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.