A rough start gave way to a great night for the Springfield Cardinals as Irving Lopez homered twice to help the team come back from an early deficit to top the Tulsa Drillers 6-5 at Hammons Field Monday night.
The Drillers hit the scoreboard early when Chris Parmelee hit a moonshot over the right field wall that landed on top of the Bill Rowe training center over 400 feet away. Then after a Zach Reks single, Cody Thomas hit a two-run shot over the left field wall to put the Drillers up 3-0 after the top of the second.
In the bottom of the third, Kramer Robertson walked to lead off the inning and the Cardinals made the Drillers pay for it, as Irving Lopez hit his fourth home run of the season to cut the Drillers lead to 3-2.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Cardinals first baseman Chris Chinea hit his first home run, a bomb to left center field that landed on the concrete below the huge Hammons Field jumbotron. Tie game, 3-3.
The bottom of the fifth brought more offensive fireworks from Irving Lopez. After Scott Hurst reached on a single, Lopez hit his second home run of the game and his fifth homer of the year to put the Cardinals up 5-3.
The Drillers got one back in the top of the sixth when Zach Reks singled to right, Jared Walker singled to right and then Omar Estevez hit a line drive single to center scoring Reks. 5-4 Cardinals.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Cardinals picked up their insurance runs. Evan Mendoza and Chris Chinea walked to lead off the inning. After a strikeout by Conner Capel, Jose Godoy smacked a single to left to scoe Mendoza to give the Cardinals a 6-4 lead.
In the top of the 9th, the Drillers made it interesting. Gavin Lux smashed a home run to dead center field to cut the lead to one….but that’s all the Drillers could manage as Seth Elledge shut the door.
Perez picks up the win for the Cardinals.