The Springfield Cardinals (2-2) will take on the Colorado Rockies' Double-A affiliate Tulsa Drillers, at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa, at 7:05 p.m., Tuesday.
It will be the first road trip of the season for the Cards as they send Rich Rundles (0-0) to the mound to face Emmanuel Ulloa (0-0). The Cardinals will be facing an ace pitching staff in Tulsa guided by pitching coach Orlando Merced.
Though it didn't look good for the Springfield Cardinals to get out of town with a decent opening series against the Arkansas Travelers, that was just what they did. Thanks to Mike McCoy and Brian Martin, who had big a offensive day on Sunday, the Cards won their second straight game, after losing the first two, as the beat the Travelers 8-5. Mike Parisi, Springfield starting pitcher, was also instrumental in helping the Cardinals to a victory as he struck out seven batters in the first three innings.
Whether it was the nervousness of realizing what a good job he was doing or just plain running out of gas, Parisi let eight Travelers come to the plate in the fourth inning and allowed five runs to score to make it 5-3 in favor of the Travs.
The Cards would take the lead again for good in the seventh and go on to their second win in as many days. But Parisi's inability to hold on through more than three innings opened the door to give Andy Cavazos, who pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, the win. Cavazos, a 25 year old right-hander from Clute, Texas, swore before opening day to wear his cap just the way it came out of the crate--and he has--even on the mound.
Cavazos is the guy you would want to show up with to meet your buddies. Great physical appearance at 6'3" and 224 pounds, a smile that would keep the waitress chained to your table, and a great sense of humor. He is now 1-0 for the season and finished last season 1-2 with Springfield, with an ERA of 4.03, and 1-5 for Palm Beach, splitting his time between the two teams.
Cavazos, born in Freeport, Texas, attended Brazoswood High School and was obtained by the Cardinal organization in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft on 12/16/02. He was originally selected in the fifth round of the 1999 draft by the Texas Rangers. Cavazos is a non-roster invitee for the 2006 season.
The Springfield Cardinals will return to Hammons Field on Sunday, April 10, to begin a 10-day homestand that will include five games with Wichita, and five games with Tulsa. Tickets are available by calling (417) 863-2143 and at www.springfieldcardinals.com.
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