Cardinals Drop Second Half Opener, 4-2

by Springfield Cardinals Media Relations

One night after the Springfield Cardinals (0-1, 30-41) spoiled the Midland RockHounds (1-0, 35-35) chances at clinching the 1st Half Title, the ‘Hounds got even with a 4-2 win to open the 2nd Half of the season on Tuesday night.

DECISIONS:
W: RHP Grant Holmes (2-1)
L: RHP Johan Oviedo (1-4)
S: RHP Angel Duno (1)

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
-The Cardinals took a quick lead in the top of the first when LF Justin Toerner brought home CF Dylan Carlson with an RBI single. RHP Daulton Jefferies, though, worked out of it with just the one run in, stranding two runners on base.

-Midland responded right away in the bottom of the first with an RBI single from 1B Chase Calabuig and a two-run double by 3B Edwin Diaz, opening a 3-1 advantage through one frame.

-Springfield pulled within one run with an RBI fielder’s choice by Toerner in the top of the fifth, bringing home Carlson to make it 3-2.

-The RockHounds got the run right back in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single by Diaz, his third RBI of the night to pad it back to two runs, 4-2.

NOTABLES:
-CF Dylan Carlson went 2×5 with a double and two runs, increasing his Double-A leading total of runs scored this season to 50.

-LF Justin Toerner went 1×3 with both of Springfield’s RBIs and a walk.

-RHP Johan Oviedo struck out nine batters for the second straight start, tossing 5.0 frames with four runs on nine hits.

-RHP Bryan Dobzanski (2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K) and RHP Roel Ramirez (1.0 IP, 1 K) combined to deal 3.0 innings of scoreless relief.

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