The Springfield Cardinals Report

The Springfield Cardinals ended their three-game skid last night before a sell-out crowd of 7,745 fans (the 24th sell-out of the season) and a Foz Midwest Sports TV audience, as they beat the Wichita Wranglers 6-4.

Stuart Pomeranz (2-4), starter for the Cards, broke a four-game losing streak by getting the win. Homers were tallied by Juan Diaz (who put Springfield on the board in the second inning and tied the game at 1-1); Robinson Cancel (who had not homered since June 15 in Arkansas); and Cody Haerther, playing left field, hit a two run blast in the sixth (his sixth of the year).

Last night's win brings the Cards to a 12-14 second half record and 47-49 overall. They remain in third place behind Wichita and Arkansas and just ahead of Tulsa in the Texas League East Division..

The Springfield Cardinals continue to sell-out games and help set attendance records for the Texas League. Minor League Baseball attracted more than eight million fans in the month of June, bringing the season total to more than 21 million for the 2005 season. The Texas League season saw a 7.5 percent increase over the last year, and has averaged 5,094 fans per game to led all Double-A leagues. The Cardinals are second in the Texas League with 353,840 for the season, averaging 7554 fans per game. The Frisco RoughRiders lead the league with a season total of 397,718 and an average of 8,462 per game.

The Springfield Cards have transferred Josh Axelson from Palm Beach (A) and have released reliever Anthony Ferrari. Axelson, was 5-2 with a 4.10 ERA in nine starts at Palm Beach. Earlier in the season, Axelson was 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 17 appearances with Springfield. Ferrari was 2-3 with an ERA of 4.50 in 29 appearances out of the bullpen.

Brenden Ryan was called up Tuesday from Palm Beach (A) where he was batting .303 with 16 RBIs in 49 games. An infielder, Ryan played all 49 games at Palm Beach as shortstop, committing 17 errors. Ryan was rated the organization's seventh-best prospect by "Baseball America."

The Cardinals placed Evan Rust on the seven-day disabled list on June 25 with a strained right elbow. Catcher Gabe Johnson has been on the DL since April 18 with a broken right kneecap.

The Cardinals play Wichita again tonight at 7:10 p.m. Jeremy Cummings (3-3) will start for the Cards and will face Wichita's Mike Stodika (4-8). Tonight is another AM Pyrotechnics Friday Night Fireworks night at Hammons Field.

Tickets are available at (417) 863-2143, the Hammons Field ticket office and online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

The game can be heard live on KWTO JOCK 98.7 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

You can write to John Brayfield at johnb@positech.net


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