Nogowski's slam powers Cards past Travs, 6-4

By Springfield Cardinals | April 20, 2018 12:18 AM

North Little Rock, AR - Powered by a 1B John Nogowski grand slam, the Springfield Cardinals won their fourth straight game with a 6-4 victory against the Arkansas Travelers before 3,669 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park on Thursday night.

With wins in six of their last seven games and seven of their last nine, the red-hot Cardinals are above .500 for the first time this season, sitting in 2nd place in the North Division, just 1.0 game behind the Tulsa Drillers.

The Cardinals rallied with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 7th. With the game tied, 1-1, C Andrew Knizner battled out a go-ahead RBI walk that forced in LF Thomas Spitz from third base to make it 2-1. Nogowski then crushed a pitch to right field for the Cardinals first grand slam of the season, propelling Springfield into the 6-1 lead.

The Travs refused to go down easily, rallying for three runs against RHP Landon Beck in the bottom of the ninth. However, with the tying runs at first and second and just one out, LHP Jacob Evans (S, 1) navigated Springfield out of the jam with a fly out and a strikeout, slamming the door in the Cardinals 6-4 win.

After sitting down 16 straight Midland RockHounds in a dominant 6.0-inning scoreless performance last Saturday, RHP Conner Greene (W, 2-1) dealt 6.0 one-run frames tonight to collect his second straight win. The right-hander worked around four hits and four walks, striking out three.

-CF Lane Thomas drove in his team-leading 11th RBI with a two-out single in the 3rd inning, driving in the game's first run

-C Andrew Knizner collected two hits in addition to his go-ahead RBI walk, pushing his team-leading batting average to .394 on the year

-3B Tommy Edman went 2x5 with two runs, improving his stellar average on the road to .429 (12x28) through seven games away from Hammons Field

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Green Pinstripe Caps, Travel Duffle Bags, Pregame Happy Hour, Fans-On-Field Fireworks and more from April 23 - 30

The Cardinals continue the series in Arkansas this Friday at 7:10pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7FM and, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Coyote's Sports Cafe Pregame Show.

Springfield then returns home for an eight-game homestand with games at Hammons Field every day from Monday, April 23 - Monday, April 30. Don't miss any of the upcoming fun, including:

-Monday, April 23, 6:30pm - Monday Night Baseball vs. the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Gates open at 5:30pm.

-Tuesday, April 24, 6:30pm - Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day. Gates open at 5:30pm.

-Wednesday, April 25, 11:10am - Day Baseball, KY3 Weather School Educational Day and High School Career in Sports Day. Gates open at 10:10am.

-Thursday, April 26, 7:10pm - Klement's $1 Bratwurst Night and Pregame On-Field Happy Hour. Gates open at 6:10pm.

-Friday, April 27, 7:10pm - Fans-On-Field Fireworks with 27th Anniversary of 1991 Songs. Gates open at 6:10pm.

-Saturday, April 28, 4:10pm - Expedia Travel Duffle Bag Giveaway (2,000). Gates open at 3:10pm.

-Sunday, April 29, 2:10pm - Central Bank of the Ozarks Green Pinstripe Cap Giveaway (2,000), Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday and Kids Run the Bases. Gates open at 1:10pm.

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