by Springfield Cardinals Media Office
The Springfield Cardinals (3-7) battled back from being down a run twice in extra innings to beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (4-6) 4-3 in 11 innings on Saturday at Hammons Field.
The win pushed the Cardinals win streak to three games after an 0-7 start to the season on the road. The 3-0 home start is the best for Springfield since winning the first four home games of the 2010 season.
W: LHP Jacob Patterson (2-1)
L: RHP Walker Sheller (0-2)
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
- 3B Elehuris Montero won it for the Cardinals with a no-out, bases-loaded 11th-inning double into the gap in right, scoring 1B Evan Mendoza and RF Johan Mieses.
- In the 10th, CF Dylan Carlson kept Springfield alive with a sacrifice fly that brought Conner Capel home and tied the game 3-3.
- While the Naturals scored the inherited extra-inning runner in both the 10th and the 11th, Cardinals relievers RHP Kodi Whitley and Patterson both stranded runners in scoring position to keep the Cardinals within a run, Whitley in the 10th and Patterson in the 11th.
- LHP Austin Warner put in the best start of the Cardinals season, tossing 5.0 scoreless innings and striking out five while allowing just one hit and four walks.
- After two hits in each of his first two home games, Montero is now 5-for-13 with three extra-base hits and six RBIs in three games at Hammons Field.
- 1B Evan Mendoza extended his hit streak to five games with a 1-for-5 day.
- Carlson’s seven-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 day.