But, yesterday's 12-5 win should have made the long ride much easier. And to make it even more bearable, the team is taking two busses on this trip, according to Mike Lindskog, voice of the Springfield Cardinals. And, if that's not enough to lift the redbird's spirits, the Cardinals find themselves sharing first place in the Texas League West with the Wichita Wranglers.
After trailing early in the game on Sunday, when the Drillers jumped out to a two run lead in the first inning when Sean Barker hit a two-run double off Jeremy Cummings. The Cardinals responded in the third after Dan Moylan reached leading off the inning with a double and was driven in later by a single from Shaun Boyd making it 2-1.
Things looked a little grim in the fourth inning when Tulsa scored two more runs making it 4-1. Corey Slavik hit an RBI triple to add insult to injury after Jordan Czarneki hit a solo homerun to lead off the inning.
What started out as a dismal inning would actually end up to be on of the brightest stars in the Cardinals inaugural season. Juan "the Monster Smash" Diaz hit his 10th homerun of the season, making it 4-3. Papo Bolivar made it 4-4 with a pinch-hit single. And to put the icing on the cake, Shaun Boyd walked to load the bases for Travis Hanson who hit his first Grand Slam raising the score to 8-4. Tulsa starter Aaron Cook would allow one more run in the fourth by giving up an RBI single to Pete Zoccolillo, making it 9-4, Springfield.
In the ninth inning the Cardinals added three more security runs, taking a 12-4 lead. The Drillers would score another solo home run off reliever Anthony Rawson, making it 12-5, but that would be the end of the scoring for the day. The Cards win 12-5!!
The Springfield Cardinals are now 8-8 and take the Hooks on at 7:05 tonight in the first of a seven game road trip--four in Corpus and three in San Antonio, before returning home on July 19 to face Wichita, who they share first place honors with, in a 7:10 p.m. game at Hammons Field.
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