Cardinals Sweep Travs

The Springfield Cardinals completed a four-game sweep over the Arkansas Travelers, behind the arm of Lance Lynn, winning on Thursday night at Hammons Field by a score of 4-3.

Cards' starting pitcher Lance Lynn turned in another quality start, as he picked up his third win in four starts at the Double-A level.

The Travs got a pair of early runs against Lynn to take a 2-0 lead. Peter Bourgos reached first on an infield single to open the game, then scored on a sac fly from Ben Johnson, giving the Travs a 1-0 advantage. The Travs took a 2-0 lead in the second, getting an unearned run against Lynn, as Coby Smith's RBI single scored Wil Ortiz.

Mark Hamilton responded with a solo home run to left-center field, his seventh of the year to make it 2-1 against Travs' starter Tommy Mendoza (1-2).

Springfield got even in the third, as Pete Kozma reached on a fielder's choice and eventually scored on a two-out hit by Daniel Descalso, tying the game at 2-2.

The Redbirds took the lead for good in the fourth, as Kozma delivered a sac fly to score Curt Smith, making it 3-2.

A sac fly from Mike Folli gave them a big insurance run in the sixth, as Mark Hamilton scored to put the Cards in front 4-2.

Lynn rolled through the middle innings, retiring nine straight at one point. The Travs pulled to within a run though, as Patrick Breen took Lynn deep to lead off the seventh, making it 4-3. Lynn would allow a two-out triple to Peter Bourjos in the seventh, then give way to Pete Parise. Hainley Statia had a chance to tie the game, but went down swinging, as Parise got out of the jam.

After a scoreless eighth, Cards' closer Francisco Samuel replaced Parise. Samuel issued a two-out walk, Springfield's first of the game, but got Bourjos to fly out to right field to end the game, giving Samuel his tenth save of the year.

Lynn (3-0) earned the win, allowing three runs, two earned, over 6 2/3 innings.

With their fourth straight win, the Redbirds (23-16) are still two games up on Tulsa in the North Division. Springfield will look for a fifth straight win on Friday, as they welcome the Tulsa Drillers to town to open a four-game series at Hammons Field. The Cards will go with Brandon Dickson (2-3), while Tulsa will run Esmil Rogers (2-1) to the hill, with game time scheduled for 7:10pm.

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