Springfield Cardinals Close Campaign With Comeback Win In Tulsa
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The Springfield Cardinals came from behind to beat the Tulsa Drillers, 9-8, on Monday.
Edited from a press release from the Springfield Cardinals:
The Springfield Cardinals scored seven runs between the sixth and seventh innings, coming from behind for the 9-8 win against the Tulsa Drillers before 4,511 fans at ONEOK Field in the season finale on Monday afternoon. CF Nick Martini helped pace the offense with four hits, including an RBI double.
The Cardinals close the season by winning four of their last six, finishing with a second half record of 34-36 and an overall record of 68-72.
After a quick 1-2-3 opening inning by RHP Nick Petree, the former Missouri State Bears standout in his Double-A debut, the Cardinals swung in front in the top of the second. Facing RHP Richard Castillo, the former Cardinal, RF David Popkins ripped a double inside the right field line with one away. CF Nick Martini, just joining springfield from High-A Palm Beach today, smoked an RBI double inside the third base line, bringing in Popkins for the 1-0 lead.
The Drillers (33-37, 71-68) responded with a pair of unearned runs against Petree in the bottom of the second. With two down and 1B Jayson Langfels on board after an error, he took off and swiped second base. C Will Swanner then grounded an RBI single through the middle, bringing in Langfels to square the score. Swanner raced all the way in when RF Jared Simon drove an RBI double to left-center field, swinging the Drillers ahead, 2-1.
Tulsa increased the advantage in the bottom of the third. With one down, 2B Trevor Story singled himself on. After moving to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch, LF Brian Humphries knocked him in with an RBI double one out later. 1B Jayson Langfels and 3B Joey Wong then placed consecutive RBI singles, stretching the advantage to 5-1.
Petree dug in with a scoreless bottom of the fourth, before the Cards chipped the deficit down with one in the top of the fifth. 3B Patrick Wisdom and LF Matt Williams worked back-to-back walks, followed one out later by an RBI single from 2B Breyvic Valera to plate Wisdom and make it just a 5-2 deficit.
The Drillers opened it to 7-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Springfield raced back into it with three in the top of the sixth. C Cody Stanley led off with a double, before taking third on a base hit from 1B Jonathan Rodriguez. Popkins brought in Stanley with an RBI fielder's choice, but Rodriguez was retired at second on the play. Singles by Martini and 3B Patrick Wisdom loaded the bases, before LF Matt Williams was hit by a pitch to force in one run. Martini wound up at third after the hit batter, and then raced home on a wild pitch from Castillo, bringing the Cards within two runs of tying it, 7-5.
A solo home run from LF Tyler Massey led off the bottom of the sixth and stretched the Tulsa lead to 8-5, but the Cardinals completed the comeback and raced in front with four runs in the top of the seventh against RHP Nate Striz (L, 2-2). With two down in the inning, Rodriguez initially extended the stanza with a stand-up double to right-center field. After a walk from Popkins, Martini collected another base hit to load the bases. With Wisdom at the plate, a wild pitch escaped from Striz and enabled all three runners to advance, with Rodriguez racing home. Wisdom then demolished a go-ahead, three-run home run to left field, swinging Springfield into the 9-8 lead with his 14th blast of the season.
RHP Jeremy Berg, who struck out the side in the seventh, gave way to LHP Jonathan Cornelius to start the bottom of the eighth. Cornelius retired one, before giving way to RHP Joey Donofrio after a single and a walk. Donofrio slammed the door with 1.2 scoreless innings, closing the 9-8 win for the Cardinals and nailing down his 16th save. RHP Corey Baker (W, 1-0) tossed 1.1 innings to collect the win for Springfield.
Click here for the complete box score from Monday's game.