Cards Slam Hooks, Earn First 2nd Half Win

by Springfield Cardinals Media Relations

C Jose Godoy clobbered a grand slam to help power the Springfield Cardinals (1-5, 31-45) past the Corpus Christi Hooks (3-3, 36-39), 12-5, in the series finale on Sunday evening.

DECISIONS:
W: RHP Roel Ramirez (2-1)
L: RHP Yohan Ramirez (0-2)

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
-Both sides traded a run in the second inning with Cardinals SS Rayder Ascanio delivering an RBI single in the top of the frame, countered in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run from C Lorenzo Quintana.

-Springfield opened the lead once more with two runs in the second on an RBI single by 2B Jose Martinez and a run-scoring wild pitch, making it 3-1.

-After both sides traded a run in the fourth, the Cardinals blew the game open in the sixth. CF Dylan Carlson started the scoring in the stanza with an RBI sac fly that was dropped in deep right, followed by a grand slam from C Jose Godoy and another run-scoring wild pitch, opening a 10-2 lead for Springfield.

-Shaver struck again with a three-run blast in the sixth, but RF Justin Toerner responded with a two-run home run in the eighth, his first Double-A long-ball, opening the Cardinals lead back to seven runs, 12-5.

NOTABLES:
-C Jose Godoy’s grand slam marked his first slam of the season and the Cardinals third of the year, joining OF Johan Mieses and C Brian O’Keefe.

-RF Justin Toerner’s first Double-A homer was part of a 2×3 night with four times on base and three runs scored.

-3B Alberto Triunfel went 2×3 with a double and two runs.

-Each one of the Cardinals five run-scoring rallies started with a walk. They drew eight walks in total, one night after issuing 13 free passes on Saturday.

-RHP Roel Ramirez retired all six batters he faced in order, striking out five in two perfect innings in the seventh and eighth.

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