The Springfield Cardinals Report – Week Nine

Our exclusive weekly report on the 2007 edition of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League. The Cards are again approaching the .500 mark heading into the weekend.

The Springfield Cardinals are once again perched just below that peak that would take them over the .500 mark. They have come so close several times this year--but as yet--no cigar. Like Wednesday night when they met the Tulsa Drillers at Hammons Field. The Cardinals were 9-4 against the Drillers (3-2 at home) and had a season record of 26 wins and 27 losses. It seemed a perfect time for the Cards to push over the pinnacle or at least draw even. It was not to be as the Cards lost 8-6 sending their record back to 26-28.


But even with the heartbreaking loss, Springfield managed to make it a nail-biter right down to the last out of the game. Trailing 8-4 in the ninth, Mark Shorey got the inning started with a one-out opposite-field home run down the left-field line, his first in Double-A, making it 8-5. With two outs and Juan Lucena at first base, Sean Danielson extended the game with his third hit of the night, a single to right field to bring the tying run to the plate. Tulsa's Juan Morillo was then removed in favor of closer Steven Register, who was summoned to face Colby Rasmus. With four strikeouts in four at-bats on the night, Rasmus faced Register, pulling an RBI single into right field to make it 8-6. With the tying runs aboard though, Register fanned Joe Mather on an 0-2 breaking ball, earning his Texas League-leading 21st save in 22 chances.

Then there was Thursday, and what a difference a day can make.  The Springfield Cardinals used a season-high seven-run inning, pounding the
Tulsa Drillers by a final score of 10-3 at Hammons Field on Thursday night.  With the Cards up 3-2 going into the fifth inning, the bats exploded by scoring a season-best seven runs. The first eight hitters reached safely to open the inning. Juan Richardson's RBI double scored Joe Mather from first, making it 4-2. After a walk to Bryan Anderson, Jarrett Hoffpauir's single scored Richardson, making it 5-2. Mike Ferris followed with his second hit of the night, an RBI double to right-center field, giving the Cards a 6-2 lead. Tyler Greene followed with a three-run homer, his sixth of the year, giving the Cards a 9-2 lead. A sac fly from Joe Mather capped the inning, giving Springfield a 10-2 advantage. That would be plenty of run support for Jaime Garcia (3-5), who won his second straight start. Garcia allowed two runs in the second and one more in the seventh, giving up a total of three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.  Springfield's bullpen was outstanding, as Michael Cooper and Jason Motte combined to work 2.2 innings of one-hit relief.

The Redbirds improved to 27-28 on the year, once again just teetering on edge of 500, just 1 ½ games back of
Tulsa in the North Division. Springfield will try to make it three out of four on Friday night in the homestand finale. Eric Haberer (2-2) will throw for the Cards, while Tulsa will counter with Matt Daley (1-3).

And, as we all know, baseball is not always just about baseball. There are always other diversions surrounding
America's greatest pastime. In the case of Springfield and Hammons Field, it is, of all things, the comedy-cartoon "The Simpsons". Sixteen different "Springfield's" have been selected by Fox to submit short films, describing why each city should have the honor of hosting the 20th Century Fox Film, which opens on July 27th.

Local Simpsons fans in Springfield, Missouri are invited to attend the Cardinals' game Friday night (June 8) against the Tulsa Drillers. Film crews will be on hand to shoot footage of fans showing their
support of the film and characters like Homer and Bart Simpson, who live in a fictional "
Springfield" city that remains mysteriously located somewhere in the United States. Fans will see Simpson's clips and images displayed on the Cardinals' video board as well as hear Simpson's sound clips and music, helping to generate some excitement about the premiere potentially coming to Springfield, Missouri.

In early July, fans will be encouraged to visit the USA Today website at to vote for
Springfield, Missouri. Updates can also be found by visiting, or to subscribe for e-blasts, please e-mail I am told by loyal Simpsons fans that any voting help from outlying cities will be greatly appreciated.


Go Cards!



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