) as the Seatle Mariners affiliate takes the field with a 3-7 record on the road and 10-4 at home. They are sixth in the league with a 4.23 ERA (before Monday's game.) San Antonio's closer Sean Green is tied with Cards' Josh Kinney for most saves in the league (6) and the Missions are also sixth in the league with a batting average of .255. Thomas Bohn Jr. leads the team with a .338 batting average and Jon Nelson leads the team with 19 RBI's (fourth in the league). Bohn Jr. saw his 15-game hitting streak come to and end on Sunday (May 1) going 0-3 against the Arkansas Travelers. He was the first Mission's player to hit in 15 straight games since Paul LoDuca did it in 1997.

As low as the team and the fans were after Monday night's game there are some bright spots in the Springfield organization. Cards closer Josh Kinney was named Texas League Pitcher of the Week for April 25--May 1. In the last week Kinney has appeared in three games (5 IP), going 2-1 with one save. He allowed no runs on four hits with three strike-outs. Kinney has a 0.60 ERA for the season.

Everyday player Shaun Boyd is the only player that has appeared in all 24 games for the Cardinals this year. Boyd is batting .269 in 78 at bats (following Sunday's game) with seven RBI's and 13 walks. His four stolen bases are a tie for most on the team.

Reid Gorecki's 10th inning home run in Sunday night's game broke a 0-23 slump. It was his first hit since April 21 against Tulsa. As of Sunday night, Gorecki was batting .176 in 74 at bats . A year ago he was batting .163 in 60 AB's and finished the 2004 season with a .277 batting average.

The Springfield Cardinals have made some recent transactions in hopes of bolstering the line-up. Right-hand pitcher Cory Doyne (5/1) was transferred to Springfield from Palm Beach; Andy Cavazos transferred to Palm Beach (5/1); Cardinals signed infielder Aaron Herr (son of former St. Louis Cardinal second-baseman Tommy Herr) (4/28); Cards activated Rick Ankiel (4/28); Nate Cotton to Palm Beach (4/28); Cardinals released Bo Robinson (4/28); signed Robinson Cansel (4/27); right-hand pitcher Rich Scalamandre transferred to Springfield (4/27); Shane Wallace to Palm Beach (4/27); Jason Motte transferred to Palm Beach (4/27).

Tonight (Tuesday) left-handed starter for the Cards, Randy Leek (2-0), will face right-hander Jon Huber in the second of a three-game series with the Missions. The Cardinals are in the midst of playing 16 of their next 23 games at home.

Tickets remain for the game tonight and for tomorrow's (Wednesday) 12:40 p.m. game. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Springfield Cardinal's ticket office at 417-863-2143, by visiting the website at or at the Hammonds Field ticket office.

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