Drillers Swept In Doubleheader
The Springfield Cardinals swept Thursday's doubleheader against the Tulsa Drillers by scores of 2-1 and 4-1. Springfield's pitching staff shut down Tulsa's offense, giving up only two runs and allowing only six hits over the two games.
The pair of defeats extended Tulsa's losing streak to a season high six straight games. The Drillers record fell to .500 at 29-29 with the losses.
With their two wins, Springfield moved five games ahead of Tulsa in the Texas League North Division Standings with 12 games remaining in the first half.
Springfield starting pitchers Trey Hearne and Brandon Dickson both had strong starts, and the Cardinals took advantage of scoring opportunities to win their third game in a row against the Drillers
The Cards jumped to a quick lead in the game one. In the top of the first inning, a single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk loaded the bases for Mark Hamilton. Hamilton's line drive single to right field scored two runners and gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
Tulsa closed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Daniel Mayora walked and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Daniel Carte.
The Drillers got runners into scoring position in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, but were not able to score the tying run.
Springfield closer Francisco Samuel entered the game in the bottom of the seventh. He was able to get the first two outs of the inning, but he hit pinch-hitter Ryan Harvey who then moved to second on a wild pitch. Samuel struck out Cole Garner and secured the 2-1 win for the Cards with his 15th save of the season.
Hearne (5-1) picked up the win, giving up only one run on two hits in five innings. He struck five and walked three.
Tulsa's Jhoulys Chacin (4-5) pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks, but was forced to take the loss.
The Drillers scored the first run of the second game in the bottom of the third inning. Brad Corley led off with a single and scored on a two-out double by Mayora that gave Tulsa a 1-0 lead.
Springfield fought back in the fourth inning when Curt Smith pounded his second home run of the year into the left field netting.
Owasso's own Pete Kozma followed with a double to deep centerfield and later scored on a single by Jim Rapoport to put the Redbirds up 2-1.
The Cardinals extended their lead in the sixth inning. Reliever Jarrett Grube walked three batters in the inning and was relieved by Tommy Baumgardner. A Tyler Henley single scored two runners and extended Springfield's lead to 4-1.
Cardinals reliever Eduardo Sanchez gave up a single to Ryan Harvey to start the seventh inning, but he was able to get pinch hitter Garner to ground into a double play. Darin Holcomb grounded out to end the game. Sanchez pitched two innings of relief work to pick up his first save of the year.
Dickson (3-4) was credited with the win after pitching five innings. He gave up only one run on three hits with four strikeouts.
Tulsa's Xavier Cedeno (1-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in one and one-third innings of relief work.
The Drillers will try to end their losing streak as they continue their series with the Cardinals Friday night. Keith Weiser (3-5, 4.62 ERA) will start for Tulsa against Springfield's Ryan Kulik (1-3, 5.82 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Drillers Stadium.
• Discuss this story on the Texas League message board...
Texas League Stories from June 11, 2009
- Cards Take Two on Thursday - Springfield Cardinals
- Drillers Swept In Doubleheader - Tulsa Drillers
- Naturals Broom Travelers in Thursday Twinbill - Northwest Arkansas Naturals
- Sergio, Sutil, DeLome Slap RockHounds - Corpus Christi Hooks
- Padres to Hold Open Tryout Thursday - San Antonio Missions
- Making a Run - San Antonio Missions
- Travs break even on homestand, go for five in three days at NWA - Arkansas Travelers
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.