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Cards Blowout Travs 20-306/10/2012 10:08 PM ET
Springfield, MO - The Springfield Cardinals made history tonight with a franchise record 24 hits, and tied the franchise record of 20 runs with a 20-3 stampede of the Arkansas Travelers.
Springfield's offense hit five home runs, and each player had at least one hit. Oscar Taveras led the hit column by going 4-5, and Xavier Scruggs led the run column as he collected five RBIs.
In the bottom of the first inning, Kolten Wong led off with a home run to left field off Traveler's starter Matt Oye.
Arkansas answered in the second inning with three runs scored including a two-run double by Angel Castillo. Springfield then battled back and tied the ballgame 3-3 thanks to RBI singles by Wong and Audry Perez.
Following a run scored in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Cardinals, the offense erupted for five runs in the fifth inning. Those runs came via a three-run home run by Scruggs and then a two-run home run by Adam Melker.
Arkansas' Oye (1-3) departed after four and two-thirds innings. He surrendered nine runs on 13 base hits, three for home runs.
Xavier Scruggs continued his strong offensive attack in the sixth inning with his second home run of the ballgame. This one, a two-run shot, extended the lead 13-3. It came following a two-run double by Kyle Conley and a sacrifice fly by Greg Garcia.
Lyons (5-4) left the game with a ten-run lead after six strong innings. He only gave up three runs in the second inning. After that, he kept the Travelers scoreless through four innings, retiring five in a row at one point.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Cardinals offense continued its rout of the Travelers with seven runs scored, highlighted by an RBI double by Melker, two-run single by Jake Shaffer, and a two-run home run by Chris Swauger, securing a 20-3 victory. These runs gave Springfield 19 unanswered runs after the second inning.
In the midst of the offensive blowout, Springfield's pitching was under looked throwing seven straight scoreless innings. Lyons, and relievers Kevin Thomas, and Chris Corrigan kept the substantial lead in tact.
Springfield continues their four-game series with the Arkansas Travelers tomorrow night at 7:08pm. The Cardinals will send Scott Gorgen to the mound against righty AJ Schugel of the Travs. 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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