Springfield's Sean Danielson knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the tenth, putting the North up 4-3. Tulsa's Ryan Mattheus couldn't hold the lead though, allowing all four hitters he faced in the bottom of the inning to reach, including a game-tying homer to San Antonio's Will Venable to open the inning. After Venable evened the game at 4-4, Mattheus walked Casey Benjamin of Frisco. Hooks first baseman Todd Self singled Benjamin to third, setting up Ash's game-winning hit. Ash was named Most Valuable Player, finishing 1-for-3.
All eight Cardinals elected to the game saw playing time. Juan Richardson, Bryan Anderson and Colby Rasmus all started, with all three players logging two at-bats. Rasmus was the only player to reach though, going 1-for-2 with a run scored. Danielson was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Jarrett Hoffpauir finished 0-for-2. All three Springfield pitchers recorded one inning of scoreless relief. Mitchell Boggs and Jamie Garcia both allowed two hits in their scoreless frame, while Chris Perez worked a 1-2-3 ninth.
Steven Sharpe of Midland worked 1 1/3 innings to earn the win, despite allowing the go-ahead tenth-inning run. Arkansas Travs' second baseman Adam Morrissey and Midland outfielder Richie Robnett also homered in the game.
Earlier in the evening, Frisco's German Duran out-homered everyone with 16 long balls to win the Home Run Derby. Springfield's Juan Richardson was one of four finalists to compete.
The Cards' week did start off a bit slow as the Tulsa Drillers got an impressive pitching performance from Ryan Mattheus last Friday night (June 22), blanking the Springfield Cardinals by a score of 2-0 at Hammons Field. In being shut out for just the second time this year, Springfield tied a season-low with just three hits. Mattheus (5-4) was in control all night, giving up a pair of doubles to Jarrett Hoffpauir and a single to Jose Martinez over eight scoreless innings. Springfield got its wish in the ninth, as Mattheus was removed for closer Steven Register. The offense fared no better against the Tulsa closer, as Register earned his league-leading 24th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The Tulsa Drillers dropped the Springfield Cardinals for a second straight game, defeating the Redbirds by a score of 9-2 on Saturday evening at Hammons Field. Rick Guarno's two-run double with two outs in the sixth inning put the Drillers ahead to stay. Tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Cards' starter Eric Haberer allowed back-to-back singles to open the frame. After getting the next two hitters for the first two outs, Guarno took Haberer deep to right-center field, as the ball fell on the warning track, just out of the reach of Sean Danielson, allowing two runs to score to give Tulsa a 4-2 lead. The Cards actually had a 2-0 lead, as Colby Rasmus crushed a two-run shot down the right-field line in the first inning against Tulsa starter Zack Parker, his 13th of the year. Springfield only managed six hits, as Jarrett Hoffpauir and Bryan Anderson each had a pair. For Anderson, it was his 11th hit in 11 straight games and 20 of his last 21.
The Springfield Cardinals used three home runs and a strong bullpen to beat the Tulsa Drillers on Sunday afternoon at Hammons Field, winning by a final score of 6-2. In taking the final game of the four-game series, the Cards earned a split with Tulsa and headed into the All-Star Break with a second-half record of 3-3 and an overall mark of 39-34. Colby Rasmus, Casey Rowlett and Sean Danielson all homered, helping Adam Daniels to win his first Double-A game in just his second start. Daniels (1-1) allowed just two runs, only one earned, in five innings of work. The left-hander allowed just two hits and one walk, while recording seven strikeouts in earning the victory. Rasmus homered for the second time in as many games, as his first-inning blast to right-center put the Cards up 1-0 against Tulsa starter Matt Daley. Rasmus became the active leader on the team with 14 home runs. Casey Rowlett's first Double-A homer to lead off the fifth put the Cards ahead to stay, as the Cards went up 3-2 against Tulsa reliever Adam Bright (1-3). Mark Hamilton capped the inning with an RBI double off the top of the wall in center field, scoring Hoffpauir for a 4-2 advantage. Danielson's third homer of the year, apinch-hit blast to right field made it 5-2 in the sixth. Rowlett capped the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth, his third hit of the day, making it 6-2. Zack Zuercher, Kyle McClellan, Jason Motte and Chris Perez each worked a scoreless inning.
