In the bottom of the ninth inning, Sean Rodriguez picked up a two-out broken-bat single to right field, scoring the winning run in the final night game of Ray Winder Field history.
After the Cards tied it at 4-4 in the fourth inning, the two teams played scoreless baseball until the bottom of the ninth inning.
Trailing 4-0 against Arkansas starter Rafael Rodriguez, the Cards rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. Cody Haerther's RBI single put Springfield on the board at 4-1, as he knocked in Nick Stavinoha. Iker Franco followed with his second home run in the last three games, a three-run shot to left, tying the game at 4-4.
Aaron Pullin (2-0) worked three scoreless frames, allowing just one hit, to earn the victory in relief.
With the loss, Springfield's three-game winning streak comes to an end, as the Travs also end their own four-game slide. The Cards fall to 26-42 in the second half and 65-71 overall. The Redbirds will look to get back on track on Saturday afternoon, as Blake Hawksworth (3-2) goes for the Cards, while the Travs will send Chris Hunter (4-13) to the mound. Game time from Ray Winder Field on Saturday afternoon will be at 1:00pm.
The Springfield Cardinals wish to thank all the great fans who came out to Hammons Field and made 2006 so special!
To get Season Tickets in 2007, call the Cardinals at (417) 863-2143 and ask to be put on the Springfield Cardinals 2007 Season Ticket Waiting List. Thanks again Cardinals fans!!