The Springfield Cardinals Report

Today, the Springfield Cardinals find themselves with a 5-7 record in the second half of the Texas League season, and only two games behind the Wichita Wranglers, after beating the Tulsa Drillers 9-2 Wednesday night at Hammons Field.

Jordan Pals, Wednesday night's starter for the Cards, had pitched 17 consecutive innings of scoreless baseball before giving up a two-run homer to Tulsa's Corey Slavik in the seventh inning of Thursday night's game. Pals finished the night strong by retiring the next three batters. Altogether for the night, he struck out six batters and walked two. He allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings.

Tyler Minges hit two home runs in the game. His first came in the third with a three-run blast to left-center field, and his second was in the fifth against Tulsa starter Zack Parker (9-5). It was his 14th home run of the year and the second time this year that he has hit two homers in a game.

Pete Zoccolillo also hit his second home run of the year. Aaron Herr had three hits, including an RBI single in seventh. Cody Haerther hit a double in the eighth that drove in two runs, but resulted in a jammed knee for the pinch hitter. Haerther left the game under his own power, but the results of his injury are as yet unknown.

The Springfield Cards will again play the Tulsa Driller at 7:10 p.m. tonight (Thursday, July 7). Tickets for the game are available at the Hammons Field ticket office, by calling 417-863-2143, or by visiting the website at

The game can be heard live on KWTO' JOCK 98.7 FM or on line at

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