Springfield, MO - The Springfield Cardinals blanked the San Antonio Missions, 1-0, for their first shutout win of the season before 2,847 fans at Hammons Field on Friday. RHP Zach Petrick, LHP Justin Wright, RHP Joey Donofrio, LHP Dean Kiekhefer and RHP Ronnie Shaban combined to deal the shutout.
After Petrick (W, 1-0) and San Antonio RHP Josh Geer (L, 0-1) alternated a pair of scoreless innings, the Cardinals (1-1) cracked the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third. With SS Matt Williams on at second base and two outs, LF Mike O'Neill extended the inning with a free pass. CF Rafael Ortega then swung the Cardinals on the board with an RBI single to right-center, scoring Williams for the 1-0 lead.
Petrick kept the Cardinals advantage intact throughout the remainder of his outing, striking out seven through 5.0 scoreless innings and yielding only two hits.
Wright followed Petrick with a scoreless sixth, before Donofrio struck out four batters in a row through 1.1 perfect innings. Kiekhefer logged an out in the eighth, and then RHP Ronnie Shaban (S, 1) slammed the door by retiring four in a row to close the 1-0 win.
Click here for the complete box score from Friday's game.
Opening Homestand continues with 10th Season Coin Vouchers and Specialty Tin Jerseys on Saturday
The Cardinals and Missions square off in the rubber match on Saturday with a 6:10pm First Pitch. On Saturday, 2,500 fans will receive a voucher for a Commemorative 10th Season Coin, celebrating the milestone campaign at Hammons Field.
The Cardinals will also suit up in Specialty Tin Year Anniversary Jerseys on Saturday, which will be auctioned off during the game to benefit Champions Committed to Kids. Gates open at 5:10pm.
Springfield then begins a three-game home series against the Corpus Christi Hooks on Sunday with a 4:10pm First Pitch. Sunday is the final installment of the Great Southern Bank Magnet Schedule Giveaway (3,500 fans).
Sunday's game is also the first Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday of the season with free ice cream for kids before the game. All kids can then run the bases like the Cardinals after the game with The Track Family Fun Parks Kids Race the Bases promotion. Gates open at 3:10pm.
Click here for the complete 2014 Promotional Schedule and to get your tickets right now.
Escape to Cardinals Baseball!
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.