Springfield Cardinals Could Clinch Friday

A Tulsa loss and a Springfield victory on Friday night would give the Redbirds their first Texas League Pennant in franchise history. Mitchell Boggs (5-3, 4.24) will take the mound for the Cardinals Friday night.

The Springfield Cardinals hammered the Wichita Wranglers in a rain-shortened game on Thursday night, winning by a final of 11-2 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita. With Springfield's win and Tulsa's 8-3 loss at home to Arkansas, the Cards' magic number is reduced to just two.

Thursday's game was stopped with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, as heavy rain started to fall. After a mandatory thirty-minute rain delay, the game was called.

Tyler Greene's three-run homer capped a four-run ninth inning, as Springfield put the finishing touches on a franchise-record winning streak of six consecutive victories.

Colby Rasmus put the Cards on the board in the first inning, popping his 11th homer of the year to right-center against Wichita starter Luke Hochevar.

Mark Shorey's two-run single in the second put Springfield up 3-0.

Wichita got a run back in the third against Cards' starter Kevin Ool, as Mike Stodolka doubled home Geraldo Valentin, making it a 3-1 game.

Springfield put up four in the fifth, taking a commanding 7-1 lead. Bryan Anderson's second of three hits drove home a pair of runs, making it 5-1. Jarrett Hoffpauir then drove in a run with an RBI groundout, giving the Cardinals a 6-1 lead. Greene capped the inning with a run-scoring double, giving the Cards a six-run advantage at 7-1.

Wichita got their only other run in the bottom of the sixth, as Adam Greenberg drove home Jared Sandberg with an RBI double, making it 7-2.

The Cards finished the scoring by tallying four in the ninth, just before the downpour. Mike Ferris picked up a run-scoring single and Greene followed with his eighth homer of the year, rounding out the scoring at 11-2.

Kevin Ool (4-2) worked six innings in earning the victory, allowing two runs while scattering 12 hits. Ool benefited from three of the Cards' season-tying high, four double plays.

Michael Cooper worked two scoreless innings out of the pen for the Redbirds.

Hochevar (3-6) took the loss for the second time this year against the Cards, allowing seven runs on ten hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

Since Springfield's magic number now stands at just two, the Cards look for their first-ever North Division title on Friday night in Wichita, as they would still need Tulsa to fall at home on Friday evening to Arkansas. Mitchell Boggs (5-3) will take the ball for Springfield, while Wichita will send Carlos Rosa (3-3) to the mound. Game time from Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita will be 7:00pm on Friday night. Don't forget that the game can be heard live on JOCK 98.7 FM as well as online at www.springfieldcardinals.com. The Cardinals will be on the road until they return to Hammons Field for the final two games of the first half on Sunday, June 17th. Sunday, June 17th marks the first game of an eight-game home stand, as the Cardinals will host the Arkansas Travelers and the Tulsa Drillers. Don't miss out on a possible pennant-clinching scenario at Hammons Field, as the Cards vie for their first-ever Texas League pennant. Tickets are available by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com. Don't forget that Friday is Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night at Hammons Field. Friday's festivities will include Fireworks, as well as complimentary food and beverages for Season Ticket Holders. The St. Louis Cardinals' game against the Oakland A's will also be on the video board on Friday night to cap the evening. Hope to see you at Hammons Field very soon...thanks for your support and Go Cards!

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