The Springfield Cardinals Report

With the Springfield Cardinals on the high-side of the .500 mark for the first time in franchise history, they prepare to meet the Wichita Wranglers, at 7:10 p.m. tonight at Hammons Field in Springfield, for the first of a four game series..

On Sunday, the Cards blanked the Frisco RoughRiders 2-0 behind Jeremy Cummings (1-0). Cummings allowed only one hit to the 20 batters he faced--a two-out single to Springfield native, Jason Hart. Cummings struck out five in front of 7,410 Cardinal fans.

Both runs for the Cardinals came on solo home runs. Papo Bolivar hit one to center in the sixth inning, his fourth home run of the year. Bolivar had not hit a homer since May 7 at Corpus Christi. In the eighth inning the ever-imposing Juan Diaz smashed a homer 480 feet over the center field wall. It was his fifth of the season as Diaz became the first Cardinal to hit homers in three consecutive games. All five of the Diaz home runs have been hit in the last eight games.

Cory Doyne worked a scoreless eighth inning, being replaced by Evan Rust in the ninth who struck out Jason Hart looking, on a 3-2 offering, to end the game.

The Cardinals are now one game over .500, at 29-28, after Sunday's win. They had Monday off before continuing the current nine-game home stand.

Chris Lambert (0-1) will make his second appearance tonight, as starting pitcher, since being called up from Palm Beach. He will face Kyle Middleton of Wichita.

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