The Cardinals started the scoring in the 2nd inning with two outs as Travis Tartamella double scoring Greg Garcia from first base. Kolten Wong followed with a two-run single and Jermaine Curtis delivered an RBI single to make it a 4-0 lead.
Springfield starter Anhtony Ferrara pitched well for 3.1 innings, but had to leave the game due to injury. Chase Reid, just up from Palm Beach, entered and allowed a run over the next 2.2 innings to have the game at 4-1 after six inning.
Still up by three in the 8th, Keith Butler entered and allowed three runs with one out on an RBI double by Yem Prades and a two-run, game-tying double Kevin Kouzmanoff to tie the game 4-4. With runners at second and third, Jorge Rondon came in and walked the first man he faced before striking out the next two batters the strand the bases loaded.
The Cardinals took that momentum into the 9th and plated five runs on a go-ahead RBI double from Tartamella, a bases loaded walk by Jamie Romak, a bases loaded hit by pitch by Chris Swauger and a two-run double by Xavier Scruggs to take a 9-4 lead.
Rondon allowed a run in the bottom of the 9th, but got a tremendous diving stop and throw from Kolten Wong to end the game with the Cardinals in front 9-5 to split the four game set with NW Arkansas.
Springfield will begin a three game series with the Arkansas Travelers Tuesday night at 7:10pm. The Cardinals will have Seth Maness on the mound against Orangel Arenas of the Travelers.
The Cardinals will return home August 3rd to play a four-game series with the Tulsa Drillers. Every Friday is a Firework Friday night thanks to AM Pyrotechnics! 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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