Sunday, June 29
It took 10 innings and a single hit, but the Springfield Cardinals finally pulled themselves over the .500 mark and into a tie with the Tulsa Drillers for first place in the Texas League Northern Division last Sunday. After a nine-inning pitching duel and the score tied 0-0, Casey Rowlett stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning and ripped a pitch into the left-center field gap, just out of the reach of the Midland RockHound's center-fielder, Aaron Cunningham, to drive in Jose Martinez from second base. It was the only run of the game and gave the Cards a win, their second straight at home.
the 10th inning,
offense was practically nil, as the game was dominated by pitching.
allowed just two total hits over eight scoreless frames. The right-hander
fanned ten men, tying a
The Cardinals were 5-4 in the second half of the season and in a tie for first place in the Texas League Northern Division.
Monday, June 30
Springfield Cardinals won a close one on Monday, beating the Midland RockHounds
5-4 on Monday night at Hammons Field--their third in a row, all against
In the bottom of the seventh, Allen Craig's three-run double made the difference. Tyler Greene opened the inning with his third hit of the game. Jim Rapoport walked with one out, pushing Greene to second. Jose Martinez followed with a game-tying single, scoring Greene to even the game at 2-2. After an intentional walk to Jon Jay, Craig delivered with one of his biggest hits of the year, a three-run double over the head of center-fielder Aaron Cunningham, putting Springfield in front 5-2 against Midland reliever Chris Farley (2-1).
Cards would need every last run, as Fernando Salas worked a scoreless eighth,
but gave up a two-run blast to Javier Herrera with one out in the ninth.
first home run of the year made it a one-run game at 5-4. Salas recovered
to retire the next two hitters, including a strike out of Michael Affronti to
end the game, giving Salas his 13th save of the year. Marco Gonzalez (2-0)
picked up the win out of the
pitched well in the no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits over five
Tuesday, July 1
The Springfield Cardinals failed to sweep the Midland RockHounds in the three-game series, losing to the RockHounds, 8-7 in extra innings. Jon Zeringue's two-run homer tied the game in the ninth and Javier Herrera's bases-loaded infield single drove home the eventual game-winner in the tenth.
Matt Pagnozzi added to the Cards lead in the eighth inning, as he laid-down a suicide bunt that was mishandled by Midland catcher Anthony Recker, allowing Isa Garcia to score and give Springfield a 7-5 lead.
Gregerson came out of the
an intentional walk to Tommy Everidge, Josh Dew was brought out of the
Midland closer Andrew Carignan (3-2), who worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings on the night, put the Cards down in order in the tenth for the win.
Cardinals remained tied with the Tulsa Drillers for first place in the Northern
Division of the Texas League.
Thursday, July 3
The Cardinals ended the week on a high note, beating the Frisco RoughRiders 7-3, at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, retaining a share of first place in the Northern Division of the Texas League.
Kyle Mura, making his Double-A debut, won the game for
Martinez had three hits and five RBIs, including his fifth homer of the year, a
three-run shot in the fourth to put
the first inning,
who had three hits on the night and two RBIs, hit his seventh home run of the
year in the third inning to increase
After a couple of trips to the mound and some nail-biting, manager Ron "Pop" Warner replaced Mura on the hill with reliever Scott Vander Weg who gave up an RBI single to Ben Harrison. He then drove in Elvis Andrus from second, making the score 7-1.
The RoughRiders got two in the bottom of the ninth against Josh Dew, tightening it to 7-3. With two on and two away, Fernando Salas was called upon to face All-Star Game MVP Steve Murphy, who flew out to the warning track to end the game, giving Salas his league-best 14th save of the year.
The Cards will look to make it two straight over Frisco on Friday night, sending Adam Daniels (1-2) to the mound against Frisco left-hander Michael Ballard (7-3).
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