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Cardinals Take Series with 3-1 Win05/25/2012 11:17 PM ET
San Antonio, TX - A night after a devastating 3-2 loss in 12 innings to the Missions, Springfield looked to rebound Friday night in San Antonio and win their second straight series.
The Cardinals sent righty Scott Gorgen to the hill fresh off his first win while striking out a career high 10 batters. Keyvius Sampson got the ball for the Missions.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Missions plated the game's first run in the 2nd inning. A lead-off single by Jake Blackwood, a steal and a groundout moved him to third. With two out, Gorgen got a ground ball on the infield, but Kolten Wong could not field it cleanly and the Missions scored on an error to take a 1-0 lead.
Springfield had a chance to tie or take the lead in the 3rd by getting a lead-off walk and a single followed by a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third, but Kotlen Wong struck out and Jose Garcia flied out to end the Cardinals' threat.
The Cardinals finally cracked the score column in the 4th against Sampson as Jermaine Curtis and Chris Swauger singled to start the inning and both scored on Audry Perez two-run double to give Springfield their first lead, 2-1.
In the 5th, the Redbirds added another run as Scott Gorgen doubled and Kolten Wong singled to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt, Jermaine Curtis bounced to short with the infield back score Gorgen and gave Springfield a 3-1 lead. Wong's single extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Scott Gorgen was outstanding in his outing going seven innings for the first time this season. He allowed just an unearned run on five hits while striking out five. Eric Fornataro tossed a scoreless 8th thanks to a double play ground out after he walked the lead-off man in the inning.
In the 9th, Keith Butler hit the lead-off man and walked the second batter before a sacrifice moved the tying run to second base. But, Butler settled in and struck out the next batter and got a great diving catch from Jake Shaffer in left field to end the game.
Springfield will continue their road trip in Corpus Christi for a three-game series Saturday night at. The Redbirds will send Seth Maness to the mound against Jose Cisnero of the Hooks. Game time is scheduled for 7:05pm.
The Cardinals return to Hammons Field Wednesday, May 30th for a six-game homestand against San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Great tickets are still available, so visit the Hammons Field Ticket Office, go online at springfieldcardinals.com or by call (417) 863-2143.
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