SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Conner Greene's second start as a Cardinal was worth the wait.
Less than 24 hours after the postponement of Friday night's game, Greene tossed six innings of at-times perfect baseball, striking out eight and allowing just a single hit in a 5-0 Springfield win over Midland in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.
Greene (1-1) retired 16 consecutive RockHounds after allowing a single and loading the bases with one out in the top of the first, a jam he escaped with an inning-ending double play.
Springfield did all its damage in the bottom of the second, scoring all of the seven-inning game's five runs during a two-out rally capped by Tommy Edman's first home run of the season.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
Darren Seferina scored on an RBI single by Victor Roache with two outs in the second. That run would hold up thanks to Greene and Landon Beck's combined one-hitter. Beck struck out the side in the seventh, allowing a hit and a run.
Granden Goetzman made it 3-0 when he drove in Roache on a two-out single in the third.
The rally continued with Thomas Spitz doubling to left, scoring Goetzman. Edman's two-run homer capped the inning.
Going back to Thursday's 10-5 win, Cardinals pitchers allowed just two RockHounds hits over 10 innings through the end of Saturday's Game 1.
Roache is 5-for-10 with four RBIs over his last three games … Edman (.400) and Lane Thomas (.419) are two of six players in the Texas League still hitting above .400 … The last time Greene went at least six innings with one hit or fewer was Aug. 12, 2016, when he allowed zero hits in six innings for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats … Thomas' hit streak is at seven to open the season ...
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