Drillers take series opener from Cardinals, 6-4

By Springfield Cardinals | July 8, 2019 11:27 PM

TULSA, Ok. -- Both sides battled back and forth throughout the game, but the Tulsa Drillers (10-8, 47-40) plated three in the sixth to come from behind for the 6-4 win against the Springfield Cardinals (7-11, 37-51) on Monday night.

DECISIONS:
W: LHP Edward Paredes (1-2)
L: LHP Evan Kruczynski (2-4)
S: LHP Victor Gonzalez (1)

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
-The Cardinals struck first with two runs in the second on an RBI sac fly by LHP Evan Kruczynski and a two-out RBI single from CF Scott Hurst.

-The Drillers responded with three runs in the bottom of the second, striking with RBI singles from CF Logan Landon, RHP Edwin Uceta and SS Omar Estevez for the 3-2 lead.

-An RBI double by SS Rayder Ascanio in the top of the fourth brought home 3B Yariel Gonzalez to tie it at 3-3 for Springfield.

-Gonzalez then struck in the top of the sixth, plating C Brian O'Keefe from second with an RBI double to left field, lifting the Cardinals into the 4-3 lead.

-Tulsa, though, responded right away once again. In the bottom of the sixth, a pinch-hit RBI double by RF Cody Thomas tied it, followed by RBI singles from 3B Zach McKinstry and 1B Cristian Santana to swing the Drillers ahead, 6-4.

NOTABLES:
-One night after driving in all four of Springfield's runs, 3B Yariel Gonzalez went 2x3 with an RBI double, a base hit, a walk and two runs. He has either driven in or scored eight of Springfield's last nine runs on the trip.

-SS Rayder Ascanio went 2x4 with an RBI double and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, reaching base safely in all 11.

-CF Scott Hurst went 1x4 with an RBI single and a walk, notching an RBI in his second straight game.

-RHP Bryan Dobzanski tossed a pair of hitless and scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth to keep Springfield close.

WHAT'S ON DECK:
-The Cardinals continue the trip in Tulsa on Tuesday at 7:05pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7 FM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Harbell's Grill and Sports Bar Pregame Show.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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