The Springfield Cardinals started off their Thursday doubleheader on the winning end, picking up a 5-1 win over the Tulsa Drillers in seven innings.
The game cruised along until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Cardinals pushed across the first run of the game. Randy Arozarena singled to center field to lead off the inning. Brian O’Keefe was able to reach on a fielder’s choice when Drillers third baseman Cristian Santana threw the ball past the second baseman and into right field, allowing Arozarena to be safe at second.
Chris Chinea then singled to right field to score Arozarena, giving the Cardinals 1-0.
After a single by Alberto Triunfel loaded the bases and a strikeout by Rayder Ascanio, Dylan Carlson picked up his first hit of the night, singling to center and scoring both O’Keefe and Chinea. Springfield 3 Tulsa 0.
The in the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals again loaded the bases, with Chinea and Triunfel each hitting singles to start off the inning. Kodi Whitley advanced the runners on a sacrifice bunt, leading the Drillers to intentionally walk Dylan Carlson.
Drillers pitcher Andre Scrubb then hit Kramer Robertson with a pitch, bringing home Chinea for a 4-0 Cardinals lead. Evan Mendoza then grounded into a fielder’s choice, forcing out Robertson at second, but scoring Triunfel for a 5-0 Springfield lead.
The Drillers picked up their lone run in the top of the seventh inning when Chris Parmelee hit his sixth home run of the year to deep right center field. That was all the Drillers could manage, and the Cardinals picked up the 5-1 win.
Kodi Whitley (1-2) picked up the win for the Cardinals because starter Angel Rondon only pitched four scoreless innings and a starting pitcher is required to go five innings even in a shortened game. Victor Gonzalez was hung with the loss for the Drillers to fall to 0-1.