Cardinals Pounded by Midland 18-4April 15, 2012 - Texas League (TL) Springfield Cardinals
Springfield wasted no time jumping out in front Sunday afternoon in the first inning as Jose Garcia double to start the game, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Oscar Taveras' RBI ground out to grab a quick 1-0 lead.
Lyons fired a scoreless first inning, but ran into trouble in the second. After allowed a lead-off single and a walk, Lyons struck out a batter before surrendering an RBI single to Jeremy Barfield to tie the game. Another walk loaded the bases for Dusty Coleman who delivered a sacrifice fly to give Midland a 2-1 lead. Conner Crumbliss followed with an RBI single to score another run and increase the lead to two runs. Lyons would leave the game after the single giving way to Scott Schneider who struck out the final batter of the inning.
Schneider retired the first two batters with faced in the 3rd, but issued a walk to Michael Spina. The next four hitters delivered RBI hits to score four in the frame to give Midland a 7-1 lead.
The Cardinals righty began the 4th, but would not finish it after allowing three straight hits, including an RBI single by Shane Peterson to increase the lead to 8-1. Kevin Thomas entered out of the Springfield bullpen and did not fare much better as he allowed an RBI single to Anthony Aliotti and a three run homer to Jeremy Barfield making it 12-1. Two more singles and a two-run double by Josh Horton, his second of the inning put the RockHounds in front 14-1. In all, seven runs scored on eight hits in the bottom of the fourth.
Despite the score, the Cardinals offense never gave in as they got to Daley for two more runs in the 7th as Greg Garcia single, Kolten Wong double and Niko Vasquez brought them both home with a single to bring the tally to 14-3. Daley finished his outing throwing 6.1 innings allowing three runs on eight hits.
Midland would add four more runs, one in the 7th and three in the 8th to lead 18-4 and would win by that final score. The RockHounds 18 runs and 22 hits in the game tied a franchise record for most runs and hits allowed in a game by a Springfield team.
Springfield will continue their three-game series with the Midland RockHounds Monday night at 6:30pm at Citibank Ballpark. The Cardinals will send righty Scott Gorgen to the mound against AJ Griffin of the RockHounds.
The Redbirds will return to Hammons Field Thursday, April 19th to begin divisional play against the Tulsa Drillers. 2,000 fans will receive a Replica World Series Ring. This piece of history will be a hot giveaway item so get your tickets and get to the ballpark early! And, every Thursday is Johnsonville "Buck a Brat" Night featuring $1 Johnsonville bratwurst all night long. Tickets are available by visiting the Hammons Field Ticket Office, online at springfieldcardinals.com or by calling (417) 863-2143.
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