The Springfield Cardinals Report

All the news from the Cardinals' Double-A affiliate.

After a disappointing homestand that saw the Springfield Cardinals take only three of nine games with the Wichita Wranglers and the Arkansas Travelers, the Birds tucked their tail feathers between their legs and left the field with hopes of a better record on the road as they traveled to Tulsa--but so far, it has not happened.

 

  On Thursday night (July 28), the downward spiral for the Cards continued as starting pitcher Jordan Pals allowed back-to-back home runs to Tulsa's Jayson Nix and Tony Miller.  In what amounted to a pitchers duel between Pals and the Drillers' Jon Asahina, the Cards lost 2-0.  Pals allowed the two Tulsa runs on just five hits and no walks in seven innings of work.   Asahina threw a complete-game five-hitter to log the win.

 

  On Friday (July 29), Dan Moylan hit a three-run double in the ninth inning to spark a six run inning as the Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-4 win over Tulsa.  Travis Hanson had a home run and two RBI as he went 3-for-5.  Starting pitcher Randy Leek may not have received the win but certainly did his part for the offense.  Although he did allow eight hits and three runs in six innings, he managed to make up for it at the plate going 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Reliever Kevin Ool picked up the win for Springfield.

 

 Saturday saw the Cards' chances for a two-game winning streak dashed as they lost to Tulsa 6-5. Cards' starting pitcher Chris Lambert pitched six innings of work, allowing five hits and four runs (three earned) but didn't figure into the win/lose decision.  Reliever Jeremy Cook took the loss in the Tulsa win as he allowed four hits and two runs in two innings of work. The bright spots were Travis Hanson's two-run homer and recently re-activated Gabe Johnson went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

 

  On Sunday, Hanson and Johnson again teamed up to give the Cardinals an ounce of hope as Hanson went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Johnson hit a three-run homer.  But, Springfield once again ran out of gas and lost to Tulsa 10-7.  Cards' starter Josh Axelson allowed eight runs on six hits and four walks in four innings, as he fell to 1-2 with the loss. Shaun Boyd and Aaron Herr both hit solo home runs for Springfield. 

 

   On Monday (August 1), the Cards hit a season-high five home runs and tied their season-best in runs scored as they beat the Tulsa Drillers by a final score of 13-5. The Cards improved their second-half record to 16-21 with the win, taking two of five in the series with the Drillers.

 

  Shaun Boyd had a career night recording six RBI in a single game, becoming the first Cardinal to do so this season.  Boyd hit a pair of three-run homers and a single going 3-for-5 on the night.  Boyd has only four home runs for the year, but three of those have come in his last two games.

 

  Jeremy Cummings, Springfield starter (5-3) pitched 6.1 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and picked up his third straight win.

 

The Cards took an early lead in the first when Aaron Herr hit a solo homer to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. It was Herr's 17th home run of the year, tying him with Tyler Minges for most on the team.

 

  Tulsa took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first (their only lead of the game) after Cummings gave up a two-run homer to Tulsa's Jud Thigpen.

 

  In the fourth inning, the Cards took the lead for good, racking up eight runs and posting a 9-2 lead. Gabe Johnson gave the Cards a 3-2 lead with a two-run homer, his second in as many games. Jeremy Cummings laid down a perfect suicide-squeeze to make it 4-2.  Shaun Boyd hit his first three-run blast of the evening making it 7-2.  Travis Hanson and Johnson both had run-scoring hits in the inning as the Cards pressured Tulsa starter Zack Parker (10-7), making it 9-2.

 

  In the bottom of the fourth, the Drillers got a run back as Tino Sanchez drove in a run on a sacrifice fly making it 9-3.

 

  But, in the top of the fifth, Tulsa reliever Yusuke Arakawa watched a three-run homer by Shaun Boyd, his second of the  night, sail over the left-field wall, making it 12-3.

 

  Tulsa picked up a run in the fifth and another in the seventh, making it 12-5.  But the Cards would prove to be too much for the Drillers as Springfield's shortstop, Brendan Ryan, picked up the Cards' fifth homer of the night in the eighth to make it 13-5--the third time they have scored 13 runs in a game this year.

 

  Andy Cavazos and Jeremy Cook worked the final 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

 

  Springfield now finds itself 2-3 on the 13-game road trip, and four games back of the first-place Arkansas Travelers.

 

  The Cardinals travel to Little Rock tonight (Tuesday, August 2) to take on the first-place Travelers, in the first of a five-game series.  Jordan Pals (5-8) will take on Steven Shell of Arkansas. Game time from Ray Winder Field is 7:10 p.m. The Cards return to Hammons Field on Thursday, August 11, to take on the Midland RockHounds.

 

  Tickets to all home games are available at the Hammons Field Ticket Office, by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.  Tuesday night's game can be heard live on Springfield's KWTO JOCK 98.7 FM or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.


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