Springfield, MO - The Springfield Cardinals topped the Tulsa Drillers, 5-3, in a rain-shortened, eight-inning game before 2,573 fans at Hammons Field on Monday night. The start of the game was also delayed by 50 minutes.
With rehabbing St. Louis Cardinals LHP Tyler Lyons on the mound to start the game, the Drillers (35-27) moved in front in the top of the first with an early run. With a runner at second base and two down, 1B Harold Riggins knocked an RBI single through the left side of the infield for the 1-0 lead.
Lyons got out of the opening frame with a strikeout, before the Cardinals (29-34) swung in front in the bottom of the first against RHP Richard Castillo (L, 2-4). After SS Greg Miclat worked a leadoff walk, 2B Jacob Wilson belted a two-run home run to left-center, lifting Springfield into the 2-1 lead.
Lyons kept the Cardinals lead intact through his final frame, striking out a pair in the 1-2-3 top of the second. However, Tulsa tied it in the top of the third against All-Star LHP Kyle Hald (W, 6-1). 2B Taylor Featherston started the stanza with a double, followed by a walk from SS Cristhian Adames. After a wild pitch moved both runners up and a fly out, Riggins struck again with an RBI sacrifice fly to bring in Featherston and even the score, 2-2.
Hald settled in on the mound keeping the tie intact with a scoreless fourth and fifth, but the Drillers broke through again in the top of the sixth. RF Jared Simon led off with a single, moving to second base on a groundout to third from CF Delta Cleary, Jr. Hald struck out Castillo, but Featherston lined an RBI single to right field, bringing in Simon for the 3-2 advantage.
The Cardinals didn't stay down for long, tying the game in the bottom of the sixth. Miclat again started the rally with a free pass, before racing all the way to third on a Wilson single. After a pop out, Wilson stole second base to put both runners in scoring position for All-Star 1B Jonathan Rodriguez. Rodriguez plated Miclat with an RBI grounder to first base, bringing the Cardinals back even at 3-3.
Springfield struck again to reclaim the lead in the bottom of the seventh. With one down, Castillo plunked 3B Patrick Wisdom to put a man on. CF Nick Martini singled Wisdom to third base, before pinch-hitting 1B Curt Smith skied an RBI sacrifice fly to the wall in left field, scoring Wisdom for the 4-3 lead.
The Cardinals added one insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning against RHP Brandon Erbe. All-Star C Cody Stanley worked a one-out walk and the quickly stole his way to second base. During Rodriguez's at-bat, Erbe unleashed a wild pitch that advanced Stanley to third. Erbe had another one get away from him during the at-bat of LF Chris Swauger, enabling Stanley to charge home for the 5-3 lead.
LHP Lee Stoppelman, who tossed a scoreless eighth, struck out Featherston to start the top of the ninth, but then the rain started pouring down and the umpires sent the game into its second delay. After a 30-minute delay, the umpires called the game and the Cardinals took the 5-3 win in eight frames.
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Guarantee Individual Promo Items with the brand-new Promo Seats
With the current homestand full of must-have Promotional Items, now is the time to get your Promo Seats and guarantee individual Promo Items!
The brand-new Promo Seats Package includes one Diamond Box Ticket for a game featuring a Promotional Item and guarantees that you receive one of that night's Promotional Items, plus a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Hamels Foundation Cardinals Youth Initiative to provide tickets for area youth and non-profit organizations.
By purchasing the Promo Seats, fans will have an item reserved for them regardless of where they are in line or what time they arrive at the game. And, for the first time, out-of-town fans that order a Promo Seat Package can choose to have their Promotional Item mailed to them for an additional shipping and handling charge of $10 per item. Both out of town fans and those unable to make the game may donate their game ticket to the Hamels Foundation Cardinals Youth Initiative.
Promo Seat Packages are just $28 each and there are only 61 available for each game. Call the Ticket Office at (417) 863-2143 right now to order yours!
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Six Flags St. Louis Free Kids Admission Passes and $1 hot dogs this Tuesday
The Cardinals continue the homestand on Tuesday with the Six Flags St. Louis Free Kids Admission Pass Giveaway for 2,000 kids, 48 inches and under. Tuesday is also a Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day. First Pitch is 7:10pm, gates open at 6:10pm.
-Wednesday Night Baseball vs. Northwest Arkansas this Wednesday at 7:10pm. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-417 Magazine Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead Giveaway (2,500) and "Buck a Brat" Night with $1 bratwursts this Thursday. First Pitch is 7:10pm, gates open at 6:10pm.
-AM Pyrotechnics Friday Night Fireworks featuring the Superstars of Country Music this Friday. First Pitch is 7:10pm, gates open at 6:10pm.
-Mid Missouri Credit Union / Fort Leonard Wood Military Appreciation Night with Military Appreciation Fireworks after the 7:10pm game on Saturday, June 14, as well as a Camo Themed Jersey Auction during the game. Gates open at 6:10pm.
For information about becoming a Season Ticket Holder, organizing a Group Outing, booking a The Cup Birthday Party or ordering Individual Game Tickets right now, call the Front Office at (417) 863-2143 or visit SpringfieldCardinals.com.
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