San Antonio, TX - The Springfield Cardinals struck in the sixth and seventh innings, coming back for the 2-1 win against the San Antonio Missions before 3,009 fans at Wolff Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After RHP Boone Whiting (W, 1-0) retired the first 10 batters of the game, the Missions (2-2) struck for their lone run in the bottom of the fourth. With two down and the bases empty, LF Justin Miller reached first on a single, before swiping his way to second. 1B Tommy Medica followed with an RBI base hit, lifting San Antonio in front, 1-0.
Whiting kept it just a one-run game until the Cardinals (2-2) got the bats going in the top of the sixth against RHP Ryan Kelly (L, 0-1). CF Tommy Pham led off with a triple to right field and then trotted home on an RBI double by 3B Ruben Gotay, squaring the score at 1-1.
Springfield pounced on Kelly again in the top of the seventh. After SS Luis Mateo led off with a double, 2B Neal Pritchard moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt. Chris Swauger then entered the game as a pinch hitter and ripped the first pitch of his at-bat down the right-field line for a go-ahead RBI double, making it 2-1.
The Cardinals receive a scoreless relief inning apiece from RHP Deryk Hooker, RHP Michael Blazek and RHP Keith Butler (S, 2), closing the 2-1 victory. Missions starter RHP Matt Andriese tossed five scoreless innings in the no-decision.
Springfield and San Antonio square off on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Catch all the action live on JOCK 98.7FM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Coyote's Sports Cafe Pregame Show.
Click here for the complete box score from Sunday's game.
The Hammons Field Home Opener is just 4 days away on Thursday, April 11, and will feature the Great Southern Bank Magnet Schedule Giveaway (5,000 fans), the AM Pyrotechnics Fireworks Kick-Off Show and will be a Johnsonville "Buck a Brat" Night with bratwursts for just a buck! First Pitch is 7:09 p.m. against Corpus Christi with gates opening at 6:09 p.m.
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