Newly acquired starting pitcher Jeremy Cummings, who replaced RHP Josh Axelson on the roster after Axelson was sent to Palm Beach before Monday's game, threw four innings in his debut for Springfield and allowed only one run and one hit, while recording six strikeouts and two walks.
Reliever Anthony Rawson (2-2) pitched 1.1 innings of perfect relief, racking up his second win of the season. Rawson made a spectacular showing in the ninth, as Springfield led the RockHounds 4-3, when he struck out the side to end the game and give the Cardinals the win.
Juan Diaz homered for the second time in two days, smashing a shot down the left field line in the fifth giving the Cards a 2-1 lead.
Midland tied the score in the sixth when Jeremy Brown hit a two-out single to score Quintanilla and took a 3-2 lead in the seventh after Andre Ethier dribbled a ground ball to Milko Jaramillo's left. Jaramillo managed to make the stop but his throw to first base got away from Juan Diaz allowing Mark Kiger to score from second base. Diaz was charged with an error.
Travis Hanson opened the eighth with a walk and Robinson Cancel hit a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Tyler Minges received an intentional walk and Papo Bolivar hit a single to right to score the go-ahead run to give the Cardinals a 4-3, and deciding, lead going into the ninth inning.
The Cardinals improved their record to 24-27, with three wins to one against the Midland RockHounds, and moved to eight games back of the Tulsa Drillers in the East Division.
The Cardinals began their successful 5-2 road trip with a win on May 23 at Midland. Starting pitcher Randy Leek, in the first seven innings, allowed only six hits and two earned runs with Papo Bolivar going 2-4, with three RBI to lead Springfield to a 6-2 win. Kevin Estrada also had three singles to help with the win.
On May 24 the Cardinals scored nine runs in the first inning off the RockHounds' Stephen Obenchain, including a three-run homer by Tyler Minges, all coming with no outs. Minges also had a double and a triple for the night. Travis Hanson, Juan Diaz and Reid Gorecki had three hits each to help the Springfield team rout the RockHounds 11-6. Evan Rust got his first win of the season, allowing one hit in two innings after Stuart Pomeranz, the fifth-rated prospect in the St. Louis Cardinal system, made his debut start allowing three earned runs on six hits, striking out six in four innings.
On May 25, the Midland RockHounds reversed the action on the Cardinals beating them 11-6, recording a 10-run third inning. The Cards managed to score six runs in the eighth and ninth innings to mount a respectable "almost" comeback-effort. Tyler Minges was 3-4 with a home run and two RBI. Aaron Herr, who has come alive at the plate as of late, also drove in two runs to lead the Cardinal offense. Jeremy Cook, starting pitcher for Springfield, saw his ERA jump from 3.08 to 4.64 as he took the loss, allowing 13 hits and two earned runs in 2.2 innings. As if it wasn't embarrassing enough for the starting pitcher to be chased from the mound after allowing ten runs in one inning, the best performance by a Cardinal pitcher was thrown by a catcher--Dan Moylan. Moylan, who was 1-1 with a run scored, pitched the only scoreless inning of the night for Springfield.
On May 26 the Cardinals fell to the Frisco RoughRiders 3-2, after Robinson Cancel hit a home-run in the the fourth and Aaron Herr hit one in the seventh, each giving Springfield a brief lead, Reliever Anthony Rawson offered up the pitch that sent the Cardinals back to the hotel in the tenth inning as the RoughRiders' Mike Nickeas connected for a walk-off homer to give Frisco the win. Oscar Alvarez pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits, striking out four while receiving the loss.
Aaron Herr hit another solo homerun for Springfield on May 27 and Shaun Boyd went 3-5 as the Cardinals beat the RoughRiders 4-2. Jordan Pals received his second Double-A win, with just one earned run on seven hits in seven innings, striking out five. Evan Rust received his first save of the year as he pitched two perfect innings of relief, striking out three.
The Cardinals faced the RoughRiders in a double-header on May 29 after the game scheduled for May 28 was rained-out. Randy Leek, in his second start on the road trip, pitched a complete game shutout in the first game, in a 2-0 win over Frisco. Leek allowed three hits and struck out five batters to improve his record to 5-2. Shaun Boyd and Robinson Cancel each had two hits and Papo Bolivar had an RBI double off former New York Yankee Steve Karsay, who made his first appearance as a RoughRider.
In the second game, the Cards fell to Frisco as a throwing error by Kevin Estrada allowed two runs to score in the ninth, giving Frisco a come-from-behind 7-6 win over the Cards. Shaun Boyd had two hits and scored twice while Milko Jaramillo was 3-5 with a double.
The Cardinals will send Oscar Alvarez (3-1) to the mound tonight (Tuesday, May 31), in the second game of an 11-game home stand, against Midland's Jason Windsor (0-0), who will make his debut start for the RockHounds. Game time at Hammons Field is 7:10 p.m. and tickets are available at the ticket office or by calling (417) 863-2143 and online at www.springfieldcardinals.com. The game can also be heard on JOCK 98.7 FM or by clicking on "listen live" on the Springfield Cardinal's Website at www.springfieldcardinals.com.