North Little Rock, AR - RHP Chris Ellis tossed six scoreless innings, helping lead the Springfield Cardinals to the 4-1 win against the Arkansas Travelers before 5,580 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park on Friday night.
Ellis (W, 2-4) and Travelers RHP Lindsey Caughel (L, 6-8) both worked out of a couple of jams through their first two scoreless innings, before Springfield (12-9, 47-44) powered in front in the top of the third. With one down in the frame, 2B Darren Seferina slugged his first-career Double-A home run, a solo shot to right field, swinging Springfield into the 1-0 lead.
The Cardinals then doubled the advantage in the top of the fourth inning. With one away, C Andrew Knizner extended a six-game hitting streak with a double torched to left-center field. One out later, SS Tommy Edman came through with an RBI single pulled to right field, plating Knizner to make it 2-0.
Ellis kept the two-run lead intact throughout the remainder of his start, dealing a stifling 6.0 innings and carrying the Cardinals into the bottom of the seventh. After the first two batters of the inning reached, LHP Corey Littrell took over for Springfield. SS Adam Law welcomed Littrell to the mound with a bunt single, loading the bases with no outs. Littrell, though, dug in with a fielder's choice, a strikeout and a groundout, stranding the bases loaded the getting the Cardinals out of the seventh still up, 2-0.
Springfield then doubled the lead with two insurance runs in the top of the eighth. DH Bruce Caldwell started the frame with a single against LHP Paul Paez, leading to RHP Tyler Knigge coming in to face LF Randy Arozarena. Arozarena, though, scorched a double to left field, moving Caldwell around to third base. 1B John Nogowski skied an RBI sacrifice fly that brought in Caldwell and moved Arozarena to third base, before an RBI single from C Andrew Knizner brought in Arozarena for the 4-0 lead.
RHP Dailyn Martinez blanked the Travelers (9-12, 41-50) in the bottom of the eighth, before Arkansas got on the board in the ninth. RHP Landon Beck took over to start the frame and quickly retired the first batter, but SS Adam Law and CF Ian Miller connected for consecutive doubles, plating the Travs first run. Beck, however, responded with back-to-back strikeouts, slamming the door with no further damage and closing the 4-1 win for Springfield.
Replica 1942 World Championship Rings, Free Pregame Ice Cream for Kids and Kids Run the Bases on Sunday, July 16
The Cardinals conclude the quick four-game series in Arkansas at 6:10pm on Saturday. 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.
The Cardinals then return home for the next fun-filled homestand at Hammons Field from Sunday, July 16 - Wednesday, July 19. Don't miss any of the upcoming fun, including:
-Sunday, July 16, 6:10pm - St. Louis Cardinals Replica 1942 World Series Championship Ring Giveaway (2,000), Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday and Kids Run the Bases. Gates open at 5:10pm.
-Monday, July 17, 6:30pm - Monday Night Baseball vs. NW Arkansas Naturals. Gates open at 5:30pm.
-Tuesday, July 18, 6:30pm - Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day. Gates open at 5:30pm.
-Wednesday, July 19, 6:30pm - Wednesday Night Baseball vs. NW Arkansas Naturals. Gates open at 5:30pm.
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