San Antonio, TX - The San Antonio Missions edged the Springfield Cardinals, 3-2, to avoid being swept by the Cards before 4,393 fans at Wolff Stadium on Saturday night.
The Cardinals (3-6) again struck first, cracking the scoreless tie against RHP Justin Hancock (W, 1-1) in the top of the second inning. With one down, C Cody Stanley singled himself on, before racing all the way home on an RBI double down the left field line by 3B Patrick Wisdom, lifting Springfield into the 1-0 lead.
The Cards doubled the early advantage with another run in the top of the third. RHP Sam Gaviglio (L, 0-2) started the inning with a single, his first career hit. Gaviglio moved to second on a groundout, took third on a base hit by RF Rafael Ortega and then scored on an RBI fielder's choice from CF James Ramsey, making it 2-0.
After Gaviglio tossed three perfect innings to start his evening, the Missions (5-4) rallied with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. After a walk by CF Travis Jankowski to start the inning, 2B Cory Spangenberg got the Missions on the board with an RBI triple. He then scored from third on an RBI base hit by SS Jace Peterson, tying the game. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases, before a wild pitch brought in the go-ahead run for San Antonio. Gaviglio got out of it by striking out the side, but not before the Missions offense tilted the lead in their favor, 3-2.
The Cardinals threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two down, but RHP Dennis O'Grady dealt an inning-ending strikeout to escape the jam. RHP Johnny Barbato (S, 1) then tossed a scoreless ninth, closing the 3-2 win for San Antonio. The Cardinals received scoreless relief from LHP Danny Miranda (1.0 inning) and LHP Justin Wright (2.0 innings).
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Cardinals kick off next home series on Thursday, April 17
Springfield continues the Texas trip on Sunday against Corpus Christi at 1:10pm. 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 return home to start a four-game home series against the Arkansas Travelers on Thursday, April 17. Thursday's game is a "Buck a Brat" Night with $1 bratwursts at the ballpark. First Pitch is 7:10pm, gates open at 6:10pm.
The Cardinals and Travelers square off on Friday, April 18 for game two of the series at 7:10pm. Don't miss a phenomenal AM Pyrotechnics Friday Night Fireworks Show featuring One-Hit Wonders after the game. Gates open at 6:10pm.
The series continues on Saturday, April 19 with a 6:10pm First Pitch and the Branson Zipline Flight Crew T-Shirt Giveaway for 2,500 fans. Gates open at 5:10pm, so come early and get one of these one-of-a-kind t-shirts!
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. 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.
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