The Springfield Cardinals opened their homestand by drilling Tulsa 7-4.
The Cardinals lead off the scoring in a dramatic way in the bottom of the first inning. Dylan Carlson tripled to right center field. Tulsa shortstop Gavin Lux made a bad throw to the third baseman to try and catch Carlson, with the ball bouncing away into left field. Carlson then scored to give the Cards a 1-0 lead.
The Drillers jumped out to the lead in the third inning. Carlos Rincon lead off the inning with a single to center. After Jordan Procyshen walked, J.D. Martin laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Then after a Gavin Lux strikeout, the Cards gave up a single to right field to Zach McKinstry that scored both runners. Tulsa 2 Springfield 1.
In the fourth, the Drillers extended their lead. Cody Thomas lead off the top of the fourth with a single to right field. DJ Peters followed with his seventh home run of the year, a bomb to deep left-center field, to give Tulsa the 4-1 advantage.
The Cardinals came roaring back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Irving Lopez singled to center field, followed by a walk to Rayder Ascanio. Williams Perez moved up the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Dylan Carlson then doubled to left field, scoring two runs and cutting the Tulsa lead to 4-3. Randy Arozarena then singled to left field after a walk to Evan Mendoza to score Carlson and tie the game at 4.
The Cards then took the lead when Brian O’Keefe doubled to score Mendoza. Cards 5, Drillers 4.
The Cards added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dylan Carlson walked, Evan Mendoza singled and Randy Arozarena was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brian O’Keefe then walked to bring home a run. 6-4 Cardinals.
In the bottom of the eighth, Irving Lopez lead off the inning with his seventh home run of the season to put the Cardinals up 7-4.
The Cardinals’ winning pitcher was Williams Perez, who improves to 5-2. J.D. Martin the loser for Tulsa, falling to 2-4. Junior Fernandez picked up his second save.