Springfield Cardinals (AA): Despite home runs (solo shots) by Jose Martinez and Mark Shorey, the AA-Cards dropped one to the Arkansas Travelers 4-2 at Hammons Field last night.
Jess Todd suffered the loss, his record now at 3-4. Todd gave up all four of the Travelers runs over his 4.1 innings or starting work. Todd walked only one while striking out six.
Martinez went 3-for-4 on the day, with the home run and a double.
TULSA–The Springfield Cardinals were in Tulsa again tonight to take on the Drillers.
Adam Daniels got the start for the Cards while Kip Wells took the mound for the Drillers. For Wells, this was his second rehab appearance. The Colorado Rockies are planning on calling him back to the Bigs to go back into their rotation for the second half of the major league season.
The Cards would draw first blood, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Isa Garcia singled home Mark Shorey, who had doubled to lead off the inning, then advanced to third on a Matt Pagnozzi ground ball to the right side.
Jon Jay singled to start off the third, then stole second, his tenth of the season. Will walked Cody Haerther. Andrew Brown then singled, loading the bases. Mark Shorey hit a sacrifice fly to right field, Jon Jay tagging up and scoring the Cards’ second run, making it 2-0.
The Drillers made up the two runs in the bottom of the third, Troy Tulowitzki leading off with a single up the middle. Daniels asked for trouble then, walking the next hitter. He managed a strikeout, but the Drillers’ Tony Blanco doubled to right field, scoring both base runners to tie the game at 2-2.
The Cards went down in order the the fourth, as did the Drillers.
In the fifth, Springfield’s Haerther reached on an infield single, but the Cards could making nothing out it.
Tulsa attempted to make something out a fielding error by Mark Shorey, Tulowitzki reaching to start the bottom of the fifth. Tulowitzki advanced on a sacrifice bunt, but remained at second while Jon Jay collected a fly ball for the second out in center. Daniels walked Blanco, then chucked a wild pitch that permitted both base runners to scamper up a base each. Daniels then walked another Driller to load the bases, and the Cards worked a force out, second baseman Casey Rowlett to shortstop Tyler Greene at second base to end the threat.
Springfield went down in order in the top of the sixth.
The Drillers failed to take advantage of an Isa Garcia throwing error in the bottom of the sixth. Springfield’s Scott Vander Weg came on in relief to get Tulowitzki to fly out.
The Cardinals wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the eighth, using a pinch-hitter in the process for Vander Weg.
Marco Gonzalez faced the Drillers in relief in the bottom of the eighth, getting promptly greeted by a leadoff double. A sac-bunt moved the base runner to third with one out in a game that had been knotted up at 2-each for several innings. Another textbook baseball play, a sac-fly this time, the base runner at third tagging up and scoring the go-ahead run, making it 3-2. Pagnozzi killed the rally by throwing out a base runner attempting to steal second.
Down a run in the ninth, it was do or die for Springfield. With one out, Greene drew a walk, advancing to second on a Jay line drive single to left. Haerther struck out and the Cards were down to their last out. Andrew Brown was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Shorey, who lined a single to center. Green and Jay scored, putting the Cards up 4-3.
The Cardinals brought Fernando Salas on in relief of Gonzalez, the Drillers challenging him as they had the other relievers, singling with the leadoff batter. After a fly out, Salas played with fire by walking a man, putting base runners on first and second with one out. Salas made up for the walk with a strikeout, then threw a fly out to finish off the Drillers for the save, his 16th, the Cards nipping the Tulsa team 4-3.
Gonzalez (4-0) got the win.
Shorey went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Jay went 3-for-5, scoring two runs.
TULSA, OK–The Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies pounded the Springfield Cardinals 14-2 in Texas League action yesterday, scoring in six of the eight innings in which they batted.
Suffering the loss was Kyle Sadlowski (2-1, 5.05), giving up 10 runs, all of them earned, on 11 hits in only 4.2 innings. Sadlowski walked five while striking out one.
Also hit up for two runs apiece in the shellacking were Jonathan Mikrut and Luke Gregerson.
Not much offense to speak of this time, Mark Shorey going 2-for-4 and accounting for two RBIs, one each on his single and double. Cody Haerther also doubled, his only hit in four at-bats.
These two Double-A squads will face each other twice more, the next game tonight at 7:05 CDT.
The probables are, for Springfield, Adam Daniels (1-3, 6.41), and for Tulsa, former ML-level Card’s pitcher Kip Wells (0-0, -.–). Wells is just coming off the 60-day Dl. This start will be his second, and most likely, final rehab appearance before rejoining the parent club Rockies for the second half of the major league season.
Having Wells pitch against the AA-Cardinals is an excellent opportunity for the minor league hitters to “get a taste” of a pitcher who has had a lot of major league level experience.
TULSA, OK–Travelling is a bit easier to cope with when you win. It’s a lot easier when you win two!
And it gets real interesting when both teams run out of pitchers. That’s what happened due to an extra-inning game in the nightcap. Both the Drillers and the Cardinals were forced to put their catchers on the mound to finish the second game. Matt Pagnozzi worked the hill for Springfield, earning his first win, now 1-0 as a hurler.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate Springfield Cardinals took both sides of doubleheader from the Tulsa Drillers on Sunday, winning 4-2 in the early game and 7-3 in extra innings in the nightcap.
In the first game, Kyle Mura improved to 2-1, just one out shy of a complete seven-game win. Luke Gregerson needed only one pitch in relief to earn a save, his ninth this season.
Allen Craig hit a home run.
In the nightcap, Brandon Yarbrough went 3-for-5 with a triple.
Cody Haerther went 3-for-4 with two doubles.
Also hitting doubles were: Matt Pagnozzi, Tyler Greene, Isa Garcia, Mark Shorey, Andrew Brown, and John Jay.
Starter Justin Fiske got no decision, but threw three complete innings, allowing no runs on two hits. Fiske walked two and struck out five.
Reliever Joshua Dew struck out four.