Friday, June 6
Friday night, the Springfield Cardinals came back to within just two games of
first place after beating the Tulsa Drillers by a score of 9-4 at Drillers
It was Steven Hill's night as he hit a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning and scored four runs in the ninth to put the game away for good. Hill took Tulsa starter Xavier Cedeno deep to left field with his fifth homer of the season and third home run in as many games in the series, breaking the 4-4 tie and giving Springfield a 5-4 lead.
Things looked good for the Cards in the eighth inning as they managed to load the bases. With two outs, Tulsa starter Ryan Mattheus threw a wild pitch that allowed Jose Martinez to score, making it it a 6-4 game. Then, on the very next pitch, Shane Robinson hit a two-run double scoring Mark Shorey and Matt Pagnozzi, making it 8-4. Jon Jay followed with an RBI triple, capping the score at 9-4.
The Cards got an early 2-0 lead in the second as Shane Robinson took advantage of some poor Tulsa defense as he hit a ball that went right between the legs of Tulsa third baseman Tony Blanco, allowing two men to score.
Clayton Mortensen being called up to Triple-A Memphis on Friday morning, Kyle Sadlowski got the call to start for
Springfield kept chipping away at Tulsa, getting an unearned run in the fourth and tying the game in the sixth on a single RBI by Robinson, who extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games with three hits for the night, tying the game at 4-4.
Saturday, June 7
Springfield Cardinals whipped out the brooms on Saturday night in
But the Drillers were not about to give up without a fight. In the fourth inning, Dexter Fowler tripled home a run and then scored on a Matt Miller sacrifice fly, tying the game at 3-3.
Cards weren't about to give up easily either as they regained the lead in the
fifth on another Shorey RBI ground-out, making it 4-3.
not willing to give in to the Cards,
Garcia came right back in the eighth for the Cards and hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot to put the Cards ahead, 6-5.
closer Fernando Salas drove home a huge insurance run in the ninth before
earning his ninth save in his last nine appearances, but not before adding his
own bit of excitement. With runners at second and third and two out, Salas
allowed a run, but got Corey Wimberly to ground out to end it, giving
Springfield an 8-0 record at Drillers Stadium this season. On the play,
Cards reliever Luke Gregerson picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning. And Shane Robinson went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight.
Sunday, June 8
there anything in baseball more beautiful than a walk-off home run? Tyler
Greene's walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, was a true
thing of beauty. It not only gave the Cards a 9-7 win over the Arkansas Travelers on Sunday, it also put them in a tie for first place. The win for
heroics of Greene glazed over what was to be the big even of the day--the
appearance of Matt Clement pitching in a major league rehab assignment. The
former All-Star is in his first year as a Cardinal, but has not yet appeared in
a major league game for
After opening the year on the disabled list, after missing all of 2007 with a shoulder injury, Clement started this June 3 for the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League. The right-hander allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings, in picking up a win over Daytona. Clement threw 75 pitches, striking out five men without issuing a walk.
is the second major league pitcher to rehab for
But, it was not to be Clement's day as the Travs jumped on him early, seizing a 3-0 advantage in the second. An RBI ground-out by Ben Johnson scored Nate Sutton to make it 1-0. Jordan Czarniecki, who reached on a hard-hit ball off the glove of Allen Craig, later scored on Brian Stavisky's RBI single, giving Arkansas a 2-0 lead.
Brian Walker took Clement deep in the second to open the inning with his first homer of the year, a solo shot to right field, making it 3-0.
Brandon Yarbrough's two-run homer in the bottom of the inning tightened things up at 3-2.
was touched for three runs in the fifth inning to give
the ninth, Jay again came to the front with a two-run double that would tie the
score at 6-6.
Clement got a no-decision, throwing 75 pitches over five innings. He allowed six runs, three earned, on seven hits. He struck out two, walked three and hit a batter.
