The Springfield Cardinals Report

The joy returned to the hearts of Springfield fans Thursday night as the Cardinals rallied to come from behind and beat the Arkansas Travelers 7-5 after the Springfield front office made a last minute transaction that had a direct bearing on the outcome of the game.

Going into the game on Thursday night it was unclear to everyone involved (the media included) that a transaction had been made. Evan Rust, a right-handed reliever from Triple-A Memphis was most certainly on the roster and on the field during warm-ups. What was not clear was who wasn't.

But, a quick head-count showed starting pitcher Buddy Blair absent from the active squad. Cardinals manager, Chris Maloney, would later say that the announcement had not been made sooner because all parties involved had not been informed of the decision.

Blair has been transfered to Palm Beach in the Florida State League. Blair was 1-6 with the Cards in eight starts. Rust was 1-0 for the Memphis Redbirds in 13 innings of working out of the bullpen.

In Thursday night's game Travis Hanson and Robinson Cancel both hit home runs.

Randy Leak (3-2) got his first win, snapping a two-game losing skid. Josh Kinney got his tenth save of the year and newly acquired reliever Evan Rust got work in the seventh, giving up one run but managing to hold on to a 6-5 lead which was extended in the bottom of the inning by a one-run homer from Cancel.

The Cards are now 18-22, while Arkansas falls to 21-19. Jeremy Cook will take the mound for Friday night's game facing Arkansas's Daniel Davidson (4-1).

Friday night is AM Pyrotechnics Friday Night Fireworks. Game time is 7:10 p.m. at Hammons Field. Tickets are still available at (417) 863-2143 or online at

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