Tulsa got on the board in the first with a run, on two base hits. Springfield wouldn't trail long though, as the ‘Birds would plate three runs on three hits. In fact, Springfield would score eight straight, and take an 8-1 lead to the seventh.
Things got interesting in the Drillers' seventh, as recent call-up Dennis Dove came on in relief of Mike Parisi. The double zeros on the speed gun caught everyone's attention very quickly. Dove touched the century mark six times, but his relief outing wouldn't last as long as most would hope.
Dove's outing lasted two-thirds of an inning, as he allowed two earned runs, on three base hits, and notched a strike-out. The hard-throwing right-hander was a little off on his location at times as he walked one, and uncorked two wild pitches. Tulsa would end up scoring twice in the inning, to cut the deficit to 8-3.
The final run of the game came in the last of the eighth, as the Cardinals set the final at 9-3.
Tulsa actually out hit the Cardinals in the game 14-12, but in the column that matters the Cardinals get a 9-3 win.
Mike Parisi (6-5, 4.22 ERA) got the win. The Cardinal's hurler went six innings, allowing eight hits, and only one run. He struck out six Drillers, and issued three walks in getting his record back above 500.
The Cards and Drillers tangle in game two on Saturday night at 6:10 p.m. at Hammons Field. Springfield's starting pitcher will be Jordan Pals (7-5), while Tulsa counters with Enmanuel Ulloa (5-4).
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