The Springfield Cardinals beat the Midland RockHounds 6-2 on the road and improved their record to 20-24, while the RockHounds fell to a still formidable 28-16.
The Cardinals took an early lead in the second inning off the RockHounds starter Steven Bondurant. Springfield's Travis Hanson led off the second inning with a triple and one out later Papo Bolivar doubled down the right field line to drive in Hanson and make it 1-0. A steal of third by Bolivar and a two out single by Juan Diaz gave the Cardinals a 2-0 advantage.
The third inning saw the Springfield Cardinals add three more runs as Bondurant (3-3) loaded the bases with three walks with only one out. Robinson Cancel hit a sacrifice fly to right and drove in Shaun Boyd to make it 3-0. With two outs and runners at second and third, Bolivar smashed a two-run single to give the Cards a 5-0 lead.
Bondurant issued his final walk of the night to Robinson Cancel in the fifth inning with one out. Aaron Herr came to the plate after Bolivar struck out and connected for a two-out, RBI single making it 6-0.
Springfield starting pitcher Randy Leek (4-2) earned his second straight win pitching seven innings. Leek threw a shutout into the seventh inning before allowing an infield single to Andre Ethier and then gave up a two-run homer to Brant Colamarino, making the score 6-2. Leek retired the final three batters he faced to end the seventh inning bringing his league-leading total to 65.2 innings pitched. Springfield reliever, Anthony Ferrari, worked the eighth and ninth innings, holding on to the four-run lead.
On Tuesday, the Cards will try to make it two wins in a row as they send newly acquired starter Stuart Pomeranz to the mound to face the RockHounds' Steven Obenchain, Pomeranz was sent up to Double-A Springfield from Palm Beach, where he went 2-5 for the Palm Beach club, when Josh Kinney was promoted to Triple-A Memphis.
Game time from Midland, Texas on Tuesday is 6:30 p.m. and can be heard on JOCK 98.7 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.
The Cardinals will return home to Hammons Field on Monday, May 30 to face the same Midland RockHounds. Tickets are available by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.