Springfield Cardinals Go For 1st Road Sweep

As the temperature in Midland, Texas to soared to 103 degrees at game time the already hot Springfield Cardinals racked up their second straight win in as many days on Tuesday night and had season-highs in both runs and hits. The Cards improved their overall record to 21-24 as they smashed the first place team in the Texas League West Division, the Midland RockHounds, 11-6, on the road.

In the first inning the Cards blew the game wide-open by scoring five runs off the Midland starter Stephen Obenchain (3-3). Tyler Minges hit a three-run homer his league-leading eighth home run of the year, while Shaun Boyd and Reid Gorecki both connected for RBI hits in the inning giving the Cardinals a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

Travis Hanson hit a two-run double in the second to make it 7-0 Cards and Aaron Herr and Juan Diaz both hit RBI doubles in the second making it 9-0.

In the bottom of the second, Stuart Pomeranz, recently acquired from Palm Beach of the Florida State League, and made his debut start Tuesday night, surrendered an unearned run as Jason Perry reached first on an error and came into score on a single by Francis Gomez.

Brian Stavisky and Perry both homered in the bottom of the third as Pomeranz allowed three runs to score pulling the RockHounds to within five runs. The line on Pomeranz resulted in a total of four runs (three earned), on six hits,. He had six strike-outs while walking two for the night. Pomeranz was replaced on the mound by Josh Pearce.

The Cards and the RockHounds traded runs in the fifth when Travis Hanson got an RBI single and Perry hit his eleventh home run of the year for Midland against Pearce. Pearce gave up a run in the sixth as Stavisky drove in Steve Stanley on an RBI double.

Vastly improved Aaron Herr picked up his second RBI hit of the night driving in Hanson with a single, making it 11-6. Evan Rust (1-0) replaced Pearce in the seventh and pitched two scoreless innings, earning the win. Anthony Rawson pitched a scorless ninth striking out Jason Perry to end the inning and the game.

The Cards surpassed their previous season-high in runs (10) with 11 for the night and topped their previous hits record (13) by recording 19. Tyler Minges, Travis Hanson, Juan Diaz and Reid Gorecki each had three hits for the night.

If the Springfield Cardinals win tonight (Wednesday) it will be the team's first road sweep in franchise history. Jeremy Cook (2-1) will face Midland's Drew Dickinson (1-5) in Wednesday night's game. Game time is 6:30 p.m. from Citibank Ball Park in Midland and can be heard on JOCK 98.8 FM or on line at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

The Cardinals will continue their seven-game road trip as they journey to Frisco, Texas to take-on the Rough Riders in a four-game series. The Cards return home on Monday to face the Midland RockHounds at Hammons Field. Tickets are available at (417-863-2143) or on line at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

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