Corpus Christi, TX - LHP Evan Kruczynski continued his incredible start to his Double-A career, twirling 7.0 shutout innings to lead the Springfield Cardinals to the 7-0 win against the Corpus Christi Hooks before 5,126 fans at Whataburger Field on Friday night. Winners of three of their four games on the Texas leg of the trip, the Cardinals are 16-10 in their last 26 games overall.
Kruczynski (W, 2-1) dominated the Hooks lineup through 7.0 scoreless frames, allowing just four hits with no walks and five strikeouts, allowing only one man to reach third base. It marked the third straight 7.0-inning start for Kruczynski, who has allowed just one run in 21.0 total frames in the Texas League for a 0.43 ERA.
Kruczynski and Hooks LHP Brett Adcock (L, 1-1) alternated three scoreless innings to start, before the Cardinals (21-27, 54-64) swung in front in the top of the fourth.
The Cardinals added to the lead in the top of the seventh. With two on and two away, SS Tommy Edman clobbered a three-run blast inside the right field line, part of a three-hit and three-RBI night for the leadoff man, making it 5-0.
Springfield kept swinging in the eighth. A one-out single from 2B Andy Young sparked the charge, followed quickly by an RBI double to center field from LF Johan Mieses. Mieses then came home on an RBI double from Martinez, who also had three hits and three RBIs, opening the Cardinals lead to 7-0.
After Kruczynski's 7.0 scoreless frames, RHP Hector Mendoza and RHP Ramon Santos each logged a perfect relief inning to close the 7-0 shutout win for Springfield.
Bob Gibson Career Highlights Bobbleheads, Snoopy Bobbleheads and more August 14 - 19
The Cardinals continue the trip in Corpus Christi on Saturday at 7:05pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7FM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Coyotes Sports Cafe Pregame Show.
Springfield then returns home for a fun-filled homestand from Tuesday, August 14 - Sunday, August 19, featuring:
-Tuesday, August 14, 6:30pm - Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield School Supply Drive. Gates open at 5:30pm.
-Wednesday, August 15, 6:30pm - Purina Woof Wednesday with dogs welcome at the game. Gates open at 5:30pm.
-Thursday, August 16, 7:10pm - Henry's Towing Baseball Card Set Giveaway (2,000) and Klement's $1 Bratwurst Night. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-Friday, August 17, 7:10pm - Fans-On-Field Fireworks and Wedding Dance Party. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-Saturday, August 18, 6:10pm - Maria's Mexican Restaurant Bob Gibson Career Highlights Bobblehead Giveaway (2,000) and Specialty Jersey Auction to benefit Springfield Sports Commission. Gates open at 5:10pm.
-Sunday, August 19, 6:10pm - Peanuts & St. Louis Cardinals Snoopy Bobblehead Giveaway (2,000), Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday and Kids Run the Bases. Gates open at 5:10pm.
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