Arkansas took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on Tuesday night against Springfield starter Stuart Pomeranz. Aaron Herr countered for the Cards by hitting his 14th homerun of the season off Arkansas starter Jared Weaver (brother of L.A. Dodgers hurler, Jeff Weaver), his second in as many nights, making it 2-1. The homerun established a new career high for Herr. in the second inning the Travs scored two more runs when Mike Eylward hit his ninth homer of the year, a two-run blast to right field, making it 4-1.
The Cards continued to try the skills of Weaver, making his Double-a debut, as he allowed two runs in the third as Herr and Diaz picked up consecutive run-scoring hits, making it 4-3.
In the fifth inning the Cards put on a rally, after the Travis scored twice in the top of the inning making it 5-3, to chase Weaver, the former Golden Spikes winner, from the mound, with runners at first and second. Weaver, who allowed four runs, three unearned, on seven hits in four innings, was replaced by Aaron Pullin. Pullin allowed a ground ball hit to Papo Bolivar, driving in Travis Hanson to make it 5-4 and in the sixth Dan Moylan scored on an RBI single by Shaun Boyd to tie the game at 5-5.
The Cards had a big opportunity in the eighth inning as, with bases loaded and only one out, Arkansas reliever Alex Serrano faced Shaun Boyd. Serrano threw one pitch to Boyd, who bounced back to the mound. Serrano started a 1-2-3 double play that would end the inning.
Springfield again threatened in the ninth inning as Juan Diaz hit a two-out single, to give the Cards a fighting chance. Randy Leek replaced Diaz at first as a pinch-runner. Cody Haerther came to the plate to face Serrano, and flied out to deep left field for the games final out and a 6-5 win for Arkansas. It was Serrano's fifth save of the year.
Tonight (Wednesday) is Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Martin Truex Jr. Diecast Car Giveaway Night. The first 2,500 fans will receive Truex Jr. diecast cars, while 18 autographed 1/24 scale Truex Jr. cars will be given away throughout the night. In addition, an authentic Chevrolet Monte Carlo #8 car will be on hand at Hammons Field thanks to Bass Pro and Tracker Boats. Game time is 7:10 p.m. and gates open at 6:10 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Hammons Field Ticket office, by calling (417) 863-2143, or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com. The game can be heard live in the Springfield area on KWTO JOCK 98.7 FM or on line at www.springfieldcardinals.com.
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