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.
night (July 28), the downward spiral for the Cards continued as starting pitcher
Jordan Pals allowed back-to-back home runs to
(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
the Cards' chances for a two-game winning streak dashed as they lost to
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,
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.
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.
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
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,
Andy Cavazos and Jeremy Cook worked the final 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.
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
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