Chris Lambert, who was the first round draft pick for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004, was moved from Palm Beach to the Springfield squad and will take the mound for his debut Double-A start in Wednesday's game against the RockHounds. Lambert was (7-1) with the Palm Beach Cardinals and had an ERA of 2.63. The Springfield Cardinals had not made a roster move as of Tuesday night, to open up a spot for Lambert., but are expected to make that announcement sometime on Wednesday.
Lambert will be joined on Wednesday night by Cody Haerther of Palm Beach who will replace Reid Gorecki, already listed on the St. Louis Cardinal roster, in the outfield as Gorecki will spend some time with the Palm Beach club in the Florida State League. Haerther was hitting .318 in Palm Beach with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 46 games. Gorecki hit .182 with the Springfield team with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 46 games. Haerther has primarily been used in left field for his defense.
The Springfield Cardinals ended the month of May on a high-note beating the RockHounds and improving their over-all record to 25-27. The Cards won 16 games in the month of May falling only 13 times.
In Tuesday night's game, Robinson Cancel drove in the winning run in the ninth inning to cap-off another come-from-behind victory for the Cardinals. Cancel singled to center field in the ninth, scoring Kevin Estrada from second to give the Cards their 25th victory of the season.
In the first inning the Cardinals took the lead against Midland starter Jason Windsor. Cancel hit a single and was advanced to third on a single by Tyler Minges and was driven in by Papo Bolivar's RBI hit to right field giving Springfield a 1-0 lead.
That lead would last until the seventh inning, when Midland's Jeremy Brown reached first on an error and was scored one out later on a one-out home run by Casey Myers, his third homer of the year, making it 2-1 in favor of the RockHounds. Springfield starter Oscar Alverez allowed an additional single to Jason Perry and was lifted for Cory Doyne. Doyne worked his way out of the seventh then pitched a scoreless eighth, keeping the score at 2-1.
The Cards tied the game in the bottom of the eighth when Papo Bolivar, who had three hits on the night, singled with one out and proceeded to steal second base and was driven in home by Aaron Herr who hit a single to right field. Herr not only tied the game with the single but extended his hitting streak to a career high 12 games.
Alvarez worked 6.1 innings and allowed only one earned run on five hits. He struck out four and walked one. Evan Rust (2-1) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, picking up the win in relief.
Evan Fahrner (5-1), who had given up a two-out single to Aaron Herr in the eighth to tie the game, walked Estrada in the ninth on four straight pitches and allowed Shaun Boyd to lay down his second sacrifice bunt of the night. Travis Hanson was intentionally walked and with runners on first and second and only one out, Fahrner pitched to Cancel who smashed the first pitch to center field. Centerfielder Andre Ethier's throw back in was late and the Cards won their fourth win in five attempts against the RockHounds as Estrada came in to score the winning run.
Wednesday night is Cardinals Travel Mug Giveaway night as 2,500 fans, age 16 and under, will receive a free Cards travel mug thanks to Kum & Go convenience stores. Gates will open at 6:10 p.m. with game time slated for 7:10 p.m.. Plenty of great tickets are available, according to the Cardinals' front office, at (417) 863-2143. or online at www.springieldcardinals.com.
The game can also be heard live by going to the Cardinals Website at www.springfieldcardinals.com and clicking on 'listen live."