Cardinals Sweep RoughRiders in Front of 5,741 Fans, Winning 5 of 6 During Homestand
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - For a brief moment, the momentum was Frisco's.
And then the bottom of the seventh happened.
A Cardinals team that had hit nine home runs in the first five home games of the season, and had already upped that total to 11 earlier Tuesday, hit two more in what ended up being a decisive four-run seventh inning in a 7-5 win over the RoughRiders with 5,741 fans watching.
The win secured a series sweep of the RoughRiders (3-9) for Springfield (6-6), which won five of six at Hammons Field beginning with last Thursday's home opener.
The scoring in the seventh started when Edmundo Sosa tied the game, 4-4, on a triple to deep center with one out, bringing home Tommy Edman, who had reached on an infield single.
One batter later, Lane Thomas did his thing, smacking a two-run bomb onto the walkway in left field that put the Cardinals up 6-4. Then, for the second time today, Springfield went back-to-back when John Nogowski powered one over the wall in left for a 7-4 Cardinals lead.
Nogowski's homer was his second in 11 games, matching his total reached in 59 games last season.
But the biggest moment of the game may have come in the top of the eighth. After Ramon Santos loaded the bases and gave up an RBI single, Chris Ellis got a strikeout and two groundouts to escape that bases loaded jam and preserve a 7-5 Cardinals lead.
Ellis pitched a clean ninth for his second save of the season, lowering his ERA to 0.93.
A BACK-AND-FORTH START SET UP THE FRANTIC FINISH
Two batters after Springfield starter Ryan Helsley (0-1) walked Frisco's Michael De Leon and Michael O'Neill to open the seventh, the RoughRiders tied the game, 3-3, on a Jose Trevino single off Landon Beck (1-0). The RoughRiders took the lead, 4-3, on a bases loaded walk drawn by Luis La O. Both runs were charged to Helsley. Beck, was credited with the win, escaped the bases loaded one-out jam with a double play following the walk.
Helsley allowed four runs on four hits and six walks in six-plus innings, striking out seven.
Earlier, back-to-back home runs by Darren Seferina and Chris Chinea put the Cardinals up 2-0 in the second inning. Seferina's shot was his second in as many games and Chinea's was the first homer of his Double-A career.
Frisco battled back with a run each in the third and fourth off Helsley. The first came off an RBI groundout by Hunter Cole with the bases loaded in the third. De Leon drove in the then-tying run on a single to right.
After Sosa doubled in the fifth, the Cardinals took a 3-2 lead on a Lane Thomas single to left. Sosa has three consecutive multi-hit games.
FRISCO: The RoughRiders head back home for a four-game series with Corpus Christi after a tough 0-6 road trip.
SPRINGFIELD: The red-hot Cardinals are already back to .500 after an 0-4 start to the season. Next, Springfield has a short trip south to North Little Rock for a four-game series with the Texas League North Division rival Arkansas Travelers.
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