On Wednesday, the Springfield Cardinals beat the Midland RockHounds for the first time this season, picking up a 6-3 win at Citibank Ballpark in Midland, Texas. Juan Richardson and Mark Hamilton both homered, as Springfield improved to 4-3 in the second half and 40-34 overall. The teams were scoreless going into the fifth, as Richardson put the Cards on the board with their first grand slam of the year. With the bases loaded and two outs, Richardson lofted a pitch from Midland starter Trent Peterson (0-2) off the right-field foul pole, his 11th homer of the year, giving Springfield a 4-0 lead. Cards' starter Cory Rauschenberger was dominating, taking a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth inning. Midland right fielder Richie Robnett broke up the no-hit bid with an infield single to lead off the fifth. Rauschenberger ran into trouble in the sixth, as the RockHounds loaded the bases with just one out. Cards reliever Matt Scherer entered and struck out the first man he faced, for the second out of the inning. Robnett put the Hounds on the board though, ripping a two-run single to right field, making it 4-2. Zack Zuercher came on and got Brant Colamarino to ground out to end the threat. Midland got an unearned run against Jason Motte in the eighth, cutting Springfield's lead to a run at 4-3. Hamilton came up huge in the ninth, crushing a Mike Bumatay offering over the right field wall. The two-run shot was Hamilton's first at the Double-A level, giving Springfield some cushion at 6-3. Chris Perez walked a pair of RockHounds in the ninth, but got Vince Faison to ground out to Jarrett Hoffpauir to end the game, giving Perez his 20th save of the year. Rauschenberger (6-4) earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings.
The Springfield Cardinals tied a season-high for runs scored, pounding the Midland RockHounds on Thursday night by a final score of 13-2 at Citibank Ballpark in Midland. Five different Cardinals had multi-hit games, while three different Redbirds went deep, as Colby Rasmus, Mark Shorey and Jarrett Hoffpauir all connected. Cards' starting pitcher Eric Haberer had one of his best games of 2007, allowing just one run on five hits over seven strong innings. The only run that Haberer gave up was a wind-aided home run to Bryan Snyder that barely cleared the right field wall, after the game was clearly one-sided at 10-0. Springfield built their lead by scoring in four of the first five innings. Shorey and Hoffpauir each had RBI singles in the second inning, putting the Cards up 2-0 against Midland starter Luis Ramirez (4-5). Jose Martinez earned a bases-loaded walk in the third, one of six walks issued by Ramirez, forcing in a run to make it 3-0. After Shorey picked up a sac fly to drive in a run, Sean Danielson capped the inning with a two-run triple, making it 6-0. That would be all for Ramirez (4-5), who lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on five hits with six walks. The Redbirds added two in the fourth, getting a two-run double with two outs by Mike Ferris, extending the lead to 8-0 against Midland reliever Danny Borrell. Colby Rasmus then popped his 15th homer of the year, a two-run shot to right field, making it 10-0 in the fifth. Snyder finally put Midland on the board in the sixth. With the wind gusting hard to right field, Snyder got under a ball that carried over the wall for his sixth homer of the year, making it 10-1. The Cards smacked two more long balls in the seventh, as Shorey connected with a monster shot to center field, his fourth of the year, to make it 11-1. Two batters later, Hoffpauir hit his sixth homer of the year, a two-run shot to cap the Springfield scoring at 13-1. The Hounds got their only other run off of Nick Webber in the eighth, an RBI single by Vasili Spanos to bring home Cliff Pennington. Kevin Ool struck out the side in a scoreless ninth for Springfield.
The Cards improved to 5-3 in the second half and move to an impressive seven games over .500 at 41-34 overall. Springfield looks for the sweep of the RockHounds on Friday night, sending Adam Daniels (1-1) to the mound against All-Star Ben Fritz (8-3) of Midland. Game time from Citibank Ballpark on Friday night will be 7 p.m. The game can be heard live by clicking the JOCK 987.7 link on www.springfieldcardinals.com.
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