Springfield Snaps Three-Game Losing Streak

The Springfield Cardinals scored seven runs in the first inning, on their way to a much-needed 9-3 victory over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Saturday night at Hammons Field.

The win for Springfield (36-31) snaps a three-game losing streak and puts the Cards back into a first place tie with the Tulsa Drillers (36-31) with just three games to go in the first half. The Drillers blew a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning in North Little Rock on Saturday, falling to the Arkansas Travelers, 6-4.

Northwest Arkansas starter Everett Teaford (1-1) had a rough night in just his second Texas League start, recording just two outs, while surrendering seven runs.

Tyler Henley, Daniel Descalso and Mark Hamilton all had run-scoring hits, as the first five Cards reached safely with base hits, taking a 3-0 lead just five batters into the game. After Teaford earned back-to-back strikeouts, Antone DeJesus lined an RBI single to right, putting the Cards in front 4-0. Nick Derba followed with his first Texas League hit, loading the bases for Pete Kozma, who cleared them with a three-run triple down the right-field line, making it 7-0.

The Naturals got one back in the second, on a John Suomi RBI single, making it a 7-1 game. Cards' starter Brandon Dickson allowed two more in the third inning, as Jeff Bianchi's RBI groundout and Vance Wilson's RBI double pulled Northwest Arkansas to within four at 7-3.

Dickson (4-4) went on to work five full innings, retiring the final seven men he faced. He allowed a total of three runs on eight hits, in picking up the win.

The score remained that way until Matt Arburr took Matt Kniginyzky deep to left field for a two-run blast, his fifth home run of the year, making it 9-3.

Springfield now looks for two in a row, as they send All-Star Trey Hearne (6-1) to the mound on Sunday evening. The Naturals look for three of four in the series, countering with right-hander Blake Wood (2-5). Game time on Sunday night at Hammons Field is 6:10pm.

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