by Springfield Cardinals Media Relations
Zach Kirtley capped a Cardinals comeback with a one-out drive into
center field in the bottom of the 10th that scored Justin Toerner and
sent Springfield (32-46) home walkoff winners 7-6 over the Northwest
Arkansas Naturals (35-40).
A sellout crowd of 6,757 witnessed the walkoff at Hammons Field on Friday night, Kirtley’s second in two weeks.
W: RHP Roel Ramirez (3-1)
L: RHP Tyler Zuber (0-1)
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
– Ramirez held the Naturals scoreless in the ninth and the tenth, setting up Kirtley and the Cardinals with the chance for the eventual walkoff. Perhaps the biggest moment of the game before Kirtley’s walkoff came when Ramirez picked off Naturals DH Khalil Lee at first in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, handing the Cardinals clear momentum.
– C Jose Godoy advanced Toerner to third base on a sacrifice bunt to start the bottom of the 10th, putting Kirtley in position for the walkoff with just one out.
– Trailing 6-4 in the eighth, it was Kirtley making things happen again when his sacrifice bunt attempt ended up in left field on a throwing error by Naturals C Freddy Fermin, allowing Cardinals DH Chris Chinea to score. Later in the inning, CF Dylan Carlson’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center field brought home Godoy and tied the game 6-6.
– The Cardinals erased a 3-2 deficit in the third on RF Johan Mieses’s ninth homer of the season. Trailing again 4-3 in the fifth, Mieses delivered once more, this time with a sacrifice fly to the game 4-4.