It took 11 tries to do it, but the Springfield Cardinals finally won a game on Monday night. For the fans, and the players, it was like the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series, with bases loaded and two outs, and the pitcher batting, as everyone at Hammons Field held their collective breath until the final out of the game was made.
Clayton Mortensen, Casey Rowlett and Jon Jay all had big nights to help the Cards end
their record-setting losing streak. Mortensen had a stupendous start and Rowlett
and Jay each drove in two runs as
Saturday, May 17
Things were looking up for Springfield on Saturday night, hoping to end their eight-game losing streak, as they led the Tulsa Drillers early after Allen Craig hit his third home run of the year, giving the Cards a 2-0 advantage in the first inning. Mike McCormick, working on a limited pitch count, reached his maximum number of tosses, managing to pitch two scoreless innings, and was replaced by Adam Daniels. Daniels gave up a run in the third, but the Cards were still ahead 2-1. Yahoo, happy fans.
the fans got even happier as Steven Hill hit an RBI single in the third inning,
managed two runs in the top of the seventh, but Springfield came back in the
bottom of the inning to score two themselves when Tyler Greene hit a two-run
the fan elation didn't last too long as since-released reliever Rob Zimmermann
got into trouble in the eighth. Zimmermann gave up a bases-loaded double to Tony
Blancos, who picked up two RBI and tied the score at 7-7. Zimmermann issued an
intentional walk to Jeff Kindel and with bases loaded, Daniel Carte blasted a
line drive down the left-field line for a grand-slam. It was second in as many
Springfield fans managed a slight smile of hope, as they got an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth against Tulsa reliever Jarrett Grube, but Eduardo Valdez came on to stop the Springfield rally, and then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save of the year, and handing the Springfield Cardinals and a host of unhappy fans, their ninth straight loss.
Sunday, May 18
It was a game of numbers Sunday, as Springfield lost their 10th game in a row, falling to Tulsa 9-5, brought about by a five-run seventh inning, including a three-run double, dropping the Cards to a season record of 17-26, leaving them in third place in the Texas League Northern Division.
Not much happened in the first four innings. Jess Todd, in his Hammons Field debut, threw well until the fifth inning when he gave up a two-out RBI single to Chris Nelson, as the Drillers finally took a 1-0 lead. Allen Craig came right back in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, the fourth game in a row in which he homered, tying the score at 1-1.
the sixth, the Drillers took the lead for good when Tony Blanco hit a solo homer
to center field to make it a 2-1 game.
Ching-Lung Lo (2-6) got the win, while Todd took the loss.
Monday, May 19
It finally happened--the skid ended and the Cards won on Monday night, beating the Tulsa Drillers 6-4, a game much to close for fans in attendance.
Drillers scored the first run of the game when Tony Blanco's sacrifice fly put
Drillers had a ninth inning that was a nightmare for
Wednesday, May 21
to Mike Lindskog, voice of the Springfield Cardinals, the Cards played one of
their best games of the year from top to bottom after a day off, defeating the
San Antonio Missions 2-1 on Wednesday night at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium in
"Tyler Herron was awesome, picking up his first career Double-A win, allowing just one run on four hits over six strong innings," Lindskog said. "Herron did get some help from the Texas League's leading batter, Shane Robinson, who knocked in the game-winning run in the seventh."
It was a tight game going into the seventh inning, with the two teams tied at 1-1. Robinson, with a Texas League leading .410 average, hit a two-out single to center field, driving in Tyler Greene with the eventual winning run against Jon Ellis (3-3).
The Cards scored the games first run in the sixth inning, Steven Hill's fielders' choice, plated Jon Jay from third base, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead.
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So with two wins under their belts, the Cards looked to remain on track before returning to Hammons Field on May 28th.
Thursday, May 22
The Cards made it three in a row on Thursday night, beating the San Antonio Missions 6-4. Kyle Sadlowski took the win in his first outing at the Double-A level in relief of starter Adam Ottavino. Nick Webber and Marco Gonzalez also did a nice job in middle relief, combining for three shutout innings. Closer Luke Gregerson collected his seventh save of the season, despite a shaky ninth during which one run scored and the potential tying run reached base.
Batting sixth, catcher Bryan Yarbrough carried the big stick, reaching base four times via a walk and three hits, including a pair of doubles and an RBI. Jose Martinez added two singles and scored both times.
the earlier losing skid, the 20-26 Cardinals are just five games out of first
place in the Texas League North Division heading into the weekend. They finish
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