Cardinals Rally in 11th with 6; Stun Drillers 9-7

by Springfield Cardinals Media Relations

Yariel Gonzalez’s three-run home run in the 11th brought the Springfield Cardinals (11-11, 41-51) all the way back from a 7-3 extra-inning deficit and capped a dramatic 9-7 comeback walk-off win over the Arkansas Travelers (14-8, 57-33) on Friday night in front of 4,893 fans at Hammons Field.

W: RHP Roel Ramirez (5-2)
L: RHP Wyatt Mills (4-1)

– Trailing 7-3 after the Travelers put four on the board in the top of the 11th, 1B Zach Kirtley quickly cut the deficit in half with a two-run home run to leadoff the inning. After SS Rayder Ascanio grounded out, 2B Michael Perri reached on a single to right and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. 3B Alberto Triunfel popped out for the second out, but CF Dylan Carlson was hit by a pitch to keep the inning alive. Next, LF Lars Nootbaar ripped a two-out single that scored Triunfel and brought the Cardinals within a run. The very next pitch ended up as the walk-off, Gonzalez’s second this month and the eighth of the year for the Cardinals.

– The Cardinals began cutting into a 3-0 Travelers lead with RBI singles by C Brian O’Keefe and Kirtley in the sixth inning.

– Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Ascanio tied the game 3-3 with a one out single that scored RF Justin Toerner, who had reached with a leadoff walk.

– Parsons struck out 10 over 6.0 innings, allowing only the three first-inning runs on five hits and two walks.

– Nootbaar led all Springfield batters with a 3-for-5 night.

– Gonzalez, Kirtley and Ascanio all finished with two hits.

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