Moylan returns from Memphis after a brief stint with the Redbirds, his second already in 2005. Moylan rejoins Springfield where he appeared in 34 games, batting .216 with one homer and seven RBI.
Gabe Johnson returns to Springfield and will see his first action since breaking his left knee cap in Wichita back on April 17. Johnson has been working out at the Spring Training Complex in Jupiter for the last several weeks. While with the Springfield Cardinals, Johnson batted .346, appearing in just nine games before the injury.
The Springfield Cardinals beat the Wichita Wranglers in a hotly contested bout that began with the temperature at 97 degrees at game time. The game was the 25th sell-out of season and was played before a crowd of 7,986. The win for the Cards is their second straight over the first-place Wranglers, cutting WichitaÕs lead to just two games over the Cards.
Jeremy Cummings (4-3) was the winning pitcher, his second straight win, as he pitched into the eighth inning, giving up three runs on six hits.
Cory Doyne earned his 11th save of the year as he came on in the ninth and worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning.
Tyler Minges hit his 17th home run of season, a career high for him, in the seventh inning, to break a 3-3 tie.
The Wranglers took a 2-0 lead in the third as Shane Costa, appearing in his first game for the Wranglers since being sent down from Kansas City, ripped a two-run homer to right-center field, his sixth of the year.
The Cards scored the next three runs of the game. In the fourth inning, Tyler Minges picked up a lead-off single against Wichita reliever Derrin Ebert. Minges eventually scored on one of two Travis Hanson run-scoring singles, putting the Cards on the board at 2-1. The Cards got two in the fifth, as Juan Diaz picked up an RBI single, bringing home Brendan Ryan to tie the game at 2-2. Hanson followed with another RBI hit, bringing in Minges, who scored three of the five Springfield runs.
The Wranglers got even in the seventh inning, as Cummings allowed an RBI single to Brett Groves, tying the game at 3-3. With runners at first and second with one out in the seventh, Cummings got Mel Stocker to ground into a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play, killing the Wichita rally.
After an error allowed Wichita to put the tying run on base, Cummings was pulled in favor of Chris Mears with one out in the eighth. Right-hander Chris Mears was summoned to face the Texas League's leading hitter, Justin Huber. Mears would fly out to deep center for the second out of the inning. Anthony Rawson came on to get the final out, getting left-handed hitter Josh Pressley to ground into an inning-ending fielder's choice.
The Cardinals (13-14) host the Wichita Wranglers (15-12) in the fifth game of the nine-game home stand Saturday night. Gates open at 4:10 p.m. and game time is 6:10 p.m. Tickets are available at (417) 863-2143 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.
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