TULSA, Ok. -- The Springfield Cardinals (9-11, 39-51) closed the road trip with a series win in Tulsa (10-10, 47-42), claiming the finale against the Drillers, 8-4, on Wednesday night.
W: RHP Angel Rondon (4-1)
L: RHP J.D. Martin (2-7)
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
-For the third straight game, the Cardinals scored first. CF Dylan Carlson led off the game with an infield single, before stealing second. He moved to third on a groundout by 2B Michael Perri and scored on an RBI groundout from C Jose Godoy, lifting the Cardinals into the 1-0 lead.
-Tulsa tied it in the bottom of the first, but the Cardinals reclaimed the lead in the second with an RBI double by 1B Zach Kirtley and an RBI single from SS Rayder Ascanio, opening a 3-1 advantage.
-An RBI sac fly from Kirtley added a fourth run in the third, before Springfield padded the lead to 6-1 in the fourth with an RBI single by 2B Michael Perri and an RBI groundout from C Jose Godoy.
-Springfield kept swinging in the seventh with a two-run single by RHP Angel Rondon, extending the advantage to 8-1.
-The Drillers refused to go down quietly with a two-out rally in the ninth, striking with a two-run double from SS Zach McKinstry and an RBI base hit by 2B Errol Robinson. With one on and two away, RF Cody Thomas hit a fly ball to deep right field. RF Justin Toerner tracked it back to the fence and jumped over the short wall into the Tulsa bullpen to rob Thomas of a two-run homer and make a highlight-reel, game-ending catch.
-RHP Angel Rondon tossed 6.2 innings with just one run on six hits, not allowing a single walk and striking out five. The Cardinals starters have now spun 10 quality starts in their last 12 games.
-SS Rayder Ascanio went 3x4 with two runs and an RBI, and has hit safley in 11 of his last 13 games.
-CF Dylan Carlson notched his second-straight three-hit game, going 3x5 with two more runs scored, increasing his Double-A leading total of runs this season to 63.
-The Cardinals 14 hits marked their highest hit total since they tallied 14 on May 16 in NW Arkansas.
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