Springfield, MO - 2B Jacob Wilson belted the game-winning, solo home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and lift the Springfield Cardinals to the 2-1 walk-off win against the Tulsa Drillers before 3,339 fans at Hammons Field on Tuesday night. RHP Sam Gaviglio dominated the Drillers through his seven innings, striking out a season-high 11 batters with only one run allowed.
Gaviglio and Tulsa RHP Jonathan Gray put on a show throughout the first half of the game, alternating scoreless innings in a pitchers' duel. Gray lasted the first five frames, walking only three Cardinals while not allowing a single hit. However, Gaviglio matched Gray in each frame, notching his 11 strikeouts, the most by any Cardinal this season, through his first six scoreless innings while scattering only four hits.
Gaviglio retired the first out in the seventh as well, but the Drillers (35-28) broke through after that. 1B Harold Riggins reached on an infield single, before being retired at second base on a fielder's choice hit into by 3B Joey Wong. With Wong at first, RF Jared Simon placed an RBI double inside the left field line, bringing in Wong for game's first run and the 1-0 lead.
Tulsa RHP Ryan Arrowood had kept the Drillers no-hitter going through the sixth, but the Cardinals (30-34) ended the no-hit bid and tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. With two down, All-Star 1B Jonathan Rodriguez launched a solo home run to left-center field, squaring the score at 1-1.
LHP Justin Wright (W, 2-0) took over on the mound for the eighth and picked up right where Gaviglio had left off, striking out four through two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.
With the 1-1 tie still intact and LHP Kraig Sitton (L, 2-2) on the mound for the bottom of the ninth, 2B Jacob Wilson led off the final frame with a towering solo home run to right field, catapulting the Cardinals to the 2-1 walk-off win.
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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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Trevor Rosenthal Bobbleheads, Country Music Fireworks, Military Appreciation Night and much more this week
The Cardinals continue the homestand with Wednesday Night Baseball vs. Northwest Arkansas this Wednesday at 7:10pm. Gates open at 6:10pm.
The homestand also includes -
-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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