Tulsa, OK - The Tulsa Drillers topped the Springfield Cardinals, 4-2, before 4,970 fans at ONEOK Field on Tuesday night.
Tulsa (17-22, 51-56) swung in front in the bottom of the first inning against RHP Seth Blair (L, 3-9). LF Jaron Shepherd led off the frame with a triple, before coming in one out later on an RBI sacrifice fly by 1B Kyle Parker for the 1-0 lead.
Springfield (19-20, 52-55) answered with two tallies in the top of the third against RHP Josh Mueller. LF Adam Melker led off with a base hit and quickly took second base on a sacrifice bunt by Blair. CF James Ramsey then launched a two-run home run over the left field wall, belting the Cardinals in front, 2-1.
The Drillers, though, tied the game with an unearned run in the fifth, before moving back in front in the sixth. With two on and two away in the bottom of the sixth, CF Delta Cleary, Jr. drove a two-run triple off the left field wall, cracking what had been a 2-2 tie and catapulting the Drillers ahead by two runs.
The Cardinals refused to go down without a fight, loading the bases with no outs against RHP Juan Gonzalez in the top of the eighth. However, RHP Joe Gardner (S, 1) took over on the mound and induced a double play ball before ending the threat with a strikeout. Gardner then dealt a scoreless top of the ninth to close the 4-2 win for Tulsa. RHP Leuris Gomez (W, 2-1) pitched three scoreless relief innings, registering the victory for the Drillers.
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The Cardinals continue the seven-game trip on Wednesday with a 7:05pm First Pitch in Tulsa. 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.
Springfield returns home to kick off a six-game homestand on Tuesday, August 6, taking on the Frisco RoughRiders at 7:09pm. That Tuesday will feature the Sysco Foods Team Baseball Card Set Giveaway for 4,000 fans, and will also be a Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day. Gates open at 6:09pm. To view all of the great upcoming promotions at Hammons Field, click below.
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