The Springfield Cardinals Report

Good news and bad news

There is good news and bad news for Springfield Cardinal Fans. The bad news is that following the recent seven-day homestand, the Springfield Cardinals find themselves below .500--the good news is that they are not alone. As a matter of fact, in the Texas League East Division, only the Wichita Wranglers are above .500.

And like fans of the parent club, the Springfield fans showed up in large numbers--win or lose. Wednesday night, the Springfield Cards beat the Corpus Christi Hooks 6-3 before a sell-out crowd of 8,236; the fifth time on the current homestand that the Cards have sold out Hammons Field and the 18th time on the year.

In Wednesday night's game, starting pitcher Jeremy Cummings (2-2) went seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and retiring the first 14 men he faced.

Aaron Herr hit his 11th homerun of the season and his fourth in four straight games, becoming the first Springfield player to do so. Pete Zoccolillo also hit his first home run as a Cardinal. He did so with a solo shot to deep right field that landed on top of the roof of the indoor practice facility.

Travis Hanson increased his team-leading 44 RBI's to 45 when he hit a single driving in Papo Bolivar from third in the seventh inning.

The Cards improved their second-half record 3-4 and 38-39 overall as they take a well-deserved day off Thursday and take the field on Friday at first-place Wichita, where Chris Lambert (0-2) will face the Wranglers' Derrin Ebert (3-2).

Game time Friday has been changed to 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard live on KWTO JOCK 98.7 FM or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

The Cardinals return home on July 6 to face the first-half of the season winning Tulsa Drillers. Tickets are available at the Hammons Field Ticket Office, by calling (417) 863-2143 or on line at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

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


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