Wednesday: Springfield 8, Frisco 6

John Brayfield's report on the Springfield Cardinals

   The race for the Texas League East Division tightened up Wednesday as
former big league St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bill Pulsipher led the
Springfield double-A Cardinals to an 8-6 win against the Frisco

    Pulsipher (1-0), who began the 2005 season in the St. Louis bullpen,
was sent down from Triple-A Memphis to start the Wednesday afternoon
game against Frisco's Ron Mahay (0-1).  The newly acquired left-hander
managed to pitch 6.2 innings, giving up two solo home runs (one from
Springfield  native and Fair Grove graduate Jason Hart), on eight hits,
striking out seven and walking one.

   In the second inning the Cards took a 1-0 lead when Aaron Herr, who
led  off  the inning with a single, went to second on a fly-ball. With
one out, Papo Bolivar hit what looked to be an easily playable ground
ball back to the pitcher. But Mahay's throw to first glanced off the
glove of first baseman Nate Gold and Herr scored from second.

   Brendan Ryan opened the third inning with a triple and Shaun Boyd
drove him in with a double and Rick Ankiel again proved his new-found
hitting ability with an RBI single to drive in Boyd and make it 3-0.

   Jason Hart hit his solo homer, his 18th of the season, to lead off 
the fifth, putting Frisco on the scoreboard at 3-1.

   The Cards scored three in the bottom of the fifth after Matt Pagnozzi
got a one-out walk and third baseman Seth Taylor missed a chance for a
double play by throwing the ball off the glove of second baseman Jace
Brewer, allowing runners to move to second and third. Tyler Minges
received a two-out walk and Aaron Herr smashed a big two-out single to
centerfield and after centerfielder Ruddy Yan over-ran the ball, Minges
managed to score all the way from first base to join Pagnozzi and Boyd
at the plate. The score at this point in the game was 6-1.

   The Cards scored one run in the sixth to make it 7-1. But, not to be
out-done, the RoughRiders rallied for four runs in the eighth inning
against reliever Jeremy Cook.  Two errors by the Cardinals made three
out of four hits unearned and the score was 7-5.  Jason Hart hit an RBI
groundout to make it a one-run game at 7-6. Joe Nelson who came on to
relieve Cook and face Hart halted the Frisco rally by retiring the two
final batters of the inning stranding the tying run at third.

   The Cards got an insurance run in the eighth when Boyd laid down a
bunt single scoring Ryan for an 8-6 lead.

   Nelson, who worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out Brewer to end
the game, received his first save of the year in a Springfield uniform.
Pulsipher got the win, also his first for the Springfield Cardinals.

   The Cardinals, now 24-28 overall and 3.5 games back of east division
leading Arkansas Travelers, begin a four-day road trip in Midland, Texas
who, lead the west division by one game over the Corpus Christi Hooks
and the San Antonio Missions, on Thursday evening. Game time is
scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be heard live on Springfield's KWTO JOCK
98.7 FM or online at The Cards return home
on  August 23rd to face the Tulsa Drillers.

    Good News:  The Cards won the current road trip with a record of 5-2
taking three of four from Frisco. Travis Hanson leads the Texas League
with 87 RBI, five more than Arkansas's Mike Napoli. Tyler Minges hit his
first home run since July 22 on Monday night against Midland. He had
gone 13 games without a homer--his longest drought of the season.

   Not-so-Good News:  Three Springfield players remain on the disabled
list. First baseman Juan Diaz has a sprained left ankle; RHP Josh
Kinney has a sore arm; and RHP Evan Rust has a strained right elbow.

    Only 17 games remain in the Cards regular 2005 season with nine of
those at home and eight on the road--four at Midland, four with Tulsa at
home, four in Wichita, and five with Arkansas at home.

   Tickets to all home games remain available at the Hammons Field
Ticket Office, by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at

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