Monday, June 9
a walk-off home run is a thing of beauty, then a 12-2 romping by the Arkansas
Travelers is a vile thing, and hopefully not to be repeated any time soon. Prior
to Monday night's game, the Travs, Northwest Arkansas and
eight-run second inning did
Travs' starter Dan Denham, who worked seven innings of one-run baseball on Monday night, allowed Jon Jay bloop single to score Tyler Greene in the third, but that would be all. Denham allowed just one run on four hits, striking out four while walking just one.
The Travs capped their scoring with three runs in the ninth against Cards' reliever Marco Gonzalez, highlighted by Brian Stavisky's two-run homer, his fourth of the year, making it a 12-1 game.
Shane Robinson finished the game 0-for-4, ending his 12-game hit streak.
Tuesday, June 10
Tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Shane Robinson's two-run homer snapped the tie, as the Springfield Cardinals went on to beat the Arkansas Travelers 3-1, and reclaimed a share of first place in a tie with the Travs as both teams boasted records of 32-21 with just seven games left to play in the first half of the 2008 season.
the first inning,
tied it in the sixth inning on a two-out RBI hit by Ben Johnson, but the Cards
wasted little time responding. Casey Rowlett earned a lead-off walk from
starter Anthony Ortega. After Matt Pagnozzi laid down his second sacrifice
of the night, pushing Rowlett to scoring position, Robinson followed with a high
drive to left-center field, his fourth homer of the year, putting
Salas earned his team-leading tenth save of the year, coming out of the bullpen
in the ninth inning, to give
Wednesday, June 11
knew it had to happen. The Springfield Cardinals took over first place all alone
in the Northern Division of the Texas League by beating the Arkansas Travelers
6-1 at Hammons Field in
Jason Isringhausen, closer for the St. Louis Cardinals who has been on the disabled list since May 16 with a laceration on his right hand, started the game on Wednesday as part of a rehab assignment. Isringhausen and Jess Todd, who relieved Izzy, combined to keep the Travs offense to just one unearned run, on six hits.
Isringhausen worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out two, while throwing 22 pitches. Todd came out of the bullpen and dominated the rest of the game, working the final 7 2/3 innings, giving up only one unearned run on five hits.
an unearned run in he third put the Travs up 1-0, Mark Hamilton put up a
three-run homer off Travs' starter Robert Moseback in the bottom of the second,
giving the Cards the lead for good at 3-1. It was
wound up striking out six and walking only two is his second win of the year for
Thursday, June 12
I have racked my brain overnight trying to come up with reasons why the Springfield Cardinals lost Thursday night to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. But, there was just no excuse for the loss. They were in first place with a chance to go two games in front of the Arkansas Travelers. They had an early lead. They were having a fine performance from the mound. They had a closer that had earned 10 saves in 10 tries--oh yeah, that was it. Fernando Salas finally got to see what it feels like to lose. So with that out of the way, Salas and the rest of the Cardinals can finish the last five games of the season without the need to experience anymore negative energy on the field.
Since I can't seem to let the loss pass without throwing daggers of criticism, here is how Mike Lindskog, the voice of the Springfield Cardinals, called the game:
Northwest Arkansas Naturals snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 9-6
come-from-behind win over the Springfield Cardinals on Thursday night at Hammons
Field. The loss for
runs in the eighth put
"The Naturals added two more in the ninth against Josh Dew, taking a 9-6 advantage.
"Kila Kaaihue's solo homer put the Naturals up 1-0 against Cards' starter Adam Ottavino.
"Mark Shorey responded with a two-run homer in the second, his fifth of the year to make it 2-1. Mark Hamilton made it 4-1 in the third, ripping a two-run blast off Naturals' starter Dan Cortes.
Northwest Arkansas scored the next two runs to make it 4-3,
reliever Jarod Plummer (1-1) got the win in relief for
Clement (0-0), who threw for
Mark Mulder will also make a rehab appearance for the Cardinals, as he's slated to go on Saturday, with game time scheduled for 6:10pm.
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