by Springfield Cardinals Media Relations
A 7-3 ninth-inning lead disappeared on the Springfield Cardinals (18-28)
on Wednesday at Hammons Field, losing 9-7 to the Tulsa Drillers (24-21)
in front of 3,189 fans.
W: LHP Chris Nunn (1-1)
L: RHP Merandy Gonzalez (1-2)
S: RHP Shea Spitzbarth (3)
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
– Zach McKinstry’s three-run home run off Gonzalez with one out in the ninth put the Drillers ahead 8-7 and completed the all-too-quick comeback win for the visitors. The ninth inning started out in the same fashion, with Carlos Rincon taking Gonzalez deep to leadoff the inning. Four batters later, Gavin Lux singled home a run that cut the Cardinals lead to 7-5. McKinstry’s homer immediately followed, and then Angelo Mora made it back-to-back home runs and cemented the 9-7 final.
– After Tulsa had cut a 6-1 Cardinals lead to 6-3 with two runs in the eighth, 2B Irving Lopez pushed what appeared to be an insurance run across the plate in the bottom of the eighth that extended the lead to 7-3.
– Tulsa’s late push actually started in the top of the eighth with back-to-back home runs by DJ Peters and Lux, who finished 4-for-5.