The Springfield Cardinals Report: 08/08/08

Justin Fiske had his second consecutive shutout start for the Double-A club, winners of seven of their last eight Texas League contests.

Friday, August 1


The Springfield Cardinals returned home to Hammons Field Friday night and took a squeaker away from Tulsa, as they beat the Drillers 8-7, but not before some pretty scary moments on the mound and at the plate. It was a game that saw two Cards' pitchers making their debut at Hammons Field. Brandon Dickson, the starter, was appearing for the first time in the Texas League, and reliever Luis Perdomo, making his Hammons Field debut, allowed a pair of runs in the eighth.


It was the third win in a row for Springfield, and it put them only three back of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in the Texas League North Division.


Dickson pitched a rollercoaster game, earning the win while working into the sixth inning. The offense gave Dickson an early advantage, as Daryl Jones started the scoring with a solo home run, his second in a Springfield uniform to put the Cards in front 1-0 in the second.


In the third inning, Jim Rapoport homered, giving the Cards a 2-0 lead against Tulsa starter, Ching-Lung Lo. The Cards took a 3-0 lead when Mark Shorey's single drove in a run in the same inning, and gave the Cards a 3-0 lead after three innings.


Dickson faced just nine men through the first three innings, thanks to two double-plays, but struggled in the middle-innings. 


In the bottom of the fifth inning, Cardinal bats came alive as Isa Garcia''s third of four hits, an RBI double, drove home Rapoport to make it 5-4. Shorey picked up a sac fly two batters later, scoring Garcia from third to even the game at 5-5. Andrew Brown followed with his ninth homer since joining the Cardinals, his 18th of the year, putting Springfield up 7-5.


The Cards struck again in the seventh as Allen Craig got his fourth hit of the night, plating Isa Garcia, to give Springfield an 8-5 lead.


They'd need that extra run, as Perdomo allowed that pair of runs in the eighth, cutting Springfield''s lead to 8-7.


Saturday, August 2


The Cardinals made it four wins in a row, as they held on for a 5-3 victory over the Tulsa Drillers on Saturday night at Hammons Field.


Springfield starter, Jess Todd (4-5), who had lost his last two outings, snapped the losing streak while Mark Shorey came away with three hits and two RBI. Todd (4-5) gave up three solo home runs over 6 2/3 innings, but got some run-support midway through.


The Cards trailed until the fourth, when they scored three times to take the lead for good. Shorey's RBI single plated Isa Garcia, tying the game at 1-1.  With the bases loaded and one out, Jose Martinez delivered a two-run double, bringing home Allen Craig and Shorey to give the Cards the lead at 3-1.


In the fifth, Craig's sacrifice fly scored Jim Rapoport from third to give the Cards' a 4-1 lead.


Two solo home runs in the seventh chased Todd from the mound, bringing Tulsa within a run at 4-3.


Springfield bounced back with an insurance run in the bottom of the inning, as Shorey ripped his second double of the game, driving in Craig to make it 5-3.  


Rapoport had his first three-hit game of the year, stealing a pair of bases in the win as well.


Sunday, August 3


Sunday was not a good day to be in the ballpark, as Cardinals newly-acquired reliever Luis Perdomo had his second poor outing since reporting to the team. Perdomo was unable to hold a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning, allowing a one-out double, then an RBI single, cutting Springfield's lead to a run at 5-4.  A single and a walk to load the bases, led to Perdomo's removal in favor of Luke Gregerson


Gregerson struck out Tom Collaro for the second out, then induced Jeff Kindel into what appeared to be an inning-ending ground ball.  Cards' second baseman Isa Garcia was unable to field the ball cleanly though, allowing the tying run to score from third.  Jeff Dragicevich followed with an infield hit, plating the eventual winning run.


But, the Cards weren't always behind and gave the crowd a false sense of victory through seven innings, but the three-run eighth was the difference in the game. The Driller's also managed to snap a four-game winning streak for the Cards, leaving them with a 23-20 record in the second-half of the season. They were unable to pick up any ground on first place Northwest Arkansas, who lost earlier in the evening. 


And then there was eight, and the rest is history. The false sense of victory was shattered, and the fans and the team could only hope for a better Monday, as the Cardinals could finish up the short four-game home-stand with a possible 3-1 record.


Monday, August 4 


It was Matt Pagnozzi's (nephew of former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi) two-run double in the 13th inning that gave the Cards the win, in a come-from-behind scorcher, that pulled the Cards (25-20) to within three games of first place Northwest Arkansas (28-17), who fell to the Arkansas Travelers for a second straight night. 


Tulsa starter Brandon Hynick one-upped Springfield starter Kyle Mura, tossing seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits.  Hynick was touched for a run in the second inning, as Pagnozzi's RBI ground-out scored Andrew Brown from third base, giving Springfield a temporary 1-0 lead. 


Pagnozzi's heroics saved Jon Mikrut (3-3), who surrendered a go-ahead home run in the top of the inning, as Neil Wilson's solo shot to left broke the 4-4 deadlock. 


Mark Shorey set a franchise record Monday night as he singled in his first at bat, giving him his record setting eighth straight hit.   He fouled out in the fourth inning, ending the streak at eight over his last three games. 


Tuesday, August 5


The Cards took Tuesday off to travel to Texas, as they headed to San Antonio and Corpus Christi as part of a six-game road trip.  The Cards and Missions opened their three-game series from San Antonio on Wednesday night.


Wednesday, August 6


Springfield took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Mark Shorey's RBI triple brought home Jim Rapoport with the game's only run, as Springfield took a 1-0 lead over San Antonio.


In his second start, Justin Fiske went 5.1 shutout innings. Luke Gregerson, Luis Perdomo and Fernando Salas finished up with 3.2 frames of one-hit ball. Sales picked up his 22nd save of the season in the process.


Thursday, August 7


The Cardinals made it seven out of their last eight games on Thursday night, as they picked up a huge win from the Missions at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium in San Antonio. The Cardinals had to rally from behind not once but twice, and blew two leads and allowed the score to be tied, before beating the Missions, 8-7.


The Missions got off to a great start also, as Kyle Banks hit a three-run homer, highlighting a four-run first inning. Cards starter Brandon Dickson gave up the homer, in what would be the first lead the Cards would blow on the night.  


Craig tied the game in the fifth with his league-leading 21st home run of the year. Following Craig's blast, Shorey tripled, then scored on an Andrew Brown double, making it 5-4.  Brandon Buckman brought home Brown with an RBI single, putting the Cards in front 6-4. 


Neither team managed to score in the sixth inning, but Shorey capped his night with an RBI double in the seventh, scoring Donovan Solano again to make it 7-7. 


Marco Gonzalez (6-0) who recorded the final two outs of the seventh inning, worked a scoreless eighth inning.


The Redbirds go for the sweep on Friday, sending Jess Todd (4-5) to the hill against Missions' right-hander Matt Buschmann (7-6).

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