NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ar. --In just his second Double-A start, 21 year old RHP Angel Rondon struck out nine batters through 6.0 one-run frames, but the Arkansas Travelers (30-15) plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth to rally for the 4-1 win against the Springfield Cardinals (18-29) at Dickey-Stephens Park on Thursday night.
W: RHP Darin Gillies (2-1)
L: RHP Seth Elledge (2-3)
S: RHP Dan Altavilla (4)
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
-Arkansas jumped in front with a leadoff solo home run from DH Donnie Walton to start the bottom of the first, the only run allowed by RHP Angel Rondon.
-The Cardinals broke through to tie the game in the top of the eighth when LF Conner Capel connected on a two-out, two-strike RBI single up the middle, scoring 1B Evan Mendoza from third base to even it, 1-1.
-The Travs rallied right away in the bottom of the eighth, working two one-out walks to spark the charge. 3B Logan Taylor, SS Mike Ahmed and C Joseph Odom each then notched an RBI single, as Arkansas reclaimed the lead, 4-1.
-RHP Angel Rondon was superb in just his second-career Double-A start, allowing just the one run on five hits and one walk while striking out nine batters through his 6.0 innings.
-Arkansas RHP Andrew Moore allowed just a base hit through his 6.0 scoreless innings, facing the minimum 18 batters during his time on the mound.
-With his base hit in the eighth, 1B Evan Mendoza has now hit safely 20 of his last 22 games.
WHAT'S ON DECK:
-The Cardinals continue the series in Arkansas on Friday at 7:10pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7FM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Harbell's Grill and Sports Bar Pregame Show.
Springfield returns home for a promotion-packed seven-game homestand from Tuesday, May 28 - Sunday, June 2. Check out all the upcoming fun and order your tickets right now at SpringfieldCardinals.com/promotions.
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