It was a tough week for Springfield, with three losses plus a Texas League All-Star Game defeat, too. Right-handed starters Adam Ottavino and Jess Todd were among the bright spots.
one week, the Springfield Cardinals have gone from a second half 3-0 record to a
record of 3-3. Ups and downs, twists and turns and rainy days and Sundays have
made for a very interesting week in Springfield, including the 72nd Texas League
All-Star Game that was held at Hammons Field (as reported on Wednesday here at The Birdhouse by
Cards improved their second half record to 3-0, beating the Tulsa Drillers 5-2
at Drillers Stadium. They improved to 39-34 on the season and marked their first
time in 2008 to be five games over .500. It seemed like a good start to the
week, but it would prove to be all downhill from there.
Cardinals lost their first game in Drillers Stadium this year on Saturday night
as Tulsa beat
them by a whopping 8-1. The Cards had won their previous nine outings in
Tulsa, but this one proved too much for Springfield as Tulsa scored six runs in the fifth inning to
put the game out of reach and leave the Cards with their first loss of the
second half of the 2008 season.
Andrew Brown did get his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning, giving the
Cards a brief lead. However, leading 2-1 against Cards starter Tyler Herron in
the bottom of the fifth, Drillers right fielder Daniel Carte reached on an error
to start the rally. Herron then walked a batter, hit a batter and then
walked pitcher Xavier Cedeno, forcing Carte home from third to make it
3-1. Eric Young Jr. then picked up an infield single to chase home another
run, making it 4-1. Dexter Fowler followed with a two-run double and Matt Miller capped the inning with a two-run single, breaking it open at
8-1. Not a pretty sight.
Cards barely avoided a shut-out on Sunday as they lost their second consecutive
game to Tulsa,
managed to break-up the shut-out in the eighth inning when Mark Hamilton hit a
grounder that would score Tyler Greene from third base.
would put Springfield on the board for the first and only time that night, but
not before Dexter Fowler and Matt Miller had back-to-back RBI hits, giving Tulsa
a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and the Drillers getting two more in the third,
highlighted by Fowler's seventh homer of the year, making it 4-0. Eric
Young Jr. drove home a run off of Cards reliever Scott Vander Weg in the sixth,
as the Drillers took a 6-0 lead. Tulsa would finish the scoring by getting a run
in the eighth against Justin Fiske, as a sac fly from Jeff Dragicevich scored
Daniel Carte from third to make it 7-1.
game between the Springfield Cardinals and the Tulsa Drillers was postponed due
to early Monday morning rain in Tulsa. The game will be made up as part
of a double-header the next time the Cardinals visit Drillers Stadium in
game on Tuesday due to the All-Star break and 72nd Texas League All Star Game on
than 8,400 fans were on hand Wednesday evening to take in the 72nd Texas League
All-Star Game at Hammons Field in Springfield. Frisco RoughRiders
outfielder Steven Murphy's solo home run sparked a four-run tenth inning, as the
Texas League South Division All-Stars defeated the Texas League North All-Stars
by a final of 7-3.
who took home MVP honors, homered to open the tenth against Springfield closer Luke Gregerson (0-1). Gregerson also gave up tenth-inning run-scoring hits to
Jon Zeringue and Tommy Everidge of Midland, as well as an unearned run due to a
pair of errors behind him.
North got a game-tying sac fly in the seventh from Northwest Arkansas' Ovandy Suero and a go-ahead home run from Tulsa's Tony Blanco in the eighth to take a 3-2
lead to the ninth inning.
South Division got an unearned run to tie the game at 3-3 in the ninth though,
against Springfield closer Fernando Salas. With
runners at first and third and one out, Salas struck out Frisco's Elvis Andrus
swinging for the second out of the inning. On the play, the runner at
first base, Tommy Everidge, was on the move to second base. Springfield catcher
Brandon Yarbrough threw down to second to try and end the inning, but no one
covered the second base bag. Yarbrough's throw sailed into center field,
allowing Zeringue to score the tying run.
was limited early, as both divisions displayed strong pitching. Springfield's Jess Todd
gave up a lead-off double to open the game, but fanned five of the next six
hitters over two scoreless innings.
North got on the board first, getting a run in the fourth as Northwest Arkansas'
Juan Richardson knocked in Springfield's Jon Jay with a single to make it
South Division responded with a pair in the fifth, taking the lead at 2-1.
Zeringue doubled to open the inning, his first of four hits on the night.
After a Tommy Everidge single, Zeringue scored on a throwing error, tying the
game at 1-1. Midland's Anthony Recker
followed with an RBI single off of Arkansas' Dan Denham, scoring Everidge to make
closer Greg Burke (1-0) faced six batters over two scoreless innings, getting
the win for the South Division.
Jon Jay led the Cardinals representatives by going 2-for-3 with a run
scored. Allen Craig, Brandon Yarbrough and Tyler Greene all went
kick off the evening, Tulsa's Tony Blanco defeated Frisco's Ben Harrison in the Bass Pro Shops Home Run Derby. Blanco hit a grand total of
21 homers over the course of three rounds, 14 of which came in the second
round. Springfield's Allen Craig hit two home runs and
didn't advance out of the first round.
sell-out crowd in Springfield saw the Cardinals drop their third
game in a row to the Frisco RoughRiders, in the first of a three-game series at
Hammons Field, by a score of 5-3.
starter, Adam Ottavino, pitched his best outing of the season, staying on the
mound until the seventh inning and leaving with a 3-0 lead, when he was pulled
for reliever Marco Gonzalez. The 3-0 lead lasted until the eighth inning when
Gonzalez walked Thomas Berkery to open the inning. With two outs, Elvis Andrus
singled off Cards reliever Kyle Sadlowski to score Berkery, making it a two-run
game at 3-1. Majewski's home run followed Ben Harrison's lead-off single in
the ninth, tying the game at 3-3. With two outs in the tenth, Mikrut
walked back-to-back hitters, then gave up Harrison's two-run game-winning
Cards went 1-2-3 in the tenth, as Joselo Diaz picked up his third save of the
year. Frisco reliever Andrew Laughter picked up the win with two scoreless
(3-3) will send Adam Daniels (1-1) to the hill on Friday night, as he takes on
Frisco right-hander Tommy Hunter (3-2). The Cardinals will remain at home
through the 1st of July, playing the RoughRiders on Friday and Saturday,
followed by a three-game series with the Midland RockHounds. The Cards will then
travel to Texas for two three-game series with
Frisco and Midland before returning home on July 10, to
take on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in a four-game series at Hammons Field.
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