Springfield, MO - The San Antonio Missions out-powered the Springfield Cardinals, 7-4, before 3,852 fans at Hammons Field on Monday night. The two teams combined for 11 runs, all of which came on the five combined homers in the contest.
The Missions (11-7, 49-38) swung in front with four two-out tallies against LHP Jonathan Cornelius (L, 1-3) in the top of the third inning. With two away and the bases clear, a LF Reymond Fuentes single and a 1B Tommy Medica double put two on in scoring position. After a walk drawn by RF Yeison Asencio loaded the bases, 3B Jake Blackwood lined a grand slam that just cleared the right field fence, lifting the Missions into the 4-0 advantage.
Springfield (8-10, 41-45), though, got the power bats going in their side of the fourth inning to charge back even on the scoreboard. Facing RHP Keyvius Sampson (W, 6-4), RF Stephen Piscotty scorched a solo home run to left field, getting the Cardinals on the board. Consecutive singles by C Cody Stanley and 2B Luis Mateo put two runners on, before SS Jake Lemmerman tied the game, 4-4, with a towering three-run homer to left field, making it a brand-new ball game through the first four frames.
San Antonio powered back in front in the top of the sixth inning. After a one-out base hit by 2B Adam Buschini, SS Jeudy Valdez struck with a two-run homer to left field, moving the Missions ahead, 6-4.
Medica then tacked on the final run of the contest, knocking a solo home run over the right field fence in the top of the seventh to account for the eventual final score, 7-4, in the San Antonio win.
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The Cardinals kick off a four-game road series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Wednesday at 7pm. 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 then returns home for a four-game home series against the Arkansas Travelers, starting this Sunday at 6:09pm. This Sunday is the Rick's Automotive Pink Tote Bag Giveaway (2,500) and the Pink in the Park Specialty Jersey Auction, benefiting the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
Sunday is also a Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday with a free ice cream party for kids before the game, courtesy of Hiland Dairy. All kids can then run the bases just like the Cardinals after the game. Gates open at 5:09pm.
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