The Springfield Cardinals Report

Another sell-out crowd sees a loss Sunday.

The Springfield Cardinals reached two pinnacles on Sunday. First, they played their game before a sold-out crowd for the fifth straight time. Second, they lost the game 7-5 to the San Antonio Missions to mark the first time in franchise history that the team has lost three games in a row.

The Cards are now 1-3 in the second half after looking so impressive in the second-half opener Thursday night. They are 36-38 overall for the season.

In the first inning the crowd of 7,803 saw the Missions come away with a three-run first inning blasting. The Cards answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first when Papo Bolivar doubled and scored on an errant throw after stealing third base. Ishmael Castro hit a solo home run in the second making it 4-1 against Springfield starter Randy Leek (7-4). Aaron Herr answered in the the bottom of the frame with his eighth homer of the year off Missions' starter Thomas Oldham (5-5) making it 4-2. Gary Harris smacked a two-run ground-rule double in the third to take the lead 6-2.

The Cards scored a run In the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to bring the score within one run at 6-5 in favor of San Antonio in the sixth.

San Antonio scored again in the seventh as TJ Bohn led off with a double off Oscar Alverez and later scored on a fielding error.

The Cards stranded 10 men for the night before going 1-2-3 in the ninth. Renee Cortez of the Missions retired four men over 1.1 innings to earn his fourth save of the year.

Springfield opens a three-game series with the Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:10 p.m.. Monday night, at Hammons Field. Jordan Pals (3-5) goes to the mound for the Cardinals. The Hooks have yet to name a starter. Tickets are available by calling (417) 863-2143. or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com. The game be heard live on KWTO JOCK 98.7 or on-line at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

John Brayfield can be reached via email at johnb@positech.net


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