June 4, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Springfield Cardinals
Springfield, MO - The San Antonio Missions avoided being swept by the Springfield Cardinals with a 6-1 win before 3,559 fans at Hammons Field on Sunday. In 1st place in the North Division by 1.0 game, the Cardinals won back-to-back series with a 4-2 record during the homestand.
For the third straight game, the Cardinals (29-25) got on the board first against the Missions (31-25), striking in the bottom of the second. Facing RHP Brett Kennedy (W, 5-3) with two down and the bases empty, 2B Dickie Joe Thon belted a solo blast over the left field fence, his fourth home run of the season to propel the Cardinals into the 1-0 lead.
Cardinals RHP Chris Ellis (L, 0-1) started his outing with four straight scoreless innings, but the Missions rallied in front in the top of the fifth inning. With one on and two down, a base hit from SS Jose Rondon and a walk by RF Franmil Reyes loaded the bases and kept the inning alive for 1B Ty France. France promptly pulled a three-run double into the left field corner, clearing the bases and catapulting the Missions in front, 3-1.
The Missions added to their advantage with another two-out run in the top of the seventh. LHP Corey Littrell, making his season debut, retired the frame's first two batters with a strikeout and a foul out. Reyes, though, worked another two-out walk to extend the inning, before racing all the way in on an RBI double from France, his fourth RBI on the day, stretching it to a 4-1 Missions lead.
After a two hour and 33 minute rain delay to start the bottom of the eighth, the Missions navigated through a scoreless eighth inning and added to their lead in the top of the ninth. With one on and two down, France struck again with a two-run home run to swing the Missions in front, 6-1.
Missions RHP Eric Yardley (S, 4) closed it out with a scoreless bottom of the ninth, finishing the 6-1 win for San Antonio.