Springfield, MO - The Springfield Cardinals won their fifth straight game, 6-1, against the Arkansas Travelers before 4,693 fans at Hammons Field on Saturday evening. LHP Jonathan Cornelius dealt seven frames in the victory, which extends the Cardinals lead for 1st in the early North Division Standings.
The Cardinals (8-7) jumped in front right away, striking for two runs in the bottom of the first against RHP Yeiper Castillo (L, 1-1). LF Mike O'Neill started the frame with a free pass, before RF James Ramsey launched a two-run home run to right-center field, propelling the Cardinals to the 2-0 lead.
Cornelius (W, 1-2) kept the Travelers (6-9) off the board until the top of the fourth inning. With two away, LF Zach Borenstein smacked a solo home run to left field, cutting the Arkansas deficit to 2-1.
However, Springfield responded right away with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. CF Rafael Ortega led off with a single, before racing to third on a double from SS Luis Mateo. Ortega then darted home on an RBI groundout from 2B Greg Miclat that also moved Mateo to third. C Travis Tartamella plated Mateo with an RBI single pushed through the drawn-in infield, and then raced all the way in from first base on an RBI triple from O'Neill. After Ramsey walked, DH Aledmys Diaz capped the rally with an RBI fielder's choice, scoring O'Neill for the 6-1 lead.
Cornelius kept the five-run advantage intact through the remainder of his seven innings, logging six strikeouts. LHP Danny Miranda then took over and dealt two perfect frames, closing the 6-1 win for the Cardinals.
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Easter Celebration wraps up the homestand
The Cards and Travs wrap up the series with a 4:10pm First Pitch on Sunday, April 20. Start the day and your Easter celebration with us at the annual Sunrise Service at Hammons Field at 6:15am. Then in the afternoon, there will be the Easter Egg Hunt EGGstravaganza for 1,000 kids 10-and-under before the game. Gates open at 3:10pm.
Sunday is also a Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream for kids before the game. All kids can then run the bases just like the Cardinals after the game in The Track Family Fun Parks Kids Race the Bases Promotion.
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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