The Springfield Cardinals weren’t very friendly hosts to the visiting Arkansas Travelers, picking up a dominant 4-1 win Monday night at Hammons Field.
The Travelers lead off the scoring in the top of the second inning when Chris Mariscal hit his third home run of the season, over the left field wall, to give Arkansas the 1-0 lead.
The Cards burst into the lead in a big way in the bottom of the fifth. Brian O’Keefe singled to right after being denied a home run on a questionable call by the home plate umpire. Jose Martinez then grounded into a fielder’s choice, ending on first after O’Keefe was thrown out. He advanced to second when Irving Lopez reached on an error by the Travelers first baseman. Justin Williams singled to load the bases.
After a visit to the mound by the Travelers pitching coach, Dylan Carlson tripled down the right field line to clear the bases and give the Cards a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Conner Capel doubled into the right-center field gap and then stole third base. Brian O’Keefe hit a sacrifice fly to right allowing Capel to score, 4-1 Cardinals.
The Travelers were unable to get more than a runner to second base the rest of the game and Cards picked up the series opener at home.
The Cards host the Travelers again Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. for $1 hot dog night.