Springfield, MO - The Tulsa Drillers opened the series with an 11-0 win against the Springfield Cardinals before 6,269 fans at Hammons Field on Saturday night.
Springfield RHP Kurt Heyer (L, 2-3) and Tulsa RHP Dan Winkler both were dominant out of the gates, alternating scoreless frames to start their duel. Winkler kept the Cardinals (28-33) hitless through his 3.2 innings before leaving the game due to injury.
Heyer matched Winkler by keeping the Drillers (34-26) bats at bay through his first five scoreless frames, before Tulsa broke through in the top of the sixth inning. 1B Ryan Casteel started the sixth with a pop up to the right side that fell in safely when 1B Jonathan Rodriguez lost it in the sun. Casteel ended up at second on the play, before C Dustin Garneau brought him in one out later with an RBI double. RF Tyler Massey scored Garneau with an RBI triple, and then 3B Joey Wong capped the rally with an RBI sacrifice fly for the 3-0 lead.
Tulsa kept swinging away in the seventh and eighth against the Cards bullpen. After a pair of one-out singles and a walk loaded the bases in the seventh, an RBI triple from LF Brian Humphries and an RBI single by 1B Harold Riggins stretched it to a 7-0 lead. The Drillers dealt their final blows with an RBI single by SS Cristhian Adames and a three-run home run from Casteel in the eighth, accounting for the eventual final score in the 11-0 Tulsa win.
Click here for the complete box score from Saturday's game.
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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Mercy Dry Fit Shirts, Free Ice Cream for Kids, Kids Race the Bases and a Specialty Jersey Auction on Sunday
The Cardinals continue the homestand against the Drillers on Sunday at 6:10pm. Sunday features the Mercy 10th Season Dry Fit Shirt Giveaway for 2,500 fans. It is also a Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream for kids before the game. All kids can then run the bases after the game with The Track Family Fun Parks Kids Race the Bases promotion. The Cardinals will also be wearing Specialty Throwback Jerseys on Sunday that will be auctioned off during the game to benefit Newborns in Need. Gates open at 5:10pm.
Also coming up this homestand is -
-Monday Night Baseball vs. Tulsa this Monday at 7:10pm. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-Six Flags St. Louis Free Kids Admission Pass Giveaway (2,500) and Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day on Tuesday. First Pitch is 7:10pm, gates open at 6:10pm.
-Wednesday Night Baseball vs. Northwest Arkansas this Wednesday at 7:10pm. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-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.
Click here for the complete 2014 Promotional Schedule and to get your tickets right now.
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