The Springfield Cardinals picked up their 13th loss of the year, getting chomped by the Amarillo Sod Poodles 9-6 at Hammons Field on Tuesday night.
Things started rocky for the Cardinals as starter Casey Meisner walked the first batter he faced and then hit the second. That allowed Poodles shortstop Owen Miller to bring home the first run with a bloop single to left field. The Cardinals defense stepped up with a 5-4-3 double play to help Meisner get out of the inning with only the one run given up.
In the bottom of the second, the Cardinals tied it up on a single to center by Scott Hurst with two outs that allowed Elehuris Montero to score.
In the third, more noise from the Sod Poodles as Owen Miller singled to right field. Hudson Potts then hit his second home run of the season to put the Poodles up 3-1.
In the top of the fourth, the Sod Poodles began the inning with a leadoff walk to Chris Baker. Jesse Scholtens tried to make a sacrifice bunt and ended up placing a bunt that allowed him to reach first for a bunt single, sending Baker to second. Baker then scored on another bunt single, this time by Rodrigo Orozco, and the two runners advanced to second and third after a throwing error to first by pitcher Casey Meisner.
Then, with the Poodles up 4-1, Edward Olivares singled to left field, scoring Scholtens to give Amarillo a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Evan Mendoza hit a moonshot over the left field wall to bring the Cardinals within 3 runs. It was Mendoza’s first home run of the year. Elehuris Montero doubled to right field and scored on a single from Kramer Robertson, making the score 5-3 Sod Poodles.
Then Scott Hurst, who had hits in his three previous at-bats including the previous game, hammers a line drive to the wall in left field. Robertson, who had stolen second base, came in to score and cut the Amarillo lead to one run.
The Cardinals then set in a pinch hitter for the pitcher…and Shane Billings proceeded to take the first pitch he saw over the left field wall to give the Cardinals a 6-5 lead.
Then the wheels came off the Cardinals’ wagon.
A walk came back to bite the Cardinals in the top of the sixth, with Jorge Ona moving to third on a Webster Rivas single and scoring on a ground ball back through the middle that pitcher Mike O’Reilly knocked down but was unable to get an out on any base. Tie game, 6-6.
After a walk loaded the bases with two outs, Edward Olivares hit his sixth double of the year to score two runs and put the Sod Poodles up 8-6.
The score held steady until the top of the ninth inning when Amarillo’s Jorge Ona again lead off an inning with a walk. Webster Rivas was hit by a pitch moving Ona up to second. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt and Ona scored on an error by Cardinals second baseman Irving Lopez.
The Poodles took a 9-6 lead and held on for their 8th win of the year. The Cardinals fall to 6-13.