Springfield saw the return of right hander Scott Gorgen from Memphis on the mound against big leaguer Josh Outman of Tulsa.
Scoreless for the first three and a half innings, Kent Matthes unloaded a Scott Gorgen pitch over the left field wall to give Tulsa a 1-0 lead.
In the 6th, Matthes walked and Tim Torres doubled to make it 2-0 and knock Gorgen out of the game. Justin Wright entered out of the bullpen and promptly allowed an RBI double, hit a batter, allowed an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring at four runs and giving the Drillers a 5-0 advantage.
Kevin Thomas pitched a scores 8th inning, but, with two outs in the 9th, allowed a double to Corey Dickerson and a two-run homer to Jimmy Cesario to make it 7-0 heading into the final inning.
Springfield amounted just four hits on offense and had just one base runner past second base in the game.
The Cardinals continue their four-game series against the Tulsa Drillers Wednesday night at 7:05pm. Springfield will send Richard Castillo to the mound against Dan Houston.
Springfield will return home to Hammons Field Friday to begin a four game set with NW Arkansas. Friday is the FINAL World Series Championship Replica Ring Giveaway night of the season. 2,000 fans will receive this outstanding item, so get your tickets now and get to the ball park early. Friday is also another AM Pyrotechnics Friday night fireworks night. Great tickets are still available, so visit the Hammons Field Ticket Office, go online at springfieldcardinals.com or call (417) 863-2143.
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