SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A late rally fell short for the Cardinals in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader at Hammons Field.
Lane Thomas hit his third home run of the season and Victor Roache drove in a run for the fourth straight game in a 4-3 Springfield loss to the Midland RockHounds.
The Cardinals (3-6) trailed 4-0 in the sixth when Thomas took Jarret Martin deep to center, driving in Tommy Edman. Thomas extended his hit streak to eight to open the season with the home run.
After walks by John Nogowski and Chris Chinea, Roache cut the deficit to 4-3 with a two-out single up the middle, scoring Nogowski.
The Cardinals went down in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game, with Minor League Baseball doubleheader rules shortening games to seven innings.
Sam Tewes allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over 4.2 innings, striking out two.
J.P. Sportman hit what would end up being the game-winning run with a solo home run in the top of the sixth.
A scoreless innings streak for Springfield pitchers that started in Thursday night's sixth inning ended at 14 when Tyler Ramirez scored on a Mikey White single with one out in the fourth, putting the RockHounds up 1-0.
The RockHounds added to their lead in the fifth on a two-run homer by Ramirez that scored Eli White.
Brady Bowen and Chris Ellis gave up one run on one hit and two walks in 2.1 innings of relief.
THE LANE TRAIN
Thomas continues to rake in his first season in the Cardinals system. His home run in Saturday's Game 2 put his season average at .412, the third-best mark in the Texas League. He's second in the Texas League in total bases (29), hits (13), runs (8) and is third in OPS (1.244).
MIDLAND: The RockHounds (6-3) travel west for a three-game series in Tulsa (5-3) starting at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday.
SPRINGFIELD: The Cardinals' season-opening homestand continues Sunday with the first game of a three-game series with the Frisco RoughRiders (3-5). Springfield lost two of three games in Frisco last week. The projected starters are Connor Jones (1-0) for Springfield and Richelson Pena (1-0) for Frisco. Jones allowed three runs over five innings in a 4-3 win over Frisco on April 9.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER APPRECIATION DAY SUNDAY
Sunday is Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Day at Hammons Field. Season Ticket Holders will have an autograph session with the team. Season Ticket Holders do not need a ticket for admission to this event but must bring the Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Day ticket from their Season Ticket Booklet. Call 417-863-0395 for more information!
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