North Little Rock, AR - The Arkansas Travelers claimed game three of the series, 7-2, against the Springfield Cardinals before 5,327 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park on Friday night. SS Ramon Urias went a perfect 4x4 with a home run, a double, two singles and a walk to extend his hitting streak to 12 straight games.
Cardinals RHP Sam Tewes and Travelers RHP Chase De Jong (W, 5-4) exchanged a pair of scoreless frames to start, before a solo blast from 2B Ramon Urias in the top of the third lifted the Cardinals (5-16, 38-53) ahead, 1-0.
The Travelers (12-7, 47-42) countered with a two-run shot from 3B Chris Mariscal in the bottom of the fourth, the only two runs they scored against Tewes in his five frames.
Springfield squared it right back up in the top of the sixth inning. RF Lane Thomas led off by reaching on an error, before racing around to third on a single from 3B Evan Mendoza. LF Victor Roache then skied an RBI sacrifice fly to center, plating Thomas and tying the game, 2-2.
The Travelers, though, reclaimed the lead right away in the bottom of the sixth against LHP Elniery Garcia (L, 0-1). A throwing error brought in the go-ahead run, followed later by an RBI single from RF Logan Taylor that made it 4-2.
Arkansas then added three insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. RHP Junior Fernandez, the Cardinals #10 prospect, took over to start the inning for his Double-A debut. However, a pair of walks around a strikeout were followed by an RBI double from DH Eric Filia. The Cardinals intentionally walked 1B Dario Pizzano, but Fernandez lost Mariscal to an RBI walk. SS Yonathan Mendoza dealt the final blow with an RBI fielder's choice, making it 7-2.
After De Jong's seven innings, RHP Stephen Perakslis closed the door with two scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth, wrapping up the 7-2 win for Arkansas.
Carlos Martinez Bobbleheads this Sunday, July 15 kick off homestand
The Cardinals conclude the road trip in Arkansas on Saturday at 6:10pm. 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 returns home for a four-game series at Hammons Field against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals from Sunday, July 15 - Wednesday, July 18, featuring:
-Sunday, July 15, 6:10pm - St. Louis Cardinals Carlos Martinez Mystery Hair Bobblehead Giveaway (2,000), Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday and Kids Run the Bases. Gates open at 5:10pm.
-Monday, July 16, 6:30pm - Monday Night Baseball vs. Northwest Arkansas. Gates open at 5:30pm.
-Tuesday, July 17, 6:30pm - Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day. Gates open at 5:30pm.
-Wednesday, July 18, 6:30pm - Purina Woof Wednesday with dogs welcome at the ballpark. Gates open at 5:30pm.
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