Springfield Hammers the Drillers

Tyler Herron pitched a gem on Saturday night, getting big home runs from Tyler Henley and Steven Hill, as the Springfield Cardinals hammered the Tulsa Drillers by a score of 11-4 at Hammons Field.

The win for Springfield (24-17) puts them back in front of Tulsa by two full games in the North Division and gives them a 5-1 record on the current home stand.

Herron (2-3) won his first game since April 30th, allowing three unearned runs on just two hits over seven innings.

After Tony Cruz's RBI single gave the Cards an early 1-0 lead in the first, the Drillers got some help to take a 3-1 lead in the second. Springfield committed two errors in the top of the second, allowing three unearned runs to score on Herron.

The Springfield bats answered in the third though, as they tallied five times against Drillers' starter Andy Graham (1-3). Hill's RBI single knocked in Cruz to make it 3-2. After a single by Curt Smith loaded the bases, Tyler Henley followed with a grand slam, just his second homer of the year, giving Springfield the lead for good at 6-3.

Hill backed Herron with a three-run blast to left field in the seventh, giving the Cards a six-run lead at 9-3.

Daniel Descalso capped the Springfield scoring in the eighth, as he just missed another grand slam. With the bases loaded, Descalso punched one off the wall in left-center field, scoring Antone DeJesus and Daryl Jones for an 11-3 lead.

Joe Williams took over for Herron in the eighth. Williams worked a scoreless eighth, but gave up a solo homer to Jose Gonzalez in the ninth, as Tulsa capped their scoring at 11-4.

The Cardinals will send Trey Hearne (3-1) to the mound on Sunday, taking on Tulsa right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-4). Sunday is Cardinals Key Chain Giveaway Day, as 2,500 fans will receive a Cardinals Key Chain thanks to Henry's Towing. It's also a Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday and Kids will "Run the Bases" thanks to the Killian Group of Companies. Game time on Sunday is 2:10pm and gates open at 1:10pm. Tickets are available by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at springfieldcardinals.com. We hope to see you at Hammons Field very soon...Escape to Cardinals Baseball!

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