NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ar. -- Four Cardinals relievers combined to lead Springfield (19-30) to the 1-0 shutout win against the Arkansas Travelers (31-16) at Dickey-Stephens Park on Saturday evening.
W: LHP Jacob Patterson (4-2)
L: RHP Nabil Crismatt (1-3)
S: RHP Merandy Gonzalez (3)
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
-The Cardinals scored the game's only run in the top of the fourth inning when LF Dylan Carlson raced home from third base on a wild pitch.
-RHP Roel Ramirez made the spot start for Springfield and escaped his lone jam with back-to-back strikeouts to strand two runners in a scoreless second inning.
-RHP Merandy Gonzalez slammed the door with a game-ending strikeout of 3B Logan Taylor, stranding the potential game-tying run at third base and closing the 1-0 win for Springfield.
-LHP Jacob Patterson (3.1 IP), RHP Ronnie Williams (2.0 IP) and RHP Merandy Gonzalez (1.0 IP) followed Ramirez with scoreless relief work. They combined to retire 14 consecutive Travelers from the fourth inning into the ninth inning.
-LF Dylan Carlson went 3x4 with three singles, collecting all of Springfield's hits in the game and scoring the lone run.
-Arkansas RHP Nabil Crismatt went 7.0 innings with just one run on two hits in the loss.
WHAT'S ON DECK:
-The Cardinals close the series in Arkansas on Sunday at 2:10pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7FM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Harbell's Grill and Sports Bar Pregame Show.
-Springfield returns home for a promotion-packed six-game homestand from Tuesday, May 28 - Sunday, June 2. Check out all the upcoming fun and order your tickets right now at SpringfieldCardinals.com/promotions.
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