Lopez walks it off for Cardinals in home opener

By Springfield Cardinals | April 12, 2019 1:03 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Cardinals (1-7) opened their 2019 home schedule with a 12-11 walk-off win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (4-4) at Hammons Field on Thursday night in front of 5,743 fans.

W: LHP Jacob Patterson (1-1)
L: RHP Yunior Marte (0-2)

-2B Irving Lopez crushed a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth for the 12-11 final.

-Jose Godoy drew Springfield within 11-10 when his fly out to center in the ninth inning led to Scott Hurst scoring.

-Northwest Arkansas scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth, marking the second time in the game the Naturals battled back and took the lead from three or more runs down.

-CF Dylan Carlson extended his hitting streak to six games with a 2-for-4 night.

-SS Kramer Robertson's two-run homer in the fifth marked the third straight game with a long-ball for the shortstop and put the Cardinals ahead 6-5. Robertson finished Wednesday's game 2-for-3 with four runs and is 6-for-10 with six runs and seven RBIs in his last three games.

-2B Irving Lopez has now homered in back-to-back games following his walk-off shot.

- Six different Cardinals posted multi-hit nights, including Lopez (2-for-4), Conner Capel (3-for-4), Elehuris Montero (2-for-5), Robertson and Jose Godoy (2-for-5).

- Friday Night Fireworks featuring 80s Music
- Great Southern Bank Magnet Schedule Giveaway (3,500 fans)

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