Springfield, MO - The Springfield Cardinals were topped by the San Antonio Missions, 15-9, in an offensive battle before 4,238 fans at Hammons Field on Sunday evening. Cardinals CF Tommy Pham finished 3-for-5, just missing hitting for the cycle by a double.
After RHP Seth Blair (L, 0-1) retired the first six Missions in a row, San Antonio (6-4) charged in front with four runs in the top of the third inning. With C Eddy Rodriguez at second and one down, RHP Wilfredo Boscan placed an RBI single to left-center to open the scoring. The Missions worked the bases loaded with a walk and a base hit, before a two-out, bases-clearing double by 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones stretched the lead to 4-0.
However, the Cardinals (3-7) responded right away in the bottom of the fourth against Boscan. Blair sparked the rally with a one-out walk and quickly raced to third on a double down the left-field line by LF Mike O'Neill. Boscan struck out SS Jake Lemmerman, but 3B Ruben Gotay ripped a two-run double to right field, plating Blair and O'Neill. Gotay then trotted home on a two-run blast by 1B Xavier Scruggs over the left-center field wall, evening the score at 4-4.
Springfield kept swinging away in the bottom of the fourth. CF Tommy Pham led off with a solo bomb, lifting the Cardinals in front. Later in the frame with 2B Starlin Rodriguez at second and two down, O'Neill delivered with an RBI double to make it a two-run lead. Lemmerman followed with an RBI single to center, driving in O'Neill and stretching the advantage to 7-4.
However, San Antonio responded with an 11-run top of the fifth. The Missions rallied, utilizing 15 hits in the frame to take the 15-7 lead.
The Cardinals refused to go down quietly, chipping away with a run in the eighth and the ninth. Pham started the eighth with a triple and quickly scored on an RBI grounder by 2B Vance Albitz. O'Neill then led off the ninth with a single, working around to third on a wild pitch and a ground out. On another wild one from RHP Josh Geer, O'Neill was able to dart home from third base, accounting for the 15-9 eventual final score in the Missions win.
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The Cardinals take on the Missions at Hammons Field on Monday with a 7:09 First Pitch. Gates open at 6:09 p.m.
The two teams then wrap up the series with an 11:09 a.m. start on Tuesday morning. It will be a Discovery Center Science Behind Magic Educational Day and High School Career Day. Tuesday is also Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day with hot dogs for just a buck! Gates open at 10:09 a.m.
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