May 15, 2005 - The Springfield Cardinals ended Wichita's seven-game winning streak, beating the Wranglers on Sunday afternoon at Hammons Field by a score of 6-2.
Travis Hanson helped end the Cards three-game losing streak, going 3-3 with a home run and four RBIs. His two-run blast to right-center in the seventh, gave the Cards some breathing room, as they took a 6-2 lead. Hanson now leads the ballclub with 24 runs driven in.
The Cards scored early, supporting starting pitcher Jeremy Cook (2-1) with a couple of first-inning runs. Andy Schutzenhofer singled with one out, and moved to third on a double by Tyler Minges. Hanson drove in his first run of the game with a deep fly ball to left for a sac fly. On the play, Schutzenhofer scored and Minges moved to third. Papo Bolivar then stepped up and saw the first pitch from Wichita starter Bryan Bass (3-2) go in the dirt and get away from the catcher. Minges would score from third, making it 2-0.
The Wranglers made it 2-1 in the third, as Matt Tupman led off the inning with a single and later scored on a Mel Stocker RBI groundout.
The Cards got that run back in the bottom of the frame, as Kevin Estrada extended his hitting streak to six straight, by singling to lead off the inning. He would eventually score on Hanson's first of three hits, a single to left-center, making it 3-1.
The Cards made it 4-1 in the fifth, using a two-out rally against Bass. Tyler Minges walked with two outs, then moved to third on a single by Hanson. Papo Bolivar's double would knock in Minges, making the score 4-1.
The Wranglers pulled to within two runs, scoring their final run against Cards starter Jeremy Cook in the seventh. Cory Aldridge led off the inning with a double, then moved to third on a groundball. Brennan King's line drive to left was deep enough to get the runner home from third, making it 4-2. Cook would be replaced after going 6.2 innings, allowing just the two runs on four hits.
The bullpen would get out of two jams, as the Wranglers would load the bases in the seventh and eighth. Cory Doyne, who has not allowed a run since joining Springfield, struck out Mel Stocker with the bases loaded in the seventh, then got Matt Tupman to leave the sacks full in the eighth.
The win for the Cards is their first on the current home stand, as they improve to 16-20 on the year. Wichita drops to 17-19 with their first loss in eight games.
Springfield and Wichita go at it again on Monday night at 7:10pm. Left-hander Oscar Alvarez (2-2) takes on Mike Stodolka (1-2) of the Wranglers in game four of the five-game set. The series concluded on Tuesday at Hammons Field with a special 12:40 start time.
Tickets for all games in the home stand are available by calling (417) 863-2143. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting www.springfieldcardinals.com.