Three in a Row for Springfield!!!

Blake Hawksworth won for just the second time in his Double-A career, throwing seven strong innings in Springfield's 7-2 win over the Arkansas Travelers on Thursday night in front of the sold out, home town crowd, at Hammons Field.

It wasn't quite the offensive explosion of a night ago, but the Springfield Cardinals did notch a needed "W" Thursday night at Hammons Field. The seven to two victory over Arkansas was the third in a row for the Cards, and notched a 3-2 series win for the Double-A Cardinals.

Arkansas went on top in the third, but the lead didn't last long as Springfield would score the next seven. Notching three tallies in the third, one in the fourth, and then added three more in the fifth. The final score of the game would belong to Arkansas, as they would tally a run in their half of the eighth.

Blake Hawksworth pitch strong early, allowing only one run in his first six innings of work. The seventh would be interesting for the righty. Brandon Wood struck out to begin the Travs at bat. Greg Porter then singled past Cards first baseman Juan Richardson to bring up former Cardinal outfielder Terry Evans, who was traded to the Angels as part of the deal that brought Jeff Weaver to the Cardinals organization. The hopeful rally would come to a swift halt for the Travs as Springfield pulled off a strike'em out throw'em out double play. The twin killing was the third of the night for Springfield.

In his seven innings Hawksworth allowed one earned run, six hits. Blake didn't issue a walk, but struck out six Travs in evening his record at two-and-two. Chris Russ pitched a third of an inning allowing a run on two hits, while issuing a walk. Cory Doyne closed things out for Springfield. Pitching a solid inning and two thirds, which included striking out the side in the ninth.

Springfield returns to action at Hammons Field on Friday night, as they'll open at five game series versus the Tulsa Drillers. Former Cardinal Backstop Tom Pagnozzi will get his first look at Hammons Field. "Pags", will toss the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Cards-Drillers series opener.

Gary Campbell can be reached via email at gary961@cox.net


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