Springfield shutout by San Antonio 8-0

The San Antonio Missions salvaged the final game of the three-game set vs Springfield, blanking the Cardinals by a score of 8-0 on Friday evening in San Antonio.

Springfield's loss, coupled with Tulsa's win over Frisco, cuts the Cards' lead in the North Division to three games with 24 to play in the first half.

The Missions got tremendous pitching, as starter Mat Latos (1-0) took a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh inning. Tyler Henley's two-out liner to left-center broke up the no-no. Latos fired seven shut-out innings, allowing just one hit and two walks, while fanning seven, to earn his first Double-A win.

The San Antonio offense got all they needed in the first inning, scoring four times against Cards' starter Tyler Herron (2-4). Eric Sogard, Mike Baxter and Craig Cooper all had consecutive doubles, as the Missions went up 2-0. Two batters later, Mitch Canham tripled home Cooper to make it 3-0. A Herron wild pitch scored Canham to cap the inning at 4-0.

Herron settled in until the fifth, when the Missions finally chased him. A lead-off single by the pitcher would start the inning. Latos would score on another Baxter double, making it 5-0.

Baxter completed a four-hit game with a long homer to right field off of Brandon Dickson in the seventh, making it 6-0.

Cards' reliever Marco Gonzalez was touched for a pair of runs in the eighth, as the Missions completed their scoring at 8-0.

Springfield got consecutive hits in the ninth, but left a pair stranded. Curt Smith doubled with one out and a Daniel Descalso single moved him to third. Brandon Gomes would complete the three-hit shut-out though, getting Steven Hill on strikes and then retiring Tyler Henley for the final out of the game.

The Cards send Trey Hearne (3-1) to the mound on Saturday night, as they open a three-game series in Corpus Christi against the Hooks. The Hooks will send right-hander Sergio Perez (3-4) to the mound, with game time on Saturday scheduled for 7:05pm.

The Redbirds will return to Hammons Field on Wednesday, June 3rd, when they open a six-game home stand. Tickets are available for the upcoming home stand, by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at springfieldcardinals.com.

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